Top 10 Safari Lodges In Gauteng, South Africa - Updated 2023

Virginia Maryann Dcruz
Virginia Maryann Dcruz 

A combination of large cities and prime safari destinations make the province of Gauteng in South Africa a favorite with international visitors. The province’s name is associated with gold and its major industry revolves around the precious metal that is mined in the area. Also, the province has fossils left by some of the earliest hominids that wandered the region. Additionally, the “Big Five” game animals and a host of others are easy to spot at the nature reserves in the area. Visitors can also head to Johannesburg as it has all the advantages that big city living provides. Staying in a safari lodge allows visitors to remain close to game reserves and experience the beauty of Gauteng’s nature. Create a memorable vacation, and keep reading for the top safari lodges in Gauteng, South Africa.

1. Sibani Luxury Tents (from USD 92)

Guests who choose this safari lodge can stay in rooms that are located in luxurious tents. Within the rooms of the lodge, there are facilities for making coffee and tea. Rooms also have private bathrooms that are stocked with free toiletries. A terrace and a picnic area with outdoor seating are some of the best spots to unwind.

The lodge is located close to Sterkfontein Caves. Also, within minutes, guests can travel by car to Key West Shopping Center to check out shops and restaurants.

Sibani Luxury Tents

Wifi Available

Address: 39 Farm Danielsrust R563, Cradle of Mankind Krugersdorp
Accommodates: 3

Parking Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms Breakfast in the room Ironing service Free parking

2. Ngala Lodge (from USD 356)

Several units combine to make this lodge, which is located in Dinokeng Game Reserve. From the lodge, guests can drive to OR Tambo International Airport within an hour. The units in the lodge are fully air-conditioned and have modern décor and furnishings. There are televisions and private bathrooms available in all the units along with a kitchenette.

Other amenities on the property are a lounge room, a swimming pool, facilities for a barbecue, and a veranda that is perfect for relaxing. Free parking and WiFi access are also provided.

Ngala Lodge

Wifi Available

Address: Pride Of Africa Nature Reserve, Haakdoringfontein
Accommodates: 4

Meeting/banquet facilities Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Family rooms Breakfast in the room Internet services

3. OuKlip Game Lodge (from USD 73)

At this lodge, which is located in Dinokeng Game Reserve, guests can experience living in a space that is in harmony with nature and ecologically friendly. Guests can stay in homes that come with roof tents. Each unit is outfitted with modern amenities, including bathrooms with bathtubs. Each room also provides access to a kitchenette and a veranda that is perfect for relaxing. There is a boma that has a fire pit for guests’ use, as well.

Guests who opt to stay in the lodge can also book a safari game drive. Free parking facilities and a swimming pool are available, too.

OuKlip Game Lodge

Wifi Available

Address: Plot 59 Fisant ave Hartebeesfontein 123JR
Accommodates: 4

Parking Non-smoking rooms Laundry Free parking Internet services BBQ facilities WiFi Available Allergy-free room

4. Emerald Resort and Casino (from USD 43)

At this posh resort, which doubles as a casino, guests can stay close to Emerald Animal World reach it within minutes by car. It is located on a unique spot close to areas that are ideal for fishing. There are three swimming pools in the lodge, and a golf course is located nearby.

Inside, the amenities include free WiFi access in the rooms and common areas, and guests can park their vehicles for free. A bar, restaurants, and cafes are also found on the property, and each room has access to an attached bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Additionally, there is a shop stocked with curios that are perfect gifts for friends and loved ones.

Emerald Resort & Casino

Wifi Available

Address: 777 Frikkie Meyer Blvd
Accommodates: 6

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Golf course (within 3 km) Garden

5. Abendruhe Lodge (from USD 96)

At this striking lodge, located in the city of Pretoria, guests can easily travel by car to several nearby attractions, such as Zambezi Junction. The rooms in the lodge are air-conditioned. Rooms also have patios for guests to use along with televisions, private bathrooms, and a kitchen.

Some of the communal amenities include a lovely garden and an outdoor pool. There is also space and facilities for barbecuing on the property. Guests staying here will have access to free WiFi and a bar. Additionally, there is a terrace where everyone can relax.

Abendruhe Lodge

Wifi Available

Address: Plot 113 of the Farm Klipdrift Hammanskraal
Accommodates: 2

Parking Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Free parking Internet services BBQ facilities

6. iKhaya LamaDube Game Lodge (from USD 82)

This lodge occupies a prime spot in Dinokeng Game Reserve and it is located close to OR Tambo International Airport. Individual units in the lodge are designed with a kitchenette equipped with a microwave, a stove, and a refrigerator. Spacious seating areas are found in each unit, and some even have a patio or balcony.

From their unit, guests can enjoy views of the swimming pool and extensive garden on the property. Guests will also get access to free parking facilities for their vehicles. For added convenience, free WiFi is available.

iKhaya LamaDube Game Lodge

Wifi Available

Address: Boekenhoutkloof Road, Dinokeng Game Reserve
Accommodates: 2

Parking Pets allowed Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Ironing service Free parking Internet services

7. Zebra Country Lodge (from USD 67)

At this lodge, guests can relax in a space that is charming and stylish. The lodge is quite close to Cullinan and its famous diamond mine. The city of Pretoria is also nearby and can be easily reached when traveling by car.

Within each room in the lodge, there is air conditioning and a television. Rooms also have facilities for making coffee and tea. Plus, guests will have access to free WiFi and an attached private bathroom that has free toiletries. Among the common areas are a garden, a swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar, a spa area, and free parking facilities. Guests can also book a driving session through nature reserves and view the game and birds native to the region.

Zebra Nature Reserve

Wifi Available

Address: R573, KwaMhlango Road
Accommodates: 10

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Business centre Babysitting/child services Laundry

8. Explorers Little Mongena Tented Camp (from USD 178)

This lodge is a perfect choice for those who want to experience glamping in the area close to Dinokeng Game Reserve. The lodge is close to Hammanskraal, which is a few minutes away when traveling by car.

Guests at the lodge will get access to a swimming pool and free parking facilities. The rooms, which are in tents, have modern bathrooms with free toiletries, and there are kitchenettes that have electrical kettles. Free WiFi access is provided as well, and there is a bar on site. Best of all, breakfast is free.

Little Mongena Tented Camp

Address: Rust de Winter Road Hamman
Accommodates: 2

Bar Non-smoking rooms Fishing Outdoor pool Air conditioning Designated smoking area Sun terrace Outdoor pool (all year)

9. Crimson Bush Lodge (from USD 42)

From this lodge, which is in Klipdrift, guests can travel by car and reach Dinokeng Game Reserve within minutes. There are also several other attractions nearby, such as Hammanskraal Mandela Cricket Oval.

At the lodge, there is a garden, a swimming pool, facilities for barbecuing, a sun-drenched deck, and a terrace. All the units have air conditioning and an attached bathroom. Kitchenettes are also present in the units, all of which have a fireplace and washing machine. Free parking facilities are available for guest’s vehicles, and there is a spa on the property as well.

Crimson Bush Lodge

Address: Portion 6 Dewagendrift welgevonden Dinokeng Game Reserve Gauteng
Accommodates: 6

Parking Room service Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Family rooms

10. Woodlands Game Lodge Leisure (from USD 87)

At this lodge, guests can stay close to Somabula Nature Reserve, which is a short drive away. The lodge is also close to Cullinan Premier Mine and Wonderboom Airport.

The rooms at the lodge are modern and have a charming style. It comes with a seating area along with a television, facilities for making tea and coffee, and a private bathroom. Before heading out to explore the game in the nature reserve or hike the trails, guests can enjoy the breakfast that the lodge provides. Among the common areas are a swimming pool and a spa.

Woodlands Game Lodge Leisure

Wifi Available

Address: 34 Boekenhoutskloof 284 JR Moloto Road(R573) Gauteng North
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Bar Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing

Experience a unique opportunity at a safari lodge

In South Africa, most modern safari lodges are similar to hotels. These safari lodges have the latest modern amenities. What makes it stand out is that guests can go on tours that allow them to get closer to nature. Catch a glimpse of the “Big Five” and more when you book a safari lodge in Gauteng.

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