The Eastern Cape + Kwazulu-Natal

Hotels in The Eastern Cape + Kwazulu-Natal

Twice-daily game rides and decks overlooking the Mkuze River falls give guests plenty of opportunities to spot the Big Five and some of the 400 species of birds at this private game reserve south of Swaziland.

To guests staying in one of the seven high-design lodges on-site, the 54,000-acre reserve’s teeming wildlife—black rhinos, elephants, cheetahs, and over 380 species of birds—seems to have been there forever.

For families or other groups on safari, you can’t do much better than andBeyond’s outpost in the Phinda Private Game Reserve, a four-hour drive from Johannesburg. There are just four thatched bush cottages, which must be rented all together.