4 Game Viewing Getaways in South Africa on a Shoestring Budget

Cover photo by Mandy

The Kruger National Park is one of the most famous game parks in South Africa.

Game parks are great fun to visit. There are great family activities to do and it helps you to get more involved with nature. But let’s be honest, game parks can be expensive.

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Here are 4 Game Viewing Getaways in South Africa on a Shoestring Budget

Ashante, Lephalale (Ellisras)

Game Viewing Getaways in South Africa on a Shoestring Budget
Photo by South African Tourism

Lephalale or Ellisras is a coal mining town in the Limpopo province of South Africa, located east of the Waterberg Coalfield.

Ashante is a self-catering bed and breakfast located south of Lephalale. Beautiful safari tents are available for only R490 for 2 adults (per night) and are provided with DStv, double fridges, fans, dam views, showers, large patios and three-quarter beds. Ashante is also pet friendly so feel free to bring your furry friends with. Ashante is ideal for as a wedding venue suitable for 140 guests. There is also a conference venue available with 140 seats. Ashante can also provide a romantic atmosphere by arranging rose petals, champagne, picnic at sunset, or even a private game drive. Ashante is located near the Rietspruit river, where fishing and swimming is allowed.

You can also visit the Leopard Lodge & The Cubs, or the Segodi Game Lodge which are both located only 5 kilometres from Ashante. Game drives are available at the Segodi Game Lodge.

This Game Lodge also has a bird paradise with over 200 species of birds.

Lepelle Lodge, Burgersfort

Game Viewing Getaways in South Africa on a Shoestring Budget
Photo by Maarten Elings

Situated 8.2 km from Burgersfort (Limpopo) is the lovely Lepelle lodge.

The price of the Horingbek chalets is only R600 for 2 adults per night. The chalets can accommodate up to 4 people. The chalets are self-catering, and have satellite television whereas the lodge additionally has great features such as laundry facilities, braai/barbecue, credit card facilities, swimming pool, and even a restaurant. Some chalets even have a balcony with an incredible view over the mountains and valleys, creating a calming and relaxing atmosphere. Other houses are located next to a pond, where you have a great view of impalas, warthogs and even kudu.

Lepelle Lodge has also received great reviews from previous visitors.

Mokala National Park, Plooysburg

Game Viewing Getaways in South Africa on a Shoestring Budget
Photo by Mandy

Mokala National Park is a reserve located in the Plooysburg area about 80 kilometers south-southwest of Kimberley in the Northern Cape and is huge – 26,485 hectares!!

Accommodation units are available for only R340 (per unit), which is perfect for 1 or 2 adults. The Mokala National Park provides great, exciting activities like stargazing, mountain biking, horse trails, sunset walks, night drives and more. Further entertainment is also available like a snooker table, swimming pool, television at the bar, a cosy lounge and fireplace.

Unfortunately there are no power points, no electricity, but luckily there is a wash-up area and every unit has a solar geyser and a kitchen. The Mokala National Park also has a breakfast restaurant which overlooks a soothing and very relaxing waterhole.

Medike Mountain Reserve, Louis Trichardt

Game Viewing Getaways in South Africa on a Shoestring Budget
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36km west of Louis Trichardt, deep in the Soutpansberg lays the Medike Mountain reserve. It is an impressive gorge which cuts right through the mountain and is a great tourist attraction.

The Medike Mountain Reserve requires a minimum of a 2 day stay for R600 for 2 adults (guests) in the Mongezi hut. Providing the perfect camping atmosphere, there are no power points and no electricity, but the huts are provided with gas fridges, gas stoves and paraffin lamps. There is also a braai/barbecue provided. Fun hiking activities are popular in this area where you can do a hiking trail through the Kloof and rugged gorges. There are incredible and mesmerizing mountain streams, rivers and waterfalls. Historians and art lovers can also find ancient rock art at this site.

Great activities are available such as game walks and cultural villages. The Medike Mountain Reserve has great wildlife that includes elephant and giraffe. Bird lovers will also love this Mountain Reserve for its rich collection of bird life. This reserve is perfect for nature lovers who enjoy the mountains as their home.

Game reserves are not cheap, especially when you have a big family. But Game Reserve’s rates are high because of their wildlife. Wildlife is an important tourist attraction for South Africa, therefore it is important to support these Game parks. Luckily not all Game parks are THAT expensive, other parks have more reasonable prices by having a smaller amount of wildlife and lowering their prices. Luckily these 5 parks in this article are definitely some of the parks with the most reasonable prices. These parks will also ensure value for your money along with wonderful memories of the beautiful, wild South Africa.

So……it is definitely possible to visit exotic places all over the world, even if you are on a really tight budget.

*Prices are only indicative and might have changed after publishing of article.

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Suzette Badenhorst

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