On a lake where there’s tiger fishing and boat safaris. Track black rhino on foot. Not all the Big 5. Nostalgic colonial style camp with deep verandahs and lux tents.
Reserve: Pongola Private Game Reserve
I like this area for the variety of habitat for wildlife – forests, plains, mountains, wetlands – and it’s close to unspoilt beaches for a safari & beach combo. Downside is reserves are smaller, so the herds are smaller, and denser vegetation can make sightings more difficult. Camps are very comfortable, with pools, a/c and the lux trimmings. Malaria is on the decline here and some reserves are malaria free. South Africa.