Shambala Zulu Camp

Domed, reeded roofs inspired by Zulu huts, reserve stocked with rare animals like sable, black rhino, and black impala. Sister to The Saxon in Johannesburg, but lacks that reputation.

Waterberg

Close to Johannesburg, mild climate and malaria free, this is a great first or family safari option. I helped out at  at Welgevonden when it was being set up, and i think it’s one of the most scenic safari areas – mountains, plains and treed valleys. Lots of rhino, the others of the Big 5 are there but leopard are elusive, and herds are small. Camps are usually cosy under thatch, with pools, a/c and all the trimmings. South Africa.