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.
Best time: Pleasant temperatures September to May, nights are cold from June to August.
Access: Drive from Joburg (3 hrs) or charter flight (45 mins)