From on-foot safaris to 5-star game drives: The top bush escapes of 2018

Going to the bush can mean adventure, or laid-back overindulgence. 

Whether you are planning to plan a trip to the bush for camping, morning on-foot safaris with a guide called Gert or want to opt for the luxe life, butler included, then here are some options for you:

Rough it

Mthimkhulu Wilderness Trails

For those looking for an authentic, rugged bush experience, with sensory-heightening excitement, untrammelled by the limitations of a vehicle and unpretentious in its detachment from the buzz of technology and the modern world - Mthimkhulu Wilderness Trails offers visitors what they want in spades.

The vast bushveld will be where you will be walking around exploring, literally on-foot. 

READ: Heightened senses and a digital detox. On-foot with Mthimkhulu Wilderness Trails

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Spekboom Tented Rest Camp 

Want to be (almost) one with nature? Go to Addo Elephant National Park's main rest camp, perfect for exploring the giants of the land that make their home in the Albany thicket.

You can also camp in the middle of the bush at the Spekboom Tented Rest Camp where you can watch out for nocturnal animals at the nearby watering hole. 

READ: From grasslands to fynbos: SA camping spots for every ecosystem 

Live it up 

Tintswalo Safari Lodge 

This is luxe verby. The private Manor House offering is perfect for a group of up to 10. You have a butler, a chef, a private pool overlooking the animals' watering hole and it's fenced, unlike the main lodge, so it’s child-friendly. And, oh, you have access to a private safari vehicle. Which, you don’t even have to drive yourself.

You cruise along for hours, wind in your hair and the sun at your back. Your guides edge you closer than you’ve ever been to wild animals. They know the animals and the winding roads of the veld better than you know your own face. 

READ: Sunburn, safaris and hearty helpings of heartburn: Overindulgence in the bushveld 

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

This luxe Big 5 wilderness reserve is situated on the famous Route 62, between Montagu and Barrydale and seated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain Range in the heart of South Africa's Little Karoo.

It has an alluring atmosphere of stillness, an air of isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains.

Book this lodge now with this special deal! 

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Head outside our borders

Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, Kenya

Head to the renowned African Luxury Tented Safari Camp, situated on the banks of the Olare Orok River. This all-inclusive safari lodge in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy offers the classic under canvas Out-of-Africa safari experience. 

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Erindi Private Game Reserve

Namibia is truly diverse in their nature and wildlife offerings. Whether you wish to trek the sand clad haven of the Namib Desert, camp along the scenic Skeleton Coast or simply visit one of its many nature parks and wildlife reserves - you're sure to get your fill of safari lifestyle spoils.

There are three types of superb accommodation types offered at Erindi. From an all-inclusive luxurious suite, to carefree self-catering or  camping. 

Mapped: Get wild at one of Africa's top 8 safari heavyweights 

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