3. Madikwe Game Reserve
This award winning game reserve is located in the South Africa’s northwest province bordering Botswana and the great Kalahari Desert. It’s one of the largest but least visited reserves which gives it a more secluded pedigree. It used to be private land but a large conservation operation relocated 8000 animals here in the 1990’s and now it’s a thriving malaria free zone with lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, cheetah, buffalo, hyena, rare African wild dogs and over 300 species of bird life. You can explore the bush on foot or in a vehicle here. Several luxurious lodges offer a five-star safari experience with gourmet meals and spa treatments to add to the bliss, but there are some more affordable tented bush camp options too.