The view from Springbok Lodge

Durban - Springbok Lodge, an 8 000ha reserve near Ladysmith and Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal, is home to the Big Five as well as cheetah, hippo and more than 30 species of plains game that roam the grass and thornveld.

The Sundays River, which provides the reserve with water, gives rise to a special sanctuary for several rare bird species and an enviable array of raptors and vultures.

The lodge epitomises the perfect safari getaway. Enjoy an “Out of Africa” experience under star-studded skies as you drift off to sleep, then wake to the calls of the wild and enjoy picture-perfect moments under the glorious African sky.

There are 15 elevated, luxurious, safari-style airconditioned en-suite tents each with an outdoor shower.

Apart from the game viewing, the food is good and the service friendly.

Activities include game drives on Nambiti Private Game Reserve and birding. Guided or self-drive day trips to the nearby battlefields can also be arranged. Golfing enthusiasts can enjoy a round at nearby clubs.

Open, game-viewing vehicles head out at daybreak or early afternoon. A personal guide ensures you get the most out of the experience, enjoying the abundance of wildlife and unspoilt vistas. You get to stop to stretch your legs and wonder at the sounds of the bush.

The memory of sipping an Amarula coffee or sundowner in such surroundings is likely to be lasting.

Some nights guests can arrange to dine around a crackling fire in the boma – sure to be a highlight of your stay.

Bacon and eggs take on a taste of their own when savoured in the African veld. The bush breakfasts are exciting for guests, as well as the staff who pack up everything to set up a kitchen in a scenic spot.

Often, though, the plans are “put to bed” when elephants invite themselves to breakfast.

Call: (0)21 701 9632 to book. - Sunday Tribune