This is how safari should be done: under canvas in a remote and exclusive setting. Don't let the thought of nights under canvas put you off: the rooms are still superbly well appointed and comfortable.
Xanatseni Private Camp
Xanatseni, which translates to “place of the Mopane tree” in the local language, is a tranquil, small private camp set beside a seasonal river bed in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve. The lodge has open borders to the wider Kruger National Park, providing easy access. The five thatched cottages offer spacious, contemporary rooms all with river views and shady patios. The modern bathrooms are equipped with both baths and showers. For families or groups, there’s a private house, with two bedrooms that sleep up to four guests. The house has a separate living room, kitchen, private veranda, boma area and its own private guide and vehicle.
You’re likely to spend much of your time in the huge communal areas, which offer comfortable corners where you can sit, a large pool, a boma area for evening campfires, honesty bar and a deck on an elevated platform over a waterhole. Between game viewing activities, you can spend time in the small gym or relax with a massage treatment.
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Offering both twin and family room options, the five rooms come with modern fittings, comfortable bedding and en suite bathrooms.
In addition, the indulgent Tseni suite is a two-bedroom house that overlooks the open area in front of Xanatseni Private Camp. It’s equipped with a kitchen, lounge, dining room, and TV with satellite channels and a private boma. The bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with a shower and bath, as well as air conditioning and ceiling fan.
All meals can be served within the suite.
Xanatensi sits within the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. Covering an impressive 60,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is part of the greater Kruger National Park and one of the largest privately owned reserves in South Africa.
Food and drink
- Bar area serving an impressive array of local and international beers, wines and spirits.
- Buffet breakfasts.
- Coffee and biscuits before and after game drives.
- Local cuisine cooked over an open fire.
Children are always welcome at Xanatseni.
Facilities and activities
- Large swimming pool with a view of the bush.
- Daily game drives.
- Optional bush walks.
- Patio area with lounges and couches.
- Boma area with fire pit.
- Open-plan lounge relaxation area.
- Fully stocked bar with satellite TV.
- Lookout tower over the watering hole.
- Fully equipped gym.
- Airport transfers.
We like this owner-run camp for its attention to detail and quality of service and guiding. We’re also impressed with the small touches here, such as sundowner stops on a viewing platform in the bush.
Kruger National Park tour ideas
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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The lodge has eight luxurious suites which are stylish and individually decorated to the very highest standard. The game viewing here is truly second to none.
Dulini Leadwood Lodge offers the perfect package for guests wanting to relax in privacy and luxury with a very exclusive safari experience.
Overlooking the Sand River, Dulini River Lodge offers a luxury stay in the Sabi Sands region of the Greater Kruger.
Set on the banks of the Mabrak River, under ebony and leadwood trees, Dulini Safari Lodge offers an sophisticated stay in the Sabi Sand Reserve. Guests travel to the lodge for the opportunity to see the Big Five, and treated to a luxurious, discerning stay.
This owner-run lodge offers excellent Big Five game viewing, luxe accommodation and sumptuous international fusion cuisine with a proudly South African feel. The lodge is an excellent option for those looking for an authentic safari experience.
Kirkman's Camp, with its spectacular views of the unspoilt wilderness and the Sand River, is regarded as one of the best loved lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Garonga is the most relaxing and romantic lodge we feature. Within moments of arriving all your worries will have left you, and the unhurried pace of life in the camp will be hard to leave come the end of your stay.
Set on their own private concession with in the Kruger National Park Imbali, Hoyo-Hoyo and Hamiltons have the best of both worlds.
An intimate destination (perched on a small kopje in the western sector of Sabi Sands), Leopard Hills will cater for an exquisite stay in the African bush.
Ivory Lodge offers an extremely luxurious and very private safari experience and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a very exclusive safari experience.
Little Bush Camp is a warm and cosy, contemporary African retreat in the heart of the bush. With just six suites, the lodge is very exclusive and private, boasting all the features of an exceptional bush lodge.
Found in the banks of the Sabie River in southern Kruger, Lower Sabie Rest Camp is a wonderful place where accommodation is in lovely old en suite thatched bungalows.
Set within Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Notten’s Bush Camp is a characterful base from which to explore the reserve’s wildlife. Owned and managed by the same family for four generations, the friendly, personal service makes you feel as though you’re staying at a friend’s home.
A handful of stilted chalets, nThambo Tree Camp is set at eye level with the surrounding trees. The camp offers an intimate safari experience and is located within the private Southern Klaserie game reserve, an unfenced extension of the Kruger.
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Bush Lodge enjoys a stunning location and the discreet placing of the suites gives an intimacy and exclusivity that belies the relatively large number of suites.
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge is built in complete harmony with its surroundings, each enormous suite is sculpted into the earth, with rough mud walls reminding you that you are in wild Africa.
Selati Lodge has all the atmosphere and trimmings of 'Yesterday'. The lodge's name commemorates the Selati railway line that used to run from the Transvaal to Mozambique, close to the site of the lodge.
Found in the central section of Kruger, not far from the Orpen Gate is Satara Rest Camp; it has great game around. The camp also has all the amenities required including daily servicing of bungalows.
This characterful lodge is situated within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and provides comfortable accommodation to return to after game drives out in the bush, where the Big Five can often be spotted. Staff here are very friendly and help to create a relaxed atmosphere.
Serondella Lodge is nestled in the heart of Big Five country adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, and includes a huge diversity of mammal and bird species.
Shumbalala is ideal for those seeking an exclusive luxury safari within the Thornybush Reserve. With a maximum of ten guests, your experience is certain to be very private.
Simbambili Game Lodge is renowned for copious leopard sightings as well as an abundance of other animals and scenic views. It isn’t unusual to spot the Big Five during a stay here.
Despite being a larger lodge, the quality of the rooms here, and levels of guiding and service are very high. The Audley team has thoroughly enjoyed staying here on their visits to Thornybush, and we highly recommend it.