Monate Conservation Lodge, near Mookgophong
Price: From R1200 per person per night
Travel time from Joburg city centre: 2 hours 20 minutes
If you’ve ever wanted to be spoilt rotten, Monate Conservation Lodge, near Mookgophong (formerly Naboomspruit), is the place for you. Between morning and evening game drives, gourmet meals are served with a flourish and a smile, and quiet, comfortable facilities help you to tune out the demands of city life. One part of the reserve is covered by Serengeti-like plains where zebra and giraffe are often obliging models for photos. Ask your guide to stop for sundowners under the massive marula tree at the edge of these plains. Don’t be surprised if you find it very hard to leave.