A Look at South Africa's Game Reserves

Game reserves let your attendees experience all Africa has to offer

There are very few places in the world where you can spot a giraffe from your boardroom. But in South Africa, it's just a typical occurrence on the savannah. The country lays claim to a number of luxurious game reserves that combine the best of South Africa's natural bounty - its unspoiled wilderness and exotic wildlife - with state-of-the-art, world-class business facilities. Here's a spotlight on a few standout camps and lodges:

Bush Lodge at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Close encounters with members of the "Big Five" - lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinoceroses - are not uncommon at Sabi Sabi. The private reserve, first established in 1979, is located in the southwestern section of Kruger National Park, a hot spot for biodiversity and home to rare plants, animals, birds, and reptiles.

When attendees aren't out on safari in Sabi Sabi's exclusive Land Rovers, you can host them in the meeting facilities at Bush Lodge, one of four different lodging options at Sabi Sabi. The intimate space, which hosts up to 25 couples total, also features a swimming pool, a luxurious spa, a children's center, Wi-Fi capabilities, and its very own wine cellar. www.sabisabi.com

Singita Sweni Lodge
For a rather intimate meeting experience, consider the six-suite Singita Sweni Lodge in Kruger National Park. This tranquil retreat, flanking the Sweni River, brings the outdoors in: All suites are built on stilts, with timber decks that look out over the bush. There are even private outdoor showers that overlook the river, and guests often find themselves camping out under the stars on their very own suite decks. Special discounted rates are available to planners when they book exclusive use of the lodge. www.singita.com

Kapama River Lodge
For conferences of up to 64 attendees, Kapama River Lodge at Kapama Private Game Reserve offers room and meeting space in the Greater Kruger National Park region. A cinema-style conference room holds up to 200 attendees, while a classroom-style space can host up to 130 guests. With the Drankensberg mountain range as a backdrop, the lodge lies in a dry riverbed of the Kapama River, adjacent to a small watering hole where antelopes, elephants, and buffalos often graze. While two game drives are included in the nightly rate, planners can also arrange for attendees to experience a unique African elephant safari, where they ride atop the gentle giants. www.kapama.co.za