There’s something satisfying about driving down one straight and simple road and then reaching somewhere magical. Camp Ndlovu in the Welgevonden Game Reserve is three hours north of Johannesburg on the N1 — it’s just one left turn after the Kranskop toll plaza and a straight road to the entrance. While the journey is a breeze, that’s not the best part. Once at the lodge, there are glorious views, a pool on the deck and a spa that offers full-body massages to the soothing sound of birdsong (or to the squabbling of baboons, who have been known to nick a towel when nobody is looking, says therapist Kate Shongoane). After the massage, sit and watch warthogs gather at the stream while the wonderful staff deliver glasses of bubbly. Camp Ndlovu is new on SA’s safari scene, developed after the property was bought by the steel-wealthy Rudge family. They added the spa and a small gym and opened it in October as a five-star lodge. The food at Camp Ndlovu is a treat, with lavish breakfasts, tas...

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