You cannot take a holiday in South Africa without indulging in one of Africa’s most prime safari destinations. South Africa has a sublime blend of amazing wildlife sights combined with superb accommodation, all served by great transport infrastructure. There are about 20 National parks scattered across the country with quite a number of private reserves allowing you to enjoy some of Africa’s most exciting outdoor sightings. Home to all the Big Five, South Africa’s wildlife scenery is always exciting.
When you talk of safari in South Africa, most people automatically think of the Kruger National Park. Why wouldn’t they? Set on 19,633 km2 of lush savanna, this is world class national park boasts of some of the world’s most exciting wildlife, wild nature trails, as well as tasteful bush accommodation. Luxury tourism makes its mark in the nearby private Kruger reserves such as Sabi Sabi, wild Mala Mala, Londolozi, and Singita. Here, you have access to some of Africa’s finest safari lodges, including the internationally decorated Royal Malewane with its colonial Africa allure. A visit here in the wet summer months will provide you with exciting sights of newborn children; and during the dry winters as waterholes dry up and the grass thins, elusive wildlife becomes easier to spot.
As exciting as Kruger National Park is, it isn’t the only place you can indulge in a wild African experience. Addo Elephant Park is a malaria free zone just north of Pretoria, and is home to elephants, antelopes, zebra, the Addo flightless dung beetle, among many other exciting wildlife. Just close by is the Mountain Zebra national park, home to the elusive black rhino, hard to see cheetah, as well as the aardwolf.
For those who are itching to visit the Table Mountains, one of South Africa’s most iconic natural features, the safari trail doesn’t disappoint here. Head to the Cape of Good Hope and touch the southern most point of the African continent, before indulging in a floral treat at the Cape Floristic Region. The Table Mountain scenery is as enchanting as it is memorable, and the scenes will live with you long after your holidays.
There is no shortage of other stunning national parks and private reserves: from the stunning Augrabies Falls National Park to the wild Mapungubwe National Park in the north to the marine West Coast National Park. The unique ecosystem pattern of the Garden Route offers unforgettable experiences, as does the wild ways of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Depending on what you are looking for, the best times for safari differ. If you are looking to spot wild, elusive animals, head over when the vegetation has dried and water is scarce. If you are a plant person, the beauty of the flora comes alive as the rain kissed soil breathes life into the environment. All year round, there is something special to see in this exciting safari destination. With the wide variety of accommodation: budget hostels outside major parks, luxury lodging in private reserves, as well as tented camps within in the wild, you will always find somewhere to stay within your budget range.
So whether you are looking for an adventure holiday, are seeking an exciting destination for a romantic getaway, or want to treat the family to amazing scenery, South Africa Safari’s will do the trick.