Enter the wild
No trip to South Africa is complete without a safari to see the diversity and abundance of wild animals roaming through their natural habitats.
South Africa offers some of the best safari on earth. The memory of a South African Safari will stay with you forever.
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Definition of a Safari
A Safari is an overland journey in Africa by hunters. Today we hunt with cameras not guns.
Where can I do safari?
Safari options are available in many parts of South Africa and for your convenience in the column immediately to the right of this copy are links to the three main safari areas that we feature. By clicking on these links it will take you immediately through to the safari in that area and if you wish you can also open up hotels in the same area.
Your Choices: National Park or Private Game Reserve?
Your first choice to make, is whether you want to enjoy safari on a private game reserve or travel around the National Park. Listed below we have tried to explain the differences, but our staff will be pleased to discuss this with you in more detail.
National Parks give access to spectacular wildlife areas and are set up for everyone to enjoy. The amazing Kruger National Park is the largest Park in South Africa and has more species of mammals than any other African Game Reserve. You will pay an entry fee to the Parks and are able to drive any of the hard roads within the park.
You may well see the more common and larger species such as Elephants and Giraffes but are unlikely to see the big cats, especially Leopards.Within the Parks there are a limited number of Rest camps, which offer very basic overnight accommodation and need to be booked well in advance. Please be aware that without pre-planned accommodation you must be out of the park by dusk.
Private Game Reserves
These are designated areas, mainly privately owned large estates. A game reserve is more than just a place to keep wildlife, it’s a place where ecosystems are protected and conservation is key. They offer a realistic chance of seeing the ‘Big 5’ (Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhinoceros). However there is a complication in that within many National Parks, for instance Kruger National Park, there are private concessions. Many of these offer a choice of Private Game Lodges which are rustically luxurious with prime game viewing off road in small groups. In all cases a local tracker and a game warden will accompany you and you will rarely encounter other travellers.
Many areas of South Africa are now malaria free. Please see individual safari information for details. Malaria free safari does not mean a poorer safari experience. The Eastern Cape area is one of the most popular Safari destinations and enjoys a malaria-free environment, however Kruger still requires Malaria precautions.
Length of stay
We usually recommend a minimum of two nights on safari. However, you will find that by staying three nights you will greatly enhance the amount of game that can be seen.
Policy with regards to children varies on each safari and restrictions are put in place for safety reasons. Please ask us for details when booking your Safari.
What to do next
If you would like to start planning your own amazing Safari then either:
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