South African Safaris
Safaris in South Africa
Luxury safaris are an ultimate high-end travel experience. They are expensive, but for most visitors are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the prices are understandable when you take into account the expenses involved in these conservation operations. Safari camp prices are almost always inclusive of all meals and activities and guided safari drives and activities.
A day on safari usually comprises a 3-hour early morning safari drive, lots of relaxing and eating and drinking by a pool and looking at animals from the lodge, then a 3-hour afternoon safari drive and then lots of eating and drinking and storytelling by the fire and under the African night sky. Then repeat! Depending on the place we recommend between two and five days to get the most out of a safari.
Kruger National Park
South Africa’s most iconic reserve. Very large and wild with exceptional game viewing but many private camps have exclusive traversing rights in smaller and extremely rich Big-5 private reserves like Timbavati, Thornybush and Sabi Sands. We specialise in camps in these reserves.
Kruger can be accessed by commercial and private air travel and is about a 5 hour drive from Johannesburg. Malaria tablets (no side effects these days) are recommended in the rainy season.
The Pilansberg (90 mins drive and next to Sun City), Welgevonden (2.5 hours) and Madikwe (3 hours) are our three favourite reserves within striking distance of nce of South Africa’s main hub. These are all Big-5, malaria free, easily accessible, and are extremely well-run reserves with many 4 and 5 star private camps. These camps tend to be small and intimate and far away enough from each other that it feels like you have the whole reserve to yourselves.
Kwa-Zulu Natal reserves
Phinda and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi are incredible reserves that guarantee amazing sightings. Natal is often overlooked by tourists in favour of the Cape, but we love recommended hidden gems there and the long coastline boasts summery weather year-round. Price points tend to be good value too.
Eastern Cape safaris
The Eastern Cape safari scene has grown to a really impressive level and can be enjoyed at the end of a Garden Route journey from Cape Town. Malaria free and with lots of options, this is a family friendly solution to enjoying a great safari without needing to leave the Cape.
Western Cape safaris
There are three or four private safari reserves that we recommend for a fairly light safari without needing to leave this province. At these reserves two or three days is enough – it isn’t as wild or raw as the North of the country but there are some exceptional camps with extraordinary scenery and a wonderful introduction to Africa’s wildlife.