South African safari holidays tend to exploit the well known destinations of the Kruger and Cape but there is much more to discover and we believe some combinations of game reserves make for excellent safaris.
It was fabulous, magical and amazing in equal measure.Mr. & Mrs. S. - Hants.
The safari was definitely the highlight of our holiday. We got to see the 'Big Five'. We would recommend it to everyone.Mr. & Mrs. H. - London
Madikwe Game Reserve - Private Concession of Kruger National Park - Panorama Route
Durban - breathtaking Drakensberg mountain scenery - Historic Battlefields - Quiet beach retreats
Okavango Delta safari activities in Botswana - Sossusvlei Sand Dunes, Etosha & Okonjima in Namibia - Cape Town, South Africa
Further Additional Experiences coming
Just a small selection of lodges to start with
We all had a wonderful holiday - no serious hitches - saw all we hoped to & more. Thank you! Djuma Vuyatela was v. special.Mr. & Mrs. W. - Cheshire
Where to start?! The Cape or the Kruger are probably the two most popular destinations for those heading off on a safari holiday.
Although you are not likely to see too much game around Cape Town!, venture further along the "Garden Route" coast and you will find some small private game reserves. It is not until you reach beyond Port Elizabeth that the number of wildlife lodges increases together with national parks and reserves. There is a wide choice here from Addo's National Park up into the plains and hills of the Great Karoo. These options are malarial free and are suited to those on a first time safari or enjoying a holiday in the Cape.
A long way further north on the borders of Botswana and Namibia is Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a protected region in the Kalahari desert. Within driving distance of this park is the largest private reserve in Africa, Tswalu Kalahari, covering 1000sqkm. With a limited number of guest rooms and an incredibly strong conservation ethos this semi-arid wilderness is an exciting safari destination. Large black-maned lions are the top predator and cheetah are often seen. The prey species are both the common and more unusual with springbok, buffalo and giraffe as well as oryx, Hartmann's mountain zebra, sable and roan antelope. There are also 2 meerkat colonies that are habituated to human presence. Those elusive creatures on many tick-lists, pangolins and aardvarks can also be found on the grasslands.
A long way east from Tswalu, yet just a short flight from Johannesburg is Madikwe Game Reserve. This malarial free reserve has a number of high end lodges and camps and supports a wide variety of game. Short stay safaris are ideal here and you might consider moving on to the Waterberg where a number of private nature reserves cater for those travelling out from Johannesburg. More likely you will safari onwards to the Kruger.
Kruger National Park has a border zone of private concessions in which you will find a wide range of safari lodges and camps. Now that the fences have come down between the park and those concessions on the outside wildlife is wandering free again along ancient routes. However, the park is huge and one of our favourite destinations is right inside the park at Rhino Post Safari Lodge. Here you can enjoy walking safaris as well as game drives and night drives. The wildlife here is excellent as you would expect. Rhino Walking Safaris is a separate camp for just 8 guests and runs on a fixed departure basis for walks with highly qualified guides. For the more adventurous there are sleep-out platforms in the bush.
If you are seeking some relaxation after a safari or holiday through South Africa then you could choose Cape Town or places such as Plettenberg Bay, near Port Elizabeth. Alternatively the Kwa-Zulu Natal coast north of Durban offers extensive beaches running right up into Mozambique. Turtles nest along this coast and snorkelling, diving and fishing are good. The beaches of Mozambique can be easily reached from the Kruger of flights from Johannesburg.
CAPITAL Pretoria & Cape Town
TIME ZONE GMT +2 hours
To: Johannesburg or Cape Town
Airlines: South African Airways, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic or indirect for example on KLM or Emirates
Flight time: approx. 11.5 hours
Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Meningitis vaccinations are recommended as is Malaria prophylaxis if visiting the Kruger, KwaZulu-Natal and the low lands of the north and east. You should consult your G.P. for up to date and precise details before travelling.
South Africa has a wide range of climatic conditions. The Natal coast is quite sub-tropical and more humid than the Cape. Temperatures can be hot in summer, with rainfall and humidity also at their highest. Inland the weather becomes cooler, especially during the night in the mountains.
Around the Kruger game viewing is good all year round, but during the winter months of May to September the grass is lower, so game viewing becomes easier, especially as the animals then tend to gather round the water holes.
In the area ofthe Cape the weather is at its warmest between November and March and tends to become more settled towards the end of this period. The climate is really quite like the Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and warm, wet winters. May to August tend to be the wettest months.