The appeal of a safari holiday in South Africa not only lies in its accessibility, but also in its diversity; from the oldest and largest reserve in the country — the Kruger National Park — to one in KwaZulu-Natal not home to only the Big 5, but the Big 7, too! After a scenic and short drive from the country’s darling city, Cape Town, travellers can venture into the Karoo or up the West Coast in search of a more intimate safari in a small reserve, while the Garden Route attracts those comforted by convenient access through domestic airports and the area’s malaria-free existence.
Safari, Sea, and City
Safaris in South Africa lend themselves to what we like to call a ‘combination holiday’. You can explore the country’s city of gold, Johannesburg while enjoying a Kruger Park safari to marvel at the Big 5. Soak up the sun on the warm beaches of KwaZulu-Natal’s coastline and also enjoy game drives at the Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park and bush walks or mokoro trips in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Combine an indulgent foodie getaway in the Cape Winelands with a treehouse sleep-out in Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Experience the fast-paced energy of Johannesburg and then move on to the beaches, bushveld, and historic battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. Or simply top off a relaxing seaside holiday on the gorgeous Garden Route with a malaria-free safari in the Eastern Cape.
The Garden Route stretches between the Eastern Cape and Western Cape of the country and is celebrated as South Africa’s own eden. Hikers and nature lovers will be enthralled by its ancient forests and charming seaside hamlets — with the added benefit of an Eastern Cape Safari in places such as Addo Elephant National Park and Kwandwe Game Reserve only a short drive away.
Whether you like it mellow or wild, or you’re travelling for romance or child, South Africa guarantees the ideal African experience you’ve always wanted.
Wildlife in South Africa
South Africa may not have such dramatic sights such as the Great Wildebeest Migration or the tallest mountain on the continent (you’ll have to go to Tanzania and Kenya for that one), but it does have an incredibly varied landscape and a plethora of unique biomes. It’s most celebrated feat is no doubt its reputation as home to impressive population numbers of the Big 5.
Once so-called for their difficulty to hunt, the Big 5 is still shot today but rather from behind the careful aim of a camera lens while on a photo safari. This impressive grouping comes with an impressive reputation; from the largest land mammal in the world — the elephant — to the fastest land mammal in the world — the cheetah.
The so-called king of them all, the lion, is known for living out its life in large prides and for its magnificent roar (the loudest of all big cats). One of the most difficult members to spot of the Big 5 is the leopard — the strongest of the big cats. Luckily, when on safari in South Africa, your chances of spotting them is greatly increased thanks to a strong population and stringent conservation efforts — particularly in parts of the Greater Kruger Area such as Londolozi Private Game Reserve.