South Africa is the perfect destination for a first time traveller to Africa and sor someone new to the safari experience. With it’s diverse landscape, wildlife experiences and blend of cultures it is a fascinating country with a big story to tell.
Kruger National Park
Most famous is the Kruger National Park. Approximately the size of Wales it is a popular safari choice with both international guests and locals. For tourist’s the best option is to stay in a camp or mixture of camps that are in the the private reserves surrounding the main Kruger Park. This allows for a more authentic safari experience away from the tarmac roads and self-drivers. The animals traverse freely so your game experience remains the same but it is a little quieter.
Outside of Kruger there are a number of other safari options and these benefit from being malaria free so are especially popular with families. The Madikwe is a lovely reserve in the far north on the border with Botswana and offers one of the largest Malaria Free safari options. With the big 5 and a healthy population of wild dog Madikwe can be a wonderful safari add on to the longer South Africa trip.
Other Safari options
Additionally the Eastern Cape and Kwa Zulu Natal have a number of smaller private game reserves that are easily tagged on to the end of a self-drive itinerary whilst Kwa Zulu Natal is also home to Hluhluwe Imfolozi National park famous for it’s healthy rhino population.
South Africa’s highlights
Of course South Africa is so much more than a safari destination with Cape Town, The Winelands, Whale coast and garden route all popular stopping points. Add the likes of Kwa Zulu Natal, Sun City and more off the beaten track gems it is unsurprising that people return as they simply cannot fit everything into one trip.
We also cannot talk about South Africa without mentioning golf. Whilst Europe is going through winter many golf enthusiasts head south for the hot weather and some world class golf courses. These include The Fancourt, home to 3 courses including the legendary Links Course consistently voted the best in Africa.
Considering your itinerary
Most people arrive into either Cape Town or Johannesburg depending on their itinerary plans. With Cape Town arguably the most popular with people wanting to spend at least 3 nights to explore the sights and enjoy the unique atmosphere that combines Africa with cosmopolitan European feel.
As to what you do next really depends on where your inerests lie and where your budget will take you. We know our way around South Africa and Hazel lived there for 9 years so we are always happy to discuss possible itineraries to suit you.