Everyone going on safari wants to see lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino, collectively known as the ‘Big Five’. A close encounter with one of these magnificent animals is a sight to behold and will undoubtedly be a highlight of your safari adventure. However, there is an abundance of other fascinating wildlife to see, such as wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hippo, cheetah and much more. There are no guarantees, after all, you are in the wild.
Eastern Cape – A Cape Safari is an excellent choice for first-timers and the perfect extension to a stay in Cape Town. Explore the city then take a leisurely drive along the Garden Route, enabling you to combine the buzz of the city, fabulous scenery and a safari.
Kruger National Park – The most famous of game reserves in South Africa, Kruger National Park is home to the ‘Big Five’, the vulnerable cheetah, endangered wild dog and several elusive small cat species.
Madikwe Game Reserve – The second largest reserve in South Africa appeals to families due to it being malaria-free. Madikwe is renowned for its strong population of wild dogs and variety of game viewing, plus it is home to over 400 species of birds.
Doing your bit – Game reserves play a huge part in conservation with an extensive range of programmes in place to protect the animals and the environment. Guests are encouraged to get involved and reserves often provide a unique behind-the-scenes experience.
Your safari check list – We recommend a minimum stay of two nights and it is advisable to arrive before lunch to maximise your game viewing – Lightweight casual clothes are advisable for summer months, but it can get chilly in the winter, so take lots of layers. It is a good idea to wear neutral coloured clothing and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. Other essentials include insect repellent, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars and of course a camera!