For animal lovers, the South African outback is a place filled with endless beauty and a range of wild life like no other, where travellers can appreciate the grand baobab trees, stunning sunsets and, of course, the famous ‘big five’ (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos). If you’re interested in a South African safari holiday, why not speak to your personal travel manager who will be able to recommend some of the best safaris the country has to offer. To give you an idea of the range of safaris that South Africa has to offer, here are three of our top picks.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger is South Africa’s ‘flagship’ national park and was established in 1898, with the main intention of protecting the countries natural plant and animal species! The park boasts over 500 bird species, 100 reptiles, close to 150 mammals, numerous archaeological sites, and an impressive diversity of trees and flowers. While at Kruger National Park, tourists have the opportunity to experience the diverse African wildlife in complete luxury from the hotels to the game drives available. Another unique feature of Kruger National Park is the chance to go on a self-driven safari where you are are immersed in the environment directly, or you can simply enjoy the wildlife from the comfort of a private game viewing deck at your 5 star lodge.
Although the Manyeleti Game Reserve is located next to the Kruger National Park, it is one of the lesser-known safari destinations making it the perfect ‘hidden gem’ for those looking for a bit more seclusion in their safari experience. The Manyeleti, meaning “place of the stars” in the local language, is named after the Southern Constellations that are visible on clear nights. Aside from the picturesque stargazing available, it is also a well known home to over 300 bird species, which can be seen through the various morning and evening game tracking drives. There are numerous accommodation lodges and camps available throughout the Manyeleti Reserve area from the distinctive tented luxury camps to the Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp, which is perfect for families with younger children.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
The Hluhluwe and the Imfolozi are two separate game reserves that were put together to create one of South Africa’s oldest reserves. As with the previous parks mentioned there is a diverse range of accommodation on offer from lodges and tented camps, to self-catering cottages and chalets. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is well known around the world for its successful efforts at White Rhino conservation as well as for setting outstanding standards for animal capture and sustainability through its Centenary Capture Centre. The park is located over multiple waterholes meaning tourists are able to see the various big five animals at close range, so it’s a great choice for those who like to get up close and personal with nature!
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