All you need to know about the South African Safari
Are you interested in one of the best Vacations in Africa? South Africa is the way to go because it among the best vacation destinations in Africa and this is for a really great reason. The country has an outstanding number of wildlife and enough luxurious accommodation facilities that range from the award-wining lodges to beautiful boutique hotels to the luxurious villas.
To talk about infrastructure; South Africa has the most excellent infrastructure leading to tourism centers hence it is the most easiest thing to have a holiday package joined with the best game viewing safari and a relaxing break in the stunning Winelands or at the beach in Cape Town.
South Africa is really a great tourism destination; while on a road trip along the stunning Garden Route you could visit the Eastern Cape with malaria-free reserves having an unforgettable watching whales along the way. Also not forgetting the country’s unique and authentic cultural heritage where you will see how they dance, dress, have wine tours, visit historical battlefields of KwaZulu Natal and tasting Cape’s food.
South Africa’s is endowed with the Big 5 found in Kruger National Park hence gives an unforgettable experience of game viewing; this park also offers best luxurious safaris. And hence as you plan your South African trip do it in time and choose the best destinations having in mind a combination of something like game viewing and beach holidays; the trip favors honeymooners, romantic tours for two and family tours.
When to go
South Africa can be visited all year round since it has varying wildlife opportunities and regional climates. Areas like the Kwazulu-Natal receive sunshine all year but with warm Ocean temperatures and a beautiful mild winter hence can be visited any time.
The best time for game viewing in Kruger, Pilanesberg, Kwazulu-Natal and Madikwe is during the dry winter seasons from May to October, watching whales is can be best enjoyed from July to November. A beach holiday in Cape Town can be enjoyed from November to March during the hot summer season.
Where to stay
While in South Africa you can never lack where to stay while on your safari since you can have all kinds of accommodation from the lodges, hotels, world class villas, honeymoon suites, family camps, among others all found in the Big 5 destinations. Also ensure you make early booking especially during the peak season.
Where to go
A south African safari is breath taking as it offers lots of rich areas to visit and activities to do; like the game viewing in most parks during the morning light, evening hours as you watch predators, large herds of elephants which can be watched from your lodge patterned with a bush dinner under the sky.
With the variety of where to visit a few are listed below;
You wouldn’t want to miss out an experience in this beautiful city regarded among the world’s best; just a visit makes you fall in love with this city, you can have fun along the beaches, visit the Cape Winelands, picnics, hike to the top of the Table mountain, visit the famous V&A Waterfront, enjoy watching penguins of Boulders beach and the concerts in Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Also there are available accommodation facilities together with great wine and food served.
This also a great place for game viewing, with breathtaking beauty ranging from the big game reserves, broad beaches along the coast, luxurious accommodation and historical battlefields. Basically lots of activities are enjoyed such as cultural encounters, history, adventure, beach relaxation and bird watching.
Kruger National Park
This is the country’s most famous and largest game reserve which harbors the greatest number of wildlife including the Big 5 such as Lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, cape buffaloes; it is a great time of game viewing and amazing sightings of the savannah grasslands. The park can be accessed by air where you can use regular flights, also enjoy the accommodation that is both luxurious, mid-range and budget.
The Sun City
This is among Africa’s holiday resorts located a few kilometers from Johannesburg which is a 3hours drive. It is an area of pleasure, with world-class casinos, golf courses, restaurants, shops and nightclubs, the city is also located near Pilanesberg reserve home to the Big 5…interestingly they have built their own beach!
This is a 300km stretch from the Western Cape extending to the storms river found in Eastern Cape; naturally it’s more of a playground shady forests, beaches of soft sand and seaside little towns. Families on holiday here can have a great time hiking, spotting dolphins, swimming at the beaches, horse riding, having lunches and dinners in restaurants near the peaceful lagoons around; also accommodation is available and comfortable for everyone.
Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Located near Sun City and one of the best wildlife destinations in South Africa. It was once a volcanic crater, the lake there is home to many crocodiles and large numbers of hippos. Since it’s near the Sun City most travelers opt to stay the city and go for a half day safari in the [game reserve for game viewing.
Madikwe Private Game Reserve
Found a few kilometers away from Johannesburg, on road approximately a 5hours drive, it can be accessed by air as one can use a charter flight from Johannesburg, it is one of the country’s east visited parks but a stunning one with the Big 5 and its where you can spot the African wild dog. This reserve is located in a malaria-free area hence offers the best family safaris in South Africa and those on honeymoon can never regret opting for Madikwe!
Money & Spending; the national currency used is the South African Rand, you can exchange foreign currency at the forex bureaus, banks and hotels. Also you can withdraw your cash using ATMs which are found all over the country’s cities and towns.
If it is possible don’t carry large sums of money better to use credit cards which acceptable almost in all places like shops, lodges and restaurants. Also tipping to staff members in lodges and hotels in most areas is compulsory mainly a 10-15% tip is required.
What to pack
What to pack for the South African holiday entirely depends on when and where you are travelling to since most of the country has a temperate climate. During summer it is important for you to wear light-weight clothes but endeavor to carry a jacket with you and closed shoes especially in areas like Cape Town, Kruger, Johannesburg.
During winter pack warmer clothes, and while on a beach holiday pack enough swimming costumes, sunscreen and enough casual wears. Those on safari but with a hiking package pack sun glasses and strong walking/hiking shoes.
In conclusion, South Africa is beautiful and amazing tourism country and a few other areas to include on you holiday are; the Cape winelands, the Eastern Cape, Tswalu Kalahari reserve, Waterberg Region, Johannesburg and many more other interesting area.