From the opulently sublime to the comfy and ridiculously good-value safari, and all sorts of variations in between, South Africa offers so many different kinds of safari experiences. In a country that has a wide range of landscapes, diverse wildlife and an imaginative array of twists to the good old safari, there really is something for everyone. It can be very helpful to speak to an experienced South African travel consultant so that your own particular needs are matched to the right itinerary and choice of safari accommodation.
The Sublime Safari
Kick back in exceptional tracts of wilderness to view masses of wildlife with loads of luxury on tap. Stop in some idyllic spot in the bush to watch the sky flare crimson just before sunset, with a glass of bubbly in hand. Stay at a gorgeously beautiful lodge equipped for a life of bliss in the wilds and enjoy being supremely spoiled by dedicated hosts. Think luxury in the bush and think Londolozi, Singita, MalaMala, Ulusaba, Chitwa Chitwa, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, Leopard Hills or Madikwe Hills. There are many more really exceptional lodges – please ask us about them.
The Photographic Safari
Many lodges cater to the wildlife photographer, and most of these lodges welcome seasoned camera-people as well as newbies wanting to learn some tricks of bush photography. Custom-built vehicles, specialised equipment and professional guidance – expect all this in addition to excellent safari accommodation and stunning wilderness settings.
Lodges to consider for photographic safaris
The Have-Your-Very-Own-Pad Safari
When nothing less than a lodge-to-yourselves will do – perhaps for a family reunion, a special anniversary or birthday, or any kind of gathering of the clan where plenty of space and privacy are essential, exclusive-use lodges come to the rescue. Here are some excellent exclusive-use lodges.
The Kid-Friendly Safari
Few things are worse than trying to enjoy a family holiday someplace where the atmosphere is not fully family-friendly. Lodges like the Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park welcome travellers with children aged two and above, and have a special children’s programme to keep the young set entertained. In the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge has a custom-built children’s facility known as The EleFun Centre, which teaches children to appreciate the wilderness, with plenty of fun thrown in. Other family-friendly lodges.
The Walking Safari
Plains Camp offers walking safaris, as well as overnight stays under the stars at the unique Sleepouts. Plains Camp and its sister accommodation Rhino Post Safari Lodge are situated in a 12 000 hectare private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park. Combinations of foot safaris and vehicle-viewing are on offer at these lodges.
The Smiling Purse Safari (aka Ridiculously Good Value)
Yellow Wood Game Lodge is a reasonably priced safari lodge in the exquisite Waterberg region. It’s ideal for families, groups and people who’d prefer to pay less and settle for a comfortable stay without all the trimmings of luxury. Aside from game viewing on 4×4 vehicle with a ranger, there are all sorts of other activities at Yellow Wood.
Several lodges offer excellent last-minute specials when you book 7 or 14 days before travel. View all current specials.
The Malaria-Free Safari
If you’re travelling with children, elderly folk or mums-to-be, you may wish to opt for a malaria-free safari. There are ample opportunities to view South Africa’s wildlife without exposure to the risk of malaria. The lodges to consider are situated in the Eastern Cape, the Pilanesberg and the Madikwe Private Game Reserve. All these areas have the Big Five and offer exciting safaris.
The Tented Safari
A safari is just a little more thrilling from the vantage point of a tent. The spirit of adventure is heightened and nature feels even closer. And, of course, no luxury need be sacrificed in a sophisticated tent with all the mod cons such as air-con, mini-bar, en-suite bathroom and so forth. Tented safari options.
Wetlands and Water Safaris
Get the best of both worlds and choose a safari destination that includes both bush and wetlands. In short, head for glorious KwaZulu-Natal where several lodges offer fantastic combinations of wilderness and water-based activities.
Ask us for advice and recommendations for your safari tour of South Africa – here are some initial safari tour examples which we’ll tailor to suit you. Mail us for ideas and bookings, or call +27 21 797-7122.