South Africa has an incredible selection of safari tours to offer, featuring a wide variety of terrains, wildlife and experiences. Getting advice from an experienced South African travel consultant is often the most direct way to match your needs with the itinerary that is going to suit you best.
For starters, here are some holiday itineraries, and most include safaris at South African reserves. In most cases these itineraries feature safaris in combination with other sightseeing highlights. All these tours are merely starting points for your planning, and all can be custom-tweaked or re-invented to create just the kind of holiday that would be right for you.
Iconic Kruger National Park Safaris
The Kruger National Park is known the world over for its wildlife. Tourists flock to Mpumalanga each year to visit this legendary park and to view Africa’s wildlife, including the Big Five of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Several private lodges in the park provide unstinting luxury and superb game viewing. At Rhino Post Safari Lodge, for example, you can do expertly guided walking trails that last two, three or five days, or you can opt for a safari that demands a little less footwork! Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges are top-of-the-range options in the Kruger Park.
Malaria-free safari regions have great appeal for people travelling with young children, elderly travellers or mothers-to-be. These areas allow one to enjoy South Africa’s wildlife without exposure to the risk of malaria. The lodges you could consider here, are situated in the Eastern Cape, the Pilanesberg or the Madikwe Private Game Reserve.
Family time in the wilderness can be a very special time of memory-making. There are several lodges that run programmes perfect for families, with activities tailored to suit the interests and attention-span of young children. Lodges like Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park welcome travellers with children, and offer a specially designed children’s programme. In the well-known Sabi Sand Reserve, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge has a fully fledged children’s facility. The EleFun Centre, as it is known, fosters in children an appreciation of the wilderness, and at the same time provides lots of fun-filled activities. Read about other child-friendly safaris.
Although many safari tours are available as pre-packaged options, by speaking to an experienced travel consultant you’ll be able to book a safari that has been created to meet your own specific expectations, schedule and budget.