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Safaris

South Africa offers visitors some of the best game viewing one could hope for and boasts a large number of Africa’s top game reserves & lodges.  There is a good flight network connecting the reserves between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban which also makes this a popular choice for first time visitors to Africa or safari enthusiasts.   It  has also become easy to combine a mixture of experiences with Botswana, Kenya and even Vic Falls as airlines are offering better and better direct connections between all the major Africa ‘hubs’.

The Kruger needs no introduction and offers some of the best big five game viewing.  The Sabi Sands, adjacent to Kruger, has earned its mark as one of the most leopard dense areas in the world and visitors are treated to incredible sightings of these elusive spotted cats time and time again.  Of course, we can never guarantee what you will see as the animals are wild and roam freeling with there movements dicated by food supply and water.

The areas of Madikwe and the Waterberg as well as the Eastern Cape are popular with families and offer some great malaria free, big five safari experiences.  Kwa-Zulu Natal also has some great reserves and is classified as a low risk malaria area and many are not far from the coast, making it easy to enjoy a ‘safari & beach’ holiday without the hassle of internal  flights.

A common question we are asked is ‘how much time must we spend on safari?’ – and our advice is usually that two nights is enough to get a feel of what a safari is all about and you should be able to have had a reasonable amount of time to see all the animals.  A two night stay means you get a total of four game drives.  However, Anthea always recommends three nights to be the ideal balance between seeing the animals and being able to get in some relaxation as well.     Some clients also like to mix up their safari lodges and stay in two different areas of a reserve, or experience two different areas.  This is all possible and we would love to help you with creating the perfect balance on your safari holiday.

We have included below a small selection of safari itineraries and lodges that are popular with our clients – and we have plenty more up our sleeves!   Have a browse, and then we encourage you to give us a call on UK 020 7112 0019 or email Anthea & Daphne for some more inspiration of how best to use your time.

Favourite Safari Itineraries

Favourite Safari Lodges

Cape Town
Cape Town is as much about the surrounding areas as the city itself. Recommended visit time is 5 days to be able to comfortably fit in all the main sights from Cape Point, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and Robben Island. More More
Winelands
Only a 'hop and skip' from Cape Town, the Winelands offers an excellent combination of indulgence, history and visual pleasure! Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are the popular towns, each offering its own unique charm and you are spoilt for choice of excellent restaurants and wine farms to visit. More
Hermanus
Only 2½ hours from Cape Town you will find the 'whale capital' of Hermanus that offers some of South Africa's best 'land based' whale watching. The town offers some super Blue Flag swimming beaches and a beautiful mountain setting. More
Garden Route
Stretching from Swellendam to Tsitsikamma, the Garden Route offers visitors a diverse experience ranging from rolling landscapes, semi-desert arid region of Oudtshoorn to the lush forests of the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay areas. Lovely white beaches in the Mossel Bay, Wilderness and Plettenberg Bay completes this destination as an excellent choice for all ages. More
Eastern Cape Safaris
Situated in the eastern part of South Africa, the Eastern Cape is fast becoming South Africa's hottest holiday destination. The region is malaria free, offers a host of top class "Big Five" game destinations, with the added advantage that travelling closer to the coast, you can also enjoy the "Big Six", namely whales, the silent giants of the sea. More
Durban
Durban is the gateway to the warm beaches of Natal as well as the Drakensberg and game regions of Hluhluwe. There is an international airport with numerous daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. More
Hluhluwe & Battlefields
This area offers such a diversity - from the excellent big five game viewing of the Hluhluwe area with a good selection of big five reserves, heading inland you reach the Battlefields where raconteurs take you back to a by-gone era of the Zulu Wars. Nearby you have access to kilometres of isolated beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters. More
Drakensberg
The vast expanse of the Drakensberg is a must for any person who enjoys tranquil surroundings and hiking. Easily accessible from both Johannesburg and Durban and complimentary to any longer holiday in South Africa. Excellent hiking for all fitness levels. More
Kruger
The Kruger area offers a diversity of experiences from some of South Africa's best big five game viewing to the spectacular Panorama Route. This is a must visit destination in its own right. More
Mozambique
Becoming one of Africa's hottest destinations with its tropical beaches, warm waters and palm trees. Most connections between lodges within Mozambique are achieved by scheduled and charter flights as well as boat transfers, as road networks are not as developed. A great way to end off any African holiday by spending a few days relaxing on the beach and indulging in tropical spoils.
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Madikwe & Waterberg
The ‘big five’ game regions of Madikwe Game Reserve and the Waterberg Game Reserve are increasing in popularity and giving Kruger some healthy competition. These areas are malaria free, located within a 3–4 hour drive from Johannesburg and also offer a great safari experience. More

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