Safari getaways to visit in Southern Africa this spring

23 August 2016
Part of the South Africa Safari Collection
Back to the Our Blog

Flowers are starting to bloom in and around Cape Town and South Africa, the mornings are getting slightly less biting and the sun is slowly starting to set a little later. Spring is just around the corner and oversized winter coats and being replaced by t-shirts and shorts.

Spring is a wonderful time to be out there in the wild to experience not only the changing of the seasons and the blooming of certain kinds of flora but also to witness some of the great wildlife we have in South Africa. Here we asked 3 experts where they thought a good spring safari destination would be. 

Singita Sweni in Kruger National Park

Lauren Melnick

Travel writer and blogger

Twitter: @wanderlustmvmnt

Instagram: @thewanderlustmovement

www.wanderlustmovement.org

This luxurious five star lodge is perfect for travelers looking for some pampering while nestled amongst Africa's dramatic landscape and exotic wildlife. It's also a food lover's dream with the welcoming lunch including a "make any request, not on the menu" policy.

Its home to six tree house suites suspended in the treetops, all connected by elevated walkways. Each suite also comes with an additional "star bed" for romantic evenings sleeping underneath the stars.

Guests are treated to two all-inclusive Land Rover safaris a day, all meals and drinks (excluding French Champagne and transfers to and from Singita's private airstrip).

And with the end of the dry season welcoming in spring, there's no better time to visit and witness the wildlife South Africa is famous for! Visit their website for more information. 

Star gazing is one of the many great activities to be enjoyed at Singita Sweni in the Kruger National Park. 

nThambo Private game lodge, Kruger National Park

Roger Young

Travel writer, filmmaker

Twitter: @therogeryoung

Instagram: @therogeryoung

https://therogeryoung.tumblr.com/

nThambo is actually not quite in the Kruger, but rather in an area, called the Klaserie Game Reserve, of private property and ex-farms that removed their fences about 20 years ago in an attempt to let the land return to nature, and to enable conservation with tourist dollars. As a result, it’s cut up with dirt access roads to various properties and arcane laws about who can cross whose property to look at which animals.

We would be bounding along on what often felt like a really big paintball range and encounter groups from other lodges parked just on the other side of a boundary road trying to get a glimpse of lions, fresh from a kill, which we are just meters away from them.

The lodge itself has all the amenities of a great bush lodge and I’d recommend it for any game enthusiasts out there, looking to get away this spring.  Copy adapted from The Anxiety of relaxation published in City Press. 

A beautiful pool area for some unwinding after a long day viewing game. 

Addo Elephant National Park

Anje Rautenbach:

Twitter: @AnjeRautenbach

Instagram: @going_somewhere_slowly

https://www.goingsomewhereslowly.com/

There’s no place like home and if you live in the Eastern Cape, home is Addo National Park; an easily overlooked destination for a Safari getaway on the doorstep of Port Elizabeth. Addo National Park is not only home to the big 5 but it is also home to the big 7 with the largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle.

The hundreds of elephants roaming between the waterholes and spekboom trees are, needless to say, the highlight of the park and one can easily switch off the engine for hours to soak in every possible gentle giant moment. 

Elephants roam free at the Addo Elephant National Park. 


Some related info

Two Luxury Safari Packages for Any Season

A luxury safari, unlike your typical vacation, is crafted to spruce up your imagination and awaken your adventurous side. There's arguably no better way to taste, experience and capture the true African spirit than through an affordable, bespoke safari. As they say, the sun never sets in Africa. The party also never ends, and thanks to the continent's excellent warm weather, there is an…

All You Need To Know About World Biosphere Reserves

According to the United Nations, world biosphere reserves are internationally recognized areas comprising of terrestrial and coastal ecosystems. The main objective of these reserves is to help ensure environmental, social and economic sustainability of an area. These areas accomplish this by encouraging proper use of human and natural resources, providing actionable ways to resolve land…

20 reasons why you should visit the Madikwe Game Reserve

The Madikwe Game Reserve is South Africa’s fifth largest game reserve. It is a park that is not that well-known, however, it is home to all the Big Five species as well as the highly endangered African Wild dog. If you’re planning a South African holiday, here are 20 reasons why you should visit the Madikwe Game Reserve.     Elephant bull reflection. #elephant #reflection…

Top 10 spots for snorkelling and diving in Southern Africa

Immersed in a world of fascinating sea life, coral and other squishy things that wriggle and blow bubbles, snorkelling gives you the opportunity to explore a world millions of people don’t get to experience. Even the smallest tidal pool can prove amazing for a bout of snorkeling, but if you want the very best in underwater viewing, check out these top 10 spots for snorkeling and diving in…

Family friendly hotels in the Cape’s Route 62

Travelling with children may not always be easy, but there are many occasions when sharing the memories with your family is the only way to travel. Here are four of the top child-friendly hotels on the Cape Route 62. Robertson Small Hotel     Sometimes all you need is a porch to sit on. #therobertsonsmallhotel #stayatthesmall #thesmallthings A post shared by The Robertson Small…

Exploring the Garden Route - Annemarie’s South African safari

Annemarie’s South African Safari Route Map I had the absolute privilege of chatting to Annemarie Barnes, a Canadian high school English teacher currently living in Switzerland, who spent two weeks travelling through South Africa with her husband in April 2015. Together, the couple ventured to the most scenic parts of the Western Cape province, exploring Route 62 - which passes through…

You Might Also Like

 | Kruger to the Mozambican coast

Kruger to the Mozambican coast

Combining the bush and the wildlife found in the famous Sabi Sand in the Kruger National Park with a tropical stay in one of the sublime lodges of Mozambique's Ponta Mamoli...

 | Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls ...

 | Blissful 4-day Kruger Safari

Blissful 4-day Kruger Safari

Experience luxury in the Kruger Park ...

 | Luxury Cape Town and Kruger Safari

Luxury Cape Town and Kruger Safari

Explore two of South Africa's most desirable locations in this whirlwind safari tour...