If you are looking for the total safari experience and would like to explore the wildlife of South African, then choosing one of South Africa’s top reserves is a good place to start. Take a look at some of the camps that offer an unparalleled safari experiences in South Africa.
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What You Need To Know
South Africa is a large country with so much to offer avid travellers. But one of the most loved tourist attractions are the safari experiences – especially with lions involved. From budget options to the more luxurious, South African game reserves offer a bird’s eye view of some of the world’s most prolific wildlife.
Being the third most diverse country in the world makes the options to explore a wide array of natural landscapes, wildlife and climate that much more accessible. The top game reserves in the country are equipped for the most discerning of tastes and in most instances no expense has been spared to ensure an authentic luxury safari in South Africa.
Visas: Many countries do not require a visa for South Africa. As long as you are not visiting for more than 90 days then you should be good. Be sure to verify this though.
Currency: You will use South African Rand. Compared to the USD, Euro and Pound, you should receive a favourable exchange rate. Important to note is that if you are travelling to remote areas, ATM’s may be unavailable, so bringing extra cash with is advisable.
Getting around: South Africa’s public transport system is not ideal in some instances, unless you are travelling on a luxury passenger rail. However, Uber is popular and there are a number of metered taxi operaters throughout the country.
Language: South Africa has 11 official languages, but English is predominantly spoken in all regions. The more remote the region, the less this rule may apply.
Vaccinations: You don’t need any, unless you have been traveling through other countries in the “Yellow Fever Belt” in which case you will be required to show proof of a yellow fever shot.
Malaria is only prevelant in a very small part of South Africa, around the Kruger National Park and KwaZulu Natal. The three main areas for excellent game viewing are Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. However, before deciding that you need to go down the malaria-free route, remember that in South Africa, mosquitos are not usually a year-round concern. There are a number of months (May to mid-September) when it is too cold at night for mosquitos to survive.
Visit during the winter months when the bush or savannah is sparse and dry. This makes for easier animal spotting.
Comfortable, muted clothes.
A good pair of walking shoes
A light jacket/jumper (for mild summer evenings)
Warm clothing for winter months – the evenings can get cold.
Generally speaking, the best time to view game is in the dry season when the bush is more sparse and lion are easier to view. This period can stretch anywhere from May-September.
A safari-style holiday: luxurious, casual and adventurous.
Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge
Imbali Safari Lodge
Jock Safari Lodge
Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Rhino Post Safari Camp
Singita Sweni Game Lodge
Tinga Lodge and Nerina Lodge
The Outpost Safari Lodge
Popular Luxury Safaris in the Kruger
Each of our popular itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your budget as well as your specific interests.
Safari lodges have guest rooms similar to a hotel with en-suite bathrooms. They are comfortably furnished with facilities normally associated with a hotel rooms, except your rooms are normally set in beautiful wilderness settings, with nature and wildlife around.
Tented lodges have rooms which are tents on a platform and with a roof and also have en-suite facilities with showers, flush toilets and hot water. Basically all the amenities of a hotel room, except canvas walls and roof.
The boutique lodges and camps can be very stylish and smart in terms of design and decor, often with very spacious rooms and even going so far in some cases as having plunge pools for each room.
Eco-camps and smaller tented camps have insect-proof tents with en-suite facilities including a safari shower and flush toilet. They give a more authentic safari experience but the tents are comfortably furnished with proper beds and you don’t need to bring your own sleeping bag! The emphasis is usually on having excellent guides and great wildlife viewing away from the crowds. Guests often eat together and people travelling alone usually say that they found the atmosphere friendly and enjoyed meeting other like-minded travellers around the campfire in the evening or at dinner.
The Adventure Camps are a budget option with guests bringing their own sleeping bags and towels. Accommodation is in small dome tented with a mattress on the floor. Each tent has its own nearby cubicle with a flush toilet, safari shower, and wash basin. The Adventure Camps are suitable only for those who don’t mind “real camping” and can put with some degree of “roughing it”. Apart from the accommodation in simple dome tents, the meals and the guiding are the same standards as the higher quality camps and game drives are in 4x4 safari vehicles. For those on a limited budget, the Adventure Camps are a good alternative to the big tourist lodges and minibus tours for those for whom the safari experience is more important than hotel accommodation.
May through September, during the winter months, is the best time to visit Mala Mala Game Reserve. Animals are easier to spot, as they convene at trusted water sources.
May to September are the best time to visit Manyeleti National Park - during the dry season. The wildlife seeks for waterholes and other sources for water.
Southern Africa is a hot wildlife destination. There is a world of luxury bush camps, lodges and Eco-friendly tourist establishments in the heart of wildlife heaven.