Africa is indeed blessed with a lot of natural resources, African wilds are perhaps some of the most thrilling wonders the world has ever known. South Africa, in particular, is rich in wild animals. It is a home to several hyena, elephants, lions, snakes, birds, to mention a few. Touring South Africa on your vacation is never a misplaced priority but rather a great time to be awed by the beauty and grandeur of nature.
South Africa game reserves are renowned the world over. As well as beautiful, they’re also safe.
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There are a number of prolific game reserves in South Africa, making it a sought-after safari destination. The most noteworthy being the Kruger National Park in the Limpopo Province. Other well-known reserves are Madikwe in the North-West Province and Pilanseberg. Both of the latter reserves are located in malari-free areas. However, Kruger National Park is safe to travel to during the cold and dry winter months.
Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape is one of the most scenic parks in South Africa. It’s completely malaria-free with rolling hills that stretch into the horizon and lush, green forest. Even better, most of the vegetation is evergreen, so it’s very beautiful throughout the year.
The Waterberg is often described as South Africa’s best kept secret. It is within 3 hours’ of Johannesburg, making it an infinitely accessible option for a malaria-free safari. Covering a vast 150,000 hectares, the area is known for its rugged, untouched beauty
Before going on the safari, take some time to understand the do’s and dont’s. Take adequate medical precautions and be sure to pack some medication as a precaution. Plan ahead and bring cash with you. The South African Rand usually fluctuates with the USD and you may not find an ATM on the safari, taking cash with could save you some frsutration. However, most of the luxury accommodation options should have an ATM on site.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa, but most people converse in English – making communication relatively easy.
The best time to go to really enjoy a wildlife encounter is during the drier months of May-September.
A pair of shorts and long pants
Long-sleeved shirt or jersey/jumper
Comfortable walking shoes
Sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses
Flashlight, medical kit and don’t forget a mosquito trap or net.
South Africa enjoys incredibly temperate conditons throughout the year. Most of the country has cool, dry winters while summer months are characterised by rain. This is true for most of the noteworthy game reserves. While day time temperatures could get rather warm in winter, the evenings are cool. Summer in the northern parts of the country are exceptionally hot, while the North-West and Eastern Cape are milder.
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Madikwe National Park
Pilanseberg National Park
Addo Elephant National Park
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Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and lip balm are all good options for UV protection
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Binoculars, camera, lenses, extra batteries, and memory card
A medical kit for personal use
If you are planning on visiting South Africa, you may hear that South Africa is a beautiful country and that it is the most developed country in Africa. South Africa is big and if you stick to the main cities of South Africa it is safe to travel.
A Safari in South Africa is a popular choice for wildlife enthusiasts. All major safari animals can easily be seen at any of South Africa's National Parks.
The scenic KwaZulu-Natal parks are best for seeing rhino
Kruger National Park offers excellent general wildlife viewing
The main attraction in Sabi Sand is seeing the Big Five and it is well-known for its habituated leopards
All game reserves in Madikwe, the Pilanesberg and the Eastern Cape are malaria-free.
The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). There are numerous currency exchange outlets and the main credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners) are normally accepted everywhere.
Most petrol stations and toll roads take credit cards, but always have a small amount of cash on you for tips etc. Numerous ATMs can be found in all the big towns.
Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The warmer months from October to March are more pleasant - the scenery is greener and this is also the time most of the animals are born.
However, the park is mostly about its scenery and antelope species. The Camdeboo National Park is home to a rich biodiversity of 220 birds and 336 plants. Over 43 species of mammals include - bat-eared fox, meerkat, kudu, grey duiker, red hartebeest and springbok.
Birders can spot ostriches, southern pale chanting goshawks, lesser honeyguides, speckled, mousebirds and brown-hooked kingfishers.
Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year, the dry winter months of May to September are the best. During this season - animals gather at the waterholes and rivers, making them easier to spot. However, the daytime temperature is comfortable.
There may not be many predator mammals, but the park seems to attract more than its fair share of raptors. Look out for martial eagles, and a range of vultures - including lappet-faced, white-backed and cape vultures.
The best time to visit Marakele National Park is from May to September. Since animals tend to seek for reliable waterholes and stay close by during the dry winter months.
However, this is the best time for wildlife viewing. Marakele is a great year-round destination. During May and September, there is little rain and the skies are sunny and bright.
October to March is the best time to visit Zebra National park - It is easier to spot the wildlife, since there is less vegetation and the wildlife congregates around the waterholes - as well as migratory birds are present.
The dry season winter months of May to September is the best time to visit the Addo Elephant National Park. The wildlife will gather around waterholes as water becomes a scarce resource, and in turn, producing excellent game viewing opportunities.
It's important to take activities into account instead of weather when planning a South African holiday. If you're planning on going on safari, it's best to visit during the dry winter months of May to October. Game viewing is outstanding during this period as the foliage is much less and wildlife will congregate around waterholes in order to stay hydrated. If you want to spend some time relaxing on one of South Africa's sun-kissed beaches, then a visit during the hot summer months of November to March is ideal.