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In the southern periphery of Africa is a country so beautiful that it's almost impossible not to take a photo or hundreds of them for that matter. Few other countries are as colourful as South Africa. From sun-soaked beaches, spectacular savannah and wildlife, to delightful cities. South Africa is the perfect definition of urban meets wild and is an excellent destination for an adventurous photographic safari.
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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. 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 animal life.
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.
Know before you go
For starters, it is important to note that most game animals are active during the night or very early in the morning. If you want the best wildlife experience, you should consider waking up very early for the first game drives around the parks which start at around 5:30 or 6:00. Also, remember a park is a natural setting, and therefore game drives are unpredictable and vary from one drive to another. Seeing all your favourite animals is therefore not guaranteed for all drives. However, this makes the safari drives all the more exciting, with plenty of surprises and twists.
When to go
The dry winter months between May and August are best for game viewing. It largely depends on what you want to photograph or what your interest of photography is.
What to pack
Warm clothing for the cold afternoons and evenings.
High powered optics like binoculars or spotting lenses for better viewing of the wildlife.
Mosquito jacket or insect repellent.
Sunscreen lotion to prevent you from getting sun burns.
Trainers or good hiking boots.
A great camera for the perfect shots.
A book - preferably on South African wildlife.
Weather and Climate
South Africa’s winter months mark periods of hot,sunny mornings and mid-mornings with afternoons of little rain and thunderstorms that clear quickly. The nights are usually cold and windy, with occasional instances of rain. This weather is perfect for morning drives when most animals tend to be most active.
Safari / Holiday Styles
A safari holiday with loads of photographic opportunities.
Where to stay
Kruger National Park
Karoo National Park
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Tankwa National Park
Pilanseberg National Park
Frequently Asked Questions about Photographic safaris in South Africa
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… go there.
The best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve is during the dry winter months, from May to September. During this season it is easier to spot the wildlife since the grass is eaten by herbivores. Expect to encounter and sight birds - such as… go there.
The best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park is from autumn through winter to early summer of April to September. However, this is a perfect place to indulge in blessed idleness. If you want to see the landscape and animals, you'll… go there.
The best time to visit Marakele National Park is during 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… go there.
Augrabies Falls National Park is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between April and September. When the popular three-day Klipspringer Trail is open. However, the waterfall is particularly impressive when in flood -… go there.
You may visit Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve all year around - winter (during the months of June and August) are chilly, and summer (during the months of November and January) are hot. Enjoy horse rides, mountain bike and game drive. go there.
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. go there.
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