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From the premier game viewing of the Kruger and malaria-free options in Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, to riding safaris in the Waterberg and getting off-the beaten-track in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – there is truly something for everyone. Here we give our lowdown on all that South Africa has to offer safari-wise – now all you have to do is decide which one(s) will suit you best!
One of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, rail travel couldn’t be further from a daily commute in the luxurious surroundings of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. Here we give you the lowdown on what to expect and what separates these two outstanding experiences.
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
This compact itinerary is ideal for those searching for scenic countryside and history of South Africa, as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer. The cosy lodges provide a homely and intimate stay.
Kruger, South Africa
Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury, Family
Chitwa Chitwa is one of the most stylish lodges in the Sabi Sands and overlooks a lake which attracts lots of animals. Fabulous game viewing, excellent service and luxurious accommodation combine to offer a quintessential South African safari experience.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Chitwa Chitwa is a favourite of ours for a stylish yet unpretentious stay with strong eco credentials in the famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve – home to the most impressive safari experience that South Africa has to offer. Chitwa Chitwa has a particularly spectacular setting on one of the largest lakes in the reserve, which attracts large numbers of animals, making for some really special sightings and one of the most exclusive safari experiences in the area.
The six suites at Chitwa Chitwa are all individually designed and combine bush chic with eclectic contemporary art. All suites can accommodate up to two additional beds for children aged under 12 and feature an en-suite bathroom with bath as well as an outdoor shower, fan, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, fireplace and iPod dock. With thatched roofs the suites blend into the surrounding bush veldt, and have glass sliding doors which open out onto a deck with a private plunge pool and views of the popular water hole. There is also a gym and spa for guests to make use of between safari activities. The Charlsy Suite is the perfect option for families or two couples travelling together, encompassing two suites which are interleading with a living area and swimming pool.
For those looking for a completely exclusive stay in the Sabi Sands then Chitwa House is hard to beat. A stay here comes complete with a ranger and tracker with the use of a private vehicle for a tailor-made safari experience as well as a private chef and dedicated butler. The private house has two en-suite rooms which each have an outdoor shower and private deck. The main deck area has a swimming pool overlooking the lake and there is also a lounge and dining area.
Children of all ages are welcome at Chitwa Chitwa with children over the age of six allowed on game drives (at the discretion of the ranger) whilst there are dedicated activities for younger children to engage them in their own safari experience.
When to go
Game viewing in the Kruger is best during it’s dry, winter months, here the vegetation is sparse, and the animals are easier to spot. The summer months in the Kruger are warmer, with an average temperature of 27°C (81°F) but tend to bring more rainfall, which fills the rivers and waterholes resulting in lush and green vegetation. If travelling in late November and early December, this is a great time to spot newborns. Travelling in the height of summer (December to March) can be extremely hot, with the humid air bringing in afternoon thunderstorms.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Child stays FREE at Chitwa Chitwa
Child under 12 stays free when sharing with parents at Chitwa Chitwa during 2017 and 2018. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
Stay 4, pay 3 at Chitwa Chitwa
Stay 4 nights at Chitwa Chitwa in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve during 2018/2019 and only pay for 3. Enjoy fabulous game viewing, excellent service and luxurious accommodation. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
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Walking Safari with Tracking Guides
Bush walking is the closest you get to the essence of the African wilderness. No car engine, no interruptions, just you and nature. With professional guides reading spore on the ground and teaching you the way of the wild this experience is captivating.
Night Drives in the Kruger
Night safaris are something special, with animals out hunting, scavenging and being sneaky, this is when some predators that aren't easily seen in the day could be spotted roaming, hunting and drinking at waterholes.
Game Drives in the Sabi Sands
Head out in the world famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve which is thought to be one of the most game rich areas on the continent. Keep your eyes peeled for the 'Big Five', specifically the magnificent leopard for which it is particularly well-known for.
Night drives in the Sabi Sands
Driving under the starry night sky on a game drive is an experience like no other. Your tracker will be shining a spotlight to find a variety of animals that are active at night, many of which you wont see during the day.
Spend the day exploring the magnificent Panorama Route, where the mountainous escarpment of Mpumalanga offers stunning views across some of South Africa's most spectacular scenery, providing some perfect photography opportunities.
Game Drives in the Kruger
Game drives are conducted in early mornings and late afternoons, when wildlife is most active. Late afternoon drives often end with a sundowner drink and driving back to camp with spotlights may mean spotting nocturnal wildlife.