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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.
Dulini Leadwood Lodge
Kruger, South Africa
Best for: Honeymoon, Wildlife, Safari
Dulini Leadwood Lodge (formerly Exeter Leadwood Lodge) is the ideal choice for small groups of friends or family sharing an African safari. Nestled in the fork of the Sand and Mabrak Rivers, Leadwood Lodge offers a cosy and serene getaway.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Located in the heart of the world renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park to the east, Dulini Leadwood Lodge benefits from a great diversity of wildlife which has free movement between the two areas. It is an excellent area to spot the ‘Big Five’ and with the Sabi and Sand Rivers providing sustenance for the area, the flora and fauna are just as diverse. Sabi Sand is 65,000 hectares in size and the reserve keeps strict limitations on the number of vehicles in the area, ensuring game drives are kept as exclusive as possible.
Dulini Leadwood Lodge offers its guests a luxurious stay in comfortable suites with a contemporary design. With just three suites, Dulini Leadwood can be booked on a completely exclusive basis for families or friends travelling together. However, suites can be booked individually and offer privacy and space, perfect for honeymooners. With floor to ceiling windows, each suite boasts incredible views over the Sand River giving guests a feeling of complete isolation in the bush.
A main viewing decks offers guests the opportunity to quietly watch animals from the comfort of camp, some may even be lucky enough to see a leopard silently stalk past. Dining can be taken on the deck, or for a real African experience, by Boma; dining in this way offers an atmospheric experience traditionally taken around a fire and under the starry night. A well-stocked wine cellar boasts some of South Africa’s finest wines which guests are encouraged to make full use of during their stay. The swimming pool offers guests a respite during the hottest part of the day after returning from an early morning game drive.
Dulini maintains it’s feeling of exclusivity with game vehicles designed to carry no more than six guests, the open 4x4 vehicle offers 360 degree views with excellent rangers and trackers who are both passionate and professional. With stories from the bush and their own experience, these drives will not disappoint. It’s an early morning start, with the day beginning at dawn where you’ll be waking up with the wildlife and see them as they start their day. An option of daily bush walks is also available where guests can experience the bush more intimately from the ground, while an experienced guide will teach you about the smaller wildlife and flora and fauna of the area.
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
Bride gets 50% off at Dulini Lodges
Bride gets 50% off at Dulini Collection properties when staying for 3 nights or more.
Returning Guest Offer at Dulini Lodge
Dulini Lodge in South Africa are offering a 15% reduction on accommodation for returning guests in 2019.
*All offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact our team for more information.
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.