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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.
Sabi Sands, South Africa
Best for: Safari, Wildlife, Family
Located in the southern part of the famous Sabi Sand Reserve is Kirkman’s Kamp, a historic homestead perfect for couples and families alike. With suites overlooking bushveld and beautiful gardens, this camp has nothing but charm.
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The Sabi Sand is famous for being one of the most renowned wildlife regions in Africa, this ‘Big Five’ reserve is the perfect place to stay for those seeking wildlife encounters and exciting experiences in the bush. With unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, game wanders freely between the two and the area is particularly good for its sightings of the beautiful leopard.
Kirkman’s Kamp has maintained the classic design of the original homestead of Harry Kirkman, in keeping with an old Africa style of the 1920s, guests feel like they’ve been transported back in time. With eighteen charming suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, the camp has accommodation available for all and has been beautifully maintained to maximise comfort and luxury. Every suite overlooks the swimming pool and well-kept lawns where warthog can be frequently seen snuffling around. A library and open fireplace in the guest lounge allow guests a chance to unwind and recline in the evenings. Situated on a ridge, Kirkman’s offers its guests incredible views of the open bush and landscape surrounding camp.
Located in the Sabi Sand means that wildlife encounters can be experienced in a variety of ways. Kirkman’s offer guests day and night drives which leave early morning and afternoon after lunch, allowing guests to see game at their most active. Walking safaris are the perfect way to get into the bush and learn about tracking animals and some of the smaller species that are unlikely to be spotted from a game vehicle, and bush walks are an excellent way of learning about the flora and fauna of the area and how it changes seasonally. All of these experiences come with professional and enthusiastic guides who are well versed in the wildlife 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.
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Things to do
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.
Guided walk in the Sabi Sands
Explore the Sabi Sands Game Reserve on foot with an experienced guide to get up close and personal to the bush. Learn about the incredible biodiversity of plant and wildlife and step alongside the tracks of some of the larger animals.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Explore city, safari and waterfalls in this action-packed itinerary. Rich in the city culture of Cape Town, the big game of the Kruger and ending at the breathtaking Victoria Falls, this trip is an ideal way to enjoy some of what Africa has to offer.