A safari in South Africa offers some of Africa’s most successful and best-loved game reserves. Few people consider that they are ‘going on safari’ in South Africa to the exclusion of all else. The more typical pattern is to incorporate a South Africa safari into a varied trip, combining a few days in the bush with time in a city, on the beach and enjoying the stunning scenery..
Some of Africa’s most successful and best-loved game reserves are in South Africa
South Africa Safaris – The Kruger
The primary game reserve is the Kruger National Park . We usually include its adjacent private game reserves such as the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and Timbavati Wildlife Reserve, Kapama and Thornybush as well. These private game reserves have open borders with the Kruger but give you more flexibility with night drives, off-road sightings and bush walks. As well as the private reserves, you can stay at one of the private concession camps within the Kruger National Park itself. This greater Kruger area gives you the best all-round game-viewing experience in South Africa in our opinion.
See our blog on comparing the two game experiences: Private Game Reserves or Private concessions for your Kruger safari
South Africa Safaris – Malaria Free
Alternatively you could opt for one of the Malaria-free destinations such as Madikwe, the Eastern Cape and the Waterberg – see our page on Malaria-free safari areas…
These are not the only non-malaria areas. Some of the more off the beaten track South Africa safaris are also malaria-free. Think Tswalu Game Reserve and the Trans Kalagadi National Park in the Kalahari, or the Mountain Zebra National Park in the Karoo area of the Eastern Cape.
South Africa Safaris – Bush & Beach in Kwa Zulu Natal
Finally don’t forget the Northern KwaZulu Natal reserves such as Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, Phinda, Thanda and Mkuze. These also offer excellent Big Five game-viewing.
Plus this is a good area to see cheetah, and of course rhino. They have the added attraction of being close to some stunning Indian Ocean beaches so that you can combine ‘bush and beach’ with only a short road transfer in between. Well worth considering especially in our winter months when other parts of South Africa can be cool.