South Africa Safaris
South Africa is Africa's most accessible safari destination, both in terms of easy travel logistics and the very luxurious standard of accommodation. South Africa boasts several top quality reserves featuring the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino) as well as most other high profile savanna species. Accommodation ranges from very comfortable to some of the most luxurious and pampering lodgings anywhere in the world. South Africa bills itself as "A World in One Country" and, in addition to safari, there are numerous other destination highlights that can easily be combined with a first class safari experience.
South Africa's foremost safari area is the greater Kruger ecosystem, specifically the private game reserves adjoining the Kruger National Park. Other excellent safari destinations include the Madikwe, Phinda, and Welgevonden Reserves. South Africa's non-safari highlight is Cape Town - widely regarded as one of the world's great coastal cities, Cape Town combines spectacular natural beauty, history, culture, and world class food and wine. Other features of interest in South Africa include the Drakensberg and Cederberg Mountains, the "Garden Route", and two of the world's great luxury trains (visit our Destination Map for more area specific information, and accommodation options).
One of the primary strengths of South Africa as a safari destination is the concentrated diversity of wildlife species. Travelers spending just a few days in one or more of South Africa's top safari areas will almost certainly see the "Big Five" and a wide range of other species, making South Africa perfect for a shorter safari (or in combination with one of the more remote safari areas to the north). Another real strength of South Africa is that it is an excellent year round safari destination, offering excellent game-viewing for 12 months of the year.The incredibly luxurious and elegant accommodation at various lodges also makes South Africa a great destination for honeymoon safaris or romantic travel, while the easy accessibility and "child-friendly" nature of many safari lodges make South Africa a popular destination for family safaris.
Whether you're planning a full safari, or just a short safari excursion as part of a trip to one of the world's most diverse and interesting countries, South Africa should be on any traveler's short list of African destinations. View our Sample Itineraries for some ideas to help plan your South Africa safari.
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