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South Africa Safari

Leopard at Kruger National Park

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Home to the big five, steeped in safari history with a vast array of private game reserves and national parks and plenty of adventure for everyone

South Africa is a well-known cornerstone destination for safari goers and wildlife enthusiast. Home to the big five, as well as huge array of mammal species and with over 850 species of bird, it’s no wonder it is one of the top safari destinations in Africa.

The sheer magnitude of diversity in South Africa and its ability to cater to a broad audience makes it one of the most popular safari destinations.

The Rainbow Nation is home to the concept of the luxury safari and has paved the way to help create what is probably has the most developed and diverse safari industry in Africa.

The majority of South Africa’s wildlife inhabits national parks and private game reserves which can be easier to access than other less developed countries in Africa, making it ideal for those wanting a quality first time safari experience without having to travel to areas of extreme remoteness.

There’s huge variety in South Africa’s as a safari destination with the most famous being Kruger National Park, which officially opened its gates to visitors in 1927. These first visitors had to camp in the bush and legend has it, on occasion needed to climb trees to escape hungry lions.

Staying at a private safari lodge has some exciting benefits, not only do they offer excellent accommodation, food and top-quality levels of guiding, they offer guests exclusivity of exploring where the general public are not allowed to venture and the opportunity to off-road where guides have the ability to get you closer to the wildlife.

When visiting national parks in South Africa, it is possible to either self-drive and explore until your heart is content or you can book a safari with several local tour operators. When considering a self-drive safari holiday, it is a must to research and learn about how to drive in the parks and how to behave around the wildlife.

South Africa gives great value for money when considering a safari, the levels of quality can be a lot higher than some southern African countries.

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