Big 5 viewing!
Southern and Eastern Africa are blessed with a huge diversity with various different amazing landscapes where the Big 5 is roaming.
Most areas are great to visit year round, but below offers a bit more in-depth information in the various safari areas:
This area is actually the latest addition to South Africa’s safari possibilities. Due to its proximity to Cape Town, this has now become a big game viewing destination. The Garden Route actually links Cape Town with the Eastern Cape safari lodges.
Most of the lodges are to be found near Port Elizabeth, which is an hour flight from Cape Town. Safaris in this part of the country are all malaria-free.
We have visited personally quite a few lodges and will recommend only those that give a real safari-like experience. The landscape offers an-easy-to-see game viewing, and is easy to be reached. The climate is a bit different than Cape Town since rainfall can occur throughout the year.
This lush sub tropical part of South Africa offers the best combination of a bush and beach experience. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean beg for a few days snorkeling, scuba diving or simply relaxing.
Safaris in Kwa Zulu Natal are ideal during the winter months, April to October, when the rest of the country can be very cold, whereas KZN enjoys a wonderful temperature!
Besides world class safari lodges, there are the impressive Drakensberg Mountains to explore, or go and see how the giant turtles lay their eggs on the beach, swim with dolphins or simply do nothing and enjoy the beauty!
Kruger National Park
The ultimate world reknown place to go and see the Big 5! The Kruger National Park, roughly 360 KM from north to south and 65 KM from east to west, became South Africa’s first National Park in 1926.
When to go
The climate of the Kruger National Park is subtropical. Summer days and hot and humid with temperatures often over 38 degrees Celsius, and the rainy season is from September until May. The winter time, especially during June, July and August, is the ideal time to visit this region. First of all there is less vegetation and less water, which allows you to see the animals better, plus there is less chance of contracting malaria.
Some of Africa’s most luxurious lodges are located in the Kruger Park. Whether you are looking for a romantic get-away, sleeping under the stars with a fire near you, hearing the sounds of the bush, what is more magical than experiencing this with your loved one! Of course there are also numerous excellent places to stay at when you are with a group of friends or traveling with your family.