Safaris

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Southern Africa’s unique global drawcard is its wildlife, and there are countless ways to enjoy it! From Five Star deluxe all-inclusive safari lodges, to self-catering accommodation. From the world renowned Kruger National Park, to the private Sabi Sand Reserve collection and non-Malarial reserves within the Pilanesberg, Madikwe Game Reserve or Eastern Cape Reserves. The Okavango Delta is an extraordinary natural experience, as is Chobe National Park.

The most popular wildlife destinations in Southern Africa are easy to reach, either via scheduled regional or national flights, via private charter, or via road for the client who prefers to get themselves around (South Africa only).

We have included a little more information on your safari options below.

Kruger National Park

This massive tract of land (about the size of Israel) is a preserved wilderness with spectacular and abundant wildlife species.

The primary differences between a Kruger National Park safari and a private safari within one of the adjacent private reserves (including Sabi Sand Reserve, Thornybush and Timbavati Game Reserve – as well as the private concessions within the Kruger):

  • The type of accommodations available. The private lodges are more luxurious and are generally fully inclusive, whereas most of the Kruger Park accommodations are typically self-catering and more basic in décor and amenities. There are, however, private concessions within the Kruger Park and some of our favourites include Hamilton’s Tented Camp; Imbali Safari Lodge, Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge and Lukimbi Safari Lodge. These lodges are more like the luxurious lodges in the private reserves in terms of the level of accommodation, game drives and cuisine.
  • Within the Kruger, set gate times and traversing policies mean that you are restricted in terms of when you go out on safari, when you enter the reserve and when you leave. Private lodges are not limited to scheduled times, and game drives may stay out for longer after dark and before sunrise (dependent on the individual lodges’ daily schedules).
  • Most visitors drive themselves around the Kruger National Park on tarred main roads. Safaris are available at specific times of the day, and these need to be reserved on an ad-hoc basis. There is no telling how many other people may be on safari with you. Within the private reserves, vehicles are able to go off road in search and pursuit of game. The likelihood of seeing more animals is therefore higher in a private reserve. Lodges also have a maximum number of people per vehicle (anything from 4 – 10), and also enable visitors to exclusively reserve their own vehicle.
  • Guided bush walks are part of the daily experience at the lodges within the private reserves, whereas in the Kruger National Park you would need to arrange this independently.

The choice of which experience is better for you is dependent on your personal disposition and budget. 

Private Game Reserves

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is best known for its game viewing (specifically its leopard sightings) and includes a collection of some of the world’s most recognised safari brands, such as MalaMala, Sabi Sabi, Singita, Londolozi, Idube, Savanna, Chitwa-Chitwa and many more.

Thornybush Private Nature Reserve is another popular reserve next to the Kruger National Park, and includes a selection of Lodges which have collectively made this one of Africa’s finest safari experiences.

Kapama Private Game Reserve is graced with the perpetual view of the mighty Drankensberg Mountains in the distance, and is easily accessible from Hoedspruit Airport. Some of the activities that visitors can enjoy include Big-5 game viewing, hot-air balloon flights, elephant-back safaris and sleep-outs under the stars.

Regardless of choice, each reserve offers beautiful and ultra-luxurious accommodations, superb rangers and trackers for the best possible safari experience, and cuisine that will have every mouth watering. Many also offer first-class children’s programmes, as well as spa & wellness facilities

Botswana

With tourism forming the country’s primary source of income, coupled with a sound and progressive conservation policy, Botswana offers the quintessential African Safari experience. It has a plethora of very unique game reserves, including Moremi Game Reserve, The Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. 

Safaris vary from classic lodges to absolute luxury, many of which can be creatively combined for an inclusive and comprehensive circuit.

Botswana is renowned for the quality of its bird viewing (specifically the Okavango Delta), and ‘twitchers’ will find no shortage of ‘feathered finds’ to tick off their check lists.

Namibia

Game parks and nature reserves in Namibia make up a staggering 18% of the country’s surface area. 

The massive Etosha National Park focuses primarily on wildlife, while Namib-Naukluft Park and Fish River Canyon are more landscape oriented, each with absolutely staggering natural beauty. These parks are home to Namibia’s most sought-after tourist destinations, with a wide-range of adventure, camping, hiking and wilderness activities on offer.

Victoria Falls & Chobe

Chobe National Park is the perfect spot for those wanting to combine the natural wonder of the Victoria Falls with a first-rate wildlife experience.

We are able to design a package to suit your requirements and budget, including open-vehicle safaris and river cruises on the Chobe River, with action-packed activities in Victoria Falls. 

The Zambezi River is home to a large variety of fish, and is famous for its bream and fighting tiger fish, while Chobe is an excellent destination for bird watching.

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