Today the term safari refers to a trip to an African national park to observe animals in their natural habitat. The real meaning of a safari only becomes clear when you participate in it: extraordinary nature combined with fantastic animal observation. Safaris in South Africa are among the most beautiful on the African continent. Here is our selection of the most beautiful places to go on a safari.
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is THE emblematic safari park in South Africa. With its 20,000 square kilometres, it is home to wild nature and an exceptional diversity of animal and plant species.
This South African park, one of the largest in Africa, extends to neighboring Mozambique and the Zimbabwe border. In addition to the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo), more than 140 species of mammals, more than 500 species of birds, a hundred reptiles and fish are found in the park. Impalas, African wild dogs, zebras, giraffes: all the diversity of African fauna is represented here.
The south of the park is known for its high concentration of animals. The north of the park is more famous for its very different landscape and its archaeological sites such as Thulamela and Masorini. They provide information on the life of African cultures long before the arrival of the colonies. It is an ideal destination for a dream south africa safari.
The Garden Route National Park
The Garden Route National Park is a splendid coastal reserve. This reserve is rather young, as it opened its doors in 2009. You will be amazed by its spectacular coastline with its steep cliffs, in front of the dense forests of Tsitsikamma and in front of an impressive fauna.
The Knysa National Lake area (a fascinating lagoon with oysters, seahorses and almost 200 species of fish) is just as much part of the Garden Route National Park as it is part of the Tsitsikamma National Park.
Particularly sporty travelers will find what they are looking for during a dream south africa safari : activities range from hiking, diving and canoeing to mountain biking and tubing (going down the river in an inflatable buoy).
Addo Elephant National Park
Located north of Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest national park in South Africa. It is famous for its large herds of elephants. It is also considered the only park where you can observe the “Big 7”, that is to say that the observation of white sharks and whales off the coast is added to the famous Big 5. protected, malaria-free, stretches over almost 50 square kilometers, from the islands of Algoa Bay to the semi-desert of the Nama Karoo, passing through the mountains of Zuurberg.
The flora varies according to the season. The lush green areas are beautiful in the winter and the carpets of colorful flowers are splendid in the spring. From luxurious cabins to rugged campsites, all types of accommodation are available.
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park
Founded in 1895, the oldest national park in Africa is called Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park. It is located in the mountains of Zuzuland. Covering an area of 96,000 hectares, you can observe the Big 5. The park is particularly committed to the conservation of white rhinos and black rhinos, endangered species.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park was the first national park to include ‘Wilderness Trails’ in its programme: from March to November, visitors explore the area on foot or on horseback, under the guidance of rangers. Accommodation is provided by a camp and three lodges.
It is one of the lesser known reserves in South Africa. It is located about 4 hours drive from Johannesburg, on the Botswana border. Besides the Big 5, you can also observe the “painted dogs”, these are African wild dogs, now rare in this area.
There are also giraffes, hyenas and about 350 species of birds. In total, more than 12,000 animals live in the park. In addition to premium lodges, guests can also choose fully-equipped camps.