The best South Africa safaris are just as diverse, but equally magical, as the ‘rainbow nation’ itself. This is because – perhaps more than any other country in Africa – South Africa boasts a remarkable variety of landscapes, cultures and wildlife. Let’s take a look at the experiences, lodges, itineraries and parks on offer.
The best South Africa safaris vary not in quality – this is a country that does safari holidays exceptionally well – but in content. That’s because of the generous range of options available, especially when it comes to luxury accommodation.
It’s a truism that the best South Africa safari lodges tend to be found in private protected areas, such as Sabi Sand game reserve adjoining Kruger National Park. Often, fences between adjacent areas have been dropped as part of visionary conservation schemes. The resulting free movement of wildlife leads to exceptional game viewing.
The best South Africa safari experiences may focus on a particular species or type of animal, such as learning to locate big cats or discovering the secret skills of rhino trackers. They may focus on a unique landscape or habitat, such as South Africa’s vast expanse of Kalahari sands or the fynbos vegetation of the Cape Peninsula.
South Africa’s fecundity is legendary, with the winelands of the Western Cape producing world-class vintages – perfect for accompanying a gourmet meal created using seasonal ingredients from an organic kitchen garden.
Even South Africa’s best safari itineraries may not manage to encompass everything that’s wonderful about South Africa. Perhaps that’s why so many travellers return year after year, whether motivated by another nine holes or discovering a whole new province.
Heading any list of South Africa’s best safari parks and reserves, Kruger is an expanse of wilderness the size of Switzerland. Snapping at its heels like wild dogs are Addo, Pilanesberg and the ruggedly beautiful Table Mountain National Park.
Take a look below to find out more, as well as to learn when to go.