You won’t be surprised to learn that I love going on safari in South Africa. This is a country that really does have it all, but for now I’m going to restrict myself to telling you about exploring South Africa by safari vehicle.
Depending on which park, reserve or private concession you choose, you could find yourself heading out into arid, semi-desert landscapes, thick riverine forests, or across more open savannah. Expert guides bring their local knowledge to bear to find iconic species without disturbing them, so you can witness (and photograph) uninhibited, natural behaviour.
Cruising the Kalahari is an eye-opener – not just for the stark beauty of the landscape, but because while it seems empty at first, you’ll soon start to see just how many species live there. Some protected areas are known for particular species – Addo, for example, is the place to go to meet elephant, while a game drive in Madikwe could see you hunting with wild dog.
And then there’s the Kruger – this is big cat country, and gives you unique chances to get close to the ultimate predators.