Why We Love South Africa

July 31, 2020

Located at the southern most tip of Africa, South Africa and its safari experiences expose you to the beauty, warmth and diversity that can be found throughout the country’s different natural landscapes, wildlife and cultures.

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South Africa is considered a soft landing for those visiting Africa for the first time. However, for the real safari aficionados that have been bitten hard by the ‘safari bug’, it can be just as adventurous as its Southern African counterparts. From impressive national parks like the famous Kruger in the north to excellent privately owned game reserves like Kariega near the south-eastern coast, the country is covered in wilderness areas that are perfect for an authentic wildlife safari. There is a wide range of safari camps and lodges within or bordering the various parks and reserves, including five-star luxury lodges to more rustic tented camps that immerse you in the bush completely.

These are just three of the reasons why we love South Africa and suspect you either already do or will too when you visit one day:

We love the Big 5 safari adventure

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Celebrated as a stronghold of big game and particularly Africa’s iconic Big 5 (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino), travellers often choose parks and reserves in South Africa just to see as many of these animals as possible. The mega-herbivores and big cats that make up this collective are known for their strength, unpredictability and aggression when confronted.

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To be able to (safely) encounter these mighty beasts in real life while on a game drive is breath-taking, no matter whether it is your first or fifth time on safari. Destinations like Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Phinda Private Game Reserve, and of course, Kruger National Park, all offer authentic Big 5 safaris in spectacular bush settings.

We love the wildlife conservation commitment

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While the Big 5 definitely do take centre stage in many safaris in South Africa, there is also an incredible density and variety of other animals as well as bird and plant life. Unfortunately, the country has been plagued, for many years, by pervasive and devastating poaching, largely for the international illegal wildlife trade. Nevertheless, there has been environmental and wildlife conservation success stories in various wilderness areas.

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National park and game reserve management play an integral part in this. Education, awareness and practical efforts on the ground have resulted in highly endangered species such the African wild dog, Temminck’s pangolin (the only species found in Southern Africa), black and white rhino (black and white), cheetah, and grey crowned crane finding sanctuary in some parts of the country.

We love the special luxury experiences

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Discerning travellers will fall in love with the luxury safari accommodation in South Africa’s top game reserves. Small and intimate lodges make sure that the personal attention, privacy and exclusivity that is necessary now more than ever is a top priority. The country has long been recognised for its welcoming and warm hospitality and exceptional service.

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A South Africa luxury safari is full of special indulgences. Think a night sleeping under the stars on a raised platform surrounded by the bush, candlelit al fresco dinners that include some of South Africa’s finest wines, and the traditional sundowner session sipping on cold G&T’s after an exciting day in the bush. What better way to spend your holiday than being pampered, spoilt and completely rejuvenated.

If you are ready to start planning your future beach and bush safari to South Africa – or anywhere else in Africa – we look forward to helping you make the most of your trip, smoothly and safely.

Images courtesy of Savanna Lodge in Sabi Sands Reserve and Sanctuary Retreats Makanyane Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve.


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