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Safari in South Africa

Safari South Africa

Pilanesberg: The Big 5, just 2 hours from Jo’burg

A short hop from Johannesburg, South Africa’s 4th largest park has it all: dramatic scenery, diverse wildlife, and the all diversions of Sun City, right on your doorstep. Situated on the remains of an extinct volcano, Pilanesberg offers 200km of spectacular landscape carved by wind and water. It’s ideal for family self-drives where you can set your own itinerary; or you can take guided game drives, game walks, elephant-back safaris or even hot-air balloon rides.

The park has abundant hides and scenic picnic sites, and wildlife viewing is superb. Numerous species of animals and birds flock to drink at the large central lake, and you can see both white and black rhinos in the park. Pilanseberg makes an ideal day trip from Johannesburg, but with five luxury lodges to stay in, why not prolong your visit?

With Sun City right next door, offering superb entertainment, golf, a water park and casino, there’s something to thrill all the family, all the time.

How to get there:
Flights to Johannesburg from the UK twice daily from £599*

book now or call 0844 375 9680

 

Madikwe: Red sands, stargazing and elephants

Only 3.5 hours from Johannesburg, malaria-free Madikwe is a prime wildlife reserve located along the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert. It’s home to all of the Big Five - and believe us, the lions here are very big indeed!

Madikwe’s vast open plains offer perfect terrain for guided game drives and bush walks; they also make for incredible stargazing and great bush dinners. The reserve hosts an incredible diversity of native fauna, and many other species have been introduced here in an impressive conservation programme. Alongside South Africa’s second largest elephant population, you’ll find lions, tigers, leopard, Cape buffalo, wild dogs, hyenas, cheetah, zebra, giraffe and over 300 bird species.

Madikwe is residential only - no day-trippers - and offers an excellent choice of accommodation to suit different budgets - from no-frills Mosethla Bush Camp to ultra-luxurious Madikwe Hills, Mateya or Etali. Madikwe Safari Lodge, with its private plunge pools and outstanding food, is an excellent affordable luxury option.

How to get there:
Flights to Johannesburg from the UK twice daily from £599*

book now or call 0844 375 9680

 

 

Shamwari: Exciting encounters, African culture, exclusive setting

Just 50 minutes from Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape, a stay at the private, family-owned Shamwari Reserve is a perfect way to extend a holiday exploring the Garden Route. This is a really exclusive safari experience: you’ll be in small groups with your own personal game ranger, who will offer expert insights into everything you encounter, from black rhino to cheetah.

Daily game drives are in modern open vehicles, specially converted to maximise comfort and viewing potential. You can also soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the bush on guided walks - see springbok and wildebeest grazing on open plains, or waterbirds on Bushman’s River.

And don’t miss the magical ‘Braiis’ dinners, with storytelling and traditional dances. Between safaris, experience traditional African crafts and rituals at the village of Kaya Lendaba. Or discover the inspiring conservation work that goes on here with a visit to the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, the Born Free Big Cats sanctuaries, or the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre which cares for orphaned, abandoned and injured creatures until they can be returned to the wild. What’s not to love?

How to get there:
Flights to Port Elizabeth from the UK daily from £628*

book now or call 0844 375 9680


 

Kruger National Park, South Africa: The big wilderness

The flagship of South African National Parks, Kruger was established in 1898. It’s vast - nearly 2 million hectares. It’s beautiful - with open savannah, rushing rivers, forests of acacia and bushwillow, and magnificent Blyde River Canyon. And it’s home to an astonishing diversity of species - including 336 trees, 507 birds, 147 mammals and 114 reptiles.

The Southern part of Kruger has the highest animal concentrations, but the tropical far North is fascinating, with crocs, hippos, waterbirds, buffaloes, elephants and lions to see. Go on guided drives, take a 4wd safari along rough tracks, or take off on a mountain bike or hiking trail - you’ll always be close to the scents and sounds of the bush.

Kruger also has a fascinating story of human history to tell, through bushman rock paintings and majestic archaological sites like Masonni and Thulamela. There’s a vast choice of atmospheric accommodation here, from exclusive private luxury camps such as Sirheni ( a great place to see leopards) to basic, rustic bush camps.

How to get there:
Flights to Nelspruit from the UK daily from £767*

book now or call 0844 375 9680


>>For further safari inspiration in Southern Africa click here


 

 

*  fares are correct as of 20 Mar 2013 and are subject to change and availability. Departure is from London Heathrow and a additional supplement applies for all other UK departure airports. Please refer to fare rules before making your booking.

 

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