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About South Africa
Many visitors come to South Africa in search of its abundant wildlife, vigilantly tended in the country’s numerous game reserves and conservation areas. Africa’s big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – still prowl the ranges of their ancestors, together with gigantic elephant, rhinoceros and hippopotamus. The country is also a magnet for bird-watchers, with close to 900 species. Yet wildlife exists not only in the bushveld: The coasts afford some of the best whale-watching anywhere in the world, together with huge colonies of seal, penguin and countless water-birds.
Kruger National Park Safaris are for many high on their wish list when visiting South Africa. There are now numerous Private Concession within Kruger itself offering the Guest a far more intimate experience than if one had to stay at the public camps. Off-road and night game drives are also included.
The most famous private game reserve of all. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park, offers a safari experience found nowhere else in the world. Game viewing possibilities are simply unparalleled, including the much sought after ‘Big 5’. Add a fantastic range of luxury lodges suiting all tastes and a African dream safari is born. There are no fences between Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve, so wildlife roams freely in huge natural environment.
The Timbavati Game Reserve comprises of over 53000 hectares of private land adjoining the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. In recent years, the fences separating Timbavati from the Kruger National Park were dropped, thus forming a pristine wilderness area of approximately four million hectares. The reserve offers a selection of Luxury Safari Lodges and Tented Camps.
The 23,000 hectare Manyeleti Game Reserve is located between the Timbavati and Sabi Sands Game Reserves and borders the world famous Kruger National Park. With just three lodges in this pristine bush area you can be sure to experience the best of South Africa far away from mainstream tourist areas. Manyeleti is one of those very few remaining ‘secret places’.
The Thornybush Game Reserve consists of ten Lodges. Situated within 14 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve is a true escape from the madness of city life. This haven, which is just over 5 hours drive from Johannesburg has scooped numerous world firsts, both for conservation and hospitality. Thornybush has evolved over the years into a visitors paradise.
Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the fifth largest game reserve and is also one of the lesser- known parks in South Africa. This makes it a hidden- gem as it is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa and offers the Big 5 in a 680 km2 park (750 km2 including newly incorporated privately owned land). The park offers a number of luxurious lodges as well as community lodges in a malaria- free zone.
With Table Mountain – one of the most spiritual places on earth – at its heart and two oceans at its feet, the city of Cape Town, strategically situated at the south-western tip of Africa, has been famed for centuries as the Tavern of the Seas.
The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River which is crossed along the N2 coastal highway over the Paul Sauer Bridge in the extreme western reach of the neighbouring Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley; with George, the Garden Route’s largest city and main administrative centre.
A paradise of warm waters, sun-drenched beaches, eco-wonderlands and cosmopolitan people, KwaZulu-Natal (also known as the Zulu Kingdom) is steeped in history, hospitality and adventure.
Sun City offers more than one hundred unforgettable family activities, a vibrant, enticing casino and a variety of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. From the 3-star family-focused Cabanas hotel to the magnificent 5-star Palace of the Lost City, you’ll find the perfect place to enjoy your time at Sun City, whether it’s a romantic getaway with your partner, a wild weekend with friends or a memorable holiday with the whole family.
Rovos Rail is a private railway company operating out of Capital Park Station in Pretoria, South Africa. The Society of International Railway Travelers has regularly named the Pride of Africa, as the train is called, as one of the World’s Top 25 Trains because of its excellent accommodation, public spaces, service, dining and off-train sightseeing.
The Blue Train travels an approximately 1,600-kilometer (990 mi) journey in South Africa between Pretoria and Cape Town. It is one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world. It boasts butler service, two lounge cars (smoking and non-smoking), an observation car, and carriages with gold-tinted picture windows, in soundproofed, fully carpeted compartments, each featuring its own en-suite (many of which are equipped with a full-sized bathtub). The service is promoted as a “magnificent moving five-star hotel” by its operators, who note that kings and presidents have travelled on it.
Weather and Best Time to go on a South Africa Safari
South Africa can be visited comfortably any time of the year.
Winter (May to August) is cooler and drier, and ideal for hiking and outdoor pursuits. Because vegetation is less dense, and thirsty animals congregate around water sources, winter is also the best time for game viewing. Cape Town experiences rain and cold days during winter.
Summer (late November to March) brings rain, mists and – in the lowveld – some very hot days. Along the Indian Ocean coast, conditions are tropical, with high humidity.
Spring (September to October) and Autumn (April to May) are ideal almost everywhere.
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