Summer has arrived in South Africa! And for the rest of December there’s hardly any availability. Which makes now the perfect time to start planning your holiday for 2015! Speak to an expert to determine the most popular times to visit several premier African destinations. 

When to visit will depend on your individual preferences – some like it hot and some like it vibey while others prefer peace and tranquility. There’s no substitute for talking things through with one of our experts.

As African Safari Experts, we travel the length and breadth of this magnificent continent to find the most incredible destinations, hotels, lodges and experiences so that we can give first-hand, expert advice to our clients. Take a look at these incredible places for some serious inspiration!

Our Top 10 Country’s For Safaris

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Tanzania
  • Zimbabwe
  • Kenya
  • Indian Ocean

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South Africa has world-renowned game reserves and national parks.Beulah Phillips profiles four of the best spots to experience nature at its best


Pick it if: You want to see the Big Five for the first time

Kruger is the name you associate with safari in South Africa. The largest national park in the country, it is located to the far north-east, covering territory in both Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. 

While you can self-drive the public roads as a budget option, the experience offered by safari lodges cannot be compared. The best lodges border their private reserves in Kruger National Park so the specialist rangers and spotters can go off-road on their own land. In Kruger you are restricted to what you can see from the road. The best perk of private reserves is in the name – you experience the sightings in privacy. 

Jock’s Safari Lodge is located in the borders of Kruger and offers rustic bungalows with roll-top baths, outdoor showers and a view over the riverbank, which reels in roaming wildlife.




Pick it if: You want to spot a leopard

Sabi Sands is the oldest private reserve in the country and it is the largest conservation region in South Africa thanks to a link to the Limpopo Transfrontier Park. The environment is managed according to best practice with community involvement and anti-poaching patrols. 

Sabi Sands is also renowned for its sightings of the elusive leopard. It is also home to some of the most exclusive safari lodges in South Africa. The lodges are never ostentatious, mind you, and they aim to integrate nature into the design. Londolozi’s Tree Camp puts you at leopard height in canopy-top bungalows with private swimming pools and contemplation decks. 

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Nestled in the sanctuary of a riverine grove in the game rich Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Dulini Game Lodge aspires to restore the romance of the early days of safari. Honeymooners and guests staying for more than two nights are offered special prices with discounts for newlyweds deals. This 3 night package offers the bride a 50% discount from the regular pricing and is great value for those wishing to have one of the most romantic honeymoons on earth.



Pick it if: You want to see wild dogs

This private reserve is the place to be for wild dog sightings, with three packs marauding the plains of Madikwe. These endangered animals are rare but if you see one, you see many, making for an enthralling sighting. 

Madikwe is not as well known as those previously listed and yet it is the fifth largest game reserve in the country, covering 75,000 hectares. It is a malaria-free zone, with the land bordering Botswana, near the Kalahari desert.

Today the reserve sustains 66 mammal species and 300 bird species. Madikwe Game Reserve caters perfectly for families and couples.




Pick it if: You have a tight time frame

Acknowledged as the most accessible national park in South Africa and the most frequented, Pilanesberg is three hours drive from Johannesburg. 

Sandwiched between wet lowveld terrain and the arid Kalahari, you will find the big five and over 360 bird species. The park is smaller than others but this means the concentration of wildlife is higher, offering better sighting opportunities. 

The landscape is striking as it is the site of a volcano crater and there are unobtrusive photographic hides scattered throughout the park for guests devoted to securing a perfect shot. Elephant back safaris are also available for those who eschew vehicles for a close-up with one of the big five. Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge and Buffalo Thorn Lodge are both great options for an action packed stay.


Cape Town Destinations

The name ‘Cape Town’ is used rather loosely and generally incorporates a larger area known as the Cape Peninsula and every bit of it is downright gorgeous, you may have difficulty deciding which beautiful part most requires your presence.


Cape Town Destinations - Where to go in the Mother City

Cape Town Accommodation

There are literally hundreds of B&Bs, guest houses and award winning hotels to choose from in Cape Town. Some of the finest in the World – you really will be spoiled for choice. Let our expert consultants steer you in the right direction!


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Our Favourite Cape Town Hotels

Cape Town is the home of chic. There are literally hundreds of hotels, B&Bs and guest houses to choose from – we have personally visited and stayed at virtually ALL of them, so let us help you decide Where to stay with our selection of our favourite places .


Our Cape Town Favourites - All our favourite places to stay in Cape Town

Cape Town Tours

For those wanting to combine a trip to Cape Town with a wider African holiday, then here are a few suggested tours to whet your appetite incorporating the Garden Route, the Kruger National Park, Vic Falls, Botswana and Tanzania.


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Cape Town Facts & Information

You probably have a lot of questions about visiting Cape Town so we’ve created this handy section to help you out. You’ll find all you need to know about our magnificent Mother City, from the climate, to the best restaurants…


Cape Town Facts & Information - All you need to know about Cape Town

Cape Town Day Tours

The benefits of taking a day tour are endless. Sit back, relax, watch Cape Town go by and let someone else do the hard work. Our Day Tours visit all the highlights of Cape Town including the Winelands and Cape Point Nature Reserve.Dive with the sharks A day at a shebeen Mzolis or a day up the west coast to Mykonos and the beach restaurant DieStrandloper-Restaurant-and-Beach-Bar for the freshest of sea food


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Cape Town Activities

The World in one City. From the beaches of Clifton to the peaks of Table Mountain, there’s a wide variety of activities on offer in the Mother City, from the gentler pursuits of wine tasting and high tea to the more adventurous shark cage diving and rock climbing.


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Cape Town Map

The Cape Peninsula is a tricky little area to get your head around. With the Northern Suburbs, Southern Suburbs, City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard to fathom, we hope this map of Cape Town will help you get your bearings!


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