South Africa is a popular destination for game viewing with numerous National Parks located in various provinces around the country. The most well known is Kruger National Park which is located in Mpumalanga and was the first to be declared a game reserve in the country.
In the last few decades many private reserves were created adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the two main areas being the Sabi Sands and the Timbavati. In recent years the fences between these reserves were dropped allowing the free migration of game between the three areas. This has resulted in a larger overall conservancy area and greater game viewing opportunities for visitors.
The most affordable safari option would be a self drive and self-catered tour in Kruger itself. There are numerous public rest camps that have comfortable bungalows and chalets. This option will allow you the freedom to enjoy game viewing from your vehicle and to choose your own routes and daily activities. However the camps are usually quite booked up so you will need to plan and book your vacation well in advance.
If you would prefer a guided tour then there are several operators who will arrange your accommodation at a range of the public rest camps, cater your meals and arrange guided game drives during your stay. There is also an option to do a three to four day walking safari in the Kruger. The accommodation set-up is quite rustic but the bush experience cannot be matched.
The more up-market safari option is to stay at any one of the many private rest camps or lodges in one of the reserves. The lodges range from comfortable three and four star tented camps and lodges to exclusive luxurious five star establishments. At most lodges all meals are included and you will have two to three game viewing activities per day. This comprises of an early morning and late afternoon game drive, with the option of a bush walk for the more adventurous. The guides and trackers are extremely knowledgeable and guest can often get really close up to many of the wild animals. The number of people on each vehicle is limited to ensure that you get the very best game viewing experience.
Cherelle | Aug 3, 2009 | Category: General