A big attraction for those wanting to safari in South Africa is that the Eastern Cape gives the opportunity to visit a game reserve and see the Big 5 in malaria-free surroundings.
As these Eastern Cape lodges are only an hour or two drive from Port Elizabeth, they are ideal for people who wish enjoy a safari and beach holiday or the most popular Cape Town and Garden Route combined with game viewing for a few days.
In addition to Cape Town itself there is Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held captive, Cape Point and the Boulders beach penguin colonies. If this isn’t enough to warrant you spending a few days here there are also the winelands just an hour’s drive into the mountains where you can sample world class wines on a variety of cellar tours.
Combine this with a luxury safari in either the Kruger private reserves, the Madikwe, Addo Elephant Park, Shamwari or Kwandwe and the perfect safari holiday is created. The large luxury safari lodges of the Kruger National Park reserves, and the family friendly lodges in Madikwe reserve both offer plentiful game and ease of access although unlike those game parks located just outside Port Elizabeth the Kruger and Madikwe would likely require a short light aircraft flight.
South African safari game reserves are perfect for private family safaris or for those who want to dip into a safari for a few days after a trip to Cape Town, the Garden route or Kwazulu Natal. With most of the game reserves along the Western Cape and the Madikwe reserve near Johannesburg being malaria free, South Africa offers a perfect opportunity if you only want to spend a few days in the bush, without jeopardising the likelihood of spotting the big five.
A holiday in South Africa offers a fabulous diverse selection of places to visit in combination with a safari. The Kruger National Park is often the location of choice for many South African safaris. Bordering the park itself there are a number of private reserves that offer a fantastic standard of accommodation and game viewing for the more discerning safari client.
A safari in South Africa is what most would envisage as the traditional African Safari. South Africa has all of the big five, superb guides and luxury safari lodges, but it also has Cape Town the winelands and the Garden Route.
For those looking to do something a little different whilst in South Africa there are the magnificent yester year trains; the Blue Train and the Rovos Rail which run from Cape Town to Pretoria offering the individual a relaxing night or two aboard whilst chugging through the idyllic South African countryside.
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