No vacation to South Africa would be complete without a visit to one of the country’s many world-famous wildlife preserves. The continent of Africa is full of exotic wildlife and spectacular scenery, but what makes a South African safari particularly special is that you can experience the serenity of the bush and the majesty of the animals while staying in comfort and style. South Africa’s luxury safari lodges are private paradises where opulence and nature merge into an unforgettable experience. Each lodge has only a handful of rooms in order to ensure that each guest’s needs are fully met, and amenities such as private pools for every room are the norm.
When people think of a South African safari, most of them think of Kruger National Park in the country’s northeast. While it’s true that many of South Africa’s best safari lodges are found in and around the flagship preserve, the rest of the country also offers a number of outstanding options that should not be overlooked. The Eastern Cape’s Shamwari and Kwandwe Game Reserves, as well as the Western Cape’s Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, one of the few places in the world where you can view white lions in the wild, are all fantastic upscale options for viewing the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros).
One of the many pleasures of visiting a South African safari lodge is the freedom to simply do nothing at all in a luxurious, exotic setting, if you wish. Most visitors choose to indulge in a full day’s activities, however, whether it’s a game drive or guided safari walk with professional guides and trackers, a visit to a local community, or enjoying a world-class spa treatment. Here is a sample of what a daily itinerary might look like:
6:00am-7:00am – Breakfast
7:00am-10:00am – Morning game drive in open-viewing vehicle
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm – Safari walk / spa treatment
3:30pm-6:30pm – Afternoon game drive in open-viewing vehicle
7:30-10:00 – Dinner and drinks
Where to safari? Check out the adjacent map for the best safari destinations to include on your South Africa itinerary: