For many travelers one of the main reasons for a holiday in Southern Africa is to experience its magnificent wildlife while on an authentic safari. Surrounded by the vast African bush; face to face with nature; taking in its unique sounds and scents - this is truly what lifelong memories are made of.
There are many excellent game parks in South Africa, the most well known being the Kruger National Park, which includes numerous private parks sharing unfenced borders on it's eastern border. Other popular parks are the Addo Elephant Park situated close to the Garden Route, and the luxurious Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province.
Botswana offers great diversity in wildlife experiences - from the splendour of world's largest inland delta the Okavango Delta including Moremi Game Reserve, to the varied ecosystems of the Chobe National Park, boasting one of Africa's largest game conentrations.
Most of the game reserves are able to offer visitors the chance to see the 'Big Five' - lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and buffalo; as well as a multitude of other wildlife from giraffe, hyena and hippo to a great variety of antelope and prolific birdlife.
A typical day
A typical day when on safari starts before dawn with a daybreak game drive. Fueled by a freshly brewed cup of coffee, your guide will set out to show you the early morning awakenings of the bush before the heat of the day sets in. Then return to camp for brunch and a leisurely day lazing alongside the pool, or enjoying the other activities on offer, before departing for a late afternoon game drive. Stop at a watering hole for sun-downer drinks and watch the sun sink below the horizon in a blaze of colour before returning to camp for a sumptuous dinner - perhaps besides a raging bonfire in a traditional boma, or at an elegant table for two beneath the stars.