With 19 National Parks around the country, South Africa must be one of the first choices in safari destinations worldwide. Each of these parks has something unique to offer visitors in terms of flora, fauna and beautiful scenery. If it’s a true African Big 5 experience you are after Pembury Tours can assist you as we have a few options from which to choose, with accommodation to suit every budget. There are three distinct areas worthy of mentioning for the ultimate safari experience.
The Kruger National Park, established in 1898, is one of the world’s largest wildlife conservancies. It is home to some 147 species of mammal, including the Big 5, and 500 bird species across 2-million hectares. The park offers superb safari experiences in luxury game lodges with game drives in open vehicles with highly experienced game rangers. There is also a chance to stop for sundowners during a drive and there is nothing better than watching an African sunset with a gin and tonic in hand to complete the experience.
If you don’t want to take the risk of travelling in a malaria-area there are other options available to you. Both the Madikwe Game Reserve and Addo Elephant National Park offer malaria-free safaris. Madikwe is one of South Africa’s prime safari destinations, situated in the north of the country, on the border of Botswana, just a 4-hour drive from Johannesburg. Here you will find private safari lodges offering unparalleled service and a high standard of game viewing, hopefully you will catch a glimpse of African Wild Dog, for which the park is famous.
Heading further south, towards the Garden Route, you will find the Addo Elephant National Park. The scenery is breath-taking as the park is the meeting point of 5 distinct biomes. It is also probably one of the only places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the Big 7; elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, great white shark and southern right whale, imagine all of that in a day’s game viewing!
South Africa is a country rich in diverse settings and exquisite scenery, with so many options available in terms of safari holidays it must be an obvious choice on any travellers list of places to see