Guest Post by Kelly

South Africa is one of Africa’s most luxurious safari destinations; where else could you mix Big Five Game viewing with luxury accommodation and fabulous sightseeing trips? Often referred to as a “world in one country,” South Africa really does have it all and is a popular choice for first time safari enthusiasts from honeymooners and families.

Whether you’d like to sample the world famous winelands, visit the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, take a self-drive tour of the stunning Garden Route or enjoy a safari in the Kruger National Park, there is a new and exciting experience around every corner. Below are some of the best activities available to you in whilst on a luxury safari in South Africa:

An Elephant Back Safari

Many of the private reserves surrounding the Kruger National Park offer elephant back safaris. Before departing to ride on the back of these gentle giants, guests will be matched to an elephant and given the chance to bond with them, watching them play and feeding them. When it’s time, you’ll be strapped in on the back of your elephant and as you travel throughout the reserve you’ll have the chance to spot all sorts of wildlife, arguably in the best seat in Africa!

Table Mountain Cable Car Ride

Whilst in Cape Town, taking a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain is an absolute must. After the 5-10 minute ride to the summit, the 360° views of Cape Town are spectacular. The cars run hundreds of tourists up the mountain every day and it is the quickest and easiest way of experiencing the sights and sound of this world famous city.

Cape Whale Watching

Between June and November every year, the Cape coastline attracts between 3000 – 4000 humpback, southern right, brydes and killer whales. You can see these fascinating mammals on a boat trip in what is a truly exhilarating experience. This is the best way of seeing them up close as some often come within 5 metres of the boat.

Hot Air Ballooning

Taking a hot air balloon whilst on safari is certainly one of the best ways to take in the panoramic landscapes of this beautifully diverse country. Usually taken before sunrise, your balloon will give you a fantastic vantage point from which to see giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, rhinos and elephants. As you descend back down you’ll be treated to a delicious champagne breakfast — the perfect ending!

Featured Image courtesy of David Berkowitz via Flickr

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4 COMMENTS

  1. About two years ago my sister and I went to South Africa and had a wonderful time concluding with a 4 nights (for the price of 3) stay at Kirkman’s Kamp.

    I literally can’t imagine a better guide or tracker than the ones we had – saw The Big Five and many others who din’t share that ranking!

    The food was excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful. Also it’s on a private game preserve so the vehicles can go off road which is an embarrassing amount of fun. That preserve, Sabi Sands, borders Kruger National Park and there isn’t any fence between them.

    Sigh, want to go back right now! There are some nice (in the photographer’s opinion) pictures of our trip on our travel blog/website.

  2. I have just come back from time in Zimbabwe and Botswana and definitely have the Africa bug. South Africa is next on my list so thanks for sharing, the more I can learn about it the better 🙂

    • Feel free to reach out with any specific requests for info. I can share our itinerary or answer questions. It’s a long book but I highly recommend reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography before you go to SA. Did you check out the South Africa photo gallery on my site? It’s a beautiful country!

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