Giraffes at Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park South Africa

General overview of a South African Safari

If you are interested in nature and wildlife, you should consider going on a South African safari. To see South Africa’s extraordinary wildlife, you can travel to almost any province in South Africa however, provinces such as Mpumalanga and Limpopo as well as the Kruger National Park are the most popular destinations for safaris. The Kruger National Park is one of the biggest game reserves in Africa and is home to the Big 5, which consists of the lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo. You will be able to witness these beautiful and majestic creatures by self or guided drives as well as guided walks through the game parks.

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Lion under tree at Kruger Park

Accommodation options for your safari

There are various accommodation options within the province of Mpumalanga such as in the Kruger National Park, which has many accommodation options such as camping or staying in a hut, bungalow, cottage, guest house or a luxury lodge. There are also private wildlife reserves which border the Kruger National Park. These private reserves include Sabi Sand, Timbavati and Klaserie.

Getting to your Safari

To reach these reserves, you have the option of flying directly to the Kruger Park International airport in Mpumalanga or taking a charter flight from the city of Johannesburg. Another great option is to drive to the park and experience the scenic route.

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Safety guidelines on your safari

Whilst on safari it is very important to constantly be aware of your surroundings. You should know the safety guidelines and rules that relate to engaging with the animals to keep you and your friends/ family safe. You should always listen to what your game ranger says as your health and safety is his/her main priority. Important items to take with you on safari include a warm jacket as it can get cold at night, dull, khaki or olive- green clothing, a camera to capture South Africa’s breathtaking wildlife, binoculars, a hat and sunscreen as it can get very hot during the day.

The best time of year to go on a South African safari

You may travel to the game parks at any time of the year however, late winter and early spring are especially great times to go on safari. Grasses are low in length in winter, making it easier to spot the wildlife. Spring time is birthing season for the wildlife which can be an incredible sight to witness. Together with spring’s luscious greenery, this makes for a beautiful sight.

Medical info you should know

Malaria is prevalent in certain parts of South Africa, especially near certain game reserves such as certain parts of the Kruger National Park. If you are travelling to these areas, prescription medication should be taken orally before, during and after your safari trip. Malaria can be prevented by avoiding mosquito bites therefore mosquito repellents should also be used whilst you are on safari.

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