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A 3-Day Tour Itinerary Guide to Experience Wildlife in South Africa

A 3-Day Tour Itinerary Guide to Experience Wildlife in South Africa


South Africa is one of the world’s greatest treasures. This glorious gem is nestled at the tip of the African continent and boasts an array of wildlife adventures, natural reserves and beautiful climate. Many visitors around the world flock over to South Africa for its endless variety of natural habitats that range from rich green forests, to beautiful sandy deserts, and of course, the Big 5. The term Big 5 to the top five beautiful animals that are difficult to spot. The big 5 which are the Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard, and Buffalo, are extremely loved and many visitors attempt to take a glimpse of them through Safaris.

Brimming with Wildlife

South Africa is known to be a wildlife hub for many Safaris and National Parks. The Pilanesberg National Park is where you can catch the Big 5 from an open-top safari vehicle. The Kruger National Park is one South Africa’s oldest national parks that not only offers animal safaris, but also wildlife sites like Blyde River Canyon, or a morning game drive. You can also visit the Elephant Sanctuary where you can participate in workshops about how to care for elephants, and the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve or the Cheetah Center to witness life’s gorgeous animals.

How to get there

These wildlife national parks are scattered all over South Africa with many transportation methods to get there. But catching an internal flight is probably your best bet. You can fly from Johannesburg to Wildlife Parks all over South Africa’s three main airports. You can take flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, or flights to Durban from Johannesburg, or flights to Nelspruit from Johannesburg.

The Multi-tour Safari

Although there are many packages that provide a day trip to any of the national parks, it’s better if you opt for the multi-day tour option to really soak up all the wildlife that South Africa has to offer. Sign up for a tour with an English-speaking guide to hear stories about the lifestyle of these animals. Below is an itinerary that you can follow for a 3-day tour of Kruger National Park.

Day 1


Photo credit Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Whether you’re a family or a couple, you’ll be able to enjoy the lush nature and diverse wilderness from day one. You’ll first meet your guide at the airport who will take you to the park and explain how the safari will go and what you can expect. Be sure to take pictures along the way because you might stumble upon beautiful creatures here and there. You’ll arrive at the Safari lodge that houses many luxurious huts. A delicious African lunch will be served, then you’ll get ready for your first game drive safari. In the evening, you’ll be having fancy African dinners in the outdoors around the fire and swap tales of your adventurous day.

Day 2

After a warm cup of coffee and breakfast biscuits, you have the choice from going on a morning game drive to see other signs of wildlife, or you can opt to take the early morning walking trail on the banks of Luvuvhu River. Later in the afternoon, you can take the longer game drive option to ensure seeing the Big 5. The game drive usually lasts around 4 hours. Your guide can explain you the habits of each wildlife encountered. At night, you can have a traditional African dinner beneath the stars.

Day 3

If you haven’t checked off the Big 5 yet, there’s still a chance for an early morning game drive. You can also spot some of the region’s gorgeous birdlife. After witnessing every kind of wildlife this national park has to offer, you go back to the lodge for a hot brunch and then make your way back to the airport.

Wildlife at its best

One of the best memories you can make during a vacation, is going back to nature and witnessing wildlife like never before. Not many people get to say they’ve spotted all the Big 5 animals during a safari and get to witness them in their natural habitat. Be transported to a world of luxury and serenity with the many wildlife tours available in South Africa.

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Kasey Holloway
    June 10, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Wow this is so amazing! I am going to Africa soon and can’t wait to go on a safari! I know it is going to be an experience like none other!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 14, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      It’s going to be so memorable! Enjoy, Kasey 🙂

  2. Alix Maza
    June 10, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Ahh so many awesome animals! Thanks for sharing this.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 14, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      They are all incredible creatures!

  3. Jerrieal Small
    June 11, 2019 at 4:52 am

    This looks so fun! Wow! I would love to go to South Africa one day!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 14, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      You’ll love South Africa!

  4. it's Carmen
    June 11, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    I would love to see some of these stunning animals in their native habitat. Wow!! :]

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 14, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      It was an experience I’ll never forget 🙂

  5. Natalie Ann Redman
    June 20, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Always wanted to go on a Safari!

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 14, 2019 at 1:00 am

      I hope you get to, Natalie!

  6. Norry
    June 28, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Reading your post and looking at these pictures it seems South Africa would be nice place to go for safari and enjoy some time there…

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 14, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      Yes, I absolutely loved my time there!

  7. Egyptoria Tours
    May 29, 2021 at 6:45 am

    One of the best experience. thank you for sharing your adventure. great photos

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 31, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      Always happy to share!

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