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.
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.
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.
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.