Safaris in South Africa generally slant to the Kruger park and the northern region, and more recently to areas in the eastern cape where newly established reserves have quickly gained market share and compete against the more traditional safari names.
South Africa’s safari experiences aren’t only limited to the larger land mammals and wild Big 5 with some pretty spectacular marine and coastal regions as well as magnificent mountains and peaks – but what does that have to do with safaris you might ask?
A journey of discovery in a land of diversity, cultural immersion and landscapes which sometimes make you wonder where you are. In the heart of Kwazulu Natal, the home to famed national parks like Imfolozi & Hluhluwe, a new generation of reserves have emerged. Community owned, privately run or public parks intertwine this once heavily grazed, farmed landscape. The biodiversity and richness of wildlife species is astounding and just a stones throw away you’ll find a coastline to match…warm waters and rich sea life provide a unique combination for plentifulness.
Whether you are a diver or just enjoy snorkeling, the north coast has something for everyone…gentle rock pools for kids to explore, big waves for the surfing fanatics and several unique amazing dive spots. The coastline just south of Mozambique is largely inaccessible but with strong community partnerships luxury beach lodges such as Rocktail Beach Lodge or Tonga have become renowned for delivering amazing turtle watching, diving with manta’s and snorkeling with dolphins.
Home to some of the largest vegetated dunes in the world, the St Lucia wetlands reserve combines your desire for beach and bush – all packed into one.
A conservation success story reveals a now thriving reserve which was once pineapple plantations…now returned to nature. Home to iconic species like cheetah and black rhino, as well as all the rest of Africa’s named wildlife, Phinda prides itself on informative unique bush experiences by skilled and qualified guides…all while enjoying some classic comforts and high end accommodations.
A holiday experience that’s delved you into the most amazing diving and endless beaches, followed by Phinda’s all round classic safari can only be complemented by a stop over in the Drankensberg mountains. We have a little hidden gem, which brings community life, farm style living and a bit of bush all in one…mid way between Durban’s coast and the highveld is a home away from home. Filled with historic tours of battles gone by, mountains to explore and hike, morning tracking wildlife and all surrounded by warm, unique hospitality that makes this the cream of the crop.
Finish off in the bustling vibrant city of Johannesburg to round off you trip allows some retail therapy, amazing restaurants and some iconic history to complete your trip…this is all a side to South Africa most people don’t see.
If you’ve ‘been there & done that’ why not try our version of a South African safari experience…unique, diverse and always changing – the way adventures are meant to be.