Golf safaris – “Where else can you play one of the top golf courses in the world in the morning and spend time watching lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo and whales in their natural habitat that evening? ” – Gary Player
South Africa’s gold and diamonds underpin its still vibrant and diverse economy. At 440,000sq miles, it is three times the size of Kenya or Texas, and offers widely varying landscape and experiences. For real Africa, it is a lot less wild than the countries further North, but the facilities are certainly luxurious. The main wildlife areas are the world-famous Kruger Park, 7,700 sq. miles bordering Mozambique, and the Kalahari Gemsbok Park, which borders Botswana. Kruger itself caters to mass tourism, but there are a number of private areas on the Western edges of the park, which feature the plushest – and most expensive – game lodges in Africa. Johannesburg once had a bad name for crime, but like most cities in the world, it has its no go areas as well as excellent ones. A visit to the Soweto district and its museums of the apartheid era are well worth a visit. Nearby Sun City, Las Vegas in the bush, is without doubt the most popular tourist attraction, and golfing area.
The Cape area and its famed Garden route is a must. Cape Town, arguably the most beautiful city in the world, and the nearby wine districts of Stellenbosch and Franshoek are spectacular in scenery, wine tasting and history. There are many world class hotels in the area, as well as comfortable B&Bs.
Seasons are of course reversed from the USA and Europe – game viewing being best from June to September, but it is enjoyable year round.
Safaris to South Africa can also conveniently include add-on safaris in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia – it just depends on how much time you have!
There are direct flights on Delta / SAA from Atlanta and New York, or one can transit through Europe.
Table Mountain – Cape Town: This ancient majestic granite mountain towers 3,565 feet above Cape Town, and dominates the scene for miles around. There is a cable car to ascend, an excellent alternative to a tough 3 hour hike. Clouds rest on top on many days to form the famous table cloth. The Waterfront area of the city, on the harbor’s edge is the most popular area to stay, home to two of Africa’s top hotels, Cape Grace and One and Only. Cape Town has a long and fascinating history, with many old buildings in addition to the spectacular coastal scenery all around it, particularly on the drive down to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Cape Town itself deserves at least a 3 day stay, with a night or two added on in the world-famous nearby wineland areas of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl.
The lounge car on the Rovos Rail train: This luxurious train of up to 19 coaches, some of them dating back to the 1920’s, have been meticulously restored, but with all the modern comforts; there are three sizes of suite, depending upon your budget. Steam locos pull you out of historic Pretoria station, and these trips rank as the greatest rail experience anywhere on earth. Regular trips are between Cape Town and Pretoria, the Garden Route, and Pretoria to Victoria Falls. However their ultimate journey is the 12 day 3,800 mile run from Cape Town through to Dar Es Salaam!
Sabi Sands – Kruger: Some of the most famous names in wildlife lodges in the world are located here in this area which is on the Southwest edge of the Kruger park – unfenced, so the wildlife is free to come and go , even if you may not be quite so free to follow it into other private concessions. Names such as Londolozi, Singita, Sabi Sands and Mala Mala have their excellent private game areas here – all are totally luxurious, with a price tag to match ! Game viewing in the area is excellent, and bush walks and night drives are offered also, to complement the superb food and service.
The King of the Beasts: The chance to study wildlife at close quarters is ever present when driving in a Land Rover – or should we say, a chance for the wildlife to study you!
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