We don’t believe in ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to safaris, which is why we’re delighted to be able to offer a range of incredible experiences at South Africa’s best lodges and private game parks. Going on safari is a holiday of a lifetime, and our starting point is understanding your unique requirements, so that your safari holiday is tailored to you.
If you’re searching for the perfect safari, or the chance to show your children the ‘Big 5’ (Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard), we will make sure that the whole family has the time of their lives. We feature the best quality wildlife and safari experiences, which are found in the north of the country.
There are three safari options in South Africa, all of which involve flying into Johannesburg. Much depends on your budget and if you are happy to take malaria prophylaxis.
The best game is in the Kruger National Park, which covers two million hectares and has a mosaic of private game reserves and lodges offering excellent viewing, but you will definitely need to take malaria pills. You will also have to take an internal flight up there, which costs about £400 per person. There is no shortage of luxurious accommodation here but my favourites are Londolozi, Singita Ebony and Royal Malewane.
The second option is to go to the Madwike Game Reserve on the Botswana border. One of the largest private game reserves in South Africa covering 75,000 hectares, the game viewing here is excellent and its malaria free! It’s a six hour drive or a 45 minute internal flight hop (the road transfer is half the cost). We recommend the flight transfer.
The third option is to go up to The Waterberg area, which is very beautiful, malaria free and only a 3 hours drive from Johannesburg. An ideal family option is Ants Nest and Ants Hill. You won’t see the ‘Big 5’ here, but they do offer game viewing by horseback. This lodge is an excellent option if you are linking up with an international flight to Mauritius as the transfer is by road so you don’t need to rely on internal flight connections. Makweti Safari Lodge, an exclusive establishment situated in the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, is also one that I highly recommend in this area.
The ideal time to go on safari in South Africa, is winter (May to September) when lower rainfall and sparse vegetation make for the best game viewing. Cool mornings and evenings mean you’ll need extra layers of clothing on your game drives – the average temperature is around 24 degrees, with clear blue skies and sunny warm days. In the evenings, a delicious meal is served around a cosy roaring fire, and a fire is usually laid in your bedroom/suite/chalet for cool nights.
We recommend three or four nights on safari, but as from £450 (some lodges include complimentary alcoholic drinks on game drives).
Please do give us a call to allow us to ﬁnd out a little more about what might interest you.
Here are some ideas to inspire your safari holiday.
Our brief to Susie Freeman Travel was to arrange a family safari holiday which would appeal to three generations in a malaria free area of South Africa. She suggested four nights each in two lodges, Morokuro River Lodge and Ant’s Hill Game Lodge. She could not have chosen a better combination. Both were extremely comfortable and enabled us to see the Big Five and much more besides. Ant’s Hill was the larger of the two lodges and with so much space that there was more than enough room for the seven of us and the other two families who were staying. We came away with fond memories of riding through the bush close to giraffe and antelope and a visit to a rhino sanctuary at feeding time, with a fascinating lecture on helping conserve Africa’s rhinos, at sister lodge Ant’s Nest. With four bedrooms, Morokuro River Lodge was a perfect size for our family group, aged from 14 to 75. Early morning and late afternoon game drives with our very knowledgeable host, Andrew, were memorable as were the four dinners arranged by his wife, Kerri, all in different locations around or near the lodge. The food was consistently excellent and the service friendly and attentive.