Find Yourself in the African Bush
Bush holidays are quite simply, ingrained in the average South African's psyche and it seems that we need frequent bush breaks to keep our wanderlust satisfied! A getaway in the bush relaxes our minds, lifts the soul and restores our well-being. The minute you arrive at your destination you can feel pent up tensions slipping away and negative thoughts evaporate.
We love a good trip to the bush!
If you’ve never been, then listen closely: enjoy morning and late afternoon game drives, which definitely offer the best photo opportunities, while evenings around a camp fire round off your day perfectly. The smell of a braai is accompanied by nocturnal calls from jackal, prowling hyena and the fiery-necked nightjar. Then back to blissful sleep! What could be better?
There are so many excellent game reserves and national parks around the country – here are few safari destinations worth visiting.
BUSH BREAKS IN SOUTH AFRICA
South African National Parks
There are national parks in all the provinces and these well-run parks guarantee you a memorable stay at reasonable prices. The Kruger National Park is our old mainstay but why not try some of the lesser-known but equally pristine parks across top safari destinations in KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga?
There has been a proliferation of game lodges in the Eastern Cape in the past two decades driven by the easy accessibility from the Western Cape, the superb natural bush and the lack of Malaria. Addo Elephant National Park, as well as Shamwari and Pumba Private Game Reserves are just some of the outstanding parks and reserves to visit.
Western Cape/Garden Route
The Western Cape is also served by and ever increasing number of game parks. Botlierskop Private Game Reserve near Mossel Bay has the soaring Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop and sweeping views of the glistening Indian Ocean. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve near Swellendam is home to the Big 5 and their famous white lions.
Read our post on Best Bush Breaks in Each Province for more safari inspiration.
BUSH BREAKS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
The Okavango Delta must surely be on everyone's bucket list – where the river splits into hundreds of channels and finally subsides without reaching the ocean. This is home to some of the best game viewing in Africa and also boasts many five star lodges scattered along the waterways. Read more about our Xigera Safari Experience in the Delta.
The Chobe River on the northern border of Botswana is the pristine setting for many camps and lodges, where you can enjoy game viewing from both land and on the water. The most popular activity is a sunset cruise when the game come down to quench their thirst. Chobe National Park is also home to some of the largest elephant herds in Southern Africa!
Not only is Victoria Falls a UNESCO World Heritage site well worth visiting, but also offers you both spectacular views of the Falls and many game viewing opportunities too. You can either stay at a game lodge or just do a day safari into Chobe National Park or Mosi Oa Tunya National Park. Vic Falls is also iconic when it comes to adventure activities! Go ziplining, bungee jumping or kayaking, or simply enjoy a sundowner river cruise.
Namibia can almost be described as one huge nature park but Etosha is the jewel in her crown. This vast park in the north of Namibia is a must-see but be warned – book early. Fortunately there is a selection of comfortable and luxury accommodation outside the park with easy day trips for game-viewing.
Southern Africa is filled with exceptional game parks and reserves, with varied experiences for families, romantics, adventure-fiends and nature lovers. Chat to us today on WhatsApp or simply submit an enquiry for details on our best bush breaks at affordable prices. Start ticking off your wildlife experiences now!