You may be disheartened by the decline in temperatures and that getting up happens in the dark. Some may even go as far as saying that this is the worst time of year. But not for gaming viewing. In fact, winter is said to be the best time of year to go on a safari in Africa. In the game-rich areas of the Southern and East Africa, the start of winter means the end of the wet season, and that means that the bush is thinner, the roads are accessible, and the wild animals in our game parks are the easiest to spot.
Also, in these areas it gets mild (sometimes even warm) during the day, providing pleasant temperatures for game drives. So to get you inspired for your winter safari break, here are the top places to go wildlife-viewing for both luxury-orientated and budget-conscious travellers.
You can book all these camps and lodges through Getaway Accommodation.
Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga
Surely South Africa’s prime wildlife viewing destination, the Kruger Park never fails to impress when it comes to spotting animals, especially in the dry season. Kruger has an impressive range of accommodation options, from camping to luxury lodges and they promise the best safari experience in the country. Because of its size and ample accommodation options, we’ll give you four.
Lower Sabie Rest Camp
This relaxed rest camp is situated on the banks of the Sabie River and offers camping, caravanning and self-catering bungalows starting at R200 per person sharing.
Punda Maria Rest Camp
Situated in the northernmost part of the park, you’ll find self-catering, camping and caravan options starting at R160 per person.
This exclusive lodge is situated in the Imbali safari concession and offers spacious, private chalets overlooking the N’waswitsontso River bend.
Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Situated in the southern region of the Kruger, this lodge combines luxury and elegance with modern African decor and beautiful river views.
Northern Cape and the South of Botswana
This was the first formally declared trans-border conservation area and is the amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. The park is renowned for sightings of predators and the seasonal movements of blue wildebeest, springbok, eland and red hartebeest.
Mata Mata Rest Camp
This camp is situated on the banks of the Aoub River on the western boundary of the park and offers tented accommodation, camping, caravanning and self-catering chalets starting at R180