I’ve wanted to experience an African safari my entire life.
Lions, zebras, elephants, giraffes, hippo, cheetah. You name it, I want to see them all — and in their own habitat, roaming freely outside of the confines of a caged area. Justin has gone on many safaris in his lifetime as he spent a significant portion of his childhood living in South Africa. Some of his greatest childhood memories are of spotting the Big Five (elephant, leopard, cape buffalo, rhino, and lion) from the back of a safari vehicle. But if all goes according to plan, this Fall, that dream will finally come true for me, too. We’re planning to visit Justin’s parents in South Africa in October and high on our list of things to do is a safari (or two, or three …).
But the question is … where do we go for our safari? Should we visit more than one park? Which parks are the best? And where can we see a cheetah?!
There’s no doubt that South Africa is one of the best places to go for safari in Africa. It boasts some of the greatest variety of wildlife, as well as some of the most developed parks with a great tourist infrastructure. But there are just too many options to choose from in this rather large country! To help us narrow down our decision, we’ll be researching which parks and the most recommended and for what reasons. We’ll keep you posted on our progress and update you on our decision over the coming months, but for now, we’ve identified three top places to go on safari in South Africa:
1.) Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park safaris are an extremely popular choice for anyone looking for the best African safari experience. The area is famed for it’s incredible array of wildlife, including the Big Five. It’s also easily accessed and the surrounding area offers many accommodation options for every budget, whether you’re looking to stay in a luxury lodge or a primitive tent. Experienced rangers are on hand to guide you through open vehicle game drives in the park. Kruger National Park is also fringed by spectacular mountainous terrain, making it an all round must do. If location was not an issue for us, Kruger would hands-down be my pick for safari in South Africa. But our other travels in South Africa will likely have us sticking to the southern coast, which means, unfortunately, Kruger might not be the right choice for us.
2.) Addo Elephant Park