Synonymous with wildlife and the ‘Big Five’, South Africa is world-renowned for its established game reserves, luxurious lodges and vital conservation work. Boasting great swathes of untouched wilderness, varied terrain and diverse wildlife, the country is also a vital stop for many migratory birds and is an ideal destination for first-time safari-goers and families, offering easily accessible malaria-free safaris, such as those within the Madikwe Game Reserve of the North West Province, or the Eastern Cape (perfect to combine with a city stay or drive along the pretty Garden Route). These safaris are also perfect for those travellers short on time (and wishing to incorporate a brief lodge stay within a busy touring itinerary), or those simply wishing to enjoy a wildlife adventure within their South African family holiday.
Whether you have always yearned to see an endangered rhinoceros in the wild, photograph a cheetah at speed or paint a rare bird in flight, there are some terrific specialist safaris available within South Africa. For those seeking such a richer holiday experience, guests at Camp Jabulani, can even enjoy an elephant back safari – a truly peaceful way to view the landscape and a wonderfully unique perspective to see giraffe, plus an incredibly emotive experience to share with the world’s largest land animal. Offering a hugely memorable animal encounter, guests can ride to a nearby watering hole to enjoy sundowners, just as the spectacular sunset vividly slips behind the Drakensberg Mountains – a genuinely breathtaking safari experience.
With excellent roads, fascinating guides, engaging rangers and the finest boutique lodges, guests cannot help but be thrilled by the wildlife, plus be totally impressed by the welcoming hospitality of the expert staff. Those with a sense of adventure may even choose to share their nuptials in a less traditional way by marrying in the South African bush. With lodges, such as Ulusaba, only too happy to cater to every bride’s whim by providing exquisite and intimate outdoor ceremonies, there are even more ways to live your dreams within the spectacular South African scenery. For many couples, the combination of a thrilling safari with a relaxing beach resort stay, is their ultimate honeymoon experience and although Mauritius and the Maldives are extremely popular destinations for a beach finale, another far less travelled twin-centre alternative, is a blissfully relaxing stay at a remote Mozambique coastal resort — such as the effortlessly elegant and boutique, Azura Benguerra property.