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The Best South African Safaris

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    • South Africa is home to all of the "big five" game species.rhino image by TEMISTOCLE LUCARELLI from Fotolia.com

      South Africa is an enormous and varied nation. The emergence of South Africa from 46 years of apartheid rule has led to a considerable influx of tourists keen to experience what the country has to offer. Many of South Africa's game parks are home to the famous "big five" game species of lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. From state owned safari parks to private reserves, South Africa offers quality safari experiences available to all, no matter what your budget.

    Kruger National Park Safari

    • At nearly 2 million hectares, Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves on the continent of Africa. The park's sheer size ensures the presence of many diverse environments. Consequently, Kruger offers one of the most varied game viewing experiences found anywhere in Africa. Perhaps the most familiar safari option offered by the Kruger National Park is the four-wheel-drive safari option. Four-wheel-drive tours are led by experienced park rangers who guide their clients around the park's finest game-viewing locations. The park also offers wilderness trails, which allows partakers to experience a four-day walking tour under the guidance of park rangers. The park offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxurious lodges to the more reasonable tented safari camps.

    Madikwe Game Reserve Safaris

    • For those seeking an African wilderness safari, the Madikwe Game Reserve located in South Africa's isolated far north, presents an opportunity to enjoy a remote safari experience. Established in 1991 as a joint venture between the state and private sector, Madikwe was fenced and then stocked with wildlife. Guests may also be lucky enough to view rare wild dogs. In contrast to many African game reserves, Madikwe is located in a malaria-free-zone. The reserve has a plethora of accommodation options to suit all budgets.

    Shamwari Game Reserve

    • Shamwari game reserve is an ideal safari destination for those seeking to explore some of South Africa's major tourist attractions. Located in Eastern Cape province, the Shamwari game reserve offers seven luxury lodges within the confines of the park. The reserve is famed for its conservation efforts, winning "Africa's Leading Conservation Company" award in 2010. Guests have the opportunity to view the "big five" in comfortable four-wheel-drive vehicles. Walking safaris can be arranged upon request. Shamwari is located in a malaria-free area. If you wish to extend your stay, Shamwari is close to the "Garden Route" scenic coastal drive, leading down the South African coast toward the famous city of Cape Town.

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