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African Safaris

By Viator, December 2013

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Where else but an African safari can you see the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo) plus giraffes, springboks, zebras and wildebeest up close and personal in their native surrounds!

On safari you’ll be accompanied by wildlife experts who’ll help explain the animals’ habits and behavior, plus you’ll get to see how these legendary wildlife reserves operate on a daily basis.

Kruger National Park is the big daddy of Africa’s nature reserves, bigger than Yellowstone twice over and established more than 110 years ago in 1898. The Big Five call Kruger home, along with more mammal species than any other African reserve, including hunting dogs, giraffes, hippos, hyenas and impalas. Kruger is around 350km (217 miles) from Johannesburg, and best visited in the cooler winter months (mid-year), though December is the best time to come if you want to see baby animals.

Pilanesberg Nature Reserve is closer to Johannesburg, around 150km (93 miles) away, bordering the Sun City resort. You should see the Big Five lurking in this volcanic landscape, along with zebras, crocodiles and antelopes.

If you’re staying in Cape Town, your handiest safari experience is the Aquila Game Reserve. You have a good chance of spotting lions, springboks, leopards, elephants and maybe a porcupine. Aquila is only 90 minutes from Cape Town, ideal for a wildlife-filled day trip.

Hluhluwe Game Reserve is in the heart of Zululand, and best reached from Durban, 280km (173 miles) away. Africa’s oldest park, hilly Hluhluwe is home to the Big Five, including the rare white rhino, plus 86 other species like the spiral-horned nyala antelope.

Follow the lead of your guide while on safari, and remember not to feed the wildlife. Wear sunscreen and insect repellent, as well as enclosed walking shoes, socks and long trousers. And don’t forget your camera!

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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

4 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $186.78
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3-Day Kruger National Park Luxury Safari from Johannesburg

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 3 days

From USD $665.07

Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 12 hours

From USD $133.14

Kruger National Park Morning Game Drive

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 6 hours

From USD $69.73

Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Location: Durban, South Africa
Duration: 12 hours

From USD $130.91

Best 4-Day Kruger National Park Safari Adventure

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 4 days

From USD $710.73

Big Five Afternoon Game Drive in Kruger National Park

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $64.50

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