Top 5 Incredible Places to visit on a South Africa Safari
You’ve always wanted to go on safari but never quite sure which country would be best? You might know that South Africa is celebrated for its rich mix of cultures, cuisines and splendid natural wonders. But you might not know that a luxury South African safari offers a chance to see the animals you always dreamed of encountering. Here is a list of 5 places you must visit while visiting this magnificent land.
Kruger National Park
If you were asked to name one game reserve in the world, there is a good chance that Kruger National Park would come to mind. It is one of Africa’s largest and most known places to enjoy wildlife an enormous expanse of wilderness with over 7500 sq miles. It is home to Africa’s Big Five: Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard, and Buffalo. With 140 species of animals, you will come home with Instagram ready photos for a lifetime. You may even get lucky enough to spot a rare pack of African wild dogs, with their spotted, big-ears and the sweet sound of their yips and howls.
The neighboring land known as Sabi Sand (a collection of private game reserves connected by unfenced and splendidly untamed geography) which has simial wildlife offers luxurious, sophisticated lodges and camps located within Sabi Sands are among our favorites. The likes of Cheetah Plains, Tengile River Lodge, Londolozi, and Ulusaba set a high bar with their deluxe villas, elevated cuisine and wines, and absolutely world-class attention to detail.
Would it surprise you that South African wines can compete with the best wines around the globe? We truly believe that any South Africa safari visit must include an excursion to the Cape Winelands! Arguably considered the culinary capital of South Africa, Expect some of the best wines and food you have ever tasted. Plan on spending time on the sunny Cape vineyards enjoying all they have to offer with unapparelled scenery. Wines include Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, Chenin Blancs, Merlots and Cabs which are quite unique to this area. Paired with these fine wines, will be dining beyond expectation.
You will often hear that this city or that city is the most beautiful city in the world. But beautiful doesn’t go far enough to describe Cape Town. Surrounded by a mountain overlooking the City Bowl, harbor, remarkable white beaches, and Robben Island, this is a tourists’ dreamland. With 60 hiking trails, some 1,000m above sea level! If climbing that high isn’t for you, the cable car will get you there in minutes. Once atop, you might get lucky enough to see a rock hyrax, lizards, or even a porcupine.
The Cape Floristic Region
In the southern-most tip of the country, one can find themselves lucky enough to be in a flower lover’s dream. You will find the huge blooms of the king protea, South Africa’s national flower, to red disa, this region is biologically diverse with 9,000 vascular plant species. And as if the miraculous plant life wasn’t enough in this UNESCO World Heritage site, you will find over 90 species of mammals, including reptiles, amphibians, birds, freshwater fish, as well as bontebok.
Tastefully Sophisticated Cape Town
Gastronomes and oenophiles take note, Cape Town may be your mecca. Cape Town’s walkable V&A Waterfront neighborhood serves up local fares. Try stopping at local hotels or inns in the neighborhood – One&Only is our favorite, to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is a close walk. After being awed at the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world, there’s a world of market cafés and terraces to test the biltong and boerewors (dried meat and sausage), or some Malay-inspired bobotie and bunny chow (spicy casserole and fast-food curry). And don’t forget to indulge in a glass of local wine, ginger non-alcoholic beer, or perfect coffee.
A South African safari is a must! But don’t forget that there is so much more than just a trip to the bush. With top chefs from around the globe, world-class wines, and rich culture. When you are ready to start planning your next adventure contact Beyond Boutique, where we will partner with Micato Safaris to create your bucket list trip to Africa.
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