Some of the most frequent questions asked by visitors planning their first safari, are:
Will I see the Big Five?
Maybe. Many reserves have all the big five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – but it’s not that easy to see them all, particularly leopard. Leopards are nocturnal, secretive and well camouflaged, but there are some reserves where they are easily spotted.
However, just being in the bush, seeing a variety of animals including tiny ones like ants and frogs and learning the relationship between them, can as exciting than viewing a procession of lions and elephants.
What is the difference between the National Parks and the Private Reserves?
The national parks are administered by South African National Parks which ensures a standardised level of accommodation and facilities. Park fees are kept to a minimum to enable as many people as possible to enjoy our wonderful natural heritage.
The game watching in the private parks is of an equal or even higher standard to that of the national parks, but the accommodation is usually far more luxurious, and the service very attentive. Of course, this level of luxury comes at a price, but the private lodges are a good choice if you would like to be pampered.
Where can I see game in a malaria-free area?
The Eastern Cape, the Western Cape, the Northern Cape, parts of the Northwest Province and the Waterberg area of Limpopo province are free of malaria.
However, you may get more out of your stay if you opt to do one or two escorted drives.
Can I visit a game park on my own?
Yes, absolutely. South African National Parks have designed all their parks to cater for the independent traveller, so you can drive in, set up home in your rented chalet, and drive yourself around.