Planning oin taking your family along? There are some excellent safari choices you could make for your family in South Africa, and the best way to find out what those choices are is by means of the information on this site and when required, a reputable safari tour company.
Need to find your way around? Maps of South Africa
Going it alone? Believe me, not an easy task, especially if you are new to South Africa. You want to see the wildlife but there are many options. So much to see and do, but where do you start? or go to get the best value for your money? Well, I've done some of the ground work for you.
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South African National Parks
These nationally managed conservation areas are situated around South Africa. They all provide different wildlife and bird viewing experiences depending on their location. Of the 21 National Parks, 3 are home to the Big 5, Kruger Park, Addo Elephant Park and Marakele. Others offer very similar varieties of south african big game and lots of other animal and birdlife.
Facilities at the National Parks are basic but comfortable and the serviced accommodation is self catering. If you are interested in a self drive safari at minimal cost, than a National Park will appeal to you. More information here: South African National Parks
Private Game Reserves
I've listed a few below. A private game reserve usually takes the form of a luxury safari lodge or lodges situated on an expanse of terrain containing big game. Some private reserves take the form of 'concessions' or leased land within the borders of a National Park. Most place a large emphasis on the conservation of endangered species and the environment.
Besides top class accommodation, the safari lodge arranges guided vehicle and walking safaris with experienced rangers. An ideal option if you'd prefer a luxury personalised wildlife safari.
Safari Tour Companies
Another option is taking a professionally guided family safari and tour. They'll take you to some of the finest scenic attractions in the country and also get you close up to safari wildlife where you want to see them - in their natural environment.
If you're starting from Johannesburg for example, your safari tour company will likely transport you to Mpumulanga - a region which is renowned for its beauty and historical interest, and the vast Kruger National Park or a private game reserve where you'll see plenty of wildlife, including the Big 5, lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. See below:
A scenic tour and the Kruger Park game Reserve: 3 Day Safari Tour
The Kruger Park, a private game reserve & scenic tour: 4 Day Safari Tour
More Kruger Park safaris here: Kruger Park safari options
Family safaris in South Africa
Want to see the best of South Africa and get in a safari at the same time? Got 11 days to spare? You can't do better than this. Take a South African Highlights safari tour from Johannesburg. You'll go countrywide, you'll experience a variety of cultures and you'll get to see it all.
SA Highlights Safari Tour
Perhaps you're visiting Cape Town, in which case you could combine a family Big 5 wildlife safari in a large natural game reserve not far from the city, with a visit to Table Mountain, or perhaps a guided tour of the Winelands and other local attractions: Safaris out of Cape Town
If you're in the Eastern Cape or the Port Elizabeth region, and you'd like to see lots of elephant and all the other Big 5, than I recommend that you take in a safari at the Addo Elephant National Park
Then there is the Shamwari Game Reserve just off the N2 midway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. This is an award winning family owned reserve which is well known for its historic heritage and ongoing work in wildlife conservation. Shamwari Game Reserve
Another great reserve in Kwazulu Natal which worth a few days of your safari time is the Hluhuwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. Famous for its white rhino population but lots more big game and wildlife to see. Hluhuwe
The Garden Route is a safari option of course. Here is an excellent safari lodge at the start of the Garden Route: Garden Route Safari Lodge
And if you are spending time in the Cape and have at least 4 days to spare, then you shouldn't miss the beautiful expanse of forests, gorges and scenic contrasts that make up the Garden Route. More info here: Garden Route Tour Options
What you're likely to be doing on your safari: Safari Activities
What do you need to take along with you? Safari Essentials
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