I'm an Australian living in Thailand. I like to read, write and travel. I'm currently working on my (commercial) travel website skedaddlecarhire.com.au to make more moolah for my trips.
Published December 8th 2014
As a traveler struck by a severe bout of wanderlust, I decided to head for South Africa. Cape Town is known as the go-to place for wildlife safaris, and since I hadn't had my fair share of wildlife watch, I decided to take the plunge and explore the flora and fauna of this region.
As our plane took off, I watched the city lights fade away and waited in fervent anticipation to reach the land of thriving tribal cultures and majestic lions. On reaching the bustling city of Cape Town, I was immediately captivated with the bustling sights and sounds of the city. Eager cab drivers greeted me, throngs of tourists searched haphazardly for their designated drivers. It was a rare spectacle to see a lively crowd adorn in vibrant attires. I couldn't be more excited.
In my hotel, I decided to look up more information on safaris in South Africa. Hotel catalogs are a good source of local information. If you're lucky, you may also get contact information of local agents in the marketing collateral lying in your hotel lobby. It is essential to compare the rates of different safaris and read through their tour plans as deals can vary largely in terms of pricing and services offered.
Local agents are highly beneficial if you wish to have a point of contact during your stay. As I was in Cape Town for five days, I wished to make the most of my time here and indulge in wildlife safari holidays as much as I could. My local agent, Baako, provided me wiht a plethora of options to choose from. Cape Town offers a myriad of game reserves, national parks and regions endowed with scenic beauty and exotic animals.
Here are the three specialist safari holidays that made my trip:
Aquilla Private Game Reserve - a 3-hour drive and an adrenaline-pumping horseback ride made this safari truly memorable for me. With a scrumptious buffet breakfast and an equally pleasing lunch, this experience tops my wildlife safari holidays list.
The game drive was truly mesmerizing. The beauty of this country cannot be expressed in words as I watched the picturesque landscape and breathtaking scenes . After lunch, I was escorted by an experienced and trained horseback rider to sit and ride the horse at my pace. Now, I've never ridden on a horse before but it led to a wonderful experience. The highlight of the tour was being face-to-face with and touching the real celebrities of South Africa – a lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. I'll admit that I was really nervous of the short meeting with the lion and leopard, but it was definitely worth it.
Kruger National Park – A visit to South Africa remains incomplete unless you pay the destination's largest and most popular reserve a visit. I asked Destinations Africa with whom I had become fairly acquainted with to book a safari holiday and arrange suitable accommodation at the theme park. At the safari, I snapped pictures with classic Savannah animals and explored the flora of the region. I bathed in the sun, felt the sea-green waters and walked along the sandy beach.
KwaZulu-Natal - I'm not a fan of bird watching, but a trip to KwaZulu-Natal changed my opinion altogether. In the morning, I woke to the sounds of chirping tropical birds in numerous hues. I was then whisked away to the postcard-perfect beaches dotting the territory with lofty mountains in the background. If you seek serenity and proximity to nature, then this should be your pick.
After this trip, I would strongly recommended my friends to book a safari holiday in South Africa. Catch all the adventure live with specialist safari holidays in Cape Town, and travel back home with memories that will keep you coming back for more.