Encompassing Zimbabwe’s great Victoria Falls, Botswana’s Chobe National Park and the renowned South African regions of Kruger National Park & Stellenbosch, our Southern Africa safari holidays showcase the best awe-inspiring landscapes and diversity of wildlife this side of Africa.
From the rumbling falls in Zimbabwe, we head on an exhilarating game drive through the nation’s biggest natural game reserve – Hwange National Park, known for their wild dogs and over 400 species of tropical birds. If elephant encounters are on the top of your Big Five list, Chobe National Park in Botswana boasts the largest surviving elephant population in the world, making it a prominent highlight of our South Africa safari.
Apart from wildlife experiences, we delve into South Africa’s rich wine culture, with wine tastings at a number of famous vineyards across the region of Stellenbosch. Our South African safari holidays aptly end in the “Mother City” of Cape Town, where you’ll visit penguin colonies on Boulders beach, and if you’re lucky, whale-watching in season. For some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes and outdoor adventures, our South Africa safari is hard to beat.
On South Africa holidays safari drives in Etosha National Park, take you to the waterholes where hordes of animals come down to drink. This is an unforgettable experience as you watch wildebeest, zebra, elephants, giraffes, lions and rhinos congregating at different times. The park is made up of forests and grasslands and you’ll also find many species of bird here, in particular, weaverbirds and hornbills.
African Lion: This majestic big cat is arguably the first animal most people imagine when they think of South Africa safari holidays. These social creatures are often found in prides and the females remain in the same pride throughout their lifetime. South Africa is home to a large number of lions and can most often be seen roaming around the Okavango Delta, Masai Mara, Namib Desert, and Etosha, Kruger and Chobe national parks. Kruger National Park boasts the largest number of wild lions, with approximately 2,000 wandering this rich and fertile land in search of prey, that’s almost six lions to every 39 square miles.
Leopard: The most elusive all the animals you might spot on a South Africa safari is the leopard, which is famous for being particularly difficult to track down. These elegant, spotted creatures are solitary in their movements and hunt larger animals such as zebras and antelope. During our South Africa Walking and Wildlife trip, we visit the most advantageous places at Kruger National Park to go in search of the leopard, where you’ll hopefully see them in their natural habitat. They can withstand variable climates and are more often seen lurking in the forest, mountains or deserts.
African Elephant: The largest of the Big Five, the African elephant is a hefty yet graceful animal and can weigh up to an incredible seven tonnes. Kruger National Park is the best place to see elephants on South Africa safari holidays as it is home to the largest population in the world. With over 20,000 elephants roaming the park, you have an excellent chance of seeing them here. The best time to see them at Kruger, is during the country’s dry season when they are thirsty and gather around the waterholes to drink. However, they can also be seen in other parts of the national park throughout the rest of the year.
Rhino: The rhino is another hefty beast that makes up the famous Big Five and is usually spotted plodding around Etosha and Kruger national parks during a South Africa safari. They weigh up to a whopping 7,700 pounds and their horns can grow up to 5ft long, making them the second largest land mammal after the elephant. Witnessing a herd of rhinos thundering across the wilderness is an incredible experience and they can reach speeds of up to 30-40mph, so make sure you don’t get in their way!
African Buffalo: Sometimes mistaken for bulls, the buffalo is considered one of the most dangerous of the Big Five as they have a habit of attacking. On our South Africa holidays safari drives through Etosha, Chobe and Kruger national parks, let you get up close to the African buffalo. You can also see them at the Okavango Delta and it’s a truly humbling experience to watch their behaviour in the wild. The African buffalo tends to live in groups and they mostly eat grass and leaves.
The trip involved truly discovering the wildlife, geography, culture, history, religion and entertainment of Sri Lanka and its people. We saw temples, religious ceremonies, games, wildlife, markets, spice farms, tea plantations and dancing; we tasted some wonderful local food; we heard their amazing morning bird choruses, as well as amazing tales by Roshan, our guide; we travelled by bus, boat, tuktuk, bicycle and train, and stayed in some amazing hotels. Travelling with Exodus and having a local guide made the whole experience easy – everything is organised for you. The balance of activity and rest is really well thought out so it keeps you busy, but with rest breaks to enjoy the sun, the pool or simply explore a little more. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.