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Trip to South Africa

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Trip to South Africa

Hi there,

We are in the early stages of planning a trip to South Africa in early December. This would be our first time to SA and we are keen on the wildlife safaris and game viewing, amongst other things. My question at this stage is - is it necessary to visit Kruger Park for a good wildlife experience? Or are there other places where we could go on a good safari experience in the western/eastern cape?

Thanks in advance

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Great to hear you are planning a trip to South Africa! Yes, you can certainly enjoy some decent safari experiences elsewhere, such as in the Eastern Cape (not so much in the Western Cape). Some places that come to mind are the greater Addo National Park, Shamwari, Kwandwe Game Reserve, and a few other smaller reserves. If time and budget do not permit you to include the greater Kruger National Park, then the Eastern Cape is a good alternative option. However, the scale and size of these reserves is much smaller, and the diversity of landscapes, species and numbers of animals will be smaller. My own opinion is that wildlife safaris and game viewing is what South Africa is known for, and if that's a priority for you on your visit then by all means try and include a visit to Kruger - there are good reasons why it is South Africa's prime game viewing and safari destination. I've been to all the safari destinations in SA and I enjoy each area for different reasons, but nothing in South Africa compares to greater Kruger.

And with direct flights between Cape Town and Nelspruit as well as Hoedspruit, it's very easy to combine Kruger and Cape Town.

Onne from Wild Wings Safaris

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Hi there,

Onne has covered it well above.

If time and budget allow, I would definitely recommend including the Kruger as your safari destination.

It is the premiere wildlife viewing destination in South Africa, and with over 2.2million hectares to explore, and over 146 mammal species to view, it is world famous for good reason. Also, having been established in the late 1800s, it is steeped in history.

It might help to add that Kruger is also one of the last remaining places in the world where wildlife actually occurs naturally.

As Onne said, it is very easy to get to; You can either fly direct from Johannesburg every day to either Hoedspruit (Orpen Gate, Phalaborwa Gate & the Klaserie, Timbavati & Balule Reserves, also the northern Sabi Sands), or to Nelspruit (all other Kruger self drive gates & the southern Sabi Sands), or you can fly from Cape Town (Not every day to Hoedspruit).

There are a few different options r.e accommodation & experiences if you do decide that Kruger is the one, so let us know and we can all explain the difference between self driving & the private reserves.

Eeee! How exciting.

Warm regards

Jacqui Sive l Owner & Founder l Lodge Trackers

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Hello, i suggest the following: Arrive Johannesburg, drive to Kruger National Park (this is the flagship park in the country and is the best for game viewing) you have the option to stay inside the park in the camps, basic accommodation/ or private lodges inside the park. There are also private reserves which have unfenced access from the private land into the Kruger Park. Sabi sand is considered the best here, especially for leopard sightings. You can fly into Skukuza, Nelspruit or Hoedspruit depending on which lodge you choose. Prices range from standard to super luxury. From there, there is a direct flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town, then spend 5 days plus there, option to self drive the Garden Route, or take an escorted tour. Lots of day tours to do in Cape Town. Fly back to Johannesburg, and perhaps take in a day tour or two/ Soweto, Apartheid Museum, Cradle of Humankind, Diamond Mine tour, Lesedi Cultural Village, plus many others.

Lyn - Owner - Thorntree Tours and Safaris

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I agree with the above posters - if at all possible, you should try to include a visit to the Kruger National Park in your itinerary!

Tanya * owner * Africa Direct

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