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3 day safari travelling from Cape Town

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3 day safari travelling from Cape Town

We are a family with 3 teenage boys visiting cape town in December. We want to do a 3 day safari, can anyone suggest the best way to organise this being based in Cape town? Should we fly to Jo'burg? Mid price range, good value for money with there being 5 of us!

Many thanks to anyone who offers suggestions.

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1. Re: 3 day safari travelling from Cape Town

2 options

1. Fly directly to Nelspruit (KMIA) and visit Kruger National Park or one of the private reserves in Greater Kruger.

2. Fly to Port Elizabeth and visit Addo Elephant National Park or one of the private reserves nearby.

Kruger is bigger and better. Can be very hot and humid in December or could be wet, which breeds mosquitoes.

The Eastern Cape (near Port Elizabeth) is malaria free and cooler in December.

There is currently a 3 day special on at Amakhala Carnarvon Dale www.amakhala.co.za/index.php… I think it is tremendous variety and value for money. The special ends at the end of April, but you could enquire whether they have something similar at the end of the year. Note: this is a 3* lodge and not a 5* one. So dont expect private plunge pools and indoor and outdoor showers.

If you decide on going to the National Parks and want to go after the 15th December, book NOW, as the end of December is PEAK, PEAK season.

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2. Re: 3 day safari travelling from Cape Town

I would suggest flying to Joburg early in the morning. If you take a 6 am flight you will be in Johannesburg by 8 am, just in time to depart on a Kruger National Park safari departing from Johannesburg (there are many companies offering guided Kruger Park safaris departing from Joburg). Another option (but a bit more expensive) is to fly to Nelspruit (the closest city to the Kruger Park) and start your safari from there. On the way back, you can again fly direct from Nelspruit to Cape Town. A popular option, though, is to do it at the beginning or end of your stay in Cape Town so you don't have to go back there afterwards, e.g. Do Cape Town, fly to Joburg or Nelspruit, do your Kruger Park safari, then return to Joburg for your flight home.

Many people will suggest a safari in the Eastern Cape, which is the closest reasonable safari alternative, but the cost and hassle of getting to Port Elizabeth is the same as getting to Joburg or even Nelspruit, and Kruger is so much better. Closer to Cape Town there are a few small game reserves, nice if you just want to see the animals and tick them off your list, but not a real safari, IMHO. I would book a flight and visit Kruger for 3 days.

I hope this helps.

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3. Re: 3 day safari travelling from Cape Town

I would recommend that you fly direct from CT to Nelspruit. From there, it's a 2 hour road transfer to some of the best safari lodges in Africa! Alternatively you could rent a car, and drive yourselves to the lodge. If the private lodges are too expensive for your budget, then you could always do a self drive safari in the Kruger National Park.

If your "mid price range" refers to mid price range of private safari lodges, then you could consider: Elephant Plains (3 hours from KMIA), Ngala Safari Lodge (3,5 hours from KMIA), Simbavati River Lodge (3,5 hours)Inyati (2 hours) or Kirkmans (2 hours).

Tanya * owner * Africa Direct

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