Game Reserve Safari South Africa Brings the Wild Within Reach

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For many of us, a game reserve safari in South Africa is number one on our "bucket list”. Five animals dominate safari royalty. Originally known as the "Big 5 Game” because of how challenging they are to hunt, the Big 5 now have conservation status in South Africa and can be seen at places such as Kruger National Park or the private game reserve, Kapama River Lodge.


At Kruger National Park, rules and regulations require that vehicles keep to established roads and paths and passengers remain in their vehicles at all times. For a more immersive experience, at Kapama River Lodge off-road travel is permitted as well as bush walks. Professional trackers are available to safely escort you, when you book all-inclusive travel to these areas.


So what are these Big 5?




Known as the "king of the jungle”, lions don’t actually live in tropical jungles. They live in the bushveld (savanna). But lions are nonetheless regal. In a pride of lions, you can tell which male is older by the darkness of his mane. Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, lionesses actually do most of the hunting.


Cape Buffalo


The males sport huge horns which clash mightily when fighting other males for territory. Grooming doesn’t come easily to this large beast. Fortunately, the Cape buffalo occasionally gets help from a little bird called an oxpecker, which feed off the pesky insects circling the buffalo’s hide. You might even see that a small family of oxpeckers have made a nest on a buffalo’s back!



There’s truth to the saying that elephants never forget. Living in herds as numerous as 100, elephants are social animals. Mothers share in the caring of each other’s calves and will even nurse other female’s newborns. These largest of land mammals may weigh upwards of 14,000 pounds but when stirred to action, they can thunderously run at up to 25 miles per hour.




The African leopard’s distinctive rosette markings are actually a means of camouflage for this big cat, helping it hide amongst the dry and sun-dappled brush of the bushveld. While lions don’t particularly like to get wet, the leopard is comfortable swimming in water, is an excellent jumper and tree climber, and runs at speeds of close to 40 miles per hour.




Like a creature that stepped out of the dinosaur age, the rhino is distinctive by its great size and of course, its horn, which both males and females possess. While no doubt lethal when cornered, rhinos are actually herbivores, feeding on plants, grasses and even fruits. They may have poor eyesight, but their senses of smell and hearing are keen indeed. An experienced tracker will know to stay downwind!


A Truly Life-Changing Experience


The Big 5 are even represented in South Africa’s currency, the rand note, commemorating their importance to South Africa’s identity. If you’re game to visit a reserve and embark on a safari in South Africa, consult a travel provider who makes this form of exotic adventure travel its speciality. They’ll make sure that the number one item on your bucket list is checked off and those Big 5 animals are a part of your lifelong best experiences.

Cape Town


Kruger National Park

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