Scenic Stops for South African Safari Vacations

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When you’re planning your South African safari, be sure to work with a tour company that specializes in safari vacations.
 

Table Mountain National Park

 
A Natural World Heritage Site, Table Mountain National Park should be on any travel itinerary. Located close to Robben Island, Table Mountain - one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature - is the majestic peak that inspired Nelson Mandela during his long imprisonment and gave him hope on his darkest days.

 

One of the most unique parts of this national park is that it is home to one of eight protected areas that comprise the Cape Floral Kingdom. With 8,200 species of plants, it’s the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. The Cape Floral Kingdom is a Natural World Heritage Site where you can find plants that don’t grow anywhere else in the world. Of the 8,200 plant species, 1,106 are threatened and 300 are endangered or critically endangered. If you skip a visit to this beautiful location, some of the plants may not exist on future South African safari vacations.

 

Kruger National Park

 

One of South Africa’s most well-known parks, Kruger National Park consists of almost two million hectares. It features a diverse selection of Africa’s wildlife, along with important historical and archaeological sites.

 

Kruger National Park has a sighting board that is updated in the reception area of the park. It’s updated daily so if you want a photo of your favourite animal, you can check and see where it was last sighted. In total, Kruger National Park has 147 mammals. You can find the Big 5—lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinoceros—wandering within the park. Don’t let the bigger animals steal all of the attention though. There are also 507 species of birds, 114 types of reptiles, 34 species of amphibians, 49 species of fish (which may be harder to see) and 336 different species of trees.


If you’re interested in exploring the history of South Africa, select a tour that will take you to the ruins of MasoriniThulamela or Albasini. You can also visit the Letaba Elephant Museum, Jock of the Bushveld Route or the Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library.

 

Kapama River Lodge

 

While you’re visiting Kruger National Park, consider staying at the Kapama River Lodge, a five-star luxury lodge by a bend of the seasonal Kapama River. The lodge has 64 suites and offers unique ways to explore on your South African safari vacation.

 

You can take in the view from a hot air balloon ride over the park or enjoy a guided tour from the back of an elephant (with a few tips before you saddle up). The lodge offers photography workshops from professional wildlife photographers so you take the ultimate selfies or animal action photos.


If your safari vacation is a romantic getaway, you can enjoy the lodge’s Romantic Sleep Out. Snuggled safely on elevated ground, you’ll enjoy a romantic dinner for two served by your personal chef, along with a night sleeping under the stars in a four-post bed. A luxurious and fully-appointed bathroom is also onsite so you can pamper yourselves.

 

Vacations in South Africa aren’t complete without a safari to see South Africa’s bountiful wildlife and beautiful floral kingdoms.

Cape Town

Johannesburg

Kruger National Park

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