Friday’s Photo Session – 10 Reasons to Take a South African Safari this Winter

There is nothing more beautiful than seeing wild animals living in their natural habitat, and while there are many countries in Africa that offer superb game viewing, South Africa really does have something for everyone.

In the Eastern Cape, you will find several privately owned game lodges with beautiful accommodations and great game viewing, and as it is a Malaria-free area – you never have to worry about those pesky mosquitoes!

Up in Kruger National Park, you will find a range of accommodations to suit every budget, and if you are looking for something extra special for your honeymoon or anniversary, Sabi Sands has the perfect Safari lodge for you.

I could list at least a hundred reasons why you should take a South African Safari, but here are just ten of my favourite…

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A Malaria Free South African Safari Experience at Lalibela Game Reserve

If you love wild animals but hate the thought of visiting a zoo, then why not make 2012 the year to take your well-deserved South African Safari!

Affordable, entertaining, and an experience you will never forget, a safari holiday is perfect for singles, couples, and families with older kids who still enjoy travelling together but need plenty of activities on hand to keep the tweens and teens occupied!

Up Close and Personal with the Big 5

If the thought of catching malaria is something that puts you off a South African safari, you will be pleased to know that there are several magnificent game reserves in the Eastern Cape, a mere 45 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth, that are not only jam-packed full of wild and wonderful creatures, but they are malaria free zones.

One such game reserve is a majestic place called Lalibela.  The name Lalibela is an Ethiopian word meaning ‘for whom the bees have foretold greatness’, and when you stand amidst the Valley Bushveld Biome unique to this area of South Africa, it is easy to see how this magnificent 7,500 hectare private game reserve, spanning over 5 eco-systems, would invite such a noble name.

When you drive through the gates of Lalibela Game Reserve you are automatically surrounded with an array of antelope, zebra and warthogs, and by the time you have dropped off the keys to your vehicle and climbed into an open-top jeep, you will already have forgotten the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

Treetops - Lalibela

As one would expect there are no roads through Lalibela. Your expert guide will navigate the winding dirt tracks that lead to your lodge, which combine the rustic charm of a safari camp with all the modern luxuries one could possibly wish for such as a king-size bed, luxury shower, and priceless views.

Lalibela offers three different lodges to suit groups of all sizes, and all age groups. Those looking to get up close and personal with the wildlife will appreciate the openness of Treetops, where one can roll up the walls and sleep under the stars in true safari style.

Dining Alfresco!

Dining at Lalibela is an event in itself!  Delicious food morning, noon, and night served at a communal table where you get to share your animal encounters, safari stories and make new friends with like-minded travellers from across the globe.  Every meal is different, excellent, and complemented with a selection of fine South Africa wines, fruit beverages and tea or coffee, so resistance is futile! But hey, you’re on holiday, so go with it, enjoy, and pack a pair of ‘fat day’ trousers!

South African Smiles!

The staff at Lalibela are personal, friendly and will do everything in their power to ensure your stay is memorable.  It is their natural smiles and first name introductions that make you feel more like a family member than just another tourist visiting their reserve.

Lalibela Game Reserve is just a short drive from Port Elizabeth, a short flight from Cape Town, and in short, it is the most wonderful place to take your malaria free South African safari!

“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa, for he has so much to look forward to”

5 Luxury Hotels in South Africa

As recent reports indicate we will be spending most of our travel budget on accommodation in 2012, we thought it only right that we take this opportunity to share our 5 favourite luxury hotels in South Africa with you.

Anyone reading our blogs will have realised that South Africa has a truly special place in our hearts, and as we countdown to our next trip below the equator, we simply cannot wait to visit our favourite hotels and share a glass of South African wine with the owners who are fast becoming dear friends.

We couldn’t possibly put these hotels in order of preference, as we love them all, so in no particular order:

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

A simply stunning five-star property overlooking Walker’s Bay, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a place that everyone visiting South Africa should experience.  Combining two luxurious lodges with the most amazing private nature reserve, Grootbos is a place where one goes to relax, indulge and enjoy the very best foods, wines, and nature activities amongst the world’s greatest collection of Fynbos.

Rosenhof Country House

Set in the “Wild West” town of Oudtshoorn, the Rosenhof Country House is an exquisite five-star property that boasts sumptuous accommodations, excellent dining and some of the friendliest local staff one could wish to encounter.  A great stopover for those travelling the Garden Route, the Rosenhof is just beautiful.

Lairds Lodge

Lairds Lodge has a homely feel and a relaxed atmosphere that allows one to really appreciate the beautiful property, exceptional dining, and attentive staff.  Perfectly positioned between the two popular towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Lairds is a great base for those looking to get away from the bustling city.

Winchester Mansions

We love the Winchester Mansions, and if you are looking for a Cape Town break we don’t believe there is anywhere better to stay!  Set on the Atlantic Seaboard in the bustling town of Seapoint, this property is great for those who enjoy walking (it’s a mere 20 minute walk to the V&A Waterfront), and offers a fantastic sea facing bar, which is just ideal for those late afternoon sundowners!

Lalibela Game Reserve

If you are heading off to the Eastern Cape for a Malaria Free Safari, then one of the best places to stay (in our humble opinion) is Lalibela Game Reserve.  Featuring three different lodges, this spectacular game reserve boasts South Africa’s Big 5, along with a variety of other beautiful animals, and combines a relaxed atmosphere with quality accommodation, great game viewing and delicious menus.

What are your favourite hotels in South Africa?  Let us know so we can add it to our “to see” list!

 

 

 

A Malaria Free Safari Experience

If you have never been on Safari in South Africa then I can highly recommend you add this magnificent experience to your bucket list.  Combining the splendour of South Africa’s Big 5 (that’s Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Lion and Water Buffalo to you and me!), with exquisite fauna and flora, stunning game reserve lodges and fearless drivers/guides, a safari in South Africa is something you will never forget and the memories will be imprinted on your brain forever.

Kruger National Park is perhaps the most well-known game reserve in South Africa and it is certainly the largest covering almost 2 million hectares of land. A stunning location where you get the opportunity to “be at one” with nature and witness no less than six different ecosystems, Kruger National park is well worth a visit, however it is considered a malaria risk area.

While the chances of catching malaria are extremely slim, it is always advisable to take malaria tablets prior to your visit, wear long clothing and use skin protection to keep those pesky Mosquito’s at bay.

Lalibela Game Reserve – Eastern Cape

For those who wish to experience a South African Safari without the risk of malaria, the Eastern Cape is a haven of wonderful game reserves, great game viewing and luxurious lodges where friendly staff, delicious food and fine South African wines come as standard.

While smaller than the Kruger Park, the Eastern Cape region has plenty to offer the traveller looking for a special safari experience, and as the parks are more compact, the chances of viewing the Big 5 plus a whole range of other stunning wild animals such as giraffe, zebra, wilder beast and warthogs is a whole lot higher.

The Eastern Cape Game reserves are situated just 1-hour drive from Port Elizabeth, and with regular flights between Cape Town and PE, it is easy to combine your malaria free safari experience with a trip to South Africa’s ‘Mother City’.

So get up close and personal with South Africa’s wildlife and enjoy the safari experience you have always dreamed of in the Eastern Cape.