Luxury Travel Safaris 101: South Africa

South Africa is definitely a go-to safari destination for nature lovers worldwide. The main reason? The sheer variety available when it comes to safari experiences on offer. Ultimately, with so many different experiences to choose from, it’s vital to be extremely specific about your reasons for being drawn to Africa and what you want to see, do, and appreciate during your visit.

Here are a few of the most important questions to ask when tailoring your vacation.

Who will you be travelling with?

Couples visiting South Africa for a honeymoon safari will undoubtedly stay somewhere entirely different than a family travelling with kids in tow. As such, who you’re travelling with should be one of the very first considerations when approaching a travel expert to compile a bespoke package for you. Note that many unfenced camps and lodges in South Africa do not allow children under the age of 10 for obvious safety reasons.

How do you want to immerse yourself in the bushveld?

When many people think of a safari, they immediately picture themselves bumping along the uneven grassy terrain in a sturdy game-viewing vehicle, but the truth is that there are plenty of other unique ways to immerse yourself in the expansive beauty of the bushveld. Other activities to consider include:

  • Hot air balloon safaris: These make it possible to marvel at the majesty of the bush from an entirely different perspective.
  • Walking safaris: These promise a more sensory bush experience, allowing you to breathe in the essence of the wild, feel the grass beneath your feet, get a closer look at the flora and fauna, etc.
  • Boat safaris: These take you out onto a river or lake for views of animals enjoying a drink and sightings of some of the wildlife that lives in or frequents the waters.
  • Horseback safaris: A completely unique wildlife experience for novice and expert riders alike.

How active do you want to be?

For example, if you’re travelling with active teens, you’ll want plenty of opportunities for them to keep busy, such as learning the art of wildlife photography alongside a photographic guide. If you’re simply looking for R&R, you might want to book a stay at a lodge with a spa onsite.

What style & feel are you after for your accommodation?

Photo: One&Only Cape Town (left), Babylonstoren

Are you after a lavish safari holiday in a contemporary, glass-walled lodge? Or are you more enticed by authenticity and in search of a rustic mobile tented camp or an unfenced hideaway with thatched rondavels? There are varying levels of luxury and many different price points to consider in this regard.

Need a hand booking your very first South African safari? Get in touch with destination experts at Giltedge for customised itineraries – we promise to be with you every step of the way!