A Big 5 Southern African Safari

Alright, so you need to go on an African Safari to see the enormous five creatures, to encounter the natural demeanor of the African shrubbery, you need to sit by the fire around evening time and pay attention to the hyenas and hedge children and afterward awaken to the singing of larks and the thundering of lions.

5 Recommended Luxury Family Safari Lodges in Southern Africa

Yet, this will cost the earth, not really? Not really – an African safari should be possible on a tight spending plan and here we will share a portion of our spending safari tips that can take you to the spots you need to visit.

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If it’s not too much trouble, note that there is a ‘low season’ in Southern Africa where rates could be decreased by around 30 to 40 percent. The low season shifts from one country to another so on the off chance that you expect visiting a private safari stop if it’s not too much trouble, ask about their low season rates.

The Kruger Park has limited charges for unavailable, which is typically the initial fourteen days of December, and the Kgalagadi has occasional limits between 10 Jan – 15 March and between 1 November – 15 December. Kindly take a look at the SANParks site for these occasional specials. They additionally have limited rates on their wild path – the markdown is more prominent the more individuals you book for. (Each trail takes a limit of eight individuals).

Etosha have markdown rates for standard guests, so in case you are a returning guest request the limited rate when making your booking with NWR (Namibia Wildlife Resorts).

Pilanesberg will have unavailable and midweek limited rates – ask when making your booking with the various hotels.


Check the web for modest flights since it works out less expensive to purchase your ticket on the web, yet look around first don’t simply purchase the principal thing you see.

In the event that you have preferred customer credits utilize these to get to South Africa and when you show up in South Africa you have a decision of flying locally on a couple of modest carriers like southernafricansafari.co.za, One-Time and Mango. These carriers don’t give free food and drink ready yet they do sell bites and beverages.

Self Drive versus Directed Safari

The costly private hotels provide food for the well off vacationer and they drive you to creatures that have been followed. We abhor this as they will ask you what creature you need to see and if your answer is ‘lion’ they will radio the tracker to discover where one is and afterward drive you to it. There is little expectation or fervor when this is done – it’s practically similar to going to a zoo without the enclosures!

We like to go on self-drive safaris as they are a lot less expensive, we have more opportunity with our every day developments and there is just no beating the excitement of driving along a street and coincidentally finding a panther following an impala and afterward remaining with the panther as long as you need to! So self drive implies precisely that, you are the driver, organizer and the game spotter in your own special vehicle. In case you are the daring kind and need to investigate Southern Africa self drive is intended for you.

In case you are a worldwide guest ‘self drive’ signifies employing a vehicle however search around on the web and get the best cost – there are no less than seven vehicle recruit organizations in South Africa. You can likewise get counsel from the SANParks discussion on the most solid vehicle recruit organizations – check under ‘auto rental guidance’.

In the Kruger, Kgalagadi, Pilanesberg and Etosha you need just a 2wd vehicle, which is adequate for the tar and rock streets however you might require a 4×4 on the off chance that you intend to book a 4×4 path in the Kruger or Botswana or need to remain at hill camps in the Kalahari like Bitterpan and Gharagab.

Preservation Fees

Every one of the parks charge a day by day preservation expense however SANParks have a Wild Card that is substantial for one year and covers all passage expenses to any of their parks, including the Kruger and Kgalagadi. The expense of the Wild Card is identical to about seven days’ extra charges so on the off chance that you will remain for more than six or seven evenings in one of the SANParks in the following a year then, at that point purchasing a Wild Card is a lot less expensive than paying your protection expenses at the entryway and it sets aside you cash as well as time as you don’t need to invest energy in the lines! (Etosha and Pilanesberg don’t fall under SANParks).


Convenience will fluctuate from one park to another however by and large you can browse setting up camp, cabins, chalets, rondavels, safari tents or hovels. I know, you are thinking ‘tents and hovels, these should be frightful in light of the fact that they are modest!” In the Southern African parks ‘modest’ doesn’t consequently approach terrible! The greater part of the convenience has en-suite restrooms, kitchens and climate control systems! In the event that you pick the less expensive end, your unit will have public washrooms and kitchens – there is something for each spending plan.

All sheet material and towels are given and all units are overhauled each day. On the off chance that your unit has a kitchen it will, have porcelain and cutlery with a hot plate. In the Kruger, Kgalagadi and Pilanesberg every one of the units have a braai (grill) yet in Etosha just certain units have a braai – simply affirm when you make your Etosha booking.

Eat like a King

The eateries in Etosha and Pilanesberg have great food and administration yet can get costly while the cafés in the Kruger and Kgalagadi are just not incentive for cash as we would like to think.

To set aside cash shop before you get to the parks – there are general stores like Pick n’ Pay, Woolworths, or Spar in South Africa and Namibia that have all the food stuff you will require. We buy the greater part of our food and wine a couple of days prior to leaving or while heading to the parks and when we show up we purchase the massive stuff like charcoal and water. For breakfast we ordinarily have espresso and rusks on the game drive and afterward bacon and eggs at one of the cookout destinations. For lunch we have a speedy sandwich at the cabin and for supper a beautiful braai with chicken kebabs or boerewors, mixed greens and a decent glass of wine.