South Africa: Experience the safari like never before
The South African safari truly is an experience that no other safari anywhere else can replace. While the wildlife of South Africa does not encompass the South African experience, the South Africa safari tours are a big part of the complete South African experience. The nearly impenetrable forests in the heartland shelter a wide variety of flora and fauna indigenous to the place. While the South Africa safari tours give the perception of safety, the fact that the animals are wild cannot be ignored. The opportunity to see the big five in their natural habitats, if not in a safari is not possible. While the rangers and guides ensure safety and controlled forays, the South Africa safari tours take tourists into the territories of the wild animals.
The South African safari gives the rare opportunity to witness the majesty of the animals in the most natural settings with little or negligible human interference. The awe-inspiring sights and sounds is exhilarating while being heart-stopping. Large herds of elephants, innumerable birds flying in formation unknown to the limited imagination of man, a pride of lions, the stark color of a zebra against the dry grass landscape, each new sight on a South Africa safari is a sight that gets seared into memory. The south african safari is an experience that people carry forward through life.
Though numerous places in South Africa offers safaris, the most authentic South Africa safari are through the Kruger National Park in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The safari through the Kruger National Park and the neighboring privately owned reserves give tourists the opportunity to spot the big five, i.e. the elephant, the rhino, the buffalo, the lion and the leopard. The high concentration of leopards in private reserves such as Sabi Sand near Kruger National Park ensures that visitors on the safari see the leopard if not all the big five.
While there are many routes to experience the safari, accommodation within the National parks and the reserves add to the South Africa safari experience. The accommodation and the safari are best booked in advance as they do tend to fill up fast. The safari experience tends to be easier the second time as the eyes adjust to looking for wildlife in the natural surroundings. Late winter and early spring might be the best time to experience the safari as the grass does not grow very high and the water reserves are limited, giving more opportunity to spot the big five. Cameras and binoculars are the best companions on safaris.