"We have reached a milestone: It has been 11 years and I've guided more than 50 African Photographic Safari groups through Africa. Each trip has been tremendous! I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to my good friends, Prem Sharma, Gaby ...
The stunning sunsets, the diverse scenery and the unmistakable night sounds Southern Africa conjures up all sorts of exciting images of the African bush! The Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Etosha Pan in Namibia and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe – the Garden Route and the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Malawi’s magnificent lake and scenery and Zambia’s Luangwa Valley – all these and more must surely bring out the adventurer in all of us!
South Africa’s claim to provide ‘the whole world in one country’ is certainly a justified one. This enchanting ‘Rainbow Country’ offers the beautiful scenery of the Garden Route, the picturesque winelands, Table Mountain, the beaches of Durban and, of course, the Kruger National Park.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Explore South Africa ’s fascinating scenic beauty and wildlife. Your stay at Madikwe and Kruger game parks will give you ample opportunities to photograph the Big Five as well as other major species. Spend four days in Cape Town with day trips to Cape of Good Hope and Table Mountain.
South Africa | Zambia | Botswana
This safari traversing between the three countries of Southern Africa brings together the vibrancy of Cape Town, the tranquility of Mpumalanga bush with enclose encounters with Africa’s wildlife; the famous Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park in Botswana.
SOUTH AFRICA PARKS & ATTRACTIONS
Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the fifth largest game reserve and is also one of the lesser- known parks in South Africa. This makes it a hidden- gem as it is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa and offers the Big 5 in a 680 km2 park (750 km2 including newly incorporated privately owned land). The park offers a number of luxurious lodges as well as community lodges in a malaria- free zone.
About 90 kilometres north of the town of Zeerust is Madikwe Game Reserve. It is situated against the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert. It is roughly 3.5 hours in a car from Johannesburg/ Pretoria. Safari Lodges are mostly located around the eastern and western gate.
In 1991 the area was declared a reserve and 10 000 mammals were relocated from other National Parks. The park is home to approximately 66 large mammals and roughly 300 bird species. You will find all this flora and fauna in an area comprised of vast open plains of grasslands, woodlands, rocky outcrops and single mountains. The area is bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains.
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. The administrative headquarters are in Skukuza. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South African Republic in 1898, and it became South Africa's first national park in 1926.
All the Big Five game animals are found at Kruger National Park, which has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve (at 147 species). There are webcams set up to observe the wildlife.
The park stopped culling elephants in 1994 and tried translocating them, but by 2004 the population had increased to 11,670 elephants, by 2006 to approximately 13,500, by 2009 to 11,672, and by 2012 to 16,900. The park's habitats can only sustain about 8,000 elephants. The park started using annual contraception in 1995, but has stopped that due to problems with delivering the contraceptives and upsetting the herds.
Kruger supports packs of the endangered African wild dog, of which there are thought to be only about 400 in the whole of South Africa.
Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town has one of the highest levels of biodiversity of any equivalent area in the world and an estimated 2,200 species of plants are confined to Table Mountain. Many of these species, including a great many types of proteas, are endemic to the mountain and can be found nowhere else. It is home to a total of 19 different vegetation types, of which several are completely endemic to the city and occur nowhere else in the world.
The city has several well-known natural features that attract tourists, most notably Table Mountain, which forms a large part of the Table Mountain National Park and is the back end of the City Bowl. Reaching the top of the mountain can be achieved either by hiking up, or by taking the Table Mountain Cableway. Cape Point is recognised as the dramatic headland at the end of the Cape Peninsula. Many tourists also drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, a narrow road that links Noordhoek with Hout Bay, for the views of the Atlantic Ocean and nearby mountains.
Kapama Private Game Reserve, with its portfolio of luxury game lodges, occupies a vast area between South Africa’s northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. Adjacent to Kapama, Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport is ideally located to receive guests flying to Kapama on scheduled flights from both Johannesburg and Cape Town, and on private charters. Kapama offers courtesy transfers in open game viewing vehicles from Eastgate Airport to our four luxurious safari lodges: River Lodge, Buffalo Camp, Kapama Karula and Southern Camp.
Situated in South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo, renowned for its prolific and diverse wildlife, Kapama Private Game Reserve is home to over 40 different mammal species, including the most dangerous Big Five of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros. Approximately 350 bird species and a myriad smaller species can also be seen here in their natural environment. Twice-daily game drives through the reserve, accompanied by expert guides and trackers, ensure unforgettable wildlife encounters in the African bush. Source: Kapama Private Game Reserve
Paul Renner – Photographer
Rita, S – WA"We found this safari to be an outstanding value. We just loved it!"
Donna D. – CA"If you were to ask me what was my favorite experience, it would be Every Single Moment of Everyday! I can't hardly wait to go back to Africa! I made so many new friends and danced with the Masai."