Like many people, it was a lifelong dream of mine to go on an African Safari. I had a few concerns about going, but one of the things I love about travel is the opportunity to dismantle my preconceived notions that come primarily from watching the news. The tap water is safe to drink. The highways and infrastructure are good. English is widely spoken. Americans don’t need a visa. There are game parks where you can see the big 5 and more, which are in malaria-free zones. So, no shots are required. South Africans love Americans.
My biggest “aha moment” was that the best safari experience may not come from the best known parks. Sometimes there can be a “traffic jam” of safari vehicles in Kruger (which is the best-known park) at a wildlife sighting. This is stressful for the animals and is less than optimal for you. Not all parks have the big 5, and sometimes the terrain can make wildlife viewing difficult.
Tent camping? Probably not what you think. Running water, electricity, air conditioning, WiFi, and monkeys scampering on the roof.
You need to choose your park carefully and be fully informed of what your experience will be. Near the border of Botswana is the Marakele Game Preserve. While not as well-known as Kruger, it is easily accessible by air or car from Johannesburg. The scenery is the breath-taking, red-hued cliffs of the Waterburg Mountains. This is a backdrop for the lush green bush and plains where wildebeest, zebras, and rhinos graze, and you can observe troops of baboons foraging. The gorges, rivers, and ponds make it an ideal habitat for a large variety of wildlife including the big five – rhino, lion, cape buffalo, leopard and elephant. Furthermore, it is home to an array of other appealing animals such as giraffe, cheetah, hyena, warthog, Vervet monkey, and many more. It is a birders paradise with more than 280 species of birds including the largest colony of the endangered cape vulture.
If you are the kind of person who hungers for an immersive nature experience, Yet likes to be comfortable David and I are hosting a South African Safari in September 2018. The safari will be in the Black Rhino private game preserve in in the malaria free Pilanesberg National Park and the accommodations are in a safari lodge.
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