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How To Safari In South Africa

South Africa is a country steeped in history, nature & beauty. Endowed with a rich tapestry of culture, vast lands, unequaled safaris…South Africa is truly a place for those who want to reconnect with nature.

South African safaris are home to a wide spectrum of animal species including the celebrated group of big five: the buffalo, rhino, lion, elephant, and leopard.

At Mpeti Game Reserve we have the big & small game, but it’s at our neighbouring reserve Shomkhana where you will find the big five game.

Types of safaris

Game viewing, as this activity is called, is typically done with a walking or driven safari. Nowadays bicycle, canoeing & horseback safaris are becoming increasingly more popular by the day. It is designed for those who crave adventure and a new way of seeing & discovering things.

A standard walking safari is composed of 8 to 12 persons. This can last for a couple of hours and sometimes as much as three days and two nights. It’s always recommended to have a safari guide with you at all times.

Read more about what you can do at Mpeti.

A little history

The flagship of all South African safari areas is the Kruger National Park.  Creation of Paul Kruger, the president of Transvaal Republic in 1898. His advanced vision sparked the idea of creating wildlife sanctuaries and preservation areas to let nature continue growing at a fast rate.  The Kruger is vast and takes up 19,485 square kilometers.

With the Kruger National Park, South Africa is truly unrivaled in its immense resources. The big five is not all that attracts safari goers to South Africa, the country has some of the animal world’s most interesting wild animals such as the cheetahs, spotted hyenas, warthog, an array of antelope species and jackals, hippos, and zebras. Kruger Park is also home to some 500 species of birds and 140 species of mammals.

Kruger offers visitors not only it’s animal resources but also its broad spectrum of plant species.

Other reserves

Although South African safaris were made famous by the Kruger National Park, they also placed their names in top African destination through the fame of The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park- one of the most significant wildlife conservation areas in the world.

It is not for the fainthearted though. This is the sight for the distinguished black-maned Kalahari lions along with other animal species like bat-eared foxes, blue wildebeest, gemsbok, and the likes.

The smaller game reserves and private reserves like Mpeti offers their own safari experiences which contribute to the unique experiences that are found in South Africa.

The safari packing list

The top 5 things to include:

  • Your digital camera and lenses
  • Mosquito spray
  • Sun protection
  • A hat
  • Comfortable hiking boots
We love this safari packing list from tripsavvy.com.

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