Not all safari experiences are made equal.
Whether you like it a bit more rugged, enjoy camping and self-drive type safaris or prefer to splash out on a glamping experience complete with an outdoor bath, luxury linen, and a private ranger, it's your prerogative. It's all about personal preference and budget.
Here are a few suggestions for your specific set-up:
Just outside of Port Elizabeth lies Shamwari Game Reserve’s Eagles Crag. A 5-star stay, known to be popular with local celebs it is an all-inclusive, sensory-overload experience bursting with luxury. Perfect for those who prefer an upmarket safari pamper-paradise with lots of bubbles.
Watch elephants drink from the pool at the 5-star Mhondoro Safari Lodge and Villa in Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg, while sipping on some cocktails.
Family stays in malaria-free zones
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Karoo is the perfect sanctuary for family, friends and groups. Your family will soon discover a whole other world of animal bones and poo - lots of it. And return home absolutely enthralled by South Africa's wildlife heritage as here, safaris are very educational.
Spend a night in the middle of the bush at Spekboom Tented Rest Camp in Addo National Park and fall asleep feeling closer to nature than ever before.
De Hoop Collection has a rich biodiversity, it is home to rare species of fynbos, marine life and has an unspoiled 70km of coastline flanked by towering sand dunes. And zero predators, so kids can feel free to roam around on their bicycles.
Go glamping at Tintswalo Lapalala in the Waterberg or stay in the tree-house for the ultimate romantic break in the bush - plus have your very own ranger at your disposal.
Walking and horse-back safaris
Be untrammelled by the limitations of a vehicle step out into the bush by foot at Mthimkhulu Private Game Reserve in Limpopo or opt for the African Horseback Safaris in the Okavango Delta, who offers adventure-fuelled safari experiences for those daredevils out there.