We know what really makes a South African Safari magnificent and unique!!! Not all safaris are created equal. To fashion your own dream African adventure, it’s all about pinpointing exactly what kind of explorer you are (and what your budget is!). So, grab your binoculars and read up on how to choose a South African safari that’s just perfect for you!
We all have our ideas on what the perfect South African Safari should be. There are many options available out there. Having been involved in organising safari tours for over 15 years, we would love to share with you some of our favourite experiences. Hopefully they will help you in your decision on what safari best suites your particular needs. The tours that we have showcased cover a variety of accommodation options from your level of luxury, limit of people allowed, budget, uniqueness and level of interaction.
Variety is the spice of life on a South African safari
When it comes to a South African Safari, there are many options available. From the popular game lodges to the more exclusive private lodges. What you are looking for is dependent on many factors from your budget, level of comfort and the overall safari experience you are looking for. We have tried to give travellers an idea of what is out there. A new concept that we have discovered is the STAR BED SAFARIS. Check out our recommendations below.
Leave your South African Safari planning, organising and logistics to us
We have been involved in organising successful and custom made South African Safaris for over 15 years. Our safari tour experts that will engage with you and help you decide on what tour suits you best. But that is not where our services end. We handle all aspects of your tour from the transport, logistics, bookings, meals and personal guides. All you need to do is bring your camera, clothing and loved one and we handle the rest.
South Africa’s Best Star Bed Safaris
If you are looking for a different kind of South African Safari, then you definitely need to discover the new way of experiencing the true magic of Africa. What can be better than cuddling up with your loved one in a cosy bed in the heart of a pristine South African safari setting. And to add to that magic, imagine falling asleep under the Milky Way to the sounds of distant lions roaring, giggling hyenas and the rhythmical calls of hippos. The only thing between you and the infinite galaxy above is your mosquito net. The roof of your lodge being replaced with a panoramic, 360-degree view of the Heavens above. It is with no surprise that the local safari lodges came up with the name of a ‘Star-Bed’. Because that is exactly what it is: A comfortable, open air bed out in the middle of the wild South African plains.
We have showcased 3 South African Safari Lodges that are the leaders in their field when it comes to offering a truly magical ‘Star Bed’ experience.
1. Tinyeleti Treehouse in the Lion Sands Game Reserve
Situated in the famous Sabie Sands Private Game Reserve, this 6-suite award winning lodge offers some exceptional views into the open expanse of the Kruger National Park. The word ‘Tinveleti’ means many stars. Expect to see some of the most iconic South African animal species on guided safari drives with the lodge rangers. The Kruger Park is one of the most biodiverse eco systems in Africa. Expect some exiting game drives sightings that include the Big 5 as well as other iconic wild animals from giraffe, wildebeest, hippo, warthog, zebra, impala and many more.
• Set in a private concession known as the Sabi River Sands Game Reserve
• Exquisite luxury lodge a contemporary feel
• Private and tailored service
• Spacious lodge rooms, each with its own rim-flow pool and butler service
• Fantastic spa treatments in the privacy of your safari lodge room.
• Safari fine dining at its best
From $1700 per person sharing
2. Phinda Vlie Lodge in the Phinda Private Game Reserve
Situated in the heart of KwaZulu Natal, this stunning safari lodge is set in the Phinda Private Game Reserve. A magical setting where comfortable ‘star beds’ await. A crackling campfire, exquisite wine and the cry of a distant hyena are the norm. Enjoy exiting game drives and nature walks in the day. Enjoy a unique wetlands safari experience. The safari lodge is known for its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscape scenery.
• Excellent Big 5 game viewing & birding
• Views of wetlands & sand forest from suites
• Private dining, perfect for a celebration
• Only 6 secluded suites
• Private plunge pools at each suite
From $870 per person sharing
3. Jaci’s Safari Lodge
Situated a mere 3 hours from Johannesburg, this private lodge is situated in the malaria free reserve known as Madikwe. The lodge is built on the banks of the Marico River under Tamboti Trees. Enjoy early morning and later afternoon game drives with the lodge’s wildlife expert. Spend the day relaxing around the pool or just taking in the excellent views of the river.
• Situated in a prime wildlife reserve in South Africa
• Malaria-free safari destination only three hours’ drive from Johannesburg
• Small and exclusive with only eight suites
• Welcoming, homely lounge and dining areas
• Two spacious and exclusive suites available
From $670 per person sharing
Small group safaris
In our experience, the smaller the group the better the experience. A smaller group allows for a more intimate and interactive wildlife experience. Our guides can connect and engage with smaller groups better that larger ones. That is why we have decided to keep our group sizes small.
Safari like a local
We don’t do commercial!! There is a lot of information out there illustrating all types of South African safari tour options. We have decided to avoid the norm. We have opted to create tours that us as locals would enjoy. We take travellers to places that don’t necessarily make it onto the hotspot exposure areas on the internet. This means we can show you what a real safari is all about. All of our tours are accompanied by our passionate guides who will immerse you into their world that is a mixture of culture, wildlife and our heritage.
The Kruger National Park
We have showcased a few of our most popular safari tours below. Most of our tours are to the Kruger National Park. This reserve is by far the wildlife capital of South Africa. It is home to an abundance of animal species including the iconic Big 5 (lion, leopard, African elephant, Buffalo and rhino. It is recognised as one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Over 7% of all the worlds animals can be found here. It is also home to the Big 5 of trees ( Boabab, fever, knob thorn, marula and Mopane).
Safari tour options closer to Johannesburg.
Chances are you are going to be flying though Johannesburg when you visit the South African shores. Whether you are on business, have limited time or are really keen on Johannesburg as a travel destination, there are many safari tour options available from 1 day to multi day tours.
Contact us for more information on our custom and scheduled tours now!!