How would it feel venturing into the bush on the open plains in search of lion, elephant, giraffe or the mighty rhino? Do you want to wake up to the dawn chorus of the wild, or enjoy sundowners under a magnificent red African sunset with game on the horizon?
If you have ever entertained these thoughts, here is the most popular African safari adventure recommended for first time visitors to Africa. This sublime trip and many more suggestions can be found on the luxury African safaris guide from AfricanSafariHome.com, a leader in bespoke safaris for more than 10 years.
The most popular tour is undoubtedly a trip starting with the magnificent beauty of Cape Town, South Africa, then moving onto the world-renowned Kruger National Park for a Big 5 safari, and lastly finishing off at the world’s biggest waterfall in Victoria Falls.
The first destination on the tour, Cape Town…
Cape Town is the jewel of South Africa and frequently voted one of the Top 10 Cities to visit in the world. This multi-cultural city is located at the southern most tip of Africa and is best known for the unique Table Mountain overlooking the city.
Cape Town is an oasis of activities for young and old, complete with world-class beaches where you can swim with penguins, enjoy whale watching or for the brave, go shark cage diving. The surrounding areas of the city are home to some of the finest wine estates on earth and cultural tours include visits to local townships and Robben Island, where former President Nelson Mandela spent many years of his life incarcerated (Africa’s Alcatraz)
The second destination is The Kruger National Park…
The Kruger National Park is located in the north of South Africa and is a short flight from Cape Town. Here you can enjoy the very best of Africa’s wildlife in accommodations ranging from self-catering to luxury five star lodges.
The Kruger Park is home to the Big 5 animals, which first received their name due to the difficulty to track and hunt them. They are the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard.
The Kruger Park additionally boasts more than 140 species of large mammal (more than any reserve in Africa) and over 500 bird species. The Kruger is a true wildlife Mecca and the most popular safari destination in Africa.
The final stop is the mighty Victoria Falls…
The Victoria Falls is locally known as “the smoke that thunders”. This is the world’s largest waterfall. More water goes over the edge of Victoria Falls in three days of peak season than the entire New York City yearly consumption, a magnificent site to behold.
The Victoria Falls however offers more than just one of the Seven Wonders of Africa, it is also an adventure seekers paradise. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy schedule 5 white water rafting rapids, bungee jumping, zip lining, tiger fishing and more in this popular tourist attraction, only a short flight from the Kruger.
Africa of course offers many more wildlife destinations like the incredible Okavango Delta of Botswana or the open plains of the Serengeti, home to the Great Migration, where more than 2 millions animals roam freely.
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The recommended tour length for a Cape Town, Kruger and Vic Falls tour is 10 days and the costs start at around $4,995 per person sharing, excluding international flights. This price is for a luxury African safari in four and five star accommodation.
The best time of the year to travel is from July to October in the Southern Hemisphere when the temperatures are cooler, resulting in more active wildlife and less dense bush for better sightings.