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South African Safaris
More to see than you will ever think
Why South African National Parks
The South African national parks safari packages from Tambuzi Safaris; enjoy the best safari areas like the Kruger National Park, on any of our exclusive, luxury, standard or family South Africa national parks safari. “One time, on my South African vacation…
” Next time you’re sitting around the camp fire, why not entertain your friends with stories about your amazing national parks African safaris. South Africa is best known for its incredible wildlife, diverse landscapes and tourist-friendly tourist destinations. From luxury safaris to mobile camping trips in our national parks, if an African safari is on your to-do list, there is no reason to wait.
While South Africa has 11 national languages, English is universally spoken and due to the strong performance of most international currencies against the Rand (the South African currency), accommodation and tours are often more affordable in our national parks than you may think. Because of the well developed infrastructure in the country, it is relatively easy to visit most of the tourist hot spots across all 9 provinces: from shark cage diving to wine tasting, and possibly a Soweto bicycle tour if you are a history buff.
Most importantly, no South African national parks Safari tours is complete without a camping safari in the Kruger National Park one of the best national parks and place to see, hear and experience extreme wildlife in their natural habitat. The Kruger National Park, Inarguably the most popular South African vacation destination. The Kruger National Park was established in 1898, by then South African President Paul Kruger already proclaimed it as a protected area for wildlife. The official gate opening to the general public was in 1927. Over the years the Kruger National Park has become the second largest game reserve in Africa and the largest game reserve in South Africa. It covers 19,485 square kilometers (7,523 mi) and extends 360 kilometers (220 mi) from north to south, and 65 kilometers (40 mi) from east to west, which is roughly the same size as Israel, Wales, or the US state of Massachusetts.
Located in one of the most ecologically heterogeneous regions of Southern Africa, the vastly shifting landscapes of the park is divided into 14 different eco zones, each supporting different wildlife. The Kruger is an Eden inhabited by more species of wildlife than any other game reserve in Africa. All the Big Five game animals, lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, are found at the Kruger National Park. There are 147 species of large mammals in this sanctuary, 517 species of birds, 114 species of reptile, 33 species of amphibians, and 50 fish species. The wildlife and the breath-taking landscapes are the reasons why this is one of the world’s greatest heritage sites, drawing millions of visitors from around the globe to this legendary game park.
Out of this world experience you will never forget
Why a Mozambique Safari
No itinerary to travel to Southern Africa is complete without a trip to breathtaking and unspoiled Mozambique. While an African safari traditionally conjures up images of four-legged hunters, your Mozambique scuba or snorkel safari would combine close encounters with exotic underwater creatures. From swimming with dolphins to whale sharks and the elegant manta rays, Mozambique birding or a big 5 safari.
Affordable safari packages to Mozambique are the most sought after holidays in today’s day, with a Mozambique game safari high on the priority lists of many travelers and with reason. In recent years Mozambique’s numerous parks and reserves have been returning to their former glory, placing the country near the top of the list when it comes to African safari destinations. The Limpopo Transfrontier Park offers an unspoiled, pristine, and pioneering wildlife experience. Located in southern Mozambique, covering more than 1.1 million hectares, this park was formerly used as a hunting zone known as Coutada 16.
After years of war, hunting, and poaching which decimated its wildlife the vision of rehabilitating and restoring one of Mozambique`s once rich wildlife resources became a reality when it become part of the Greater Limpopo Trans frontier Park. The park consists mainly of low-lying coastal plains and Mopane woodland savannas with extensive tracts of grassland. These flats were once ancient sea beds and the soils are very sandy. The sharply rising Lebombo Mountains forms the western boundary with the Kruger National Park.
This area along the Lebombo gets 400mm of rainfall a year, compared to the 800mm that falls on the eastern boundary of the park, closer to the coast. Limpopo National Park is accessible through the Kruger National Park border gate at Giriyondo. Border fences have been removed, and a re-introduction of game has been established into the park. Ancient migratory routes that were once halted are now being utilized by the wildlife. This park’s wildlife population has increased with 15% since the trans-location of a large number of animals from the Kruger National Park in 2001. The area has excellent bird life including the endangered Southern Ground-Hornbill and the Bateleur Eagle. Other birds include, the Violet-eared Waxbill, Meve’s Starling, Eastern Nicator, and Lemon-breasted Canary.
A deep in the bushvelt experience to remember
Why a Zimbabwe Safari
Zimbabwe is an exclusive safari destination, with game in Hwange, Majestic Victoria Falls and the Mana Pools National Parks, from drifting down the mighty Zambezi in your own canoe. Soaking up the African bush on your Zimbabwe safari… or sipping on a G&T on the top deck of a houseboat on Lake Kariba while watching what can only be described as some of the most spectacular sunsets in Africa. These are two attractions that can only be found in Zimbabwe.
Offering some of the favourite safaris in Africa, the country has one of the African continent’s finest and largest concentrations of wildlife and a near perfect climate (an average of 7 hours of sunshine daily throughout the year). When you choose to go on a Zimbabwe safari, the places of interest you’ll find include the Victoria Falls (one of the seven wonders of the world). Hwange National Park, Kariba, Gonarezhou National Park, Eastern Highlands, the Great Zimbabwe Monument, and Nyanga.
As far as safaris in Africa are concerned, you can’t get a more rewarding African tour than in Zimbabwe. About Gonarezhou National Park: Gonarezhou National Park is situated in the south eastern lowveld of Zimbabwe and covers an area in excess of 5,000 square km. The underdeveloped Gonarezhou National Park is the second largest and least known game reserve in Zimbabwe. Gonarezhou meaning “Place of many Elephants” is an extremely scenic park full of rugged and beautiful landscapes.
One of the most prominent and enduring natural features of Gonarezhou National Park is the beautiful Chilojo Cliffs. These magnificent red sandstone cliffs have been formed by eons of erosion, and overlook the scenic Runde River valley. Three major rivers – The Save, Runde and Mwenezi – cut their courses through the Park, forming pools and natural oases from which hundreds of bird species and wildlife gather to feed and drink. Unique species of aquatic wildlife such as the Zambezi Shark, Freshwater Goby, Black Bream and the unique Turquoise Killifish can be seen within the park’s rivers and pools.
Gonarezhou is famous for its largest-tusked elephants. Lion, leopard, cheetah (including the rare king cheetah), buffalo, giraffe, zebra and many species of large antelope are also present within the Park. The rare nyala and smaller suni are two of the highlights of the Park’s smaller antelopes. The park’s most luring qualities are its remoteness, quietness, and few tourists, making it one of the very few unique areas left in Southern Africa offering a true genuine rugged outdoor experience as it was over 100 years ago.
One of the greatest wild life experiences in Africa
Why a Swaziland Safari
Swaziland’s People, landscapes and wildlife, are the characteristics that attract thousands of people annually to travel to Swaziland, which is a tiny nation when compared with all the other African giants. It is not a well known addition to the African safari circuit, yet this country, located at the extremity of South Africa and Mozambique. It is a unique mix of African folklore and is still today. The only remaining example of an absolute monarchy in Africa. The kingdom is still organised in tribal settlements, kept together by ancient traditions.
African tours to this special country provide a peaceful and quiet treasure chest for lovers of African culture and their tribal origins. In rural areas, you find that people still live in harmony in their Umuti – their traditional houses. For the rest, the Swazi traits are evident in the colourful and joyous pieces of arts and crafts, traditional objects and their particular dresses.
Swaziland safaris feature amazing wildlife and it can rival all other safari trails of nearby destinations. The big five,(lions, leopards, rhino, elephants, buffaloes) are all present in the wild in all their magnificence. People that travel Africa with a serious interest in animal and wildlife species will be particularly keen to watch white and black rhino in their natural habitat, a unique experience.
Whether you are focused on a Swaziland safari or merely including the country as part of your Great African Safari, you won’t regret it. Hlane Royal National Park together with its neighboring parks makes up the vast bushveld expanse, known as the Lubombo Conservancy. Here in eastern Swaziland, the hot African sun beats down on the plains below as it has for thousands of years.
Hlane Royal National Park, once a private royal hunting ground, was named by King Sobhuza II.
The lion insignia represents the Hlane Royal National Park and his majesty’s Royal family. The park is currently held in trust for the Nation by His Majesty King Mswati III. Hlane meaning “‘wilderness“ in siSwati has survived the ravages of poaching and competing land uses to emerge as one of Swaziland’s best parks and largest protected area.
Now home to the largest herd of game in the Kingdom, Hlane encompasses 30,000 hectares of Swazi bushveld. This bushveld is dominated by ancient 1,000 year old hardwood trees such as knob-thorn, Leadwood, and Tambuti. Low lying grasslands, and shallow pans which attract great herds of animals, especially during the dry season. Resident animals include lion, elephant, white rhino, giraffe, leopard, hippo and a whole host of other species. Hlane is also blessed with an abundant and diverse bird life, including the highest mountains.