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Trip List by FabianaK

game viewing in South Africa

Mar 10, 2008  Animal Planet lover with hyper husband; been there on sep-2007
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 1 vote

Tips for an equilibrated (I love Animal Planet, my husband not that much) trip to South Africa

  • 1. Pilanesberg National Park
    Pilanesberg National Park, North-West Province

    It´s a relatively small area, so it´s easy to go on your own car and spot the animals. Don´t expect to spot big cats though....

  • 2. Sun City Hotel
    Sun City Hotel, Sun City, North-West Province

    It´s nothing more than Disneyland. I booked an elephant back safari with Game Trackers, and got a free day entrance.

  • 3. De Wildt Cheetah Centre
    Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng

    Great work what they do there. Great day activity for kids and grown ups alike.

  • 4. Johannesburg
    Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg

    Nothing special about the city. I wouldn´t plan to go there, but if you are there and have the time, the Apartheid Museum is a good investment. Another interesting thing is o observe and contrast life style here with Capetonian´s: people are different and they act completely diferent...

  • 5. Cape Town
    Cape Town Central

    One just has to go. It´s probably the most touristic city in SA. Kind of reminds me of Rio de Janeiro long ago. It is not as beautiful, but is much cleaner, safer, smaller and better organized.

  • 6. Boulders Beach
    Boulders Beach, Simon's Town

    Penguins are so trendy today! The park is lovely! See Frommers advice for the drive tour around the peninsula.

  • 7. Groot Constantia
    Groot Constantia, Constantia

    We were also there for the wines (unfortunately, it seems wines are not as popular among south africans as it is here Argentina and Chile, so you will not find as much quantity of great quality/price bargains). If you have time for only one winery, Constantia is the most famous and easily accesible. Take it on the drive tour mentioned on Boulders´coment!

  • 8. Ezulwini Game Lodges
    Ezulwini Game Lodges, Balule Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park

    Stayed there and just loved: considering it´s a private game lodge on the Kruegger area, it´s realy affordable. The food is amazingly prepaired by Eliot, and staff is very good at antecipting whatever you may thing of needing. The game drives, i suppose, are as good as they might be elsewhere (considering it´s realy a game and none is attracting animals with meat on your back...)

  • 9. Blyde River Canyon
    Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga, South Africa

    I drove all the way to Johannesburg to Balule Game Reserve because I wanted to see the canyon. It is beautiful, but if you are short in time, not worth it. On the other hand, it´s nice driving around in SA - just be careful not to hit an monkeys on your way!

  • 10. Table Mountain
    Table Mountain, Table Mountain National Park

    Nice half day trip. If you hapen to be in Cape Town on sunny, no clouds day, go to Table Mountain first - you may not be that lucky tomorrow!