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For many, going on an African safari is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, but choosing between East Africa and Southern Africa can be a daunting task. What are the main differences between a safari in East Africa and Southern Africa, and how do you decide which is the right safari destination for you?
Spending time in the bush, watching animals in the wild and engaging with our guests are what make safaris memorable. But sometimes, it takes a hilarious question from a guest to make a safari truly unforgettable. Following on our "20 Funniest Guest Questions on Safari" blog post, here are some more hilarious safari guest questions.
South Africa's electricity shortage has some travellers wondering: Will my trip be affected by rolling blackouts? How are tourists affected by loadshedding (planned power cuts)? It's a question we field often lately, so let's take a look at South Africa's electricity crisis and how it affects safari travel.
How much is an African safari? We break down the factors that affect the cost of an African safari so that you have a better idea of how much a safari trip to Africa costs and can make an informed decision about which African safari destination is the right one for you.
Wildlife highlights from our Kruger safaris in August 2022 included a female cheetah with a missing tail, a honey badger and Casper, the famous White Lion of Kruger. We spent time at a dam watching elephants play in the water and came across another cheetah stuck in a tree. We saw African wild dog pups explore their surroundings after leaving their den for the first time and a whole lot more...
July 2022 brought us some incredible predator sightings. We saw African wild dogs take down an impala only to have a clan of hyenas move in and steal the kill. We encountered a lioness "sharing" a kill with hyenas and a jackal until a male lion arrived and claimed the kill for himself. Other wildlife highlights from our Kruger safaris in July include rhinos, leopards, painted wolf pups, buffalos and a hilarious encounter with elephants who decided to give us a mud bath.
Warm and sunny days, cloudless skies, fantastic sunsets, beautiful sunrises and incredible wildlife sightings made easier by thinning foliage are just some of the reasons why safari enthusiasts flock to Kruger in winter. Highlights from our June 2022 Kruger safaris include skittish leopards, playful hippos, young giraffe bulls fighting, elephant calves nursing, a pair of African Fish-eagles and more.
It's official! Face masks are gone and Covid-19 border checks have been dropped in South Africa with immediate effect. Visitors to South Africa are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test. What more is there to say, except: "See you soon on safari in South Africa!"
The month of May ushers in the turning point in Kruger as the climate starts to transition into winter. The impending dry season brought pleasant daytime temperatures, chilly early mornings and outstanding wildlife sightings. Our May 2022 Kruger safaris wildlife highlights included playful elephant calves, lazy lions, the elusive African wild cat, the shy civet and a number of raptors like the African Fish-eagle, the African Harrier-hawk and the Martial Eagle.
April brings autumn to Kruger which means the vegetation in the park gradually begins to dry out and colours fade from green to shades of brown and yellow. With foliage thinning out, it became easier to spot game on our game drives. Elephants, rhinos, zebras, hyenas, leopards and lion cubs galore feature amongst our top April 2022 Kruger wildlife highlights. We also had the good fortune to spot a pair of hippos mating.
March marks the last of the summer months in Kruger and, while daytime temperatures dropped slightly, our guests were treated to fairly hot days, pleasant evenings and wildlife sightings second to none. The Big Five —lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant— made an appearance but it was the cheetah cub, African wild dog, bushbaby and bird sightings that took our game drives to the next level.
Our Kruger safaris in February 2022 brought us some incredible leopard sightings that will be difficult to top. We also encountered lion cubs, elephant calves, zebra foals, rhinos, buffalo and vervet monkeys. February is a great time to go on safari in Kruger because there aren't many tourists around and that means we get to have some wildlife sightings all to ourselves.