BIG FIVE AD­VEN­TURE

Best for: A first-time sa­fari

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Trip Planner: Safari Africa -

DU­RA­TION: 10 days ROUTE: Cape Town • Winelands • Greater Kruger WHEN TO GO? Any time – but for dry weather and mod­er­ate tem­per­a­tures, May and Septem­ber–oc­to­ber are best

The Big Five aren’t the be all and end all. Africa has other large, charis­matic crea­tures that are just as in­ter­est­ing – gi­raffes, chee­tahs, hye­nas and go­ril­las, for ex­am­ple. But seek­ing out the an­i­mals that topped the dan­ger lists of big game hun­ters (ele­phant, rhino, lion, leop­ard and buf­falo) will get your first sa­fari off to a fly­ing start.

South Africa of­fers lots of op­tions for both in­de­pen­dent and or­gan­ised sa­faris, from bud­get to blowout, with good ac­com­mo­da­tion, roads and flights, well-man­aged re­serves, and fab­u­lous food and wine.

First, treat your­self to a few days in Cape Town and the Winelands, sink­ing your teeth into the so­phis­ti­cated farm-to­fork food scene, bask­ing in the glow of some con­tem­po­rary art or warm­ing up your wildlife­watch­ing skills in Kirsten­bosch Na­tional Botan­i­cal Gar­den and at the African pen­guin colony on Boul­ders Beach.

Next, fly or drive to Kruger for a clas­sic sa­fari in one of Africa’s prime wildlife-watch­ing re­gions. Whether you stay in a sim­ple lodge in Kruger Na­tional Park or an ex­clu­sive camp in the adjoining Sabi Sands Re­serve, un­for­get­table sight­ings are prac­ti­cally guar­an­teed. Some vis­i­tors tick off the en­tire Big Five in their first af­ter­noon.

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