With the South African Rand currently at a four year low against the US Dollar, there has never been a better time for Americans to visit the beautiful country of South Africa. With some of the best game viewing in the world and some of the finest, most luxurious safari lodges and camps, the Rainbow Nation is a really attractive destination offering unrivalled value for money. Here are our Top 5 picks of the best safaris to take advantage of at the moment:
1. Tanda Tula Safari Camp – Kruger National Park
Tanda Tula‘s home is within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park. With just 12 luxurious tents set on the banks of the Nhlaralumi riverbed and a frequently visited watering hole within camp, Tanda Tula is able to offer outstanding ‘Big 5’ game viewing on foot and by 4×4, with the comfort and style that has already earned the camp such a highly respected reputation.
Special: Stay 4 nights and save R 1 200.00 per person. Valid from 01.05.2013 – 30.09.2013 and 01.05.2014 – 30.09.2014 (T&C’s apply).
2. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Nestled in the heart of South Africa‘s unspoilt Eastern Cape province lies Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, a world-class Big Five safari experience in 22 000 hectares (54 000 acres) of malaria-free pristine private wilderness. Renowned for understated luxury, exquisite scenery and the thousands of animals and wildlife that call the Reserve home, our four award-winning Lodges offer a range of accommodation options and activities to make every African Dream come true.
Special: 10% off for a minimum three night stay. Valid 15.03.2014 – 14.12.2014 (T&C’s apply)
3. The Blue Train
The Blue Train is regarded as one of the most luxurious train rides in the world, meandering gently through the South African countryside between Pretoria and Cape Town, dating back to 1923. Billed as a “magnificent, moving 5-star hotel” it’s truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Special: Receive a nights complimentary accommodation at either The Raj Hotel in Cape Town or at the boutique 131 Herbert Baker Hotel in Pretoria (T&C’s apply).
4. Ellerman House – Cape Town
This elegant Cape Edwardian mansion is known for having one of the most spectacular ocean views in South Africa. Just ten minutes from the heart of Cape Town, the one-and-a-half acre property features a panorama of Atlantic coastline that includes the infamous Robben Island. Now privately owned, Ellerman House stands as an iconic showcase of South Africa’s finest lodging, cuisine, wine, and leisure. With shaded verandas, tiered gardens, beautiful interiors, and a celebrated art collection, guests from all over the world love the combination of luxury and service this serene getaway offers.
Special: Book for three nights and receive 10% discount on Low Season Rate. Includes Table Mountain & Robben Island tickets for 2, Peninsula Tour for 2 in luxury vehicle with personal guide, and all usual services and amenities such as airport transfer (T&C’s apply).
5. &Beyond Big Cat Safari Package
Choose to spend 2 nights at historic &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, famed for its leopard encounters, or indulge in 2 nights at &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve. Sharing unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, Ngala is renowned for regular sightings of the Big Five, including large lion prides. End off with 3 nights at one of four safari lodges at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, known for magnificent cheetah viewing.
Special: Save R3425 per person (T&C’s apply).