Saturday 4 August 2018

South Africa - 3 camp safari, July 2018 - introduction

Our annual family holiday usually involves some sort of wildlife watching, even if it just a well chosen location for some decent birding, but this year we went for it with a 9 night, 3 camp, 3 reserve safari in South Africa.

As has become usual we booked via The Responsible Travel Company, who put us in touch with On Track Safari. We (myself, my wife and grown up kids, Sophie (20) and Jamie (18), flew into Johannesburg then had an 11 hour (yes 11 hours) by road to get us to our first camp. In hindsight we should have flown up. At the end of the holiday we flew back down (45 mins) and it was not massively expensive.


1. Nzuma Lodge, Klaserie Reserve, 3 nights - 5 safaris,

2. Rukiya Camp, Wild Rivers Nature Reserve, 3 nights - 6 safaris,

3. Tangala Safari Camp, Thornybush Reserve, 3 nights, 6 safaris -

Each camp and each reserve were quite different. Overall we were very glad we went to Tangala last as it is on a much bigger reserve with more vehicles, although not too many, and therefore we got more news and saw more animals. The game viewing at the other sites may have seemed like hard work after seeing so much at Tangala, so in retrospect we were very happy with the order of our itinerary.

Overall we had a great time and saw loads. The only major target we missed out on was Cheetah, but we saw plenty of fantastic animals and around 110 species of birds.     

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