|Game Watching Safaris
Game watching tours are always situated centrally to camps and wildlife parks – the finest havens in the world for natural life - so as to allow easy access to a variety of places, but also be positioned secretly in the heart of the land’s splendour.
South Africa alone is home to nineteen world class wildlife parks and reserves, some vast and varied, others more intimate and focused. Your choice of destination is unlimited, and completely at your discretion. The vast herds and formidable concentration of animals are boundless. Most game parks are home to predators and endangered species. Nowhere else in the world will you have the privilege of stumbling across these amazing animals and surroundings that Africa has to offer.
Game drives are a great option to explore to view game and a wide selection of wildlife. Your tour guide will weave through the prime spots to catch a glimpse of a pride of lions, zebras on the edge of their waterhole, giraffes sauntering through the Fever Trees and perhaps even see a cheetah chasing his dinner. Your guide is experienced and can answer your most intricate questions, as well be armed at all times to ensure a successful and safe game spotting experience. The 4x4 vehicle seats 7-8 people and provides convenient 360 degree views. Game drives are usually conducted at dawn and dusk. This is the time when game is least hidden from sight and so there is a much higher chance of seeing even the shyest animals.
Herds roam freely across the plains and are easily spotted by 4x4, look a little harder and you may pick out a herd of elephants or lions feasting on their latest catch.
Watch the morning sun scribble intriguing patterns across the veld and contemplate the day’s journey. Enjoy an early morning game drive and watch Africa awaken in front of your eyes.
Many mammals produce their offspring in the height of summer (December, January) and the youngsters are a special treat on safaris. The winter months (May to August) bring drier, more temperate weather condition. These months are ideal for game watching as the trees do not carry leaves and animals can be spotted a lot easier in their natural habitat.
Seasons differ vastly in the African bushveld, but no season can be rated above another one as each has its own unique appeal. Spring (September) and autumn (April) are very short seasons in close proximity to the Tropics, and usually provide milder weather conditions and subtle changes in vegetation. Summer (October to March) tends to be hot, but the bush looks wonderfully green and lush.
Access to the park is open to public vehicles, although game walks and drives can be arranged with experienced guides who know which watering holes are popular with the animals. This vantage point is ideal for those who wish to be engaged and hands-on in the wild. Your viewing opportunities will be much more delicate and exciting. The bush walk focuses on the ecology, geology and flora of the area, as well as the small bush inhabitants, including insects and birds. One can also discover the interesting and unique world of trees, grasses and flowers – of course, occasionally big game can be seen on walks - including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, and buffaloes.
This is a fascinating activity as it allows you to observe the smaller animals that you would usually not see while out on drive. Our knowledgeable ranger and tracker will enthrall you with stories about the medicinal properties of plants, local beliefs regarding the wildlife and fascinating facts regarding the animals. Let your guide page with you through nature's book and explain to you the meaning of various tracks and why tracking is seen as the origin of science.