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Have you ever given a thought of exploring the African jungles in an open jeep? It sounds so exciting and thrilling. Going on a safari in South Africa is the dream of every traveller who loves to travel and explore the deepest mysteries of this world. If you go on a safari in South Africa, you will drive in an open vehicle, known as “buffet” by the local guides. You will have the chance to see wild animals from very close quarters. Whether you are speedy jeeps, track wild animals through thick jungles on foot, ride majestic elephants or be in a hot air balloon, you will be drowned in a special kind of thrill, which is of watching the wild animals in their natural habitat.

Most Natural parks of South Africa gives you the opportunity to get a closest encounter with the big five – the buffalo, elephant, rhino, lion and leopard.

Kafue National Park, Zambia

This national park in Zambia is now one of the most important destinations for hot air ballooning. You can have a mind blowing bird’s eye scenic view to travelers of the park and its inhabitants. A delicious champagne breakfast is served post the ride at the park’s vast grasslands. The park is also famous for walking safaris and game drives, all of which make an excellent place for a traveller looking for safari.

Pilanesberg National Park, Johannesburg

Pilanesberg national park finds favor from people looking for a family–friendly safari. It is a 2 hours’ drive from Johannesburg and offers a unique experience of soaring high in the sky. The elevated views will mesmerize you with an astounding vision of herds of antelopes, buffaloes and elephants. The hot air balloon safari also includes drinks of wine, full English breakfast, first flight certificate and a transfer to your hotel.

Selinda Reserve, Botswana

If you would like to indulge in exhilarating activities, starting with a thrilling helicopter flight to the starting point of the tour, then walk or paddle away on the serene and scenic river for up to 20 kms. This guided canoe tour is just an outstanding addition to safari in South Africa since the creation of the waterway recently in 2009, due to shifting of the tectonic plates. Selinda canoe safari also provides opportunities for camping, bird watching and stargazing!

Tamarind Canoe Safari, Zambia and Zimbabwe border

The tamarind canoe safari is the most popular among South Africa tours and safaris. The tour starts from the silent deep gorges of Kariba and takes visitors all the way down to the Mana pools through the sublime Victoria Falls. It is in fact a best way to experience big game and real African wilderness.

West Coast National Park, South Africa

West coast national park is an invigorating bliss to the bird lovers and bird photographers of the world. Summer is the best time to visit, when most of the birds have arrived here. You can find many different species of birds such as knot, osprey, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Ringed and Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, southern black Korhaan, cape spurfowl and grey winged Franolin, Southern Grey, Cape Penduline Tit, Ant Eating chat, White – throated and Yellow Canary, Karoo lark, chestnut – vented Tit blabber, Bokmakierie and cape bunting and more.

Sabi Sands Reserve, South Africa

This is located in the north west of Kruger National park. It is an enormous 65,000 – hectare game reserve and is home to most of Africa’s best flora and fauna. You can find many good lodges here offering travellers optional walk safaris along with bush dinners and bush breakfasts. Leopards are the main attractions.

Adventure with elephants, Limpopo

You can have touch and feed experience with the elephants here. The passionate elephant handlers will let you bank on some wonderful encounters with these magnificent beasts apart from imparting in depth knowledge about them. This 300 hectare facility is an hour’s drive from Pretoria and located 35 kms from Bela Bela.

Sanbona Wildlife reserve, South Africa

This place is suited for nature lovers with its undulating mountains, lush plains, gorgeous flora, rock formations and even rock art. Also, it is the first private game reserve to host free roaming big cats like lions and cheetahs. Sanbona has initiated a unique conservation program to reintroduce white lions. The park organizes, Morning, afternoon and evening trails with experienced rangers.