Where to Stay - South Africa
 

(SANParks) has announced the dates of the South African National Parks Week 2015.

National Parks Week 2015 in South Africa

 

The 10th annual SA National Parks Week will take place from 14 to 18 September 2015. The inaugural South African National Parks Week took place in 2006 and was aimed at linking the South African national parks system to the global national movement and to also showcase the best of South Africa’s national parks.

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Longing for an escape from the rat race? We take a look at some wonderful places to stay in South Africa where you can just kick back and relax.

Forest Creek Lodge & Spa

As locations go this is definitely going to inspire you whether you are staying in the Winter or Summer months. This luxurious lodge with both suites in the mian lodge and lovely self-catering cottages close by is situated in a gorge at one end of the Drakensberg Mountain Range. If you need pampering then treat yourself to an hour or two in their Forest Spa. Read more……

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Forest Creek Lodge & Spa

 

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Well the good news is that you don’t have to succumb to a course of Malaria tablets in order to see the Big 5 in South Africa unless of course you are hell-bent on going to Kruger National Park where I am afraid you absolutely must. You might ask why should I even bother to consider a Malaria-free safari but for any of you who are pregnant, unable to take malaria tablets, or perhaps travelling with elderly relatives or children it’s a real life-saver.

Spread out across South Africa are numerous top-rated safari parks which are Malaria-free. Here are some suggestions of where to stay on your trip of a lifetime to see the magnificent Big 5.

Prescription medicine is required to protect yourself from Malaria and usually has to be taken before, during and after your trip. You should always consult with your doctor for protection against Malaria as it will depend upon the duration of your trip, any previous adverse reactions to antimalarial tablets, allergies and medical history. If you are travelling to a high-risk area such as Kruger National Park always adhere to the advice given to you at your accommodation as insect nets and screens are normally provided but are only a deterrent against mosquitos.

Eastern Cape (Malaria Free Safaris)
There is an excellent choice of Malaria-Free Game Reserves in the Eastern Cape that have become very popular due to their easy accessibility via airports at Port Elizabeth or East London or visitors driving up from Cape Town.

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Shamwari Game Reserve – is just 75km or about an hours drive outside of Port Elizabeth and has consistently been voted one of the leading safaris in the World. The very high standard of accommodation with plunge pools coupled with the experienced game rangers ensures visitors the trip of a lifetime. The reserve is 20,000 hectares in size and home to the Big 5 and Cheetah as well.(www.shamwari.com)

Pumba Private Game Reserve – is about 105km from Port Elizabeth near Alicedale in the Eastern Cape. Choose from a variety of luxurious lodges some of which overlook the water dam while others overlook straight out onto the bush and plains. If you are in a group of 4 they have family lodges that offer parents their own privacy whilst still being close enough to keep an eye on the teenagers. On our last trip there our ranger (Gladman) was super helpful and he even managed to locate a Leopard that had been on our ‘must-see’ list for a couple of years. Don’t forget to look out for the family of White Lions that they have there – amazing. (www.pumbagamereserve.co.za)

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By Lesley Stones

There’s an exciting moment whenever you set off on a game drive and the ranger asks what you’d like to see. It always makes me laugh, as if this khaki-clad Dr Doolittle can conjure up spectacular animal sightings on command. But if you do yearn for a specific view of wildlife – a leopard in a tree or a wild dog hunt, perhaps – you can increase your chances enormously by choosing a destination slap bang in the middle of your favourite animal’s kingdom.

Lions in Madikwe Game Reserve

The magnificent lions

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Lion cub brothers at Moholoholo Animal Rescue

Photo courtesy moholoholo.co.za

A trip to a game reserve in South Africa is on many people’s bucket list and our country is blessed with some beautiful national parks as well as stunning private game reserves. For many visitors the thrill is all about getting the perfect photo and seeing the animals in their natural habitat.

The on-going survival of these animals is of huge importance and the role that the parks and reserves play should never be underestimated. For a number of years now Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, which is not far from Hoedspruit in Limpopo, has been actively engaged in rescuing and rehabilitating injured, poisoned or abandoned animals. They have combined a unique educational experience with a luxurious holiday at their Moholoholo Mountain View Camp or Ya Mati venue.

Their aim is to, where possible, rehabilitate the animals back into the wild but in some severe cases they are impelled to offer a permanent home at the Rehabilitation Centre. These animals are often used as part of their education programme and in some cases to provide ‘up close and personal’ experiences under close supervision. READ MORE