3 malaria free safaris in South Africa, my favorites!

Jeep Safari in Welgevonden Big 5 reserve

South Africa offers a wide range of malaria free safari areas which makes it a unique safari destination. This is especially important if you’d like to take your kids on a safari. Taking malaria tablets is not everyone’s cup of tea so I’m very happy to share these beautiful areas with you:

1. The Addo Area, close to Port Elizabeth. The Addo Elephant Parks is a stunning National Park. You can drive into the park with your own car or organize an open jeep safari at the entrance of the park. The park offers beautifully appointed self-catering cottages as well as some luxury options. All information can be found at www.sanparks.org. If you’d like to opt for a private game reserve, there’s a wide range of possibilities ranging from quite affordable like www.SchotiaSafaris.com to top class 5 star deluxe award winning reserves like www.shamwari.com. One of my best stays ever was at Reed Valley Inn at the Amakhala Private Game Reserve, www.amakhala.co.za. A beautiful old farmhouse, lovely owners and just an wonderful place to take the whole family. A bit further towards the coast is www.kariega.co.za which offers fantastic value for money.

My room in Buffalo Ridge Safari lodge, Madikwe, South Africa

2. The Waterberg Region with Welgevonden Private Reserve and Marakele National Park. This is a 3.5 hrs drive from Johannesburg. When I visited in 2010, I stayed at neighboring Kololo Private Game Reserve, www.kololo.co.za. This is a 4 star lodge and borders the Welgevonden Big 5 Area. Kololo doesn’t have any big game which makes it a wonderful place to explore on foot by yourself. In Welgevonden we enjoyed 2 jeepsafaris and had good sightings of Lions. I enjoyed the quietness of the park. There were never more than 2 vehicle at one sighting which was great. Kololo organized a bush dinner one night which was wonderful. It really is the perfect location for relaxed safari with your family.

Bush Villa at Kololo Private Game Reserve

Or, if you want something completely different for your conference, Kololo has a small conference room. I’ve booked 1 of my corporate clients there for 2 nights to have their annual conference. How wonderful to take your family on safari while you’re attending a conference in the bush!

3. Madikwe Game Reserve, close to the border with Botswana, about 5 hrs from Johannesburg. Ah, I had such a wonderful time here with my family. We stayed in the stunning Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge where we were spoiled rotten. It’s a 16-bed luxury lodge situated in the west of the Reserve. It is a wholly owned community based safari lodge and was one of its kind to be developed in South Africa. The lodge is a pure eco-tourism partnership between North-West Province, the Balete Ba Lekgophung community and the operator, The Nature Workshop. Our stay was magical. The staff were all lovely, well trained rangers, the rooms beautiful and there was just nothing more we wished for. When we checked out our car was even washed.  Stunning place!

Beautiful zebra in Madikwe

So don’t delay and book your entire family on a stunning safari to South Africa! I would be happy to design your perfect itinerary and assist with your bookings. Get in touch with me on jessy@extraordinary-travel.com or on skype: jlunlimited

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