Wednesday, 11 January 2017

African Safaris. How to DIY your own safari

For the first time ever, we left the boat and travelled inland. Can you believe they let you drive your own car into the game reserves? When we found out this fact, we hired a car, booked accommodation within the national parks and spent the best part of two weeks spotting wildlife on our own DIY safari.

We visited Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, St Lucia and Emdoneni Cheetah Project. Hope you like my photos.

Safaris really don't have to be all that expensive.

  • Car hire really is reasonably priced in South Africa and even better if you find friends to share the cost with. Strangely best value was found booking through Expedia rather than going direct to the rental company, as insurance and unlimited kms were included.  
  • We bought a Wildcard from South Africa National Parks; it gives us unlimited access for a year and ended up paying for itself after a few days. Plus we can use it when we get to Cape Town.
  • We booked simple accommodation within the national parks which was all excellent. The safari tents were our outright favorites. Don't think camping, imagine hardwood floors and four poster beds with mosquito net drapes.  
  • We bought all our own food and drinks from the supermarket and barbecued every night. Most camps did have small supermarkets/gift shops and prices were only marginally more. Useful if you don't have a camping fridge in the car. We even had a sneaky hyena try to steal the meat from our brai!
  • You can organise game drives in high open sided vehicles and bush brais directly at the camps and they tend to know exactly where to find the animals. We actually found so many animals on our own that we didn't take part in this activity.
  • Lastly take care, be sensible around the animals and follow all the park rules.  Elephants have been know to rolls cars over.

A massive sucess story, the white rhino was brought back from the verge of extinction