With its diversity of scenery, wildlife, people and cultures, South Africa is one of the most interesting and attractive places to visit in the world. The roads are consistently good and the infrastructure developed - even in the national parks and game reserves. So you don't require a 4x4 to get around! South Africa's camping facilities are the best on the continent and you can expect hot showers and flushing lavatories wherever you go. Technically you don't require a fully-supported Black Pot Safari in South Africa! We have therefore only included a list of those places it makes sense to visit en route to Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia or Zimbabwe. However, we are always happy to put together a comprehensive South African itinerary and we do offer a Black Pot Safari 'South Africa' option to the Kruger National Park which includes the following:
But BE WARNED these little-known bush camps are highly sought after and reservations need to be made as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
All of South Africa's national parks and game reserves are fenced.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (On the way to or from Zimbabwe and Mozambique)
This world-renowned park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Kruger is home to an impressive density of permanent game and the sheer diversity of species is unrivalled; 507 birds, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibians! It is one of the most popular public-entry game parks in the world.
The Private Game Reserves on the western border of Kruger National Park form a mosaic of private land and super-luxury lodges offering game walks and drives, night drives, exceptional knowledge from trained guides and local trackers, and all the pampering you can handle!
Rainy Season: The subtropical climate has hot rainy summers starting in October and ending around March. The summer rains transform the arid park into a lush flowering paradise, but the increased foliage does make animals harder to see.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK SPECIALITIES
The park was established in 1926.
THE KALAHARI (On the way to or from Botswana and Namibia)
KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK
The Kgalagadi - the place of thirst - is a vast wilderness of undulating red dunes, sparse vegetation and dry riverbeds. It is renowned for being a valuable storehouse of plants and animals adapted to withstand harsh desert conditions. This park was formerly opened in May 2000 and united South Africa's Kalahari Gemsbok National Park with Botswana's Gemsbok National Park and Mabuasehube Game Reserve. It is the first fully operational cross-border partnership in Africa and will serve as a role model for all future Transfrontier Conservation Areas.
AUGRABIES FALLS NATIONAL PARK
This national park is well organised and well visited, with several driving and walking trails offering viewpoints over various sections of the falls and river.
Summer: Spring and early summer from September to December is dry and warm, but by January it is very hot (up to 102°F (39°C), and the rain arrives. If you brave the very hot late summer months of January to March, you might be entertained by formidable light and sound extravaganzas from thunder and lightening storms.
This is not a malarial area
NAMAQUALAND (On the way to or from Namibia)
In the north-west corner of South Africa is Namaqualand - famous for an extraordinary springtime transformation of the lifeless scrubland into a veritable explosion of colours from a multitude of small flowers.
Summer: Namaqualand is hot and dry with an average of 86°F (30°C) during the mid-summer months of December to February.
This is not a malarial area.
PILANESBURG NATIONAL PARK (On the way to or from Botswana)
Situated next door to the famous leisure and entertainment resort of Sun City, this small park has a real wilderness feel to it and most of the big animals you could wish to see.
Rainy Season: It rains during the summer months of November to March, with thunder and lightening showers predominantly in February and March. Temperatures hover around 79-86°F (26-30°C).
The Pilanesberg covers an area of 135,908 acres (55,000ha).
NDUMO GAME RESERVE (On the way to or from Mozambique)
This reserve is best known for its magnificent bird life. It is situated near the Tembe Elephant Park on the Mozambique border. Ndumo boasts many beautiful pans fringed with yellow fever trees, extensive wetlands and pans, reed beds, thick bush, savannah and extensive sand forests.
Rainy Season: In this sub-tropical region the wet summer months from October to March are hot and humid.
TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK (On the way to or from Mozambique)
This remote reserve lies deep in an area of sand forests, pans and wetlands on the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique and is home to South Africa's last free-ranging elephant population. There are now about 100 elephants in the area, many of them rescued from Mozambique during the civil war. Tembe also has a spectacular variety of birds and other animals – including white rhino and leopard.
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