A Safari with AfriFriends is just that - a guided journey with friends. We live here, we are South African - this is our home, you will be a guest in our home. We know the routes, the how, where and what-nots. Together we will optimise your available time and day-to-day itinerary to make your Safari memorable.
Planes and highways take you places fast, but the roads less travelled stimulate the imagination, provide fantastic photo opportunities and afford the traveller a good laugh or, on occasion, a tearful eye. A private Safari, with the in-depth knowledge and local perspective of your guide, is by far the best way to really experience the country and discover the unusual.
Itineraries are individually designed to give you maximum exposure and opportunity to discover this magnificent country.
Our favorite destinations:
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Kgalagadi is a semi-desert of red sand dunes that form a magnificent backdrop for wildlife photography. This true wilderness supports some of the best game viewing in South Africa and is situated in the Northern Cape, bordering Namibia and Botswana. This transfrontier park, stretching over South Africa and Botswana, is a place where red sand dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons. Imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for huge black-maned lions and vantage points for leopard and various raptors.
Golden Gate National Park
Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State, lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. This 11 600 hectares of unique environment is true highland habitat, providing home to a variety of mammals including black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell's zebra. The birds in the region include the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis that breed on the ledges of the sandstone cliffs.
Mountain Zebra National Park
The proclamation of the park in 1937 saved the Mountain Zebra from extinction. The craggy heights of the park's Bankberg Mountain embrace rolling plains, deep valleys and an abundance of wildlife. Apart from mountain zebra, red hartebeest, eland and springbok are also found. Lion, buffalo, rhino and caracal roam the mountain plateau whilst mountain reedbuck and grey rhebok frequent the higher areas. The invigorating crystal clear air, beautiful scenery and tranquil ambience offer a special and personal African wilderness experience.
Karoo National Park
The Great Karoo is a vast and unforgiving landscape, and being the largest ecosystem in South Africa, it is home to a fascinating diversity of life, all having adapted to survive in these harsh conditions. Karoo National Park is dominated by the lofty Nuweveld Mountains and rolling plains, where many species, that originally occurred here, have been reintroduced and now roam their former ranges - such as black rhino and buffalo, as well as Cape mountain zebra. Over 20 breeding pairs of black eagle find sanctuary within the park and soar the skies above the plains with its wide diversity of succulent plants and small reptiles.
Bontebok National Park
Bontebok National Park is a place of simplistic beauty and peaceful charm. The majestic Langeberg Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for this park, established to protect the bontebok from extinction. It also contains indigenous plant life found nowhere else in the world and is home to around 200 bird species, including Stanley's bustard, blue crane and secretary bird. Part of its colourful riches are Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebok and other wildlife.
De Hoop Nature Reserve
De Hoop Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area is known for its enormous southern right whale migratory calving population. The sight of these massive mammals leaping out of the water or simply wallowing in the azure waters is surely one of the highlights of a visit to De Hoop. Marine mammals, such as dolphins and seals also occur in the waters off the coast. The reserve is home to 86 land mammal species, of which the rare bontebok and Cape mountain zebra reign, but eland, grey rhebok, baboon, yellow mongoose, caracal and the occasional leopard can also be seen. The diverse landscape, part of the world's smallest and most threatened plant kingdom - the Cape Floral Kingdom - is home to an impressive 260 species of birdlife and the vlei attracts large numbers of water birds, while the Potberg mountains have the only remaining breeding colony of the rare Cape vulture in the Western Cape.
Mokala National Park
Mokala National Park’s landscape varies between koppieveld (hills), isolated dolerite hills and large open plains dominated by magnificent specimens of picturesque gnarled and twisted trees, giving the place a feeling of calm seclusion that contrasts with the large open sandy plains of red earth and tall grasses. Mokala is an important area for the regeneration of valuable species and is home to, amongst other species, black rhino, white rhino, buffalo, tsessebe, roan antelope, sable antelope, mountain reedbuck, giraffe, gemsbok, eland, zebra, red hartebeest, blue wildebeest, black wildebeest, kudu, ostrich, steenbok, duiker and springbok. Situated in the transition zone between the Karoo and Kalahari biome, it has a prolific number of bird species.
Pilanesberg Nature Reserve
Standing high above the surrounding bushveld, Pilanesberg National Park unfolds in a series of colourful hues and panoramas which is a delight to photographers. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, Pilanesberg accommodates virtually every mammal of Southern Africa and is also home to the Big Five. This 55 000 hectare park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as "Bushveld". Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birdlife and vegetation occur because of this transition zone.
|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
This Transfrontier Park lies in a dry and remote area, the landscape is harsh, but spectacular. The Orange River cuts through the centre of the reserve, creating a green oasis that is in stark contrast to the surrounding landscape.
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