Insider Tips for South Africa

My Favorite Lodges

Selati Pool | Photo Credit: Sabi Sabi Selati Camp

Selati Pool | Photo Credit: Sabi Sabi Selati Camp

Safari Deck | Photo Credit: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Safari Deck | Photo Credit: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

The Sabi Sabi Lodges are located on a private concession in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This private reserve has been offering amazing safari encounters for 35 years. Clients also have a choice of four very different and luxurious accommodation options. They have a romantic, vintage feel at Selati Camp. The truly traditional feel of today at Bush Lodge. The more intimate Little Bush Lodge and Earth Lodge symbolize a new era of lodges for South Africa! A stay at any one of these lodges will offer superb, personalized service with a phenomenal close-up encounter.

Suite Exterior | Photo Credit: Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp

Suite Exterior | Photo Credit: Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp

Fire Pit | Photo Credit: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Fire Pit | Photo Credit: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Tintswalo Safari Lodge is located in the Manyeleti Game Reserve. This little gem offers guests totally luxury in a magical setting. Each of the suites has a different African explorer theme bringing in a colonial feel with an extra touch of elegance. Guests are often treated to a view of elephants wandering into camp for a drink of water. You can even have an elephant visit during lunch or tea!

Exterior | Photo Credit: Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Exterior | Photo Credit: Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Safari Dining | Photo Credit: Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Safari Dining | Photo Credit: Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Some Quick African Tips

  • Safaris are a major part of any itinerary to South Africa, therefore, it is important that visitors understand they are watching wild animals. Rangers will always give you a briefing before heading out on your first game drive, so be sure to listen and adhere to their guidelines!
  • Never call out to the animals to attract their attention and remain seated at all times.
  • It is always a good idea to take a small backpack to keep your camera, sunscreen, bug spray and other essentials.
  • Always listen to your rangers!
  • No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip on the Cable Car to the top of Table Mountain. Try to visit first thing in the morning and always check to see if the cable car is running as the weather could affect this. Since it can get windy at the top, be sure to bring some type of jacket. And don’t forget your camera – the photo opportunities are excellent!

Howzit! I was born in Durban (South Africa), where I started my travel career in 1998. I worked for one of the largest Inbound Tour Operators in Southern Africa before moving to North America in 2006 to work for Swain Destinations. Apart from traveling, I love getting to know people from different walks of life and learning about history and cultures.

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