Imagine hearing a lion’s roar—not a recording or a reenactment but an actual first-hand roar—or being face to face with a six-ton, 11-foot-tall elephant. Imagine watching a leopard stealthily creep towards its prey, or a hippo happily swimming. Memories like these could be yours with the following African vacations:
Our staff at SMTN.com has compiled a list of amazing safaris with great resorts nearby, all of which would be perfect for your African safari vacation. We found some safaris with high chances of seeing the Big Five—elephants, rhinos, cape buffalo, lions, and leopards—as well as other incredible African animals. There may even be some you’ve never heard of!
For this safari, you’ll be picked up by a guide in Durban City and driven to Hluhuwe-Imfolozi Park. There, you’re likely to see members of the Big 5 in all their glory. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is particularly special if you want to see rhinoceros, which thrive in the park thanks to its conservation efforts. You’re also likely to see other animals, like cheetah, Bateleur eagles, zebra, and more! A lunch break will also be provided, so you’ll be able to safari all day without losing your stamina. If you’ve ever wanted to live your favorite Disney movie, and it happens to be the Lion King or one of its sequels, then this is your chance!
If you go on the Durban Big5 Day Safari, stay at Suntide Illovo Sands—also called Illovo Beach Club—just a little over a half hour from Durban City in Illovo Beach, South Africa. The resort has a stunning pool, and sits above the beach, allowing you to get some fantastic ocean views. It’s close to many attractions, including Mini Town, a miniature version of Durban in Durban! To eat, drink, and make merry, check out the nearby Cafe Vacca Matta. Suntide Illovo Sands will complement your African safari vacation perfectly.
Want to see Africa’s beautiful wildlife in its most raw form? Want to ride on a hot air balloon? You can do both at the same time with Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris. This is one of those African vacations that will make you wonder whether or not you’re dreaming. To get a picturesque bird’s-eye view of African animals, including the Big 5, choose either the Game Viewing at Entabeni Safari Conservancy or Game Viewing at Mabula Private Game Reserve flight. You often hear that the sky’s the limit, but the sky poses no limits when you’re soaring over African wilderness in a hot air balloon!
Stay at the Mount Amanzi Lodge, located just 19 minutes away in Hartbeespoort, South Africa. The onsite mini golf course and game room will delight adults and children alike, and the Mount Amanzi Spa is a sophisticated and relaxing oasis. Definitely visit the Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary, where you can take a tour and see primates rescued from being pets and placed in a more natural setting. Watch these very human-like, clever beings interact with each other and enjoy their home.
African Safari Adventures offers a wide selection of safaris and tours, so you may decide to sign up for more than one African safari! It features quite a few different safaris in Kruger National Park, another location where you’re likely to see the Big 5. They offer a classic safari in the park where you’ll ride in a guide-driven open vehicle, a birding safari, a morning walking safari, and a sunset safari, where you may get to see some nocturnal animals you wouldn’t see otherwise. If you go on the sunset tour, keep your eyes peeled for some of the rarely seen animals, including aardvarks, aardwolves, pangolins, and the honey badger of Youtube fame! Kruger National Park is also home to giraffes, warthogs, and rare white lions, which you may spot on your African safari vacation. African Safari Adventures also offers ghost tours, volunteer tours, and more.
African vacations aren’t complete without an enticing resort to retreat to. We recommend Sanbonani Resort and Hotel in Hazyview, South Africa, just a 15 minute walk from African Safari Adventures. Sanbonani has its own restaurant, bar, and spa, so you are sure to feel catered to. The resort also offers many sports and game facilities for your entertainment, including a giant chess board. After your African safari, relax and continue to enjoy yourself at Sanbonani Resort and Hotel.
If you have the time of your life on an African safari, you may decide that one isn’t enough! That’s why we recommend purchasing an African timeshare if you’ve been to Africa before and dream of returning. We sell timeshare ownership of all the aforementioned resorts and more on the resale market, which means you could enjoy an African timeshare for up to 70% less than the retail price. Feel free to browse our inventory of African timeshares from the comfort of your home, and when you feel ready to make a purchase, call us at 1-877-815-4227. We know if you do you’ll have a roaring good time!