How does Tanzania compare with South Africa, though? That’s a tricky question to answer! South Africa does not have a phenomenon like the Great Migration, but what it will offer you is some of the best ‘up-close’ Big Five game viewing on the African continent. For the ‘best of the best’, head to the private reserves that border Kruger National Park.
Unlike national parks, private reserves are not open to the public – only guests booked into these reserves’ lodges are permitted to drive here with their guides. You will never see more than two other vehicles at predator sightings (it’s against reserve rules), and you can also drive off road and enjoy a night drive or two! In my opinion, South Africa doesn’t have the same ‘really wild feel’ that Tanzania does, but it will offer you a far greater level of exclusivity.
In addition, the lodges here are rarely tented – generally they are permanent structures, with fully plumbed bathrooms. Most lodges in South Africa will also have a communal swimming pool and often private plunge pools too. Overall South Africa does have a slightly more commercial feel, but this shouldn’t detract from the unbelievable quality of game viewing that it offers.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when choosing where you’d like to safari! The fact that there is so much choice across Safari Africa can be difficult to digest at first, but this diversity means that there really is the perfect safari for everyone.
If you would like more advice on whether East Africa or Southern Africa is better for you, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our specialists here, who can help you plan a safari tailored to your requirements. Alternatively, do take a look below for more inspiration: