Top Ten African Safaris

Southern Africa: The Big Five Guaranteed, South Africa

South Africa is home to the Disney World of game reserves, Kruger National Park. Here you can choose to hook up with an organized guided drive or self-drive, a feature that is rare within government-run parks. All roads are paved so there are no off-roading possibilities, which can make the rugged safari experience feel like a day at Disney World. For those who prefer a more intimate, personal experience, privately owned Sabi Sands is the place to go.

After staying at Mala Mala, which was signaled out as the top resort in the world by Conde-Nast Traveller magazine, head out in your roofless vehicle for unobstructed views of the "big five." If Mala Mala doesn't suit your fancy (are you crazy?), there are tons of other unique lodges within the park to choose from—Londolozi, Singita, Ulusaba—all guaranteed to be a unique experience. At Sabi Sands reserve you will also be afforded a private tracker that perches himself on the side of your vehicle to inspect game tracks. You are almost guaranteed a smorgasbord of animals!

Just the Facts

Best Season: Year-round; October is ideal. June-August is their winter when things are dry making it easier to see animals.

Highlights: Mala Mala resort; Visit to a Zulu village


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