Make sure you're well prepared for your trip by reading through our South Africa safari travel advice.
Go Malaria-free: Madikwe Private Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park and the Big 5 game reserves of the Eastern Cape are all free of malaria so there's no need to worry about anti-malarial medication during your visit - perfect for family holidays.
Keep it Safe: being on safari means you'll encounter large and potentially dangerous animals either when you are in a 4X4 game viewing vehicle or when on a guided walking safari. Moreover, much of South Africa's safari accommodation is unfenced and it's not unusual for wild animals to wander through camp, night and day. Listen carefully to the safety briefings given by your ranger and lodge manager, and feel free to request an escort to and from your tent at night.
Wrap Up in Winter: bring a warm top and hat for winter morning and evening game drives, especially from May to August. Many lodges will supply blankets your personal use during activities.
For general information on travelling to South Africa, visit our South Africa travel advice page.
At a Glance
You're just about guaranteed the Big 5 in Kruger's private reserves but South Africa also offers superb big game safaris in KwaZulu Natal and the malaria-free Eastern Cape and Kalahari too.