All you need to know about game drives in South Africa
When going on a game drive, it can not only be seen as a “drive to spot animals”, it is a chance to encounter these wild animals in their natural surroundings, busy doing what comes naturally to them. You will be able to see and touch different types of grasses, shrubs and trees. Make sure that you make every moment of your game drive experience count.
Typically there can be distinguished between two types of game drives, morning and evening game drives, each with their own uniqueness and purpose.
A morning game drive
Wild animals are mostly active in the early mornings and late afternoons. That’s why the Game Drives always start early, about 5 o’clock in the morning. Game drives last 3 to 4 hours and include an extensive breakfast. Coffee and snacks are also included in the Game Drive.
A afternoon game drive
At around 16:00 o’clock the ‘afternoon game drive’ sets off, and also takes about 3 to 4 hours. Stops for snacks and drinks are often included, drinks appropriately called ‘sundowner drinks’, considering you’ll enjoy them simultaneously with the sunset. Afterwards, you’ll continue the ride in the dark, after the sun has set. This enables you to admire the animals in both day and night. The Game Drive safari can be wrapped with up by a South African dinner, where you can relive and share your experience beneath the starry South African night sky. A Game Drive is a must when visiting South Africa!
Other game drives
Only a fifteen minutes drive away from the holiday homes of Homes of Africa, you’ll find the Kapama Private Game Reserve, a.k.a. Kapama. Kapama covers 13.000 acres of unspoiled nature, which makes it the largest private wild reserve in its surroundings. It is possible to book a game drive (night-drive) at Kapama during your stay at one of the vacation rentals. The fact that you’re able to search for the Big Five from an open car, which permits you to observe the animals close-up, makes for a highly recommended activity. An experienced ranger and a specially trained ‘spotter’ will guide you and tell you all about the wildlife.
The Klaserie River flows through the reserve and creates an attractive habitat for local wildlife. Going on safari there will greatly enhance your chances of spotting the Big 5. Wrap up the day with a lavish South African dinner in a beautiful setting and share your memories of the day with other participants of the safari.
Game drive Safari Company
Set of at dusk with an old safari truck, drive throughout the Kruger Park, in search for wild animals and conclude your adventure with a ‘Braai’ under the starry night sky.
In the afternoon you’re expected at The Safari Company, situated at the Elephants river, where you get picked up by an old safari truck. You’ll stop halfway your journey for some drinks and snacks. you’ll continue your safari in the twilight and you’ll end you journey next to a lake. This is where you’ll be treated with an prearranged braai: an authentic South African barbecue. Buffaloes, lions and other wild animals also frequent the lake, meaning you have the chance to see these animals close-up. Obviously, enough rangers will be present to ensure your safety.
Reasons why you should choose for a Game Drive in South Africa?
- You get driven around, all you do is enjoy the trip
- You’ll most likely come across more animals than if you were to go on safari independently
- You learn a lot about the wild animals and nature
- Possibility of encountering the Big 5
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- Discover the holiday homes surrounded by wildlife
- Plenty opportunities for safaris (game-drives) and the Kruger Park nearby