THE RAINBOW NATION
Situated on the southern-most tip of the African continent, South Africa is a melting pot of diversity in terms of its cultures, languages, landscapes and wildlife. From the “Big 5” country in the east to the mountains of the Drakensberg, garden route, the Cape and even its famous wine region, South Africa is a country of diversity and rich culture.
South Africa is where Escape Safari Co. and our team members were born. This makes it the very heart and soul of our business. It is where our love for Africa first began and continues to grow. For us, it will always be home and a paradise that we relish in sharing with those from abroad.
Whether you are looking for a family getaway that combines wildlife, the beach and the Winelands or a honeymoon retreat of romance and luxury, South Africa is your destination. With exceptional golf courses, whale watching, pristine beaches and some of the best national parks and private reserves you could find, it’s a multi-faceted country with many hidden gems.
Londolozi is one of South Africa’s original private game reserves and a true pillar of global ecotourism. The word, “Londolozi” comes from the Zulu word meaning, “protector of all living things”. This name accurately reflects their ambitious conservation ethics in relation to the natural world. Consisting of five camps all situated along the sand river, guests are given much choice in planning their ultimate safaris.
Home to the elusive leopard, along with other sought-after wildlife, Londolozi is the epitome of luxury, immersive experiences. It’s also only one short flight from Johannesburg to the heart of the Sabi Sands, meaning you’re never far from an adventure!
SINGITA SABI SANDS
As one of the first private game reserves in South Africa, Singita Sabi Sands takes safari design and style to a new level with a fresh and contemporary interpretation of the classic safari lodge. With three lodges on the reserve: Boulders, Ebony and Castleton, guests are immersed in nature with huge open spaces and interiors inspired by a combination of local tribal cultures and the animal kingdom.
The lodges are a celebration of the tranquillity, space and light, which flows throughout this incredibly vast area. A frontage of the sand river adds another dimension to the area, which is partly why it is known to have some of the best large cat viewing in the region.
Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest privately-owned game reserve. Set in the arid savannahs in southern Africa, it is nestled within a natural basin of the Korannaburg. With the rolling dunes and open plains providing the perfect setting for the 80 species of mammal that occur here, it is a true safari paradise.
A safari at Tswalu is unique because the habitat here differs vastly to any other reserve in the country. The enormity of the reserve itself is what allows guests to explore endlessly. Whether on a game vehicle, a walking safari or on horseback, it’s guaranteed to be a singular and intimate experience.
Guests visiting Tswalu are encouraged to explore all aspects of the ecosystem. These include plants, insects, birds and reptiles. Guests can spend hours with habituated wild meerkats on foot, track an elusive pangolin or go in search of the endangered black rhino. Tswalu offers more than a safari and some describe it as an escape for the soul.
Northern KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast of South Africa is home to a conservation story that, to this day, is the blueprint for international ecotourism. What was barren, over-utilised farmland was transformed into a wildlife Eden. Once it opened, it was given the name, “Phinda”, which means “The Return.”
Phinda is symbolic of nature’s return to its former state and the regeneration of the wildlife within this region. Six lodges now fit snugly into the property, each with their own style and appeal. From a private homestead to mountain marvels, rock retreats and even forest villas, Phinda has it all on offer and then some.
Whether you’re in search of the forest, mountains, vast rolling grasslands or large swollen rivers, Phinda always leaves guests in awe, promising to return for another dose of its beauty.