Africa’ position as a top wildlife tourist destination has remained unchanged over the years. The continent is filled with landscapes and animal sightings that most travellers are dying to see.
And sadly, as tourism continues to grow in leaps and bounds, we can’t disagree with Forbes when they say that, “The popularity of African safaris can make some over-crowded reserves seem more like zoos than wildlife refuges.”
When it comes to South African safari destinations, what Forbes says is a good reflection of what the Kruger National Park can turn into during peak times, which is why, at Kurt Safari, we like to encourage our guests to book their safari in the off season if they want to avoid the holiday crowds.
Recently, the influential publication released a list that includes 3 of South Africa’s lesser known wildlife parks among their Top 7 Under The Radar African Safaris list. And we have to agree with their stunning selection.
Madikwe Game Reserve, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park and the Addo Elephant Park are all true South African gems and what’s more is that they highlight South Africa’s unbelievable natural beauty and diversity. These parks offer some exquisite game viewing opportunities and they have the added advantage of being in malaria free areas.
The Kgalagadi is one of those once in a lifetime destinations and the scenes you will come across are those that will stay with you forever. It’s location in the Kalahari Desert makes it every photographers dream destination and the colours in the park really come to life as the day progresses. While here, you can expect those picture perfect blood red sunsets and in the evenings you will see more stars than you could imagine the universe has.
The Addo Elephant Park is not just a sanctuary for the largest land mammals in the world, but the park is also a popular reserve for South African tourists who don’t want to face the crowds. The park is home to the Big 5 as well as all sorts of other animals and the vibrantly green landscape is a nice change from the browns of the Lowveld.
And then there is the private Madikwe Game Reserve which borders Botswana, in South Africa’s North West Province. It is the 5th largest game park in South Africa and also happens to be one of the lesser known safari destinations, making it perfect for a quiet, private retreat.
The other African parks that made the Top 7 list includes the Lower Zambezi National Park, Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique and Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve.