If you want to explore the wild side of South Africa, a ‘safari’, (not necessarily a wild animal one) is usually the best way to go. By definition a safari is an overland journey, linked in the past to a big-game hunt. Today, safari refers simply to a memorable journey or expedition to see and observe something spectacular, and South Africa has plenty of that.
When you book cheap domestic flights
to some of South Africa’s most popular safari areas, you will undoubtedly find a variety of world class sights and magnificent lodges to stay at. If you aren’t too keen on the hefty price tag attached to these exclusive lodges, you might want to consider alternative safaris and safari destinations in SA to go to.
By opting to visit South Africa’s national parks and reserves, you can cut back on your travel and accommodation costs and benefit from guaranteed wildlife sightings and of course, a clean and comfortable environment to enjoy.
Here are 5 of South Africa’s top safaris that are often overlooked by both international and local travellers. Do yourself a favour and pay them a visit just as soon as you can!
Mokala National Park (Kimberley)
This SA national park is tasked with reallocating endangered animals such as Roan & Tsessebe Antelope to other national parks. Game drives, star gazing, bird watching, San rock art viewing, and a few night’s stay in a tree house are just perfect for the nature lover visiting Mokala National Park.
Karoo National Park (Beaufort West)
If you are travelling between Johannesburg and Cape Town, this is the perfect mid-point and is an absolute must-see., the Karoo National Park. This national park is known for its scenic views and tranquillity and will not disappoint if wildlife and nature are a passion. The Klipspringer Pass offers the most exquisite views and chances are high that you will encounter the park’s resident Lions, Cape Mountain Zebra, and Black Rhino.
Augrabies Falls National Park (Upington)
The Khoi people aptly named this area ‘Aukoerebis’ which means ‘place of great noise’ and refers to the waterfall that gushes at full force when the river is in flood. One of the greatest sights to see here is the amazing waterfall, but that’s not all. You will also enjoy the view of the 500 million year old river ravine which contributes to the rocky desert landscape consisting of Moon Rock and Granite.
Agulhas National Park (Overberg, Western Cape)
This national park is a sight to behold with its limestone fynbos dotted landscape, protected lowland and unexpected rocky shores with dramatic sea views. Here you can go on a 3-day hike, view some of the ship wrecks along the coast, see a myriad of water birds and even discover over 300 plant species that are found absolutely nowhere else in the world! Accommodation is provided in quaint wooden chalets on stilts.
Mountain Zebra National Park (Cradock)
This mountainous national park offers some unique rocky landscapes and is best enjoyed during a leisurely game drive or guided walk. Here visitors can visit rock painting sites, as well as spot Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, squirrels, and Mountain Zebra.
Book Flights To See South Africa’s Hidden Safari Gems Today
If you have some spare time on your hands and a burning desire in your heart to explore and discover South Africa’s wild side, now is the time to get traveling. There’s no need to splash out on expensive boutique lodges when there are several SA national parks that are more than well equipped to make your stay just as memorable, comfortable and enjoyable. Make this the year to travel local. Book your cheap domestic flights to South Africa online today, and get to know the country’s wilder side.