What makes safaris so exciting in South Africa

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Male lion on safari

Safaris in Africa

As the loyal readers among you know, I worked as a tour guide for many years, making many trips to South Africa. One of my favorite pastimes on these tours were the safaris in Kruger Park, Hluhluwe Park with its beautiful scenery, and the penguins in Simonstown near Cape Town. Watching animals in Africa is a highlight of every Africa trip. Now we have ours Photo tour to the south of Dublin met before the TBEX in Dublin Dawn from The Incidental Tourist, who lives in Cape Town and reports on Africa and various travel destinations there. Reason enough for me to rummage through Africa in my photos and memories and to share a few photos of my safaris with you African animals to show and answer the question: What makes safaris so exciting?


Hammerhead on Safari
A hammerhead fishing in the water on a safari


Hammerhead on Safari
A hammerhead is rarely seen on safari


Safaris in your own car

I prefer to go on safari myself, that is, with my own car. There are mutliple reasons for this. For one thing, I can organize my time with the animals myself and stay with a lion, a hammerhead or a niala as long as I want. On the other hand, I find this type of safari more exciting than when I'm on an organized tour. There, reports of animal sightings are transmitted by radio to all other vehicles in the park. These then come from all directions to the place where the leopard, the elephant, the buffalo, the lion or the rhino was last seen. With these Safari tours the aim is usually to see as many of the Big Five - the aforementioned animals - on one tour so that paying passengers can tick them off their lists.


Impala on Safaris
Impalas are often seen on safaris


You never know what you will discover on safari

When I go on a safari through Kruger Park on my own, I don't know what I'll see along the way. It's a matter of luck whether a lion is moving when I happen to be observing the region where it's lying lazily in the shadows. How many times have I driven past lions without seeing them? I don't know it. But it must have been many times. On the other hand, if I reduce the speed accordingly, I often discover very shy animals and birds in the undergrowth, which only rarely appear. The exciting thing about a tour like this is the uncertainty of what you will see along the way. Then I often get “hunting fever” – not to shoot animals, no. If so, then at most with my camera. But to discover as many animals as possible that I have only seen once or not at all.


Kudu on safaris
Encountering a kudu on safari is impressive


Safari – Looking for experiences with animals

And I am always on the lookout for experiences with animals during a safari on my own. These can be very exciting. What could be more exciting than having an elephant bull block the way to the camp, which closes its doors in just ten minutes? Or when a whole herd of elephants marches quietly through the bush on the way to the next water hole, and I hear no loud noise even when the window is open, even though the animals only walk meters away from me through the bushes. Or when dozens of vultures sit on a zebra cadaver and drive around creeping jackals. These are the experiences that are remembered. I look for them on a safari. The more the better.

It's time to go on safari again, or what do you think? Who of you has been to Africa before and can tell your own stories about safaris? Tell us about it in the comments.


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What makes safaris so exciting in South Africa

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

2 thoughts too "What makes safaris so exciting in South Africa"

  1. What a great job you did! Tour guide in Africa! WOW! <3
    A safari on your own is also at the top of my list :)

    You do not happen to know providers from your time who offer safaris on horseback in South Africa?

    1. A safari on your own is usually only possible by car - in Kruger Park, for example. Whether safaris are offered on horseback, I dare to doubt more. I have heard of none. And if so, then something is certainly not possible on your own. Lions, leopards, elephants and other wildlife are just too dangerous for that.

      Best regards,

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