South Africa is one of the continent's best safari destinations, offering the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). You can drive right into the epic wilderness at Kruger National Park or join khaki-clad rangers on guided drives and walks. But it's not all about big-game sightings – wildlife watching here also teaches you to enjoy the little things: a leopard tortoise strolling alongside the road, a go-away bird singing in the trees, or an encounter with seals, whales or a great white shark along the coast.
South Africa's ever-changing scenery offers an activity-packed trip. From rock climbing to surfing, descending from Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain to bungee jumping from the Garden Route's Bloukrans Bridge, multi-day treks through wildlife reserves, and overnight hikes, there is plenty for everyone.
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Blue Marlin Hotel
The Blue Marlin Hotel is located on the east coast of South Africa, overlooking the Indian Ocean, in the charming seaside town of Scottburgh, just 45 minutes' drive from Durban. There are 122 rooms in total, all with king sized beds, air conditioning and satellite TVs. Facilities include a games room, bar, lighthouse restaurant with pizza oven, parking and pool bar. The swimming pool overlooks the beach and ocean.
Crystal Divers South Africa is a PADI Dive Resort located on-premise at Blue Marlin Hotel. Since 2013, Crystal Divers have been the gateway to Aliwal Shoal, Scottburgh. Experience the thrill of shark diving on one of the baited shark dives! Or, take your time combing the reef for magical micro marine organisms.
Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a family-friendly safari lodge in the Kruger National Park (home to a vast array of animals including the Big Five) with luxurious accommodation and thematic decor. The lodge sits in the southern region of the park on a 15 000 hectare exclusive use concession, making this the ideal place for prime game viewing in the wilderness. Game drives are conducted by expert safari guides and full day bush walks are offered for guests wanting a more active safari experience.
Kwande, Ecca Lodge
Set in thick vegetation overlooking a dense valley, Ecca Lodge offers breathtaking views. With only 6 suites, the lodge is intimate, relaxed and trendy, with decor inspired by the vibrant colors and textures of African culture. Highlights of the guest areas include expansive wooden viewing decks, an open interactive kitchen and a rim-flow lap pool. Twice daily game drives, nature walks accompanied by an armed ranger, big game walking safaris (tracking white rhino, black rhino, elephant and buffalo on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team) are all included in your stay.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge
Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, on the banks of the seasonal Sand River. The focus at the lodge is of the view of the seasonal Sand River. Almost daily, guests are treated to sightings of various animals grazing in the riverbed. The lodge sleeps a maximum of 20 guests in 10 chalets/rooms. Most of the rooms have a small verandah with camping chairs, and with views of the Sand River, while others look onto a small plains area with a watering hole. All the rooms are en-suite and air-conditioned and have full electricity.