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I am planning on going on a Safari in South Africa but don't know that much about which lodge to choose. Can someone give me some pointers? Please also let me know why you recommend the lodge. Thanks!

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    Depending on what you want to do and what you want to see, there are many lodges around Africa. Or another option is doing a working safari.

    Check out this web site http://www.aardvarksafaris.com

    I did a camping trip through Acacia Africa. It was fantastic most meals included, tours, walks, tents, mats, guides, national parks etc were all included. Their web site is http://www.acacia-africa.com/

    Just some ideas for you! over 7 years ago

    Answered by Rachel Christian via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Thank you Rachel! Will look into these.
    Has anyone tried out Lukimbi? over 7 years ago

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    I spent 3 weeks in SA in 2000, spent 5 days in Kruger http://www.rhinoafrica.com/destinations/kruger_park - Saw lots of game - from the time we drove into the park at sunrise. I made all reservations on line - had a great night drive with the ranger from the one of the camps we stayed in -

    David over 7 years ago

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    My last lodge stay was Entabeni on the Waterburg Plateau and I'll definately go back. over 7 years ago

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    Thank you delwart. Is rhinoafrica the best web site to start off with or are there others you can recommend as well? over 7 years ago

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    no more answers? over 7 years ago

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    Hi there, I am a South African (but from Cape Town originally). I guess it all comes down to $$$$.. and also the nature of the experience that you are looking for (game drives, walking in the bush with guides, etc). If you want a really hands-on experience why not try something like the Conservation Academy's 5 day Bush survival course? (http://www.conservationacademy.co.za/).

    One of the best national parks that I visited was Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park - again, you can do it via conventional 4 wheel drive safari (eg: http://www.saplaces.co.za/cgi-bin/home?id=8) or do it via a walking safari . My in-laws have just come back from a walking safari (they are in their 70s!) and were completely blown away by the experience - see: http://www.safari-guide.co.uk/south-africa-imfolozi-umfolozi-game-reserve.php#walkingsafaris.

    Quite frankly the choices are endless... the www.safari-guide.co.uk site is a good place to do some initial research. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Kim Wilson via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    We travelled to Kruger in 2006. We spent two nights in a private game lodge (would not necessarily recommend this one) and then hired a car and drove through Kruger Nat. Park and stayed at the Rest Camps. There are a number of Rest Camps through the park which vary in standard - some are really great - some are ok - but the best thing about them is the cost - just a fraction of the nightly rate of a private lodge. Some camps are quite large with several restaurants, car wash, shops, grocers etc. You can go on private game drives with drivers you hire at he park. We went with drivers from Thompsons who were good. The drivers all have two way radios so they can tell each other where there is a pride of lions that day or where there are leopards etc. The rest of the time we just did our own thing in our car - roads good and well signposted. I can't give you figures unfortunately as our travel agent invoice has bundled the figures into accommodation, flights etc. We booked through African Wildlife Safaris in Melbourne who are fantastic - really know their stuff - highly recommend. Have you considered extending the trip to travel into Swaziland? Its about 1 and a half hours drive from the Berg-en-dal Rest Camp at the bottom of Kruger. Its an easy drive. We stayed at a lovely place called Phophonyane Lodge & Nature Reserve. Its in an elevated position with lovely views and nature reserve below. They have nice two story cottages which are full of character. They were building behive huts with bathrooms attached when we were there so they would be up and running now. The lodge is 14 km north of Piggs Peak where the casino is. We then travelled to Mililwane Wildlife Sanctuary - this is very basic but because it doesn't have any cats/predators you can walk or ride a bike around the sanctuary- just a different experience. You will find Swaziland very poor and third world though. Go online and look up Kruger National Park's official site to find Rest Camps. over 7 years ago

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    I only had a short amount of time and so had to visit a local park close to cape town which was Aquilla private game reserve, very nice but i suppose very staged, a bit like a very opne planned zoo. But it was all the same very good and i got to see the big 5
    Joanne over 7 years ago

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    I have been to the Kriger National Park, and there aremany great safari lodges there! I work for a tour operator in Cape Town, and we have alot of great deals with many safari lodges all around the country!
    If you would like more information, feel free to visit us- www.faceafrica.com over 7 years ago

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