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A Fascinating African safari in South Africa

Glimpsing the bobbing heads of a family of giraffes on the horizon is certain to be an unforgettable moment of any African safari trip.  If you’re looking for an adventure and a holiday you’ll never forget there can be no better place to start than heading to the wilds of a South African safari park. Home to the stunning Kruger National Park, South Africa is a popular destination for those seeking breath-taking landscapes and the chance to see a diverse range of animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, water buffalo and much, much more.  Originally known as the Sabie Reserve in 1898 the Kruger National Park was formed in 1926 and the park today provides a haven for creatures big and small. Located in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces this amazing safari park is the biggest and best South Africa has to offer, with guided tours providing a good chance of seeing the ‘big five’ game animals all in one day!  Part of the thrill of the African safari comes from the fact no day will be the same – after all animals don’t work to timetables, yet the sheer exhilaration you’ll feel sighting a group of big cats ambling past will stay in your memory forever.

Adrenaline Experiences in South Africa

For the more adventurous holiday-maker, South Africa offers a range of adrenaline-fueled activities certain to get the heart racing. If you are travelling with teenagers it is likely they will be keen to take part in some of these thrilling activities, or indeed even you yourself may fancy bungee jumping from the world’s highest bungee, cage diving with sharks or catching a wave. That’s if the excitement of the African safari park wasn’t enough! The Bloukrans Bridge bungee, near Storms River, Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape is officially the world’s highest commercial bungee at a teeth-chattering 216 m high – that’s the equivalent of around 70 storeys! Established in 1990 by Face Adrenalin the bungee has even seen British Royalty take the leap of faith with Prince Harry jumping.

Shark Diving on an African Safari to South Africa

After spotting some of the most fearsome land animals during your African safari you may feel brave enough to come face-to-face with one of the ocean’s most deadly creatures – the great white shark. For the best shark-diving experience a trip to Shark Alley is the place to head. Situated near the small fishing village of Gansbaai, Shark Valley is set between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock and is legendary for its shark spotting thanks to the large fur seal population. Be warned this is an exciting but scary activity as you are fitted with diving equipment and lowered in a cage into the water. If you would prefer to shark watch from the comfort of a boat then this still offers a great chance to spot these awesome creatures. The best time to get a good sighting is between July and September and can easily be included in your African safari trip – if you are brave enough!