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The Best Places to Go for a Bush Break in South Africa

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The Best Places to Go for a Bush Break in South Africa

The bush: a uniquely South African landscape with unrivalled wildlife and scenery. From the iconic Acacia tree to the well-known Marula tree (which elephants are particularly keen on!), the South African bushvelds are regions of stark peace and beauty. Not only that, but bush breaks are one of the best ways of viewing not often seen wildlife. For these reasons, and many others, people from around the world visit the country purely to experience this stunning South African landscape. Whether you’re looking to take a long holiday in the bush or just a fleeting weekend getaway, we’ve detailed some of the best areas to visit and discover.

There are many ways to take South African bushveld breaks. Whether you prefer the larger game reserves that offer guided tours or independent holidays off the beaten track, we have some ideas that are sure to inspire you.

The Kruger National Park

Of course, the Kruger Park had to be on the top of our list of bush breaks in South Africa. Arguably one of the most famous game reserves in the world, the Kruger Park is the ultimate wildlife getaway for any traveler. Located in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, it is one of the largest game parks on the continent and has a vast variety of flora and fauna to discover. For those who are looking to visit the Kruger Park, there are a number of accommodation options available. Throughout the park, there are rest camps situated on the game route and it depends on your preferences with regards to where you stay. There are luxury lodges, overnight hides and lodges situated exclusively in the bushveld – so certainly something for everyone!

Mapungubwe National Park

For those who enjoy unrivalled scenery and South African wildlife, the Mapungubwe National Park is a beautiful region to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday living. Also located in Limpopo on the borders of Botswana and Zimbabwe, this park is a World Heritage Site that is definitely worth visiting. With over 400 species of birds and a number of wildlife species (like leopards, rhinos and hyenas), Mapungubwe Park is truly special. Not only that, but archaeologists have discovered evidence of a community that dates back to the Iron Age on Mapungubwe Hill. With unique sandstone formations and baobab trees, this is a South African bush break that surpasses expectation. There are a number of different camps within the park, including a tented and wilderness experience.

Amakahala Game Reserve

For those who want to explore what the southern regions of the country have to offer, the Amakala Game Reserve is situated in the Eastern Cape. This stunning private game reserve has 18,000 acres of safari park with plenty of wildlife to discover. With the big five and the opportunity to see giraffe, cheetah and wildebeest, this is one of the best game reserves in the province. Travelers can stay in one of 11 luxury lodges and discover beautiful scenery along the bushman’s river. With iconic cape aloes and a truly wild landscape, this is a must-visit on any bush break getaway. For those who are keen to visit more than one game park, the Addo Elephant Park and Shamwari Game Reserve are nearby.

These are just a few of the top bush breaks in South Africa. With so much breathtaking landscape to discover, taking a wildlife getaway is a great way of escaping city life and exploring what the country has on offer. If you’re inspired by this blog post, why not check out our safari travel packages, which have many more bush break ideas for you to discover. If you have any other areas to add to our list, why not connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to hear your ideas!

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Lauren Forse

This article was written by: Lauren Forse

Born and bred in the Eastern Cape, Lauren is an experienced travel writer who enjoys visiting wild beaches and exploring new cities. You can follow Lauren Forse on , Twitter and LinkedIn.

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