Safari Camps in South Africa

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Over the next few weeks I shall be having a few people writing guest posts for my blog. The theme is for them to write about their favourite holidays or places they like to visit, or something along those lines. Basically, it's up to them! I love reading travel related posts and learning about the different places around the whole that inspire us all to want to travel more. I shall be posting about some of the trips and holidays I have been on and I would like to hear about yours! If you'd like to guest post then get in touch! (I shall leave the details at the end of this post!)

Today, I have my annoyingly well-travelled boyfriend to start these guest posts off!

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Hello I'm Edmond, a drama student and wildlife photographer. I have been travelling to South Africa around once a year since 2008 and in that time I have grown to love and admire the country for it's people and it's nature. It is a country unique in many regards. The best form of accommodation whilst staying in South Africa has got to be the safari camps, in particular, Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps.

The Kruger National Park is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of safari camps. Some are very basic - a few big 'tents' and a general dining area. Some, like the two I have visited, are slightly bigger. They have "house tents" that have sufficient beds for the amount of people they accommodate and a shower and toilet around the back. They have mosquito nets over the beds too. However these camps are totally open and anything can wander through at any time, whether that be the resident troupe of monkeys or a herd of elephants or even lions, leopards and honey badgers.

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Warthog taking a stroll into camp.


The smaller antelope like Impala, Bushbuck and Reedbuck prefer to stay close to human habitation as it provides some sort of shelter from the predators so you're most likely to see these if you're just sat or wandering around between drives and meals. However, Baboons also do this so watch out! They prefer the bigger human habitations though and most of the time don't come too close to the smaller camps. Monkeys though often hang around in small groups and provide some comic entertainment during meal times (both their own and ours). There should be three meals a day provided, usually after morning drive (breakfast), around 1/2pm (lunch) and then after evening drive (probably around 7pm/ 7:30pm.

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Monkey's like this seem cute, but they will steal your food at a moments notice.
Then, in some areas of the Kruger there are the high-end safari camps where you live in luxury camps (which I personally think would give an unauthentic experience). Whichever type of camp you end up staying in, they will have with them a team of highly trained, very knowledgeable rangers and trackers who will be able to give you an amazing insight into life in the bush.  The average stay for first time visitors is probably around 3 days as many people do a tour of South Africa, stopping off to go on safari at some point on their journey.

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Best "front garden" you could ask for!
Another thing to know is that they only have two seasons. They have the "wet season" and the "dry season". Due to it being located in the Southern Hemisphere, their Summer/wet season usually starts around late October/early November and lasts until around March/April time. During this time it is very hot and humid and although there can be long periods of time of 'wall-to-wall sunshine', when it does eventually rain, IT RAINS VERY HARD. This tends to last for anywhere between a few hours to a few days. The grass and plants are very green at this point in the year which can make spotting animals a little tricky. The dry season/Winter takes place from around April to October. This is a time when it is a little bit cooler and less humid, and the grass and leaves die down. This makes the landscape change from green to yellowish-brown. Visibility is a little better as you can see further into the bush but animals such as insects and snakes and spiders (if you like those sorts of things) will be near impossible to find.

We return to this camp year on year because of the amazing service provided by the staff and the close relationship we have come to share with them over the years! I'd definitely recommend it to everyone as it is a fantastic experience!

What adventures have you been on?

- Edmond Denning

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-KC xx

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33 comments

  1. I would love to go on Safari one day, we have actually looked into it as our Daughter would love it, one day we will get there x

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  2. Wow a safari is something I would love to experience one day - getting so close to animals just amazing. x

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    1. Me too! Especially when they are in their natural habitat!

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  3. Oh wow this is fab and very cool to see too, would love to go one day .x

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  4. I have been to the safari once last year. I loved it. The animals felt so close.

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    1. Great to experience something like this!

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  5. wow thats amazing, gorgeous photos i loved it. k x

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  6. Wow what an incredible experience, the photos look amazing!! I went on safari in kenya a couple of years ago and I loved it xxx

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    1. Such an amazing experience to have been on!

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  7. It's my dream to visit Africa and go on a safari :)

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  8. I would absolutely love to go on a safari, definitely on the bucket list. And to know they do high-end camping sells it for me even more because I just don't do camping in a tent

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    1. Mine too! Among many other things! I'm the same, small tents are a bit too claustrophobic!

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  9. Annoyingly well-travelled hahaha! That's such a great phrase. Sadly ill have to use it on you all, because ive never been anywhere bar skegness, ayr, cornwall and wales. I'm annoyingly poorly-travelled!

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    1. hahaha thanks :') I've barely ever been to places in the UK so I'd love to visit more places closer to home!

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  10. Sounds fantastic - always good to date someone well travelled - you know they'll be plenty of adventures ahead together

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    1. we've already made plans for more adventures abroad! can't wait!

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  11. Looks like a wonderful country and those monkeys are devious, we visited a safari park once and one chewed a hole the rear spoiler of my then boyfiend's car!

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    1. hahah I bet you were really annoyed at the time but find it hilarious now!

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  12. My boyfriends grandparents go here allll the time I am so jel when I see the pictures. Totally on my bucket list X

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    1. It's on mine too! My boyfriend goes with his parents pretty much every year!

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  13. Wow, this looks very cool. Would be fantastic to get so close to such fascinating animals!

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  14. Wow, I've never been on safari but it looks amazing!

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    1. Me neither, definitely something I wan to do!

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  15. I would love to visit one of these camps. Sounds like so much fun.

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    1. Me too! Glamping and safari's, perfect!

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  16. Going on safari is on my bucket list as I've heard loads of things about Kruger. Not sure how i'd cope with some wild animals in my camp, but it's all part of the fun x

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    1. hahah no me neither, wouldn't know if I should be terrified or not!

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  17. What a great experience it would be. There are some fantastic photos here

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