Why Not Experience the Big 5 in Luxury this Holiday? Like many South Africans, you have probably taken the family on a couple of day trips to a lion or rhino park in the past, and it’s pretty certain that you all thoroughly enjoyed yourselves. However, in terms of enjoying a true wildlife adventure, this is little more than a taster. Having had that taste, however, many of those weekend trippers are now keen on a chance to experience all of the Big 5 over a period of days, while spending their less-active periods in luxury at a well-appointed, bushveld safari lodge. Surely this has got to be one of the truly great ideas for the upcoming holiday?

It’s Time for a December Breakaway with Luxury Wildlife Accommodation The festive season is almost upon us and, now that the seasonal slow-down in work activities is providing us with the perfect opportunity to start planning a December breakaway, many South African families will already be shopping around for new swimsuits, body boards, some smart shades, sunscreen and insect repellent, as they prepare for the drive or a short domestic flight to one of the country’s coastal resorts. Among those who are not, quite a few are likely to be engaged in an online search for a lodge that offers them luxury wildlife accommodation in one of the nation’s many game reserves.

Enjoy Luxury Game Lodge Accommodation at Affordable Rates The summer is upon us and, given the weak Rand, apart from a dwindling number of South Africans who can still afford to venture overseas, most will be planning to spend a week or two in one of the country’s local resorts. If it’s sea and sand that float their boats, we are blessed with one of the longest coastlines of any country in the world, and the appeal of the innumerable beaches of the fairest Cape, the friendly city of Port Elizabeth and Durbs, to name just a few, will be beckoning them soon.

How to Combine an Awesome Wildlife Experience with Luxury Accommodation Given the celebrity status that is now enjoyed worldwide by Africa’s iconic Big Five, no safari adventure can really be regarded as complete if it does not offer the opportunity to spot each of this famed wildlife quintet. Among the regions of South Africa where this is possible, Limpopo has grown to become one of the most popular. As a result, this northernmost province now attracts large numbers of both local and international visitors throughout the year. To cope with this influx, there has been a parallel growth in guest accommodation and a portion of this has been aimed at those who would prefer to offset the demands of their bushveld venture with a touch of luxury.

How Would You Define a 5-Star Game Lodge? The excitement of a game drive is something that everyone should experience at some time, and South Africans are especially privileged to live in a country that offers so many opportunities to pursue what, for many of those living overseas, is likely to remain just a distant dream. Even on the outskirts of our cities, it is not too difficult to find a lion or cheetah park, or perhaps a crocodile farm where one can spend an hour or two viewing these exotic creatures in their natural habitat. Such a brief excursion, however, amounts to a mere taste of what is possible, should you decide, instead, to devote a full weekend to visiting one of the country’s larger wildlife reserves.

Exceptional Wildlife Accommodation in Limpopo at Rates You Can Afford Given the widespread appeal of a province that is just as famous for its natural beauty, geology, challenging climbs, rock art and prehistoric ruins, as it is for its prolific and diverse wildlife, it should be no real surprise that the demand for short-term accommodation in Limpopo remains high throughout the year. However, just as the facilities offered by the many hotels, guest houses and game lodges that serve visitors to the region tend to vary quite markedly, so too do the rates charged by their owners.

Luxury Accommodation and a Unique Wildlife Experience at 57 Waterberg Sadly, the future of many wild creatures has long been threatened by mankind’s growing need for space and its continued competition for natural resources. Urban sprawl, deforestation and environmental pollution have already decimated the populations of innumerable species, while some will never be seen again. Elephants and rhinos have been slaughtered without mercy, so that humans may profit from the sale of their tusks and horns, driving them ever closer to the brink of extinction.

For the Best Possible Wildlife Experience, You Need Luxury Accommodation South Africans, overall, are well adjusted to the outdoor life and many are never more at home than when trekking through the bushveld with a backpack and a supply of biltong to sustain them. However, this particular scenario is certainly not everyone’s idea of a good time and may seem more like participating in one of those TV survival shows. For anyone who may be visiting the country from overseas and who is unfamiliar with the challenges of life in the bush, such a prospect could well see them simply choosing to tour the Garden Route from the comfort of a motorhome instead.

Ensure Malaria-Free Accommodation for a Safe Bushveld Experience It is an alarming fact that the female anopheles mosquito is responsible for more human deaths than great white sharks, man-eating tigers, rogue elephants and all the alpha predators, plus venomous snakes, scorpions and poisonous spiders, put together. It is estimated that up to 550 million people may have contracted malaria in 2010 alone, and that as many as 1.24 million of those may have died. Such figures should certainly spur most people to give some serious thought to finding malaria-free accommodation when planning a bushveld adventure. In fact, this could prove to be a far more effective precaution than simply taking a chance on one of the, frequently unreliable, prophylactics recommended by a pharmacist or family doctor.

Defining Luxury Accommodation in the Bushveld To a dedicated camper, the prospect of luxury accommodation in the bushveld may hold little appeal, whilst a few might even regard the two as mutually-exclusive. However, among those who are fortunate enough to have actually spent a night or two at one of these exceptional wilderness venues, an overwhelming desire to return soon is more likely to have been their immediate reaction.