IN GAME RESERVES IN THE MALARIA FREE AREAS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
Theme Tours will take you to areas that are malaria free in South Africa.
These safe areas are in the Southern and Western half of the country
and can be visited at any time of the year (see www.malaria.co.za).
RESERVES IN THE WESTERN CAPE
KAROO If you only have a day to spare whilst you are in Cape Town, experience
a safari in malaria free country side, only 2.5 hours from Cape Town.
Once you are there you will want to stay longer.
from Cape Town takes you through majestic mountain scenery and passes
into the Karoo and a citrus growing region of South Africa.
Rhino, Buffalo, Springbok, Wildebeest and many more fauna can be seen
from specialised vehicles for the rugged terain and game viewing. For the hikers there are trails you
can follow on foot and for the riders amongst us you can view game on horseback.
The natural wetland provides about 172 species of birdlife.
to September the Karoo comes to life as the spring flowers provide a
kaleidoscope of colour.
COAST This private Game Reserve is set amongst the reddish brown
weathered sandstone rock formations in the area of the Western Cape
known as the Swatruggens Plateau.
rock art sites with bushman painting, some several thousand years old,
are to be found within the reserve. Some paintings depict Elephants
who once roamed in this region. The Bushmen, one of the oldest cultures
in the world, returned to this area some 10 years ago from the Kalahari
Desert. The community hunts small game and earn money by making and
selling crafts to the tourists.
rugged Cederberg wildernesss region fauna such as Eland (the largest
antelope in Africa), Kudu, Gnu, Klipspringer and possibly the elusive
mountain leopard can be seen. Birds such as the Secretary Bird, Kor
Bustard, Black Eagles and Black Korhaan are also found.
hike or view the game in 4x4 vehicles and at the end of the day before
you return to your luxury cave accommodation and watch the sunset whilst
having sundowners at the top of the Rietrivier Canyon.
and sustainable development at its fullest.
Garden Route Nestling near the Little Brac River in the Outeniqua
Mountains, close to the Indian Ocean can be found a beautiful valley.
It is in this setting that a third generation veterinary doctor and
game farmer has his private game reserve. He rears wild animals with
the surplus being sold to developing game farms. Breeding programmes
ensure rare breeds such as the Black Impala don't become extinct. 80
Black Impala have been successfully raised on this reserve to boost
the world numbers to 400.
Rhino, Nyala, Kudu, Zebra and Lion and many more animals can be viewed
from 4x4 vehicles or quad bikes. The game drives are lead by qualified
field guides who impart the wealth of their knowledge on the bush, mountain
fynbos, flora and fauna to the visitors.
is in luxury tents on the banks of the river, with access only by boat
which provides a wonderful feeling of being totally alone in the bush
with the animals. Meals from the hillside restaurant with stunning views
give you your first taste of the Garden Route.
to other game reserves and National Parks can be arranged.
SAFARIS AND GAME RESERVES IN THE EASTERN CAPE:
The Eastern Cape boasts a number of game reserves that are malaria
free including the world famous Addo Elephant Park. In this area you
are able to view the big five and a variety of accommodation options
are available. There are 5 star plus luxury lodges to comfortable 3
star private rooms. The choice is yours.
Experienced game rangers conduct game drives in specialised 4x4 vehicles.
Other activities include bush walks, boat and canoeing trips.