October 28

A Recipe to Your Ultimate Summer Safari

October 28, 2023

As winter blankets the north, Africa preheats to unveil its signature summer safari. Our beautiful continent – drizzled with summer rains – unfolds like Jamie Oliver’s garden flourishing with fresh herbs. Are you ready to make every bite of your African experience even more delectable? Allow us to share our exclusive summer safari recipe with you...

Bush breakfasts at Silvan Safari

Bush breakfasts are a highlight at Silvan Safari

1. Cape Town – The Appetiser of Every Summer Safari

Your journey begins in Cape Town, South Africa, where Table Mountain stands tall as an iconic centrepiece. This is where your palate is first teased, with the trendy allure of Clifton Beach, the colourful zest of Bo-Kaap, and so many more captivating canapés.

Travellers enjoying the city views from the edge of the Table

Enjoy mesmerising views from the edge of the Table Mountain National Park

Where to Stay

Garnish your plate with Camissa House if you’re craving panoramic city views. Alternatively, if you prefer a more tangy take on Cape Town living, marinate in the colonial charm of the Cape Grace at the V&A Waterfront.

What to Experience

We suggest adding a private tour of the city and Cape Peninsula to really enhance the ambience of your adventure.

Happy couple at Camissa House

A sensational summer commences at Camissa House 

2. Cape Winelands – A Sophisticated Palate Cleanser

As your summer safari simmers, infuse it with the aromatic flavours of the Cape Winelands. A stone's throw from Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are excellent pairings before diving into Africa's wildlife-rich landscapes.

Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands offers a spectacular array of tastes and sights, Image Credit: Delaire Graff

Where to Stay

Amidst rolling vineyards, you're spoiled for choice! Savour the scenic beauty of Spier Hotel, indulge in opulence at Delaire Graff Lodge and Spa, or revel in the historic farm setting of Babylonstoren.

What to Experience

In addition to wine tastings, layer your tantalising journey with Spier's fully-catered picnics, the artistic nuances of Delaire Graff, and the tangy twist of Babylonstoren's Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tour.

Four women enjoying a summer picnic

Your summer safari isn't complete without a picnic, Image Credit: Hazendal

3. Greater Kruger – The Summer Safari Main Course

Roast your summer safari to perfection in the Greater Kruger. With diverse landscapes, various wildlife, including the Big 5, many bird species and luxurious accommodations, Kruger offers a safari experience that's second to none.

Singita Ebony Lodge deck with firepit and stunning views of the river

There are a variety of luxury lodges to choose from in Kruger National Park, Image Credit: Singita Ebony Lodge

Where to Stay

Glaze your stay at Kruger with a generous helping of Silvan Safari in Sabi Sand, the cosy tenderness of Saseka Tented Camp in Thornybush, or the wild spice of Senalala Safari Lodge in Klaserie Private Game Reserve.

What to Experience

Pepper your stay with thrilling game drives, the unique Silvan Safari Gin Experience, Thornybush's enriching community interaction, and an adventurous walking safari at Senalala.

Leopard in the wild

Africa is brimming with all sorts of wildlife surprises

4. Bazaruto Archipelago – The Dessert of Dreams

Conclude your summer safari on a sweet note with the serene beaches of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. Think idyllic islands, crystal clear waters and dazzling sunsets. Dreamy right? It's the perfect backdrop to unwind. 

Woman relaxing in her ocean-front plunge pool

The Bazaruto Archipelago is known as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean", Image Credit: Azura Benguerra Island

Where to Stay

Whip up the perfect last serving at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa as well as Azura Benguerra Island, complete with heavenly ocean views and a luxurious helping of sumptuous villa toppings.

What to Experience

Add layers to this dessert dish by folding in rich coral reefs, snorkelling, sun-kissed beach days, deep sea diving, horse riding, traditional Dhow sailing, and as many (or as little) watersports as you like!

Horse riding in the shallows of the shoreline

Look forward to an array of island activities, Image Credit: Azura Benguerra Island

A Customised Summer Safari Menu Just for You

And there you have it – our secret recipe for the ultimate summer safari. However, we know that everyone has particular tastes when it comes to preparing their perfect trip.

So, as the gourmet chefs of African travel, we're here to create a holiday menu just for you! Here are some itinerary options to get you day dreaming...

Elephant sighting on a game drive

We have the expertise to tantalise all you travel cravings, Image Credit: Londolozi

It's Time to Dig In!

Whether you're craving to squeeze in a sneaky safari in the next couple of months or longing for a wild banquet next year, we're here to serve the very best. Let's start planning your summer safari today!

Featured Image Credit: Singita Castleton

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About the author 

Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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