Diversity is something that South Africa has in spades, with a melting pot of cultures, languages and traditions, to an even more varied ecological range of landscapes. From mountainous thickets and coastal forests to semi-arid deserts and the totally unique fynbos biome, these incredibly distinct habitats are some of the most wide-ranging in the world in terms of their flora and fauna. There is perhaps nowhere better to embark on the ultimate safari expedition to seek out as many of these fascinating creatures as humanly possible – without sacrificing the luxury of the experience, of course.
GROOTBOS NATURE RESERVE: THE MARINE FIVE
Begin your adventure in the coastal Overberg region, where Grootbos Nature Reserve presents a unique opportunity to explore both land and sea. Boasting two exquisite private villas that provide the perfect base from which to set out and uncover the reserve alongside your dedicated guide and a space of over 3,500 hectares of wild land to discover, three nights here almost doesn’t seem like enough.
Bursting with colour, this area is known as the Cape Floral Kingdom and is utterly brought to life through a one-of-a-kind botanical safari which will see you introduced to the unique flora and fauna that surrounds you. Head out to the majestic shoreline and beyond for a chance to sight some of the Marine Five (southern right whale, great white shark, bottlenose dolphin, African penguin and the Cape fur seal) in their natural habitat, playing in the waves or basking in the sun. Marvel at this aquatic wonderland as you try to keep up in your vessel, all the while learning from the team of marine biologists who study these amazing creatures.