If you are thinking about booking a South African Safari Holiday this winter, you need to be quick! Accommodation bookings are at an all-time high in Cape Town, the Garden Route, and the world-famous Kruger National Park for this winter, and if you are planning on a last-minute break, you could find your hotel and safari lodge choices very limited indeed.
South Africa has topped poll after poll this year as one of the world’s best value holiday destinations, and with low-priced flights from major airlines such as British Airways, KLM, Emirates, and South African Airways, international travellers can fly to and from Cape Town or Johannesburg for less than ever before, but advance booking is essential if you are to get a good deal on accommodations.
When it comes to safari accommodations, South Africa really does cater for everyone, with everything from über luxurious private game reserves to basic self-catering bush camps. If you are booking your safari holiday a year in advance, you’ll have a good choice of lodges to choose from, but leave it until last-minute (and by last-minute, we mean 6 months before travel), and you could find yourself limited to either the very basic or the super expensive.
High end safari lodges in Sabi Sands, Timbavati and Thornybush are designed to give visitors a more personalised and authentic safari experience, and so they often have just 10 or 12 suites. A popular choice for honeymooners and those who have never been on a safari before, they include everything from meals and drinks to game drives and bush walks, but if you want to book one of them for a stay between mid-December and the end of March, you need to book early.
Having recently exhausted our list of over 30 safari lodges in South Africa for a 3-night stay in January 2017, we found just 5 safari lodges with availability for our dates, and the offerings didn’t fare much better in Cape Town. Booking.com claims that Cape Town is 87% reserved in December, and 54% reserved in March over the Cape Town Cycle Tour weekend, and so if you are umming and ahhing about your trip to Africa, now is most definitely the time to make up your mind!