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of whale watchers is later taken    thern Africa takes place. This      thousands of birds plunging       tier Park being the largest.
by a multitude of other marine      is an incredible spectacle whe-     from the sky, larger game fish
mammals.                            re millions of sardines spawn       feeding in frenzied packs and     Wildlife viewing in Africa is ge-
                                    in the cooler waters and move       a variety of shark species just   nerally best during the dry sea-
The great southern right wha-       northward along the east coast.     waiting for their own popcorn     son when the lack of grass and
les migrate from their icy fee-     Their sheer numbers create a        snacks!                           foliage increases visibility, and
ding grounds off Antarctica to      phenomenal feeding frenzy                                             the animals and birds are for-
warmer climates, reaching us in     along the coastline. Millions       TENTED CAMPS AND                  ced to congregate around limi-
June. The country’s coastal wa-     of sardines make up the ‘run’.      DRIVE-THROUGH SAFARIS             ted water sources. There is also
ters teem with the giant animals,   Often more than 7 kilometres        South Africa  encompasses         plenty of water to drink and both
mating, calving and rearing their   long, 1.5 kilometres wide and       one of the most diverse lands-    the vegetation and the leaves on
young – and giving whale-wat-       30 metres deep, the shoals are      capes on the entire continent,    the trees become thinned out
chers spectacular displays of       clearly visible from spotter pla-   with habitats ranging from in-    for better viewing opportunities.
raw power and elegant water         nes or from the surface. Some       digenous forests, stony deserts   There are close to 1700 Safari
acrobatics. The coastal towns       scientists estimate that the sar-   and soaring mountains, to lush    Tour Operators throughout the
along the South Coast, the Gar-     dine run could rival East Africa’s  grasslands and classic African    country. CemAir flies into some
den Route and the Western           great wildebeest migration, an      savannahs. It is home to pen-     of these areas and can create a
Cape offer tailored trips to expe-  experience not to be missed.        guins and flamingos, the elusi-   tailored-flight package to meet
rience these gentle giants. Ce-                                         ve white and black rhinos and     your safari needs. You can even
mAir flies into Southbroom, Ple-    Because of the cold currents        gigantic African elephants, and   bring along granny to help with
ttenberg Bay, George and Cape       along the vast stretch of coast-    many more animals that surpri-    the little ones.
Town making a whale watching        line and their appetite for plank-  se and amaze visitors. There are
experience a quick and easy ge-     ton, the shoals are ideal targets   more than 700 publicly owned      (References: wikipedia.com,
taway.                              for much larger and hungry pre-     reserves (including 19 national   lonelyplanet.com)
                                    dators with the opportunity to      parks) and about 200 private
Between the months of May           view them from below. Diving        reserves, with Kruger National
and July, the sardine run of sou-   tours often experience tens of      Park and Kgalagadi Transfron-

                                                                        Editor’s Family Safari Pick

                                                                        Only three hours from Joburg in the malaria-free
                                                                        Waterberg, Ant's Hill offers a safari experience that is
                                                                        at once entirely decadent and absolutely comfortable.
                                                                        The primary attraction is horse-riding. Close to fifty
                                                                        horses live out here and enable riders to get seriously
                                                                        close to plenty of game. Consequently the reserve is lion
                                                                        and elephant-free (although day-trips can be organised
                                                                        to neighbouring big-five reserves) - and besides riding,
                                                                        guests can go on long walks and mountain bike rides.
                                                                        Even the little ones can pony ride through the bush or
                                                                        go on exciting bug walks, keeping their eyes peeled for
                                                                        chameleons, ant lions and dung beetles. And, unlike some
                                                                        luxury accommodation, toddlers, tots and teens are all
                                                                        most welcome - in fact, everyone is welcome. Families,
                                                                        couples, singles. Ant's Hill really is one of those rare
                                                                        places that lives up to the 'leave as family' tagline.

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