The late former owner wrote “The Elephant Whisperer” and that’s the focus here, rather than a regular safari. Classic safari tents with Victorian baths.
Reserve: Thula Thula Private Game Reserve
Thula Thula Safari
More about the conservation story of their elephants than a proper safari. Camps need a revamp, but the food is wonderful, French-African fusion by a Cordon Bleu chef. Cooking classes too.
I like this area for the variety of habitat for wildlife – forests, plains, mountains, wetlands – and it’s close to unspoilt beaches for a safari & beach combo. Downside is reserves are smaller, so the herds are smaller, and denser vegetation can make sightings more difficult. Camps are very comfortable, with pools, a/c and the lux trimmings. Malaria is on the decline here and some reserves are malaria free. South Africa.