At the end of the Garden Route which makes it easy to combine with Cape Town, and it's malaria free. Plenty to see for a first safari, but reserves are smaller and numbers of animals are lower. Addo's elephants are so peaceful I've walked right up to them. It's not classic acacia & savanna Africa, with dense bushes and undulating hills, and not all reserves are Big 5. Gentle, comfortable camps are child friendly, with a/c and heating for chilly winters. South Africa.
Best time: Pleasant from September to May, can be cold and wet from June to August.
Access: Scheduled flights from Cape Town (1 hr) and Joburg (1.5 hrs), or drive the Garden Route from Cape Town (8 hrs but best done over 2-3 days).