Following Cape Town being named one of the best cities in the world for 2022, the spotlight is now on our wildlife experiences – along with another South African safari hotspot.
In an article published by Forbes, dubbed “The Best Ocean and Land Safari Experience is in South Africa,” Katie Kelly Bell described two safari experiences, encompassing both the seascape and land wonders.
Praising tour operator G02Africa for planning the writers’ adventures, the journey led the Forbes explorer to the finest of bush getaways in South Africa.
In the heart of the Whale Coast, the travellers sang the praises of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – a luxury lodging experience that invites both oceanic wonders and natural opulence.
Beyond the stylish lodging and fine dining experiences, the real treasures were outside. As one of the best spots to enjoy the wonders of the Marine Big Five, sightings described humpback whales, endangered dolphin species, seals and penguins. A visit to Grootbos is premised to have one immersed in a myriad of experiences from wildflower safaris to fat biking across sand dunes to the ocean.
Grootbos is something of an eco-paradise, situated only two hours away from Cape Town. Boasting 3500 hectares, it’s home to 100 endangered plant species, 3 milkwood forests that are over 1000 years old, and over 23 mammals.
The second safari shout-out went to Marataba Mountain Lodge for a remote luxury experience just under four hours away from Johannesburg.
An oasis of fauna and flora, Marataba is known for beating to the rhythm of the bush with game drives, unpolluted air and sightings of Big Five members and more from the animal kingdom – Not to mention breathtaking views of the stars at night.