Made In Chelsea stars take in South Africa safari

12th Dec 2013

South Africa is seen by many as the place to go on wildlife-based specialist tours.

Viewers of Made In Chelsea saw some of the show's characters take a safari trip there in a recent episode.

But you don't have to be a TV celebrity to enjoy South Africa's magnificent offerings.

South Africa boasts myriad adventure destinations, spearheaded by the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Made In Chelsea cast members participated in many safari activities, including game drives across various lands and rhino spotting.

Stars of the popular E4 programme stayed in a lodge which has its own game reserve which spans 3,000 hectares in the Waterberg region, which has been declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Just three hours away, Waterberg can easily be reached by people on city breaks to Johannesburg.

Holidaymakers to this area can enjoy a marvellous array of wildlife, from hippopotamuses, otters, pythons and crocodiles along river crossings to giraffes, zebra and leopards in the syringa woodlands.

Tourists can also pick from a mouth-watering selection of both traditional and unique adjacent safari activities, including elephant-back safaris, helicopter flights and horse-riding safaris.

Visitors seeking a bit of added adventure might try night safari trips to spot nocturnal animals such as the jackal, porcupine and the rare aardvark, or spend a night under the stars around a camp fire.

Holidaymakers visiting South Africa's Free State province can now also savour the country's second-most endangered carnivore after an absence of 100 years.

Two cheetahs were introduced at the Laohu Valley Reserve earlier this year, helped by the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

The pair were born on the Amakhala Game Reserve in South Africa's Eastern Cape two years ago.

Cheetahs, the world's fastest land animals, are classified as "vulnerable" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

An estimated 850 can still be seen in South Africa.

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