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Sofala Safaris

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Safaris and Tours

Southern Africa provide some of the most breathtaking destinations in all of Africa. Whether you want to tour the Cape Wine Farms, view the Mother City from Table Mountain or experience the “smoke that thunders” at the Victoria Falls (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World) – Sofala Safaris is committed to help you experience the tour of a lifetime. For the more adventurous traveler, how about swimming with Great White Sharks, riding on the back of an African Elephant or watching lions stalk their prey? Sofala Safaris provides all the information you need with guided and self-guided tours. For more information on packages and destinations contact:

For more information on packages and destinations contact:
Louis Steenkamp: louis@sofalasafaris.com or 601 914 0330
Lukas Steenkamp: lukas.steenkamp@webmail.co.za or +27 11 811 1417

Kruger National Park

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in the world. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 5 million acres is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela – is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park’s natural assets.

History

In 1898 President Paul Kruger proclaimed the area between the Crocodile and Sabie Rivers as the Sabie Reserve because hunters and soldiers who fought in the Anglo-Boer had wiped out the Lowveld’s huge herds of game. Major James Stevenson-Hamilton was appointed the first warden. He was a short, quick-tempered Scotsman and was given the African name “skukuza” meaning “he who turns things upside down”. He waged constant war against poachers and was responsible for expanding the Kruger Park, incurring the wrath of local farmers who felt that the Reserve was a breeding ground for lions. Both domestic stock and people were often attacked.

The Kruger National Park was established in 1926. The surface area of Kruger National Park is 7,580 square miles (19,633 km²), roughly the size of Israel or Wales. In 1927, three cars entered the Park. Two years later there were 850 cars. Over the next 50 years, 150 000 people visited the Park annually. Today, 700 000 people visit the Park every year.

Western Cape Tours

Experience Cape Town, the mother city of South Africa located at the most southern part of the African continent, and the 3rd most popular tourist city in the world. The Western Cape guarantees some of the most spectacular natural surroundings on earth. With multiple direct flights between Johannesburg (OR Tambo International Airport) and Cape Town International Airport on a daily basis, tourists can plan a visit to the Western Cape with ease and experience the beauty, history and cultural diversity unique to the Cape province. The flight time between Johannesburg and Cape Town is about 2 hours and we recommend a 2 to 3 night stay in Cape Town. A perfect way to end your African safari.

Activities include:
  • Cable Car rides to the top of Table Mountain
  • Cape Point
  • Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned)
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Visit the beautiful Cape beaches
  • Delicious South African Cuisine at the V&A Waterfront and various restaurants in the mother city of South Africa
  • Wine tasting at the various world famous wine farms in Stellenbosch and surrounding areas
  • Shark Cage Diving and so much more!
  • Elephant Back Safaris

    Riding an African Elephant through the bush is an incredible experience and takes the idea of a photo safari to the next level. These giant mammals can weigh up to 6.4 tons (14 000 lbs) and are 3-4 meters (10 -13 ft.) tall. Many abandoned elephant calves are sold to zoos and circuses around the world and so at risk elephants are taken out of their natural environment and shipped off to foreign places under highly stressed circumstances. A decision was made to give orphan elephants a second chance by letting them remain in their natural environment. Since the orphaned baby elephants have to be raised by humans in order to survive, it is often too risky to let them go in the wild as they never learned how to live in the wild exclusively. By training these animals for human interaction, people get to learn about and experience the African Elephant in new ways and the elephants remain in their natural environment where they interact with other wild elephants on a daily basis. A win win situation for both man and elephant. Let Sofala Safaris arrange your Elephant Back Safari today!

    Victoria Falls

    The Victoria Falls are recognized as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and located on the border of Zimbabawe and Zambia. David Livingstone, one of the very first Christian missionaries to the African continent was the first man from western civilization to see the Victoria Falls. In 1855 Livingstone was told about the “smoke that thunders” by local tribes and one day decided to travel down the Zambezi River to find out for himself what the tribes were talking about. As Livingstone entered the region of the Victoria Falls he could hear the thundering waters from miles away. The Falls were named after Queen Victoria and are 1.7 kilometers (1 mile) wide.

    We recommend you stay at a venue such as the Victoria Falls Hotel. Along with a direct shuttle from the Victoria Falls Airport, this hotel provides five star accommodation and is literally a 5 minute walk away from the majestic waterfalls. The Victoria Falls Airport is connected with the Johannesburg International Airport through a 1.5 hour direct flight. Bookings for numerous adventures can be arranged through the hotel and other resorts. A 2 night stay will be enough to experience the Victoria Falls and is also a great way to end your African safari.

    Activities include:
  • Visiting the Victoria Waterfalls
  • Elephant Back Safaris
  • Helicopter Rides over the Victoria Falls
  • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River
  • White Water Rafting
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Photographic wildlife safaris
  • In South Africa:

    Louis Steenkamp
    (Licensed Professional Hunter)
    (Owner, Sofala Safaris)

    Phone: 601 914 0330
    Email: louis@sofalasafaris.com

    In the USA:

    Richard Wiman
    (USA Agent)

    Phone: 662 836 4493

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