"An African Safari is a very posh thing," is what the older couple I was traveling with told me.
The drive to see any real, live animals outside the city of Cape Town in South African requires at least a good two hour drive, and the farther out you go, the more likely of a chance of seeing even more animals in their natural habitat.
It is true. Safaris is Africa have become very "posh" or very popular in general. The are more of a tourist attraction than a daily lifestyle, as no one from Cape Town would pay such an extreme amount of money to see animals. Lots of places will also advertise that the animals are live and aren't being drugged, which typically tends to be a lie. Drugging animals and taming them in South Africa is common in order to make money with tourists who don't want to pay to go to Kruger National Park, the largest land mass of live animals in South Africa.
At Kruger, the animals really are live and wild, and there is nothing holding them back from attacking. At many of the smaller places, they are caged into a couple-hundred acre area, defeating from the live-ness part. The one that I went to, which I have no idea what the name was, was thankfully not like this and the animals were not drugged.
To get there was a little under three hours of one of the most scenic drives that wasn't along the coast that I had seen. At the safari were animals of all sorts, including lions, zebras, cheetahs, and some other animals that I couldn't possibly rename because they were so odd. A safari typically consists of someone driving people around in vehicles that look like a range-rover type car (sorry, I don't know cars well). The vehicles have tires that can run over anything in it's path, and the ride itself isn't very smooth. There was an eighty-year-old couple that I was with, and it blows my mind that they didn't throw out their backs because of the ride! Such troopers.
The safari also had options to stay overnight, as do many safaris. To me, this option wasn't all that exciting because once I had seen all the animals once, there didn't really seem to be a point in seeing them again.
My advice for those looking to go on a safari is to go to Kruger, a place I which I had made time for. It will take at least a day of travel each way, and it is easier (but less safe) to go out of Johannesburg. Don't drive there if you're staying in Johannesburg!! That's just asking to get robbed. Allow for at least three days to get you money's worth at Kruger.