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With an abundance of classic African wildlife like lions, giraffes, elephants, and wildebeest along with awe-inspiring landscapes, South Africa is home to a wide range of spectacular sights while offering a long list of thrilling outdoor adventures.

This large, diverse, and remarkably beautiful country varies from the subtropical coast of northern KwaZulu-Natal to the vast stretch of semi-desert in Karoo at the centre, while one of the continent’s premier safari destinations, Kruger National Park, is sprawled along its northeast border. For culture vultures, it’s hard to beat, with the big cities drawing immigrants from countries across Africa, and when it comes to history, you’ll find plenty of that to explore too.

Tourists can not only embark on an iconic safari to see the Big Five and a long list of other animals but enjoy some of the world’s best whale and dolphin watching opportunities, mingle with African penguins on the sand and in the water, take scenic strolls on golden beaches, explore the underground in magnificent caves, embark on spectacular mountain hikes or paddle in a sea kayak.

For wine enthusiasts, the Cape Winelands is a must-visit, a world-renowned wine region for touring and tasting, especially of the indigenous grape, Pinotage, a red wine grape cultivated in 1925 as a cross between Cinsaut and Pinot noir.

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Gemma

With a Kenyan father, Indian grandparents, and a Portuguese surname, travel is in my blood. I am enthralled by Africa and would happily talk about this diverse continent’s wildlife, cultures and experiences all day, every day.

Gemma

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Suggested Itineraries for South Africa

Our experts know South Africa like the back of their hand and have travelled extensively around the country. We have put together some trips and tours to get you inspired.

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Your Private South Africa Trip

South Africa is one of those countries that gets under your skin, the beauty, the people, and the wildlife will make a lasting impression on anyone who visits. South Africa was my home for 10 years, and I love the diversity of the country. You could spend a weekend in the winelands or on safari or hiking up mountains, the options are endless.

The people of South Africa are warm and friendly and there is always music and dancing. The safari guides are some of the best in Africa, they have a passion for what they do and are highly trained. The lodges are committed to protecting the wildlife to conserve it for future generations. There are numerous conservation programs guests can get involved in when they visit. One of my favourite pastimes on safari is sitting on the deck watching the elephants, Jamala Madikwe has a fantastic viewing deck.

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Best Safari Camps in South Africa

Here are some of our favourite places for going on safari in South Africa. We have been to all of these camps so please get in touch to discuss your trip!

 
Gemma NEW Q&A
From

Gemma our Africa Safari Specialist

What are the best destinations to combine with a South African safari?

Most people would combine one of the following areas with their safari:
1. Cape Town offers a great contrast to a safari, a modern city with a great food and wine scene. There is also history, wildlife and beaches.
2. The Garden Route is a beautiful area of coastline with long beaches, forests and rivers to explore.
3. Many people will fly to Mozambique or Mauritius after their safari to enjoy the warm Indian Ocean and white sand beaches.

Is South Africa expensive? 

The currency in South Africa is the Rand and it is quite weak against the major currencies. Your money goes a very long way in South Africa. People are always amazed that they can eat and drink in award-winning restaurants at a fraction of the usual cost.

Is South Africa a good destination for families?

South Africa is one of the few countries in Africa that has malaria-free safaris, this is so important, especially for small children. These malaria-free reserves have lodges that are specially designed for families. They have special kids clubs, kids game drives and are fully fenced to keep the wildlife out of camp. Aside from safari, South Africa has great beaches, forest to explore and rivers to kayak. There is an endless list of outdoor activities for a family to enjoy.

Is South Africa safe?

This is a common question for travellers. I lived there for 10 years and it’s just about taking sensible precautions. Keep your personal belonging safe and be discreet with expensive items. At night, it is fine to walk around the Waterfront area of Cape Town as it is a busy restaurant and shopping area. Ubers are common throughout South Africa and easy to order. Your hotel will also help you to arrange transport. They are also so many guided days tours available; the tour leader will be local and ensure your safety. It’s also a great way to see the real South Africa. On safari, you will be completely safe but there are procedures to follow to ensure your safety. Your guide will run through all of these when you arrive on safari.

 

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