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South Africa Safaris and Tours

Discover the many attractions of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ from sophisticated cities and diverse culture to dramatic landscapes and beautiful wildernesses teeming with wildlife.

Our South Africa safaris and tours will take you on a journey of contrasts that you will never forget, from game drives through magnificently wild landscapes seeking out the ‘Big 5’ to strolling along golden beaches, visiting award-winning wine regions and exploring exciting, cosmopolitan cities. Our selection of preferred South Africa accommodation ranges from sophisticated luxury hotels to rustic bush lodges.

South Africa is populated by a mix of African, Asian and European people, with a rich variety of languages and cultures. Equally diverse is its variety of landscapes, including spectacular mountain ranges, rugged coastlines, forests, deserts, sun-drenched beaches as well as wilderness areas such as the renowned Kruger National Park which teem with iconic species. At the same time, South Africa offers a sophisticated tourist infrastructure, excellent road and air networks, as well as top-drawer accommodation.

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South Africa Safari Highlights

Kruger National Park

The famous Kruger National Park and the private game reserves adjacent to it offer the best and most exciting gameviewing in South Africa.

If you are keen to tick off the “Big Five”on safari, you’ll have a good chance to do that here. This extensive area is home to almost 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopard and 5,000 rhino (black and white) as well as hippo, giraffe, zebra and many species of antelope. With roughly 145 mammal and 500 bird species, you will have plenty to see on game drives. Within Kruger NP itself, only closed vehicles are allowed for gameviewing. We highly recommend you stay in the private reserves where the game is just as good but open game vehicles are allowed, as well as guided walks, night drives and other exciting activities.

The Kruger Private Reserves

For an exclusive big game safari experience choose one of the famous private game reserves adjacent to the Kruger National Park.

These extensive reserves share an unfenced border with Kruger allowing wildlife to move freely. Some of South Africa’s best game lodges are found here, offering an authentic and private wildlife experience away from the crowds. The Sabi Sand Private Reserves include Mala Mala, Sabi Sabi, Londolozi, Singita, Idube and the Dulini Collection. Farther north in the Timbavati and Balule areas are Kings Camp, andBeyond Ngala, Thornybush and Greenfire Game Lodge. See our Sample Itineraries for more details or download specific brochure pages.

Cape Town

A South Africa holiday is not complete without a visit to Cape Town, truly one of the world’s most beautiful cities nestled at the foot of majestic Table Mountain.

This exciting and cosmopolitan city is also known for its long history, elegant architecture, excellent shopping and fine dining restaurants. There is plenty to see and do, from taking a cable car to the top of Table Mountain to wine-tasting in the renowned Cape Winelands, sightseeing at the spectacular Cape Peninsula and delving into the country’s history at infamous Robben Island. You can also visit the colourful Bo-Kaap area and enjoy a hands-on Cape Malay cooking class. Wildlife lovers can visit Hermanus for whale watching, whilst adrenalin junkies might consider diving with great white sharks.

Renowned Cape Winelands

Just a short drive from Cape Town are the historic wine-making towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, famous not just for their wine but for their French Huguenot heritage.

For over three centuries, the cool climate and fertile soil of the valleys, combined with the best varieties of grapes, have produced some of the finest wines in the world. Soak up true South African hospitality at some of the lovely wine estates with their elegant Cape Dutch architecture and stay at some of the many world-class boutique hotels found here. Hire a car to explore at leisure or let us arrange a private tour from Cape Town with a knowledgeable local guide.

Iconic Garden Route

This famous coastal route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth takes in a magnificent variety of scenery including tiny fishing villages, beaches, lagoons and forests.

Visit George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. If you venture inland, you will traverse rugged mountains to the semi-arid Little Karoo with its historic ostrich farms and spectacular Cango Caves. The route is perfect for a self-drive South Africa tour. Alternatively you can join a small group tour or we can tailor make a private itinerary for you.

Malaria-Free Reserves

South Africa has some wonderful malaria-free reserves which are perfect for family safaris, or for anyone who doesn’t want to take anti-malarial medications.

Accommodation ranges from family-friendly lodges to exclusive five-star properties. The Madikwe Game Reserve on the northern border with Botswana is the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa. Game flourishes here, from the “Big Five” to rare species like African wild dog. Madikwe has a number of private game lodges which offer open-vehicle day and night game drives as well as guided bush walks. In the Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve and Kwandwe have all of the “Big Five”, whilst beautiful Tswalu Kalahari in the Northern Cape is perfectly positioned to explore the exceptional wildlife of the Southern Kalahari.
Train Journeys

Luxury rail journeys: Rovos Rail, The Blue Train & Shongololo

Travel in comfort from Pretoria to Cape Town (or vice versa) on board the famous Blue Train. Or step back in time to the glamorous era of pre-war train travel on the opulent Rovos Rail.

Often compared to the legendary Orient Express, Rovos Rail operate 7 historic steam engines, classic diesel engines and 40 coaches, many of which date from the 1920s. They also offer a more casual style of tour aboard the comfortable Shongololo Express. Travel from Pretoria to Cape Town or Pretoria to Victoria Falls; there are also a range of other routes including “The Edwardian Safari” to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. For an authentic and luxurious rail experience please see our sample itineraries below, download relevant pages of our brochure or contact us.

South Africa Sample Itineraries & Accommodation

Our selection of South Africa safaris and tours include fly-in lodges, camping, city stays, car hire, adventure tours, rail journeys, game & nature reserves. All of our safaris and tours are completely tailor made to suit our clients interests, budget, and timeframe. To find out more about the type of South Africa safari program we can put together for you, please download pages below.

Johannesburg and Sun City

Johannesburg, Sun City & Pilanesberg

Choose from one of our Johannesburg accommodation packages. You can also take a trip out to the famous luxury resort complex of Sun City, or go on safari in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park just three hours outside of the city.

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Blue Train

The Iconic Blue Train

First launched in 1946, the Blue Train is synonymous with elegance and luxury. Travel between Pretoria and Cape Town, enjoying 24 hour butler service, a romantic atmosphere and fine cuisine created by the Blue Train’s own executive chefs.

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Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail: Earth’s Most Luxurious Train

With authentic Edwardian charm and an opulence to rival the famous Orient Express, Rovos Rail recaptures the elegance of pre-war train travel. Journey between Pretoria and Cape Town, to Victoria Falls, or even all the way to Dar es Salaam just like travellers of days past.

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The Shongololo Express

The Shongololo Express was recently acquired by Rovos Rail and completely refurbished. Choose from three itineraries that traverse the amazing landscapes of South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, with plenty of interesting excursions en route.

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Kruger - Sabi Sand Private Reserves South Africa Safaris

Kruger – Sabi Sand Private Reserves

For the ultimate safari experience, choose one of our exclusive private game reserves adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Enjoy unrivalled opportunities to view the “Big 5” especially leopard. Some of the best known lodges include Mala Mala, Sabi Sabi, Singita and Londolozi.

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Northern Kruger Private Reserves South Africa Safaris

Northern Kruger Private Reserves

The wild and game-rich Timbavati Reserve borders Kruger National Park, and features exclusive lodges such as Kings Camp, &Beyond Ngala and Thornybush, whilst Greenfire Game Lodge is located in the wonderful Balule Nature Reserve, best known for its team of all-female game rangers.

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Phinda Private Game Reserve South Africa Safaris

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Private Game Reserve is a majestic mosaic of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest threaded with mountains, rivers, marshes and pans. Phinda has six exquisite properties, each unique in location and completely individual in character.

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Malaria Free Private Game Reserves South Africa Safaris

Malaria Free Private Game Reserves

Enjoy a worry-free safari with classic big game viewing and luxurious accommodation at one of South Africa’s top malaria-free game reserves. Choose from lodges in Madikwe, South Africa’s fourth largest, or select a destination in the unique Northern or Eastern capes

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Kruger and Blyde River Canyon

Kruger and Blyde River Canyon

For big game viewing in the Kruger National Park and a visit to the majestic scenery of the Blyde River Canyon, choose our 7 day Makutsi Safari Springs tour or a 5 day experience at the excellent value Drifters Game Lodge.

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Cape Town

Cape Town and Surrounds

Visit beautiful and cosmopolitan Cape Town, tour the famous Cape Winelands and explore the spectacular scenery of the Cape Peninsula. We offer a wide range of accommodation and optional tours in Cape Town and beyond.

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Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands/Garden Route

Discover heritage architecture, fine wines and gourmet cuisine amid the stunning scenery of the Cape Winelands. Choose from beautiful boutique hotels in historic manor houses or restored homesteads and travel the celebrated Garden Route.

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Car Hire

Car Hire and Self-Drive Holidays

With excellent roads, world class services and a great range of accommodation, South Africa is the perfect destination for a self-drive holiday. Contact us for competitive car hire rates. We can also design a complete itinerary to suit your travel style and interests.

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

The award-winning Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers 5-star luxury accommodation overlooking the Cape’s famous Walker Bay where up to 160 southern right whales frolic between June and December each year. Learn about the unique fynbos vegetation in this fabulous floral sanctuary.

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Eastern Cape Game Reserves South Africa Safaris

Eastern and Northern Cape Reserves

The Eastern and Northern capes of South Africa offer diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes and luxurious lodges in a malaria-free setting making them a great safari destination for families, or anyone seeking an African safari experience without the need for medication.

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Mashatu & Mala Mala

Magical Mashatu & Mala Mala

Combine two fantastic wildlife experiences on this exciting safari, which explores the legendary Mala Mala Private Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park, and Mashatu just across the border in Botswana, home to abundant elephant, lion, eland and countless other species.

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South Africa Overview

Why South Africa: Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape.

Game Viewing: Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing.

Culture: Many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. A unique cuisine, as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture.

Climate: The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C).

Combine With: South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.

Getting There: Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg. There are also many regional airlines such as Air Botswana, and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area.

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