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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 Highlights

Our pick of some of the best places to visit and things to do during your visit to South Africa, and favourite places to stay.

Kruger, Sabi Sands & Surrounds

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

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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.

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Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Private Game Reserve is a majestic mosaic of mountains, rivers, woodland, grassland, wetland and forest. Phinda has six exquisite five-star properties.

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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.

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Cape Winelands & the Garden Route

Explore the famous coastal route of magnificent scenery between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and visit the historic wine-making towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.

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Pilanesberg & Sun City

For a destination that has entertainment and recreation for all ages plus the option of great gameviewing, look no further than Pilanesberg National Park and Sun City.

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Johannesburg

A popular gateway to southern Africa’s prime safari areas, Johannesburg offers a wealth of quality hotels and the country’s largest selection of restaurants and shops.

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Train Journeys

Luxury Rail Journeys

Explore the landscapes of South Africa in comfort on board the famous Blue Train or Shongololo Express, and experience the glamour of the opulent Rovos Rail.

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South Africa Sample Itineraries

Explore some of the experiences that we can custom-design for you. All of our safaris and tours are tailor-made to suit your interests, budget and timeframe.

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South Africa Accommodation

Our preferred lodges, hotels and camps in South Africa have been carefully selected for their superior location, service and comfort. Explore our handpicked accommodation options available across the many highlights of South Africa.

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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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