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South Africa Safari

South Africa is very well established as a safari destination, with some of Africa's most sophisticated and luxurious safari lodges. South Africa's largest and most famous game reserve is the Kruger National Park, in the north east of the country. Every bit as famous as Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains and Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the Kruger offers excellent game viewing, and plenty of the big five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). However, the Kruger’s fame comes at a price; this is one of the continent’s most visited parks.

South Africa Safari

A South Africa safari offers something for everyone: first timers will love the well-managed reserves and ease of transport, families will love the malaria-free wildlife viewing, experienced travellers will love the remote parks in the far flung reaches, and everyone will love the climate.
South Africa is acknowledged as the easiest top-class safari destination, offering Big 5 reserves with excellent infrastructure and well-maintained wildlife areas.

Top 5 Reasons to go on Safari in South Africa

1.      South Africa is absolutely huge (5x the size of Great Britain) and should really span a couple of time zones.  The resulting variety of terrain, landscape and weather systems mean that there is a huge range of wildlife experiences on offer here, all in one country.  Show me more >

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When to go to

As is the case for most of Africa, the best time to safari in South Africa is from May to September.  This is the dry season when the bush is usually low and sparse and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers in search of water, making for easier and better game-viewing.

Our Top 3 South African Safari Spots

1.      South Africa’s finest safari destination is the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve adjoining Kruger National Park, which offers outstanding game viewing (it is not unusual to see all of the Big Five on one game drive) and contains several of the most exclusive and luxurious top-end safari lodges in the whole of Africa.  A safari in South Africa is not complete without a visit to Sabi Sands.  Show me more >

Itinerary Suggestions

We’d generally always recommend including the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve in a top-class South African safari itinerary.  The reserve is home to a vast population of wildlife including lots of predators and phenomenal concentrations of the big five, such that the majority of travellers here will see all the big five very quickly.  Leopard viewing here is particularly outstanding.  As a private reserve, game viewing here is available only to visitors staying in the lodges (no day trippers), resulting in a private and exclusive safari experience. 
South Africa's infrastructure and internal flight network are of such a good standard that it is easy to combine a safari with a Cape Town city adventure, some R&R in the spectacularly scenic winelands, and/or some downtime on a beach in e.g. Mozambique…  A South Africa itinerary can comprise any combination of these elements, in any order.




Although we tailor-make all our trips we have reproduced a number of popular itineraries here

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Map of South Africa

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