From Cape Town’s waterfront, along the Coastal Regions and on safari to Greater Kruger’s Private Game Reserves and beyond…South Africa has always been an elegant mix of safari and the new first world!
South Africa ~ a world of experiences in one country! From elegant wine to regal lions and colorful flowers to lively penguins, discover the grandeur of the wilderness and wildlife in South Africa. Delight in game drives that reveal treasured sightings of the Big Five, bask in stunning panoramas that sweep across lush vineyards and the miles and miles of wild coastline, and indulge in the splendors of private game reserves where you can see more wildlife in open vehicles, off road, and in a smaller area without other vehicles or visitors.
Best Suited to Which Type of Travelers:
South Africa is wonderful for travelers of all types, and is particularly well-suited to first time safari-goers, honeymooners, families, and those who seeking a mix of wildlife, cosmopolitan pursuits, and outdoor, art, foodie and cultural experiences such as those found in Cape Town, Johannesburg and the South African wine country.
We Recommend These Experiences:
• Almost-guaranteed sightings of “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo) on safari in the Greater Kruger regions private game reserves, red-earthed Madikwe, majestic Tswalu; Coastal Eastern Cape, Phinda & Tanda, and north of Johannesburg's Waterberg region and more -- in open landrovers, with a professional guide and tracker, going off-road by day and by night; as well as safaris on foot as a South Africa bonus • Luxuriate in the ultra comfort of South Africa's famed private game lodges - many with private plunge pools, spas, sommerliers as well as more rustic offerings for those wanting to get back to basics! • Experience great white shark cage diving and whale watching (June-December) in False Bay, Gansbaai or Hermanus. • Go wine tasting, enjoy cellar tours and lunches at fabulous wine estates and stroll the charming streets of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franshhoek, deep in the heart of the Cape Winelands and explore the wines of lesser known Overberg and Whale Coast whose wines are influenced by the cold mountain air and misty climate giving the region's wines unique qualities which set them apart from those grown in the Cape Winelands. • Drive along the scenic coastal roads to George, Knysna and Plettenberg of the famed Garden Route with your private guide, along 160 miles of South Africa's gorgeous craggy coastline dotted with fishing villages, pristine bays and spectacular vistas doing day hikes, boat rides, bungee jumping and more along the way. • Visit the Apartheid Museum and Soweto, former home of Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg. • Ascend to the top of Table Mountain (by cable car or on foot) for breathtaking 360-degree views, visit the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Bo Kaap, Greenmarket Square and the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town. • Enjoy world class meals at any number of acclaimed restaurants in Cape Town, considered Africa’s food and wine capital as well as enjoying the tastes throughout the nation. • See colonies of African penguins at Boulders Beach or Betty's Bay, and visit the Cape of Good Hope on the Cape Peninsula. • Scout the Cradle of Humankind at Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves, just outside for a deep dive into the early origins of humans. • Explore the unique cafes, galleries and shops of Maboneng, Johannesburg’s central arts district. • Revisit a bygone era with a luxury train journey through South Africa and beyond on Rovos, Blue Train or Shongololo.
Activities In South Africa... Not to Be Missed:
Game Drives in Open Vehicles with Tracker & Guide
Safari on Foot
Table Mountain Cable Car
Great White Cage Shark Diving
Bo-Kaap City Walking
Table Mountain Hiking
Flowers & Fynbos
Cooking & Dining Experiences
Galleries & Museums
Southern Right Whale Watching
Kayaking and Boating
People & Culture
South Africa Video Courtesy of South African Tourism
Our experienced team have personally visited South Africa over the last 34 years, from the Cape and Joberg, to safaris throughout the country, plus the backroads and hidden gems and wine farms, and can guide you in planning your customized South Africa trip…
Our Managing Director, Karin Jones:
I’m in South Africa once or twice every year for meetings, safaris and to check out everything that is constantly new & changing. I love helping plan a trip to this amazing country– one of my favorite places on earth!
In The Know:
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Best Time To Visit
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+++ = May through October
This is the dry season with fantastic game viewing in the safari regions as the grasses are shortest and animals congregate around water holes. Mornings and evenings are cool while daytime temperatures are pleasant. Note: As this is winter in South Africa, the Cape Peninsula and Cape Town can be cold and rainy during this period. May and September are particularly good months to combine Cape Town and safari.
++ = November through April
These months are fantastic for shoulder season travel (April and November) and for enjoying warm, dry and sunny weather at the Cape. Seasonal summer rains fall during these months in the safari areas, resulting in lush landscapes.
Scheduled, shared or private charter aircraft and scheduled commercial air; overland road transfers
Pairs well with:
Botswana; Zambia; Zimbabwe; Victoria Falls (Zambia or Zimbabwe side); Mozambique; Mauritius and sometimes Namibia. Also can work fine with East Africa.
The oldest remains of modern humans were found in South Africa and are well over 160,000 years old.
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