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A visit to South Africa is unforgettable, some might even say life-changing and our round-up of exciting experiences promises to be just that. From dynamic Cape Town and the cosmopolitan vibes of Johannesburg to wildlife-filled expanses of wilderness such as the Kalahari and the Drakensberg mountains, South Africa has something for every kind of traveler. 

 

WHEN TO ENJOY

South Africa is a large and diverse country with a climate that varies from region to region. Generally, South Africa’s summer lasts from about December to March before winter takes over from June to August. Cape Town and the Western Cape experience winter rainfall and a largely dry, hot summer. Most of the rest of the country, including the Kruger Park area, have summer thundershowers and a dry winter. The Garden Route and Eastern Cape can experience rain at any time of year.

Leopard at Sabi Sabi

 

SEE THE BIG FIVE

The Big 5: Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, and Buffalo

The Big 5: Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, and Buffalo are a large part of the reason why visitors flock to Africa, and they dominate the land. South Africa offers perhaps Africa's most reliable Big 5 sightings in the private reserves that border the Kruger National Park, itself a famous Big 5 hotspot. On our Southern African Highlights safari, guests visit the lively city of Cape Town, along with the Big Five in a Kruger area private reserve, and the mighty Victoria Falls. In the bush, guests stay at the tranquil Kapama Southern Camp, offering villas and suites for ultimate privacy.

 

 

EXPERIENCE THE MARINE FIVE

Marine Big Five: African penguin, the Cape fur seal, the great white shark, bottlenose dolphin, and southern right whale

So you’ve heard of the Big 5, but what about the Marine Big 5? The Big 5, as you may know, are the most dangerous animals to come across on the African plains, valleys and mountains with many many other animals. So you would be forgiven for thinking there was not much more natural beauty on offer. But there is: underwater. So much so that the African seas have earned the nickname, The Serengeti of the Seas. Our South Africa's Natural Wonders safari gives guests the ability to explore the beautiful coastline near the Southernmost tip of Africa and witness the Marine Big Five, the African penguin, the Cape fur seal, the great white shark, bottlenose dolphin, and southern right whale, that flourish there. 

 

 

GET IN TOUCH WITH NATURE

4x4 flower safari at Grootbos Nature Reserve

South Africa is all about the natural scenery, and our safaris can get you up close and personal with some of the best views in the country. Grootbos is Cape Town’s best kept secret to experience South Africa’s biodiversity whether on one of its 4x4 flower safaris or blissfully contemplating your connection to nature at Forest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. The diversity is equally stunning at Shamwari with its plains and rolling hills and you’ll easily see the contrast in wildlife and landscapes on this adventure.

 

 

HERITAGE AND CULTURE

Delve into South Africa’s rich heritage with our In The Footsteps of Mandela itinerary. In Cape Town, venture to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years, witness an abundance of hope and creative energy hearing local’s stories, and enjoy the city’s music and food scene. In Johannesburg, visit award-winning museums and learn about inspirational leaders who fought to end apartheid before ending the trip at the festive and social Kapama River Lodge.

 

 


RIDE THE RAILS

Traversing Africa via Rovos Rail

Why not recapture the romance of a bygone era by stepping aboard the award-winning Rovos Rail for a journey through South Africa or continue on through the neighboring countries?  

See the "can't miss" highlights while traveling like a member of Downton Abbey, seeing a myriad of landscapes pass by while sipping wine or enjoying teatime. Start in South Africa and see winelands and South Africa’s answer to the Grand Canyon or perhaps go farther afield to the deserts of Namibia.

 

 

FAMILY FUN

Family time at Sabi Sabi

It is safe, fun and rewarding to travel with children in South Africa. The Rainbow Nation is a treasure chest of adventure and learning, with almost year-round sunshine, making it the perfect family holiday destination. Our Family Safari in South Africa offers a host of fascinating and entertaining activities for children aged 3–12 years, bringing alive the magic of Africa. Whilst on a family safari, you can rest assured that your children will always be safe and well cared for (both on and off game drives). Every minute is supervised by our guides and lodge staff, who provide hours of amusement and invaluable information to the children in their care. Our safari is designed for families with children who are wanting to experience the wonders of the South African bush together, each family safari is planned with your specialist guide taking into account your children’s ages, their interests, your family’s preferences and the fun seasonal activities available.

 

 

#MAKETRAVELMATTER

Meeting the herd at Jabulani

Every one of our trips has a component that gives back to the wildlife or local communities, so you make travel matter by just traveling. Guests can also opt for additional volunteering or to participate directly in helping communities and conserve wildlife. 

Looking for a soulful safari experience while making a difference? At the Relais & Châteaux, Jabulani in the renowned Kapama Private Game Reserve, experience an oasis of serenity and intimacy with wildlife including spending time with the resident rescued elephant herd during the sunset stroll or midday elephant swims.

Meet Jabulani’s owner and caregivers and see the elephants on their sunset stroll. View Sundowners with the elephants

 

 

BUCKET LIST 

Cheetas at Sabi Sabi

You can get all your bucket list destinations— wildlife, great dining and sightseeing -- checked off in one trip with our most popular safari.

Discover wildlife and nature’s tranquility at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge with encounters of leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo and the mighty lion with a relaxing sundowner to end the day. Indulge in Cape Town’s breathtaking scenery, boutique hotels and delicious food and wine scene. Take a helicopter flight over the thundering Victoria Falls and sail upstream on a sunset dinner cruise, possible spotting hippos along the way! 

 

 

ADD ADVENTURES

Gliding in a mokoro on the Okavango Delta
Gliding in a mokoro on the Okavango Delta

South Africa’s ideal location makes it easy to hop over to its neighboring countries, including Botswana, Namibia, Victoria Falls and several island destinations. 

If attention to detail and sustainability are high on your list, our Platinum Botswana safari is the answer. In Johannesburg, at the Saxon enjoy an immersive art tour or join the chefs on a culinary adventure before visiting three remarkable camps in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans, Selinda Reserve and the Okavango Delta. Be the first to explore Botswana’s newest camp Xigera Safari Lodge which opened in January.

DON’T MISS: Reserve Xigera’s Baobab Treehouse experience for an unforgettable night's sleep in the treehouse of your dreams. 

 

 

 

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