The ‘rainbow nation’ is a vibrant country with vast experience in treating visitors to some of the best safari experiences in Africa. The numerous national parks and private game reserves in South Africa ensure that South Africa safaris will be everything you could hope for, from ticking off the Big Five to the facilities of luxurious tented camps.
Exceptional South Africa safari adventures
Kruger National Park, situated in the Mpumalanga province, is the most famous national park in South Africa and maybe even the world. For many it offers simply the best safari in South Africa. The unrivalled game viewing opportunities of this iconic park will give you a high chance of achieving a big five safari by spotting buffalo, elephant, rhino, lion and leopard.
A Kruger National Park safari is incredible but don’t forget the multitude of smaller, less well-known South Africa safari parks and reserves where unique adventures await. Just one example is the Madikwe Game Reserve, a hidden gem near the Kalahari Desert with superior safari lodge accommodation and a strong conservation record.
Each of the many game reserves in South Africa is distinctive and appealing in its own way. A tradition of warm hospitality and the highest commitment to providing the best South Africa safari experience to guests is common to all.
Family safaris in South Africa
If you’re looking to experience a family safari, South Africa is an excellent choice. ‘Malaria-free’ game reserves in South Africa such as Pilanesberg National Park allow you to bring even little ones on the adventure of their young lives without having to worry about them taking malaria tablets. If you are visiting Pilanesberg on your South Africa holiday, your family may also want to spend some time enjoying the thrilling water parks of the nearby Sun City Resort.
Easily accessible game reserves in the Eastern Cape region offer excellent game viewing and photogenic landscapes, as well as dedicated children’s safari programmes to keep them entertained and engaged. The Eastern Cape is a jumping off point for the Garden Route, the beautiful driving tour that takes you towards cosmopolitan Cape Town, a must-see when you visit South Africa. The picturesque setting, thriving cultural scene, and fine dining in this city will be the perfect complement to your South Africa safari adventures in the wilderness.
Enjoy the holiday of a lifetime on South Africa safaris
Should you wish to extend your trip further, we recommend combining your South Africa safari with a relaxing beach retreat. Mauritius or Zanzibar are excellent choices for a slice of paradise to round off your holiday.
With so many options available, you could be forgiven for not knowing where to start but speak to one of our Destination Specialists about your South Africa safari holiday aspirations and they will put together the perfect itinerary for you.
Top Tips from our Experts
“We spent three days at Kruger National Park. We did an all-day safari, driving ourselves around, and then two half day guided safaris. Over the three days we saw the Big Five and many more animals besides – it’s such a thrill to see these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.”
“Why worry about taking malaria tablets when you can enjoy your safari adventure in the malaria-free Eastern Cape reserves.”
A few South Africa safari itineraries to get you dreaming
Here’s a selection of popular South Africa safari holidays to give you an idea of what other travellers have enjoyed. Call us now and we’ll create an amazing, tailor made South African holiday package that will fulfill all your safari holiday ideals.
Self Drive Safari Cape Town & Garden Route
More inspiration for South Africa holidays
Take a look at these ideas and recommendations for South Africa safaris put together by our Destination Specialists, who have first-hand experience of this amazing country. Their advice will be invaluable as your dream South African holiday comes together.
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