A world in one country: South Africa is certainly the most diverse country in Africa. Excellent natural reserves, more than 5000 km of coastline, impressive mountains and good value-for-money make South Africa a top-class holiday destination.
South African safaris
A journey through South Africa promises a vast spectrum of experiences. From adventure activities to five-star dinners with world-class wines, South Africa offers anything you can think of, and more. Experience some of the following highlights on a Safari in South Africa:
- Spectacular game viewing
- Unique landscapes
- Knowledgeable guides
- Delectable fusion cuisine and award-winning wines
- Excellent service and friendly locals
Most popular Safaris in South Africa
18 Day Overland Tour, Accommodated
Discover the large variety of wildlife, the unspoilt coastline and cultural diversity as well as the breathtaking sceneries that South Africa and Swaziland have to offer.
7 Day Overland Tour, Accommodated
from 950 EUR
In search of Africa’s wildlife, you visit the Kruger National Park and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve before you discover the Kingdom of Swaziland and the city of Durban.
5 Day Overland Tour, Accommodated
An amazing journey that takes you through the province of the rising sun, Mpumalanga, to a private game reserve and finally to the Kruger National Park, where you can see some of Africa’s wildlife.
Things to see in South Africa
Kruger National Park
Nearly two million hectares big, this National Park is South Africa’s most renowned tourist attraction. It offers any kind of animal a visitor could want to see – 114 reptiles, 400 birds, amphibians and 147 mammals, also rock paintings and archaeological sites. Entrance fees to the park are cheap and it is possible to go on a self-drive safari as well as guided trips. Night-safaris and guided bush walks are popular. There is accommodation for every purse: from camping to exclusive lodges. In the thick bush, it is more challenging to spot game but due to the vast numbers of animals you are almost guaranteed to see the ‘Big Five’ – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard as well as numerous other creatures.
Cape Town, definitely the most beautiful city in South Africa, is set in the arms of Table Mountain and is a new Seven Wonders of the World site. This flat mountain, beautiful ocean, relaxed and cosmopolitan atmosphere and seaside restaurants invite visitors to relax. Apart from the Table Mountain National Park there is also the historical Victoria and Alfred waterfront, Cape Point, Robben Island (a World Heritage Site), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and more to see. From gourmands to adventurous back-packers, everyone will be satisfied with what Cape Town offers.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
If, through your journey through Africa, you have not seen a rhino, you will meet one in this reserve on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal. A successful breeding program has managed to re-establish a stable population of white rhino. Apart from the beautiful scenery you can also see the ‘Big Five’, nyala, crocodiles and hippo and about 340 bird species.
Keen hikers will love the high altitude grasslands, the steep-sided river valleys, rocky gorges and 3400 m high escarpment of the southern, central or northern Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park. Friendly hosts and value-for-money food and accommodation will ease any hiking pains.
St Lucia Wetlands
St Lucia is the most famous town in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a good base to organise trips in this area. Previously known as the St Lucia Wetlands Park, it is home to a large population of hippos and more than 1000 crocodiles. On a boat ride on the estuary one will spot the kingfisher, African fish eagle or more of the 500 bird species found here. Other activities include fishing, diving, hiking or relaxing on the beach.
The Garden Route is the area on the Cape south coast, from Mossel Bay to the Tsitsikamma National Park. The district lies between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean and has a mild climate. The name comes from the diverse vegetation and the lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast.
South African wines, such as Pinotage, are world-famous. What could be better than tasting the fruit of the winemakers’ labour on your safari through South Africa? Of the picturesque wine estates of the Western Cape, the historic towns Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek are the most well-known. Visit any wine farm and you may be surprised at the culinary delights presented. Wine-tastings offer the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and the wine-making process.
Politics is the reason why the Wild Coast is still ‘wild’. Transkei was a ‘homeland’ during the Apartheid years and therefore not well-developed. Today the unspoilt nature is a destination for nature lovers, hikers and mountain bikers wanting to explore this part of the east coast of South Africa.
Best times to visit
It is possible to visit South Africa any time of the year. The rainy season is different for each region. The northern provinces and eastern coastline are dry from May to December and the best time for game viewing. December to March is warm and rainy and the landscape lush and green – this of course, can make game viewing difficult. The southern provinces experience cold (around 10°C ) and rainy weather from May to August. From September to March isolated showers are possible, but the days are warm and in January and February things hot up.
South Africa is a large diverse country and you will need about three weeks to experience most of it. If you have limited time, try to focus on the north and eastern provinces or just the Western Cape in the south.