In South Africa you will discover an intoxicating blend of history, culture, language, food, and safari styles. Chic trendy cities are balanced by rural wonders and prime wilderness areas. Nowhere else on the continent do you have your pick of truly spectacular options that will all deliver an elevated safari experience. South Africa has mastered the art of catering to global tourists. They are rightfully proud of the world-class wineries in the Cape, the renowned Garden Route packed with tiny hamlets and stunning coastal flora, and the famous Kruger National Park region.
Of all safari destinations, South Africa offers you more of everything. More diverse wildlife in more reserves and parks; more opportunities to savor gastronomic treats and samples of wine; more windows into its melting-pot culture; and more colorful history both recent and ancient. The depth and diversity of this nation is truly stunning and the more you learn, the more you will want to know.
The natural beauty of South Africa is evident from the soaring peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains to the stark openness of the Kalahari Desert. At the center of it all is wildlife–in some of the most well-managed and prolific reserves on the planet. We listen to your interests and style to find just the right properties which will bring your safari dreams to life. It can be overwhelming to have so many choices to catch the Big 5 and so many other species, but we will guide you toward finding your perfect experience.
What We Love About South Africa
Wildlife overload—South Africa has built one of the finest reputations for incredible wildlife viewing. Large game such as rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo, and giraffe thrive in so many environments and skilled guides reveal small wonders like chameleons, tortoise, and ant lion. Birders will delight in the diversity of species from the Sabi Sand, to the coastal reserves in KwaZulu Natal, the malaria-free Madikwe Reserve, or on the Cape.
All aboard!—Step back in time to the age of rail travel, when a glamorous journey was more important than the destination. Ride the rails through South Africa and beyond on an elegant train with Rovos Rail or the Blue Train. Both lines capture the nostalgia of slow travel, where time stops and the art of small talk is essential. Decadent meals, fine wines, breathtaking landscapes and meaningful excursions are all waiting for you onboard. Journeys of a few days or a few weeks are available.
Pound the pavement—Nothing gives you more insight into a place than spending some time meandering about on foot. In both Cape Town and Johannesburg, uncover the secrets of whatever subject interests you with walking tours led by local experts. Love architecture? Care about social justice? Want to eat your way through the city or are curious about street art? We connect you with specialists who share their perspectives and offbeat locales in their hometowns.
South Africa has some of the finest weather on the continent with generally clear sunny days. Overall, South Africa’s climate is mild all year long with regional variances based on altitude and coastal exposure. Summers or ‘green season’ in South Africa happen between October and April, and means green, dramatic, and lush landscapes. Winter is May through September and means drier conditions and cool temperatures with outstanding wildlife viewing conditions. Cape Town and Johannesburg can get down to freezing during the winter months and Cape Town is known to experience every season in one day–so pack for every season!
Big journeys start with small steps...
~ African Proverb