Tours in South Africa
South Africa is one of the world’s most varied, loved and visited holiday destinations in Africa. From the classic and rewarding safaris, country of Kruger National Park to the stately ‘mother city’ of Cape Town; from the snow-sprinkled heights of the Drakensberg to the parched red dun escapes of the Kalahari; from the gorgeous Winelands around Stellenbosch to the paradisiacal beaches of the Garden Route – South Africa is a true all-rounder that attracts more than its fair share of repeat visitors.
It is also the most affordable financially, and well-equipped of African safari destinations (with professional and experienced tour guides and tourism players, particularly well-suited to family holidays, to those seeking a malaria-free holiday, to dedicated foodies and wine-lovers, and for combining a foray into Big Five country with a beach holiday and/or city break.
An entire continent’s worth of greatness concentrated into a single gorgeous package, South Africa practically bowls visitors over with its abundance of natural splendor, exotic wildlife, cosmopolitan flair, and friendly faces. There are hundreds of reasons to come to South Africa – savannah safaris, the vineyards of Stellenbosch, dazzling Cape Town, and the stunning Garden Route, to name but a few – and once you’ve gotten yourself here, you’ll discover millions more.
Few places in Africa are as full of wild animals as South Africa’s Kruger National Park. And it’s well worth taking your time when visiting. This extensive tour kicks-off at the airport with that warm welcome by your tourist guide, or at your Johannesburg or Pretoria hotel or any other hotel if you’re already in the country. Once you’ve made yourself fell at home at the tour’s compound, the majority of your time will be spent out in the bush, viewing the animals from an open-air vehicle feeling the breathtaking and sights and sounds. You will free yourself from the stresses, and have your minds engaged, and soul uplifted.
Spending the night under the African stars and viewing lions, hyenas, and many others offers you the real African experience, with such sights and sounds of Kruger, and rest of South Africa.
What can I expect from South African safaris?
Generally South Africa has a more developed feel than other African safari coutries. Most national parks and other reserves can be reached via good surfaced roads, which certainly isn’t the case in most of the other parts of Africa. Some, such as Kruger, actually have an internal network of surfaced roads, and it is the only major African safari destination where a 4WD would be a luxury rather than a necessity, and the most suitable one for self-drive safaris. Likewise, most national park rest camps are well equipped for self-caterers, and many have well-stocked grocery shops. Further, the wildlife in South Africa is as wild as it is in most parts of Africa, the standard of guiding is unusually high, and people on organized safaris can expect excellent close-up sightings of everything from the Big Five to smaller animals such as birds and lizards.
Best time to Visit South Africa
The best time to visit South Africa is between May and October which bring perfect weather conditions for wildlife viewing. From November to February, expect some rain and plenty of opportunities for birding. The best time to visit South Africa for surfing is March to September.