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  • The Best Lodges of South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve - away from the crowds

  • Best Kruger Luxury Safaris - Explore the best of the best lodges and safari with Africa’s top guides

  • South Africa’s other less crowded game reserves, explore places such as Phinda, Timbavati & Thornybush & Tswalu

  • Exploring Cape Town & South Africa’s best safari lodges : Best Cape Town and Safari Combinations

  • Best South Africa Experiences not to miss.

  • View our Safari Savings page and save a bundle on South Africa’s Parks & Reserves.

  • Why choose a Private Guided Safari to South Africa. Read about the advantages of tailor made safari travel. 

  • Best Stops along South Africa’s Garden Route

  • Best South African routes to explore by rail - Steam Train Safaris

Our Styles of safari Will Guide You

Our African Safari Experts make planning your South Africa safari simple. Tours and safari packages range from our Livingstone Luxury to the rugged Adventurer for off the beaten path experiences, specialist safaris for keen photographers or upscale mobile camping in our Vintage or Heritage style packages. For first time travel to Botswana or for a short multi country combination safari, our Classic style safari packages provide the best way to see and explore South Africa.  View our Style Guide 

on safari in Kruger

on safari in Kruger

Top Reasons to Go To south africa

Big game

You’re guaranteed to see big game – including the Big Five – in national park parks and at many private lodges.

Escape the crowds

South Africa’s game parks are rarely crowded. You’ll see more game with fewer visitors here than you will almost anywhere else in Africa.

Luxury escapes

Few other sub-Saharan countries offer South Africa’s high standard of accommodation, service, and food amid gorgeous surroundings of bush, beach, mountains, and desert.

Beyond the parks

After you take in the animals you can hit Cape Town, one of the most stylish cities in the world; the nearby Winelands; the inspiring scenery of the Garden Route; the vibrant port of Durban; and soft white-sand beaches.

Kruger national park

A visit to Kruger National Park, one of the world’s great game parks, may rank among the best experiences of your life. With its amazing diversity of scenery, trees, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals,

Kruger is a place to safari at your own pace, choosing between upscale private camps and simple campsites.

Sabi sand game reserve

The most famous and exclusive of South Africa’s private reserves, this 153,000- acre park is home to dozens of private lodges, including the world-famous Mala Mala and Londolozi. With

perhaps the highest game density of any private reserve in Southern Africa, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve fully deserves its exalted reputation.

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Each region features top lodges and camp, travel facts and our top safari programs

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when to Go

May through September:

The best time to go on safari is in winter. The vegetation is sparse so it’s easier to spot game, and water is scarce so game congregates around photo-friendly water holes. However, although it’s very hot in summer (October through April), the bush looks its best; there will be lots of young animals, and the summer bird migrants will have returned. That said, keep in mind that hotel prices rise dramatically, and accommodations are at a premium.

November through March:

At most private game lodges you’ll see game year-round. Johannesburg has one of the best climates in the world. Summers are sunny and hot (never humid), with short afternoon thunderstorms. Winter days are bright and sunny, but nights can be frosty. Although November through January is Cape Town’s most popular time, with glorious sunshine and long, light evenings, the best weather is between February and March. Cape winters (May through August) are unpredictable with cold, windy, rainy days interspersed with glorious sun. The coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal are warm year-round, but summers are steamy and hot. The ocean water id warmest in February, but it seldom dips below 17C (65F).

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top south africa destinations

kruger national park

Kruger is Huge, It’s humbling, yet comforting to stand on a lookout point and know that no matter in which direction you look, it’s wild, untamed, unpredictable African Bush. Kruger is as good a safari destination for first timers or seasoned safari goers - it never ceases to deliver some of the most incredible sightings. Kruger is a year round destination with a sighting for all seasons.

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sabi sand Game Reserve

sabi sands safaris

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sabi sand reserve

south africas other private reserves

View south africa’s other private reserves section and browse some of our top safari programs, lodges and camps. Book our

pre made safaris or let our experts craft your own personal safari





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timbavati, phinda, madikwe & tswalu

private reserves

Cape town

cape towm travel

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cape town

south africa’s Cape winelands


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south africas garden route

south africa garden route

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