A fully customized, private South African safari is like no other in Africa. The “Rainbow Nation” of South Africa offers some of the most diverse experiences to be found—from stunning scenery to outstanding wildlife viewing, including the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. It also boasts a magnificent coastline, thrilling adventure sports, a developed infrastructure and the best cuisine and wine in the whole of Africa.
South Africa is commonly referred to as a “World in One Country” with its two oceans, subtropical savannah, arid scrubland, deserts and mountain ranges. It is roughly twice the size of Texas. The country is so diverse, with its beautiful climate and flora in the southwest, high-altitude central plateau surrounded by the Drakensberg Mountains in its midsection, and the coastal plain with cliffs plunging directly into the sea in the South. In the east, the lowlands are more extensive and are best known for the rich wildlife found in the expansive Kruger National Park.
South Africa supports a great diversity of flora. The Cape Fynbos region is home to an astonishing 8,500 plant species and is considered to be one of the world’s finest floristic regions. Birdlife is also prolific throughout the country with some 600 breeding species. Virtually all Africa’s land mammals and marine life, including whales, dolphins and penguins can be found in South Africa and its surrounding oceans.
Kruger National Park, situated north of Johannesburg, is Africa’s oldest established wildlife park (1898) and offers one of the best safari experiences in Africa. Here you will have the opportunity to see the largest variety of wildlife in Africa including the “Big Five”, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, cheetah and much more. Kruger is also one of the best-maintained parks in Africa. On the park’s western border you’ll find a host of excellent private game reserves, some offering exceptionally high-quality accommodation and game viewing.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, is one such reserve and is a premier game viewing destination. It was the first private nature reserve established in South Africa. This spectacular reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and birdlife. Safaris are led by experienced rangers in open-top land rovers, offering an adventurous discovery of the region’s prolific wildlife, including including large herds of elephant as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of plains game, to name a few. Visitors can enjoy excellent wildlife viewing, dining under the stars, guided bush walks and while enjoying a stay in some of South Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges.
Cape Town is a highlight of any trip to South Africa. Its natural beauty makes it one of the most attractive cities in the world. Gorgeous beaches with Table Mountain as its backdrop can be found right in the heart of the city. With over 600 wine estates and a magnet for world-famous chefs, Cape Town is also considered the culinary and wine capital of the subcontinent. Some of the top attractions of the city include the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, Robben Island, the Townships, and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
The Garden Route – South Africa’s Garden Route is a 124-mile drive along the southern coastline between Mossel Bay and the Mouth of the Storm River. It winds through resort towns such as George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, some of South Africa’s favorite small towns. This drive is considered to be one of the great coastal drives in the world.