South African Safaris

South African Safaris

South Africa has the widest choice of top class safari lodges of any country in Africa.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The 65,000 hectare Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers possibly the best game viewing opportunities to be found anywhere on the African continent.

Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe is one of South Africa's largest game reserves and a popular safari choice as it is in a malaria-free area and a number of the lodges also welcome children.

Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari Game Reserve

The 25,000 hectare, multi-award-winning Shamwari Reserve is the longest established of the private reserves in the Eastern Cape, and offers some of the best game-viewing and acccommodation in South Africa.

Timbavati Game Reserve

Timbavati Game Reserve

The 60,000 hectare Timbavati Game Reserve is home to Africa's Big 5 as well as many more species of predator and antelope, and this abundance of wildlife ensures that visitors to the area have an unforgettable safari.

South Africa Safari Guide

Safari Options From Kruger To The Cape

We’ve got a huge soft spot for South Africa. We lived there for several months and we’ve been back countless times since. We’ve done every kind of safari imaginable in all of the main wildlife viewing areas of the country, and personally visited most of the lodges that we offer. Needless to say, we really know our safari stuff.

Here’s our guide to safaris in South Africa, based on all of the knowledge and experience that we’ve picked up over the years. Hopefully, this will help you get a real idea of what you need and want from your own South Africa safari holiday. Of course, we would be also delighted to answer any questions that you have about your holiday, so please do get in touch if you need a little extra help.

Kruger National Park

Leopard seen on safari in Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is the 'Big Daddy' of South Africa safari destinations, offering truly world class Big Five game viewing.

Staying in a private reserve in the Greater Kruger, you’ll be treated to dawn and dusk safaris that will take you off-road through the African bush, tracking leopards, lions, elephants and more.

It’s exhilirating, beautiful, peaceful and somewhere that we can’t recommend highly enough. 

Special Offers

Our special offers allow you to get more from your budget

Our special offers will help you get the very most out of your budget, allowing you to create the safari holiday that you’ve always dreamt of.

When we build itineraries for our customers, we always try to include special offers available for the trip. Right now, you can get an extra night FREE if you stay for 2 or 3 nights at a selection of our safari lodges.

Take a look at our Special Offers for all of the promotions that we’ve got running at the moment. These offers change fairly quickly, so act fast if something catches your eye!


Game Reserves & National Parks

South Africa has more lodges than any other country in Africa, so it can be understandably tricky knowing where to start. To help you get your bearings, take a look at the map below. By clicking on this map, you can see what safari options are available in each area.

Map of South African Game Reserves The Drakensberg mountains KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields The Wild Coast Whale Watching Cape Town The Cape Winelands The Garden Route Port Elizabeth Safari lodges and self-drive safaris in the Eastern Cape Durban The Drakensberg mountains KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields Safari lodges and self-drive safaris in KwaZulu-Natal Safari lodges and self-drive safaris in Kruger & Sabi Sands  
  Greater Kruger Eastern Cape
    Sabi Sand   Shamwari
    Timbavati   Amakhala
    Thornybush   Kwandwe
    Balule   Kariega
  KwaZulu-Natal NW Province
    Phinda   Madikwe
    Mkuze Falls   Pilanesberg

Holiday Ideas

Couple on a beach

There is so much to see and do in South Africa that even the most dedicated wildlife enthusiast might be tempted to leave the national parks to explore this fascinating country further.

From the beautiful city of Cape Town and the surrounding winelands, to the dramatic coastlines of the Cape Peninsular, Garden Route and Eastern Cape, the scenery is dramatic and breathtaking. Beyond the most frequently visited areas, KwaZulu Natal offers dramatic mountains, historic battlefileds, and the chance to sample Zulu hospitality.

Alternatively, you can head out to Mauritius, Mozambique, or the Seychelles to add a dash of Indian Ocean romance to your safari and beach holiday.

Options From Cape Town

Cape Town Waterfront & Table Mountain

Cape Town is undoubedtly the most popular destination in South Africa, however it is about as far away from the Kruger Park as it is possible to get in South Africa.

Of course, this doen't mean it is difficult to combine Cape Town with a visit to one of South Africa's fabulous National Parks or Game Reserves...but you will need to plan ahead and be prepared to travel.

Our guide to going on safari from Cape Town highlights all the options: from travelling along the Garden Route to Eastern Cape Game reserves, to flying up to one of the airports near Kruger before being transferred to your safari lodge.

And of course, if you would like to get some more personalised ideas for you trip then we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Budget Safari Lodges

Safaris may have a reputation for being very expensive, but in reality a safari holiday doesn’t need to break the bank.

While it may be true that the very famous safari lodges in South Africa come with a hefty price tag, there are plenty of other lodges available that are far easier on the pocket.

We can help you put together a safari holiday full of excitement and adventure on a more modest budget.

From lodges in Eastern Cape which combine perfectly with a trip to Cape Town and the Garden Route to lodges in the wild expanse of the magnificent Greater Kruger Park, our guide will help you find your ideal budget safari lodge in South Africa.

Tented Lodges

A tented lodge can add romance, comfort and luxury to your safari experience

There’s something wildly romantic about spending the night under canvas, surrounded by the sounds of the African bush.

It conjures up a feeling of the bygone age of adventure, where explorers spent their nights gazing into clear, starry skies.

In South Africa, there are a whole host of tented lodges where you can experience this for yourselves and we have a great selection for you to choose from.

Malaria-Free Areas

Zebra in the Malaria-Free Shamwari reserve

The safari lodges and reserves in South Africa's malaria-free areas are particularly popular with families and wildlife lovers looking to a enjoy a safari adventure in a completely worry-free way, without needing to take precautions for malaria.

There are plenty of lodges available in malaria-free areas and we’re, of course, very happy to talk you through the differences between them.

Luxury Lodges

South Africa's Best Luxury Safari Lodges

South Africa is home to some of the finest luxury lodges in the world, so if you’re celebrating a special occasion or looking for some real indulgence, you won’t be disappointed.

These lodges not only provide top notch and truly atmospheric accommodation, but they also offer world-class cuisine in decadent surroundings and wildlife experiences that you’ll remember forever.

We have visited the vast majority of these wonderful lodges, so do get in touch if you'd like a hand deciding where to go.

Budget Safari Tips

Lioness & Cub

We’ve been arranging safaris and going on safari ourselves for years, so we’ve learnt some great tips for keeping costs down.

If your budget for your safari holiday is a little on the tight side, we can help you get the most for your money.

There are a number of tips that are worth keeping in mind when booking your safari, including travelling in low season and keeping an eye out for special offers.

Read more about getting the most for your budget in our budget safari guide.