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Luxury Safaris in South Africa

Luxury safaris in South Africa take you closer to Africa’s wildlife but still offer you top-class accommodation and unrivaled service.

Luxury Safaris in South Africa available in Central Kalahari, Karoo, Kruger National Park, Limpopo, Madikwe Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, Pilanesberg National Park, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa, Timbavati Game Reserve, Waterberg, Western Cape

Luxury safaris in South Africa take you closer to Africa’s wildlife but still offer you top-class accommodation and unrivaled service.

If you are looking for the total safari experience and would like to explore the South African wildlife, then choosing one of South Africa's top reserves is a good place to start. Take a look at some of the camps that offer an unparalleled luxury safari in South Africa.

Popular Luxury safaris in South Africa

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Cape Town to Kruger Luxury Holiday (8 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Cape Town to Kruger Luxury Holiday (8 days)

Explore two of South Africa's most desirable locations in this whirlwind safari tour

per person

8 days

Kruger’s Sabi Sands and Timbavati Discovery Safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Kruger's Sabi Sands Discovery Safari (5 days)

Enjoy an authentic African safari. Game viewing possibilities are unparalleled and include the Big Five in the Sabi Sands and white lions in the Timbavati Nature Reserve.

per person

5 days

Kruger to the Mozambican Coast (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Kruger to the Mozambican Coast (7 days)

Combining the bush and the wildlife found in the famous Sabi Sand in the Kruger National Park with a tropical stay in one of the sublime lodges of Mozambique's Ponta Mamoli

per person

7 days

South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (8 days)

In this exciting safari holiday, you'll get to experience both Southern Africa's bush and beach beauty

per person

8 days

Forray into the Wilderness of Sabi Sands and Madikwe  (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Forray into the Wilderness of Sabi Sands and Madikwe (7 days)

Our selection of South Africa's top safari lodges and game reserves are guaranteed to suit every taste and budget

per person

7 days

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Introduction

South Africa is a large country with so much to offer avid travellers. But one of the most loved tourist attractions are the safari experiences. From budget options to the more luxurious, South African game reserves offer a bird's eye view of some of the world's most prolific animal life.

Being the third most diverse country in the world makes the options to explore a wide array of natural landscapes, wildlife and climate that much more accessible. The top game reserves in the country are equipped for the most discerning of tastes and in most instances no expense has been spared to ensure an authentic luxury safari in South Africa.

Know before you go

​Visas: ​Many countries do not require a visa for South Africa. As long as you are not visiting for more than 90 days then you should be ok. Be sure to verify this though.

Currency: ​You will use South African Rand and compared to the USD, Euro and Pound, you should receive a favourable exchange rate. Important to note is that if you are travelling to remote areas, ATM’s may be unavailable, so bringing extra cash with is advisable.

Getting around: South Africa’s public transport system is not ideal in some instances, unless you are travelling on a luxury passenger rail. However, Uber is popular and there are a number of metered taxi operaters throughout the country.

Language: South Africa has 11 official languages, but Emglish is predominantly spoken in all regions. The more remote the region, the less this rule may apply.

Vaccinations: You don’t need any, unless you have been traveling through other countries in the “Yellow Fever Belt” in which case you will be required to show proof of a yellow fever shot.

When to go

For an optimal safari experience, visit South Africa from May-September.

What to pack

Comfortable, muted clothes.

A good pair of walking shoes

Sandals

Hat

Long pants

Shorts

A light jacket/jumper (for mild summer evenings)

Warm clothing for winter months - the evenings can get cold.

Weather and Climate

Being a subtropical location, moderated by ocean on two sides of the triangle-shaped country, South Africa’s climate is generally warm and temperate warm temperate. Winters experience snowfall in some regions, but this is typically isoltade to high-lying areas. Summers are characterised by a lot of sun and warm to hot conditions, depending on the region.

Safari / Holiday Styles

Malaria is only prevelant in a very small part of South Africa, around the Kruger National Park and KwaZulu Natal. The three main areas for excellent game viewing are Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. However, before deciding that you need to go down the malaria-free route, remember that in South Africa, mosquitos are not usually a year-round concern. There are a number of months (May to mid-September) when it is too cold at night for mosquitos to survive.

Where to stay

​Kruger National Park

Madiwe Nature Reserve

Pilanseberg Nature Reserve

The Waterberg

Karoo National Park

Addo Elephant Park

West Coast National Park

Frequently Asked Questions about Luxury safaris in South Africa

Which reserves are Malaria-free in South Africa?

All game reserves in Madikwe, the Pilanesberg and the Eastern Cape are malaria-free. go there.

How can I be certain that my valuables will be safe where we are staying in South Africa?

Most lodges and hotels will have safes for your valuables either in your room or at the reception. go there.

What is the local currency and how should we manage carrying our money in South Africa?

The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). There are numerous currency exchange outlets and the main credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners) are normally accepted everywhere. Most petrol stations and toll roads take credit… go there.

What is the minimum age for children to get Malaria?

Children under the age of five are advised not to travel to areas at high risk of malaria. Complications and death due to malaria are high among children, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems. Mefloquine is prescribed… go there.

Do I need any vaccinations when entering South Africa?

No vaccination is mandatory for entering South Africa except for yellow fever for passengers arriving from areas affected by the disease. go there.

Is tipping the norm in South Africa?

Tipping is common practice in South Africa. Some guidelines concerning tipping are - in the bars and restaurants, the tipping is normally 10%. The car parks are monitored by guards or watchmen, they will often ask if you want them to keep an… go there.

When is the best time to visit Camdeboo National Park?

Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The warmer months from October to March are more pleasant - the scenery is greener and this is also the time most of the animals are born. However, the park is mostly about its scenery… go there.

When is the best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve?

The best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve is during the dry winter months, from May to September. During this season it is easier to spot the wildlife since the grass is eaten by herbivores. Expect to encounter and sight birds - such as… go there.

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Reviews on our Luxury safaris in South Africa

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

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