The World in One
South Africa is a “World in one Country”, with fascinating landscapes that change from the inland high plateau and the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains range towards a subtropical KwaZulu-Natal along the north coast and the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean, with its magnificent Knysna Forrest which hosts majestic old yellow wood trees, the Green Lourie bird and obscure elephants. All this creates an irresistible magnet for overseas holiday makers. Several custom made tours that combine these areas can be offered.South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa, located on the southernmost tip of the African continent. It is bounded on the south by a spectacular 2,798 kilometres coastline stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. On the North, the country is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and on the east by Mozambique and Swaziland. The mountain kingdom of Lesotho is surrounded by South Africa territory.
The Western Cape’s scenery is a variation of the joining Indian & Atlantic oceans, Table Mountain National Park and the cosmopolitan Mother city and its famous winelands. From Cape Town there are many coastal scenic and winelands routes as well as our own Route 62, through the Overberg in pursuit of whales along the coast. Or take direction north along the West Coast to experience the annual spring flowers, into the Olifants River Valley and its heavily fragranced citrus groves on the banks in the Breede River valley, the hiking trails of the Cederberg, and the diversity of the Klein Karoo's historical towns.
South Africa also boasts a large number of private game reserves and national parks, each with something different to offer.
The Greater Kruger National Park with its surrounding top notch private game reserves, boast a number of beautifully secluded luxury lodges and tented camps. It’s wildlife and cats paradise and Sabi Sands & Timbavati Game Reserves are consistently considered some of the best places in Africa to go on a wildlife safari.
Madikwa is the second largest game reserve in South Africa, with approximately 750 square kilometres. This Malaria free private game reserve, located near the border of Botswana and only 4 ½ hrs drive from Johannesburg, is well-known for its wild dog population; one of Africa’s most endangered predators.
The large Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is more off-the-beaten track and offers a true Kalahari type wilderness located on the Botswana border and known for its population of large black-maned lions. Towards the north coast from the coastal city of Durban, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park - the only state run park in Kwazulu Natal - is home to the African Big 5 and in particular the Black Rhino. Further north along the Mozambiquen border, lies another hidden wildlife jewel, the Mkhuze Game Reserve, known for its large tusks elephant bulls.
Both the Kruger National Park in the north and the Addo Elephant National Park ( just over 100 kms from coastal Port Elizabeth on the eastern sunshine coast near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape – and home to more than 600 original elephants, have become known as the best self-drive safari options in Southern Africa - not only for its rich biodiversity but for its accessibility as well. Apart from various public camps, luxury and secluded game lodges concessions have been allocated within the Parks.
The Waterberg Area
The Entabeni and Welgevonden Game Reserves in the Waterberg area in South Africa's Limpopo Province north of Johannesburg, are also malaria free. Most of the reserves and lodges are no more than a 2-hour drive from Johannesburg but offer an authentic Big Five wildlife experience apart from a variety of plains game and birdlife viewing.
The charming seaside town of Knysna lies at the heart of South Africa's famous Garden Route, in between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. The town has twice been voted South Africa's Number One Favourite Town.
Knysna is home to a lush, indigenous forest, which constitute the largest complex of closed-canopy forest in southern Africa, whilst the extraordinary richness of the Fynbos vegetation contributes over 8000 plant species to the Western Cape. This is also the home of the only forest elephant in South Africa, the rare Pansy Shell, the brilliantly coloured, and elusive, Knysna Loerie. It is likely to view the Southern Right and other whale species during the months of August and September since Knysna forms part of the migratory route, whereas dolphins can be seen throughout all the year.
Knysna also offers serene lakes and pristine beaches. Knysna is nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly lagoon, a protected marine reserve that is home to the extraordinary sea horse and over 200 species of fish.
Cape Town – Winelands Tour
Cape Town is one of the most striking and cosmopolitan port cities in the world. It is located on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain, which defines the city. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbour and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela - now a living museum. The mother city embraces diverse cultures and offers a large variety of cuisines.
Cape Town is surrounded by some of the world’s best wine-making regions;- Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek with the Hemel en Aarde region just over the Franschhoek Pass to the whale watching town of Hermanus. These vineyards yield some of the world's finest vintages. Superb wine tasting and diverse gourmet food have made this region a world sought after destination in combination with a wildlife safari.
South Africa prides itself to hold some of the most beautiful golf courses on the planet and for foreign travellers, they're unexpectedly affordable. Gary Player and Ernie Els earned their first birdies on South African golf courses, and some of the country's top spots were designed by these two golfing legends. Stand-out favourites include The Links at luxury hotel the Fancourt (located in George, Western Cape); and Leopard Creek, located near Kruger National Park.
South Africa’s beautiful reeves along the Indian Ocean East Coast have become a world favourite. Aliwal Shoal for example is a Marine Protected Area located just south of Durban. Here, you can dive with several species of shark without the protection of a cage. In summer (November to April), you can get up close and personal with tiger sharks, while bull sharks and oceanic blacktip sharks are common throughout the year. In winter (June to September), sand tiger sharks congregate on the reef to mate. To face the great white shark, there are opportunities for save cage-diving in Gansbaai, Mossel Bay and Simonstown, in the Western Cape.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
South Africa boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, recognized by the United Nations as being of great cultural or natural importance. These sites are the Robben Island, the Maloti-Drakensberg Park, the Cape Floral Region, the Cradle of Humankind (where the oldest fossils of our ancient ancestors were discovered), and the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Mapungubwe.
The remaining sites range from Vredefort Dome, one of the largest meteor craters on the planet, created in a collision so big that it is thought to have shaped evolutionary history; and iSimangaliso Wetland Park, an incredible protected area that stretches all the way from the Mozambique border to the east coast province of KwaZulu-Natal with pristine beaches and estuarine areas. There also private game reserves and National Parks in close proximity.
Best time to go on Safari
South Africa is a large country with different climate zones and very friendly and diverse people with many different traditions and cultures. No wonder we are called the Rainbow Nation.
Green Season - December to March
- South Africa’s summer is hotter with higher rainfall and humidity (except for Cape Town which gets its rain in winter owing the more Mediterranean climate).
- Excellent photographic opportunities with excellent light, colour and subject matter.
Transition Season - April to May; November
- In April and May, the climate is moderate; these and November portray the fascinating dynamics that take place during a change in season.
Dry Season – June to October
- Winter in South Africa, this is the cool and drier time of the year – except for rains on the west coast and the Cape.
- Temperatures begin rising in the Spring – September / October.
- The drier winter months between May and October is the best time for superb game viewing on a South Africa safari as animals are concentrated around water sources and are easier to spot in the thinned-out bush.
How to get there
- International non-stop flights to either: OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, or alternatively to International Airport, Cape Town
- In the country either by local flight or self-drive and charter flight options
Your expert will work with you to tailor-make the perfect safari combination for you.