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Destination South Africa: Our Services
Embark on an unforgettable journey with our comprehensive services designed to make your South African adventure truly special. South Africa, renowned as one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, offers a diverse range of national and private parks to cater to all your travel desires.
The most famous Big 5 Safari destinations are located near the Kruger National Park, including The Sabi Sands and Timbavati Game Reserve. Additionally, South Africa is celebrated for its malaria-free safari options, with reserves like Shamwari and Kwandwe in the Eastern Cape, Madikwe, and parts of KwaZulu-Natal – making it an ideal choice for families with young children.
No visit to South Africa is complete without experiencing the beauty of Cape Town and its surroundings, including the Winelands, just a 40-minute drive away. The Garden Route, a scenic 3-hour drive from the Mother City, adds another layer to your South African adventure.
Accommodation: A Range as Varied as the Landscapes
Discover a diverse range of accommodations that mirror the magnificence of South Africa’s landscapes. With a sophisticated and extensive infrastructure network, exploring the country is a breeze. Whether you prefer a self-drive from a beachfront retreat on the Garden Route or a seamless flight from a luxurious suite in a private Kruger reserve to exclusive boutique hotels in Cape Town, your options are limitless.
From family holidays to honeymoon escapes, affordable breaks to luxury safaris, and outdoor adventures to gourmet experiences – South Africa offers something for every taste and budget. If you’re unsure where to start, trust our recommendations. Our Africa Safari Experts have traversed the length and breadth of South Africa, ensuring that your dream holiday becomes a reality. Share your wish list with us, and we’ll craft an unforgettable South African experience for you.
Our Services: Crafting Dream Holidays
Explore our varied portfolio of tried-and-tested accommodations and an extensive range of South African holidays. Many packages also include other fantastic destinations such as Botswana, Mauritius, and Mozambique’s Indian Ocean islands. Our Africa Safari Experts, having personally experienced the wonders of South Africa, are your trusted partners in turning your dreams into reality. Share your wish list with us, and let us create a South Africa holiday that will be etched in your memory forever.
Frequently Asked Questions
South Africa is a year-round destination. However, if you plan to combine a few areas where weather patterns vary, you should note a couple of things when looking for the best time to travel to South Africa for your specific itinerary. South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, so it’s the summer season here when it’s winter in Europe and North America. Average temperatures in summer generally range from a minimum of 19°C (66.2°F) to a maximum of 29°C (84.2°F). In winter, it can be anything from 6°C (42.8°F) to 23°C (73.4°F).
If you’re planning a safari, there are two weather patterns to consider. The Cape Peninsula in the south has a Mediterranean climate, which means that it’s hot and dry in summer (from October to May) and wet and cold in winter (from June to Sept). However, you can still experience some of the most beautiful days during a South African winter!
The rest of South Africa, including the safari destinations, has an African rainfall that is dry and hot in winter with cool mornings and evenings. In summer, you can expect rain and, in some areas, thunderstorms. The wet weather causes the bush to turn into lush greenery, a spectacular sight!
Best Time for a Kruger Safari
If you’re visiting South Africa predominantly for a Kruger Safari, winter is generally the best time to visit South Africa. However, if you want to add on a beach holiday, you want to find the “sweet spot” in-between seasons.
Best Time for Cape Town
Best seasons are spring, summer and autumn (between September and May). In spring, southern right whales visit the coastline, and the flowers are in full bloom. Autumn offers respite from the summer heat, and the Cape Winelands’ vineyards are starting to change colour.
Best Time for KwaZulu-Natal
When visiting the coast for a beach holiday, winters are ideal as average temperatures hover around 26°C (79°F), whereas you can expect high humidity in summer.
Our Travel Experts will help you find the optimal time to visit South Africa for the best possible experience
South Africa safaris are special and world-famous for many reasons! There are plenty of game reserves and national parks like to choose from, including family-friendly and malaria-free destinations, as well as private game reserves for a more exclusive luxury safari. With some of the world’s prime wildlife viewing, including the Big 5, wide-open diverse landscapes, unique activities in the bush, and many luxury lodges, it’s the ideal safari destination.
Of course, the animals are the real stars of the show. Best known for the (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo),Big 5 you can also see giraffe, warthog, zebra, cheetah, various antelope species, plenty of birdlife, and many more! South Africa safaris also allow you to see some of the rarer endangered wildlife like black rhino, pangolin and African wild dog.
Of course, South Africa has more to offer than the bush, with sea safaris being a popular highlight! On your ocean safari, you can see whales (seasonal), dolphins, sharks, seals, and other marine wildlife. Boulders Beach in Cape Town is also famous for its penguins that made the shore their home.
South Africa safaris are special because of the wide range of vistas, and you’ll feel like you’ve entered a new world at every second turn! From the arid Klein Karoo to the dense bush, indigenous Fynbos vegetation, dramatic mountain ranges towering over the ocean, rolling green hills, red Kalahari dunes – the list goes on and on.
Unique safari activities
A safari in South Africa also allows you to partake in unique safari activities, especially when you stay in a private game reserve, Sabi Sands, Timbavati and many oters. For example, you can go on bush walks, sleep-outs under the stars, day and night game drives, cultural excursions, photo safaris, and more adventures. The luxury lodges also offer plenty of onsite activities such as wellness treatments, wine experiences, gin tastings, child-friendly programs, and more.
Our safaris are on everyone’s bucket list, and rightly so! Come and see why for yourself.
South Africa does have crime, and, yes, there is also a list of areas within the country you should rather avoid, However, that’s the case for almost any other developing country where a large part of the population lives in poverty in rural areas without access to basic amenities and quality education . Like in all countries developed or not, when travelling you should be careful.
We’re not trying to diminish the extent of South Africa’s crime rates. However, the reality is that crime is found worldwide and in most major cities. But with the right advice, guidance and direction, you’re able to avoid letting the news or social media scare you away from visiting this one-of-a-kind destination for your South Africa safari holiday. This is also a big reason why it’s so beneficial to book your holiday with us, the authority on African travel.
African Safari Portfolio is based in Cape Town, one of the country’s major travel hubs and iconic destinations. Therefore, we’re able to give our clients first-hand, on-the-ground travel advice, safety recommendations and local tips while booking the best itinerary possible. We’re locals here, have travelled far and wide to experience everything our continent has to offer first-hand, and we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful home for your South Africa safari holiday!
South Africa’s Most Popular Safari Destinations
Sabi Sands Game Reserve – Greater Kruger National Park
South Africa’s Premier Safari destination. Home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and some of the most luxurious Safari Lodges in Africa
Timbavati Game Reserve –Greater Kruger National Park
Sharing a unfenced border with the Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands, The Timbavati is ranked amongst the top Big 5 game reserves in Africa. Accommodation in the reserve ranges from exclusive luxury to adventure tented camps.
Madikwe Game Reserve – MALARIA FREE Big 5 Safari
A mere 4 hour drive from Johannesburg lies the premier Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve. This malaria free reserve is a ideal safari destination for families with young children and accommodation varies from luxurious to extremely family friendly.
Eastern Cape – MALARIA FREE Big 5 Safari
A variety of options for families and discerning Safari travelers make this one of South Africa’s most popular destinations. Combine a Garden Route Tour , beach holiday or a visit to Cape Town with a premium Malaria Free Big 5 safari.