Among other things, luxury South Africa safari experiences give you the chance to see big cats up close.

Best South Africa Safari Experiences Our Curated Selection Of The Best Safari Experiences in South Africa

South Africa safaris have it all: magnificent mountains, stark deserts, lush bush and pristine beaches. With this varied topography, it’s no surprise there’s lots to see and do, from scuba diving and spotting the Marine Big Five to rhino tracking on foot and finding wild dog. Come enjoy South Africa’s best safari experiences for yourself – they’re among the best safari experiences in Africa.

South Africa’s soubriquet – the ‘Rainbow Nation’ – was coined to describe its rich and diverse cultural heritage, but it could equally apply to the abundance of experiences on offer.

South Africa truly has something for everyone: whether your interests are gastronomic or astronomical, you’ll find much to delight you here. The best South Africa safari experiences often lead you into new territory, from something you love to something you never realised you did.

Our proudly South African safari experts have pored (or in the case of the Cape Winelands, poured) over a galaxy of options and chosen the real stars: South Africa’s best safari experiences.

The dramatic character of much of South Africa’s coastline – a part of which can be discovered when circumnavigating the Cape Peninsula – is mirrored by the possibilities to encounter marine wildlife, both above and below the waves. Back on dry land, a world of wonders awaits.

Take a walk on the wild side as you hone your animal tracking skills on foot, or drop down a gear and take time to smell the astonishing displays of indigenous flora.

With many of South Africa’s private game reserves being particularly known for one species or another, we can customise your safari based on the animals you really want to see. Whichever of South Africa’s best safari experiences appeal to you most, we can make them happen for you.

Snorkeling With Seals In Cape Town

Snorkeling with seals off the coast of Cape Town is one of South Africa’s best safari experiences. Wriggle into your wet suit and take the plunge to witness an incredible underwaterContinue Exploring…...

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The gregarious meerkat is a favourite on a Kalahari safari.

On Safari In South Africa's Kalahari Desert

South Africa's Kalahari is not perhaps what you’d imagine a desert to be. It’s a ‘green desert’ – arid, certainly, due to receiving relatively little rainfall, but bursting with lifeContinue Exploring…...

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Tracking animals on a Kruger walking safari lets you see wildlife close up.

Tracking Kruger Wildlife On Foot

Tracking is an ancient but endangered art form. It’s not just about following animal footprints, but interpreting the signs, sounds and even smells of the bush. A Kruger walking safariContinue Exploring…...

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Taking underwater safaris by going scuba diving in Sodwana.

Taking Your Safari Underwater In Maputaland

Why not add an aquatic dimension to your safari? The scuba diving off the coast of Maputaland offers some of the world’s best underwater safaris – and it's one ofContinue Exploring…...

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Addo Elephant National Park is home to more than 600 elephant.

Meeting The Elephant At Addo

A South African safari is not complete without a drive up the Garden Route. The climax of this drive is a visit to Addo Elephant National Park; here, in SouthContinue Exploring…...

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Kingston Treehouse affords spectacular views over the Greater Kruger on a luxury south african safari

Sleeping Under The Stars At Kingston Treehouse

Spend a night away from your lodge in a treehouse in the heart of the African bush. Lion Sands Game Reserve, in the Greater Kruger National Park, offers romantic treehouseContinue Exploring…...

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The Greater Kruger is one of the best places in the world for a big cat safari.

Going On A Big Cat Safari

The private game reserves adjacent to Kruger National Park provide superb game-drive country. The woodland savannah teems with a diverse array of wildlife, especially big cats. Climb aboard an openContinue Exploring…...

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Turtle tracking | This leatherback turtle is pulling herself back to the ocean after laying her eggs.

Turtle Tracking In Maputaland

For a magical encounter with turtles, visit the Maputaland coast. It’s here, when turtle tracking along the beach at night, that you’ll be able to witness one of the ocean’sContinue Exploring…...

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Marine Big Five | When a whale, like this southern right, throws itself out the water, it’s called ‘breaching’.

Finding South Africa’s Marine Big Five

Top off your holiday with a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the Marine Big Five: whale, shark, dolphin, seal and penguin – one of South Africa’s best safari experiences. Near the southernContinue Exploring…...

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Your private Cape Peninsula tour will take you along Chapman’s Peak Drive.

Circumnavigating The Cape Peninsula

A private Cape Peninsula tour that follows the Atlantic Seaboard, via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, to Cape Point for a delicious picnic lunch is one of South Africa’s bestContinue Exploring…...

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Tswalu The Malori, although basic, offers all the comforts you need.

Sleeping Under The Stars At Tswalu The Malori

Spend a night away from your lodge on a sleeping deck in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Tswalu The Malori lies within Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve and offersContinue Exploring…...

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Tail lobbing is believed to be a form of communication.

Whale Watching In The Wonderful Western Cape

With two different oceans lapping against its shores, South Africa has incredibly diverse marine wildlife, including the southern right whales that come visiting along the Western Cape coastline every winter.Continue Exploring…...

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Cape Town wine tour | La Petite Ferme overlooks the beautiful Franschhoek Valley.

Wetting Your Whistle In The Cape Winelands

Spend a day on your own, private Cape Town wine tour that takes in some of the finest estates in and around the Franschhoek Valley. You’ll be treated to world-classContinue Exploring…...

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On a Wild Dog Safari

Seeing Wild dog Hunting In Madikwe

As one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, Madikwe provides more than enough space for wild dog to flourish, as you'll see on a wild dog safari. TheseContinue Exploring…...

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Rhino tracking | The white rhino, found in Phinda Private Game Reserve, is strictly a grazer.

Rhino Tracking On Foot In South Africa

Phinda Private Game Reserve’s commitment to conservation comes alive when you spend a morning rhino tracking with its experienced guides and trackers. Alone among the Big Five, rhino can beContinue Exploring…...

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Cape floral kingdom | The southern double-collared sunbird's beak is tailor-made for sipping nectar out of ericas.

Stopping To Smell The Cape Flowers

Discover the majesty of the Cape floral kingdom at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, near the southern tip of Africa. You'll find that being introduced to a floral wonderland unlike anyContinue Exploring…...

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In spring, you can dine among the flowers at Bushmans Kloof.

Taking A breather At Bushmans Kloof

Take a break from a busy safari with a relaxing spell in the Cederberg mountain wilderness at Bushmans Kloof. This unique addition to your safari – one of South Africa’sContinue Exploring…...

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A Walking safari in the Waterberg take you over land and water.

Taking A Walking Safari In The Waterberg

Just 3.5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg, the landscapes of the Waterberg massif in Limpopo are the perfect setting for a walking safari. In one of South Africa’s best safari experiences,Continue Exploring…...

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