Big cat sightings are a highlight of luxury south africa safari trips

South Africa’s Best Safari Itineraries Our Curated Selection Of The Best Safari Itineraries In South Africa

The ‘rainbow nation’ of South Africa offers the full spectrum of safari and travel experiences. This diverse and dynamic country has inspired your safari experts at Art of Safari to curate the best of the land into South Africa’s best safari itineraries – among the best in Africa – to inspire you to create your own, with our help.

South Africa has shaken off its troubled past and now symbolises a bright future for Africa. Heritage and hope have combined to create the continent’s most vibrant cities while still preserving immense wild spaces as iconic national parks.

The Kruger is the most renowned safari destination in South Africa, and features in several of South Africa’s best safari itineraries. Together with the private concessions of the adjacent Sabi Sand, the Kruger has crucial populations of rhino and is one of the best places in Africa to find big cats – above all leopard. Our Kruger safaris offer the perfect balance between five-star ‘safari chic’ lodges and thrilling wildlife encounters.

South Africa’s coastline has something of a split personality, as the waters of two oceans, warm and cold, swirl into each other creating a gloriously prolific marine ecosystem.

The Indian Ocean coast with its pristine beaches stretching up to Mozambique and beyond is best enjoyed one of our Maputaland safari and beach holidays.

Alternatively, explore the gastronomic delights (think wine and oysters as a small taster) of the Atlantic Seaboard, and watch out for passing whale on one of our Garden Route safaris.

Routes through the Fairest Cape merge naturally into our Cape Town escapes – your chance to experience one of the world’s epicurean capitals, and the most spectacularly-sited city in Africa.

Turning inland, rugged ancient landscapes and uniquely-adapted wildlife await on our safaris in the Kalahari, Madikwe and Waterberg – still more proof of how wonderfully varied South Africa is.

Sabi Sand is famous for its big cats.

South Africa & Zimbabwe Comfortable Safari | Big Cats, Waterfall & Winelands | 9 Nights

Southern Africa boasts several ‘must-see’ destinations, from the wonderful setting and gastronomic delights of Cape Town to the natural wonder of the world that is Victoria Falls. These two iconicContinue Exploring…...

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You might see elephant on walking safaris from Tanda Tula Field Camp. © Classic Portfolio

South Africa & Zambia Family Safari | Big Cats, Victoria Falls & Whales | 9 Nights

Sharing a luxury safari in Zambia and South Africa with your family will feel like a dream come true. Having exclusive use of lodges like Tanda Tula Field Camp, ThorntreeContinue Exploring…...

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San Camp invites you to relax and simply enjoy the views of the horizon.

South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe | Private Kruger, Salt Pans & Victoria Falls | 10 Nights

This luxury safari includes stays at some of the most distinctive luxury lodges in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Strikingly stylish accommodation at Ngala Tented Camp, San Camp and MatetsiContinue Exploring…...

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The mountainside picnics at The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa are simply unbeatable.

Mozambique & South Africa Honeymoon Safari | Island Paradise & Seafront Spa Spoils | 10 Nights

You might think your wedding day will be the happiest of your life, but it will face some serious competition from this wonderfully romantic honeymoon safari in Mozambique and SouthContinue Exploring…...

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This dazzle of zebra is wetting its whistle near Onguma The Fort.

Namibia & South Africa Honeymoon Safari | Stargazing, Skybeds, Winelands & Sunset Cruises | 12 Nights

A honeymoon safari in Namibia and South Africa that takes in both the vast expanse of Etosha and the orderly vineyards of the Cape Winelands provides the ideal backdrop forContinue Exploring…...

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It’s possible to stumble across leopard during game drives in Phinda Private Game Reserve.

South Africa & Mozambique | Safari & Beach | 7 Nights

This carefully planned luxury safari and beach break is South Africa and Mozambique's twist on a 'surf and turf' menu. Phinda Vlei Lodge’s inland bush location ticks all the game-viewingContinue Exploring…...

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The mountainside picnics at The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa are simply unbeatable.

South Africa | Private Game Reserve, Winelands & Cape | 8 Nights

Whether your interests run to the gastronomic or taxonomic, this eight-night safari – one of South Africa's best safari itineraries – has something for everyone. It includes ocean views inContinue Exploring…...

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Benguerra Island Lodge’s rooms come with private plunge pools.

South Africa & Mozambique | Private Game Reserve & Island | 10 Nights

Enjoy a complete wildlife immersion in South Africa's Greater Kruger, tracking big cats and other predators, before heading to the idyllic Benguerra Island in Mozambique for a luxury safari that uncoversContinue Exploring…...

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Your private tracker will take the kids on bush outings near Melton Manor.

Namibia & South Africa Family Safari | Desert, Private Game Reserve & Cape | 10 Nights

Cleverly designed and beautifully situated, the private suites and villas you’ll stay in on this luxury family safari to Namibia and South Africa will give you the space and exclusivityContinue Exploring…...

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Stop for an alfresco meal during your game drive from Ivory Lodge.

South Africa | African Wild Dog, Big Cats & Cape Town | 9 Nights

This safari is all about living in the moment, from the thrill of watching wildlife at close quarters in reserves such as Madikwe and Sabi Sand to indulging in sumptuousContinue Exploring…...

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The Kalahari lion can be recognised by its black mane.

South Africa | Safari, Kalahari, Star Beds & Cape | 11 Nights

This safari, one of South Africa's best safari itineraries, effortlessly combines genuine wilderness with the best of sophisticated luxury – often all in the same day. Close encounters with majesticContinue Exploring…...

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Addo Elephant National Park is said to be home to the densest elephant population on earth.

South Africa | Elephant, Treetops, Fynbos & Rock Art | 9 Nights

Discover the scenic Garden Route and rock art of the Cederberg on this nine-night itinerary in the Western Cape, one of South Africa's best safari itineraries. It includes tented camps,Continue Exploring…...

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Kingston Treehouse affords spectacular views over the Greater Kruger on a honeymoon safari

South Africa & Mozambique Honeymoon Safari | Big Cats, Sleeping Under The Stars & Island Paradise | 11 Nights

Romantic and secluded locations in pristine wilderness areas make this honeymoon safari in the Greater Kruger and Quirimbas Archipelago not just an ideal safari and beach holiday, but also theContinue Exploring…...

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Take an exciting mokoro excursion from Sanctuary Chief's Camp.

Botswana & South Africa | Chief's Island, Mountain Perches & Beach | 11 Nights

Uncover the wonders of the Okavango Delta and the wildlife haven of Maputaland in KwaZulu-Natal on this 11-night safari and beach itinerary. Bridging Botswana and South Africa, this luxury safariContinue Exploring…...

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Phinda Private Game Reserve is home to cheetah.

South Africa Family Safari | Rhino Tracking, Whale Watching & Snorkelling With Seals | 10 Nights

This family safari – one of South Africa's best safari itineraries – has adventure for the whole family, from tracking rhinos to kite making and fishing. Discover Maputaland on gameContinue Exploring…...

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There are several walking trails from Marataba Trails Lodge.

South Africa | Wilderness Walks, Private Kruger & Cape | 10 Nights

Whatever your holiday priorities, there can be few boxes that this safari – one of South Africa's best safari itineraries – doesn’t tick. Reconnect with nature walking in the Waterberg,Continue Exploring…...

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Enjoy a romantic, private beach dinner at Benguerra Island Lodge.

South Africa & Mozambique Honeymoon Safari | Exclusive Reserve & Beach Bliss | 7 Nights

This honeymoon safari offers a romantic journey from the rugged, savannahs and woodlands of the Greater Kruger to the idyllic beaches and untouched corals of Benguerra Island. Every moment inContinue Exploring…...

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