South Africa sits on the southern edge of the African continent, surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans to the west, south and east, with an interior that includes wildlife habitats, mountains, savannah, deserts, and tropical forests. A democracy since 1994, South
Africa is a top destination for travel and blends modern world cities with “old world” African wilderness. The national parks are renowned for their wildlife, their coasts for sandy beaches, pristine coral reefs and marine encounters.
The country’s history and people are a study in diversity, from the original inhabitants, the San Bushmen, to the powerful civilizations of the Mapungubwe and Thulamela who traded with the
Chinese and Arab traders a thousand years ago, creating a colorful mixture of people and cultures- a world within one country.
What’s To Love in South Africa
Immerse Yourself in Cape Town Culture
Experience the city from a local’s perspective as you explore both the hidden gems and famed highlights of the bustling cosmopolitan center. Wind through the alleyways of vibrantly colored streets in Bo-Kaap, get lost in the amora of neighborhood markets, taste traditional Cape Malay cooking, exotic meats, and local cuisine, sip on regionally produced wine, beer, and spirits, take a cable car up Table Mountain for sweeping views of the city
Explore Cape Peninsula
Wind your way down the dramatic coastline of the Cape Peninsula, stopping to explore quaint fishing villages, picnicking with African penguins on Boulders Beach, and traversing the sweeping landscapes of the richest floral kingdom in the world in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Private Dining at a Chef's Table
While in Cape Town, be sure to make an advanced reservation for one of the most famed restaurants in the city, offering connoisseurs an interactive dining experience with a chef that embraces the city’s fusion of cultures within his cuisine.
Chill Out in Wine Country
Just an hour outside Cape Town lies the stunning valleys and mountainous countryside of the wine region. Spend a day or two in leisure enjoying the excellent vineyards surrounding the quaint Dutch towns of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and Paarl.
Drive the Garden Route
Leisurely drive through the stunning scenery of mountainous ridges sprinkled with vibrant wildflowers and beautiful beaches offering an abundance of land and water activities including whale watching if you travel during the season!
Shark Cave Diving
Experience the thrill of coming face to face with the sea’s most feared creature - the Great White.
Check the Big Five Off Your List
Stay in full luxury in a private concession in one of the many reserves located in the north and east of the country. Most reserves can offer sightings of the Big Five: Lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo.
Enjoy Mountains, Safari and Culture in KwaZulu - Natal
Strap on your hiking boots and discover the Drakensberg mountain range with sweeping views, lush fields, sheer cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Include a visit to one of the many rural Zulu tribal communities and enjoy extraordinary safaris in a low malaria risk area.
Pay Tribute to The Struggle
If you have time to spare in Johannesburg, make a trip to the Apartheid Museum, an architectural marvel and a beautiful tribute to the history that has made South Africa what it is today.
Due to its variety of attractions, the best time to travel to South Africa depends on what you desire to do and see. For safari, there is no bad time to go as the country experiences a milder wet season then its neighbors to the north. For peak safari ho consider traveling during the cooler, drier season from May through October. For those desiring to experience Cape Town, the Winelands an the Garden Route
during the warm summer, consider traveling between November and February. For those looking to do a bit of whale watching, travel is advised between June and November.
It is important to note that South Africa is a very popular destination over the Christmas and New Year holiday, so begin
your planning a year in advance.
Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in South Africa can run from $700 - $1,600 + USD per person per day, primarily dependent upon where you are traveling, time of year, single or double occupancy, lodging style, and included activities. Quoted Tour prices include camps and lodges, required regional flights, guides, excursions, park entrance and conservation fees, equipment rental, ground transfers, breakfast at city hotels, and all meals and beverages including local alcoholic beverages at safari properties.