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Safari in South Africa with Big Game Viewing

Big Five game sightings and the drama permeating the African wilderness are probably most accessible from the landscapes of South Africa. Let us know what your expectations and requests are, and our South Africa Safari Specialists will hand craft a safari route that matches your exact style and fulfills all of your needs. Global Basecamps can also combine a safari expedition with a larger South African itinerary, encompassing wine country and the scenic Garden Route. Request a quote and start planning today!

Sample Tours to South Africa

**All of our tours can be customized to match your specific travel priorities and dates.

Culture, Coast & Safari (13 days)

A trip perfect for those looking to combine a bit of everything from diverse scenery to water and land safari activities. Enjoy a range of wildlife encounters, game drives and incredible experiences.
Luxury Safari Adventure

Wild & Remote South African Safari (11 days)

This expedition not only offers game drives through the wild of South Africa and the Tuli Block in Botswana, far away from the crowds but also provides walking and biking opportunities as well.
Adventure Wildlife Safari

South Africa Heritage Explorer: History, Landscapes & Wildlife (10 days)

Showcasing the best of South Africa, this trip begins with city life and coastal views in Johannesburg and Cape Town, before a South African safari in one of the country's more private conservancies, Sabi Sands.
Adventure Beaches Classic Highlights Safari Wildlife Cultural

Luxury South Africa Highlights (14 days)

Experience an authentic South African adventure in luxury! This expedition includes Cape Town, Grootbos National Park, Franschhoek, Kruger National Park and Johannesburg.
Adventure Cultural Safari Wildlife Culinary

Best of South Africa & Zimbabwe (11 days)

After shark cage diving in Cape Town and an unforgettable visit to Victoria Falls, this trip features an epic wildlife safari in two of Zimbabwe's best national parks.
Classic Highlights Community Luxury Safari Wildlife Adventure

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Highlights of South Africa

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Talk about easily accessible - Kruger National Park is one of the most explored parks in Africa, for good reason. Well-maintained roads criss-cross the grounds, making it one of the only parks on the continent where tourists are encouraged to drive themselves, without the company of a guide. To get off the roads and away from the crowds, there is a nearby network of private conservancies, which offer more traditional safari experiences and luxury lodges.

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Wildlife Observation

Wildlife Observation

Lion, rhino, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, hippo, and over 100 other mammals call South Africa home. It's not just about the impressive diversity that captivates travelers, the game live here in absolutely huge numbers, offering the chance to track even entire herds. Daily face to face encounters with iconic animals can be expected in all of South Africa's wild. This is what safari is all about...getting up close and personal, without harming or intruding.

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Luxury Safaris in South Africa

Luxury Safaris in South Africa

There are safari experiences available for everyone, from families to honeymooners, young to old. Our favorite, however, are those experiences that highlight private guides, luxury accommodations and wildlife conservation. Far beyond the crowds, there are safari lodges and camps hidden deep in South Africa's wild landscape. These secluded escapes cater to clients who prioritize the extra service, prepared meals and personal guiding, that define luxury in Africa.

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South African Adventures

South African Adventures

Adventure in South Africa is not limited to wildlife safaris. Combine your custom Global Basecamps safari with a thrilling road trip down the beautiful Garden Route. The long coast is known for adventure excursions like shark cage diving or bungee jumping. Spend time in Cape Town, where modern Africa's pop culture is thriving, or take a couple of days to taste one of the country's most popular exports, wine. Our Travel Specialists can connect you with the experiences you will find most exciting and worthwhile. So, let's get to planning...South Africa awaits!

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What to Expect from Your South African Safari

Every Global Basecamps tour is custom created by one of our South Africa travel specialists to hit all your trip desires. However we can give you a general sense of what you can expect from one of our South Africa Safari packages from when to go to how you’ll get there to what activities you can do once you’re there.

When to Go

South Africa’s weather is dependent upon what region of the expansive country you plan to visit. This vast country is home to deserts, tropical coastlines, and snow-capped mountains, so the climates can truly very. However, in general, the country has four distinct seasons, unlike many other countries where you can go on Africa safaris. The rainy season spans from late November to late March, with May to September facing much drier weather.

For obvious reasons, the dry season is ideal for game drives and other outdoor safari activities. That being said, if you are only available to travel during the wetter summer/fall seasons there are still plenty of amazing wildlife viewing opportunities - especially bird-watching. Additionally, rain showers are often quick and predictable so won’t dramatically impact your trip. The only region where it may be worth noting the season is if you plan to safari in the southernmost part of the country, near Cape Town. Due to its proximity to the equator, summers here are extremely dry so we recommend traveling during the rainy season to encounter more wildlife.

For travel and climate tips on South Africa check out our article on the Best Time to Visit South Africa.

Getting to South Africa

Your international arrival and departure flights will most likely be out of either Johannesburg or Cape Town, depending upon the game reserves you plan to visit and your overall itinerary. In order to enter the country you must have a passport that is for 6 months beyond your intended length of stay. You do not need a visa to travel to South Africa if you have an American passport, however it is advisable to check with the consulate to ensure no requirements have changed. Once you’ve arrived, our luxury safari tours will transport you throughout the country either via private vehicles or domestic flights depending upon the destinations you hope to cover.

Where You'll Safari

Kruger National Park: Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest and most visited safari destinations. Attracting over 1 million visitors annually, this immense park is larger than the state of Connecticut. It extends throughout South Africa’s northeast and is bordered by Mozambique and Botswana. While Kruger National Park is one of the most accessible parks for self-drive safaris, it also is home to many contractual parks that provide more luxury, all-inclusive experiences. One such park we often include in our itineraries is Makuleke Contractual Park, also known as Pafuri Triangle. This beautiful ecological reserve lies in the northernmost section of Kruger National Park. It is an area steeped with geological and anthropological history. There you’ll find rocks that date back over 250 million years and evidence of early human habitation linked to the Great Zimbabwe ruins. Additionally, The Pafuri Triangle actually contains 80% of Kruger’s diversity making it a prime destination to truly soak in Africa’s wildlife in a more remote and untouched setting.

Western and Eastern Cape:
While most famous for the City of Cape Town, there are also a variety of nature reserves in the Western and Eastern Capes of South Africa that offer mesmerizing scenic beauty and ample game wildlife to soak in. Together, the capes make-up over half the country of South Africa. Wildlife is not lacking in this region, you’ll find over a whopping 600 elephants in Addo Elephant National Park alone. Beyond your Safari, the Western and Easter Cape also provide plenty of restaurants, water activities, and hiking to keep you occupied on either end of your trip.

Sometimes referred to as the “garden province”, this is South Africa’s most ecologically diverse province. You’ll find two UNESCO World Heritage sites nearby - iSimangaliso Wetland Park and uKhahlamba-Drakensberg- each with their own unique appeals. When it comes to wildlife viewing, this province is home to an important Big Five regions: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. In addition to providing a wonderful environment for safari go-ers, this reserve also now protects the world’s densest population of endangered rhino species.

What To Do

While everyone of our South Africa Safari tours is custom to cater your travel needs and desires, below we’ve outlined some of the activities available to include in your itinerary:

  • Game Drives
  • Nature Walks
  • Boat Cruises
  • Canoeing
  • Big Game Tracking
  • Cycling Safari
  • Guided Night Hikes
  • Bush Picnic

Safety and Health on South Africa Safari Tours

Traveling throughout South Africa is generally safe, especially while on of our tours where guides and private vehicle transportation to get aid you throughout your stay. However, there are some things to keep in mind whenever traveling abroad. While in cities and crowded areas, always stay alert and aware of your surroundings. During any wildlife and safari activities ensure that you are following the safety precautions and rules laid out by your guides. We recommend asking your doctor about all the necessary immunizations and precautions against malaria and other diseases you may be at risk for when traveling to South Africa.

If you’re already itching to plan your South Africa safari we don’t blame you. Luckily, our team of South Africa Travel Specialists can help you craft a custom itinerary that hits everything on your travel wish list. We have a wide variety of South Africa Safari packages available so you don’t have to search far and wide for your custom luxury South Africa safari. Start planning with us today! Don't know where to begin? Check out our Africa Safari Guide.

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