South Africa

When it comes to sheer diversity, South Africa is difficult to beat. The world-famous Kruger National Park covers an astounding 20,000 km2 which can be explored on horseback and on foot as well as by traditional vehicle-based tours. It’s home to 150 mammals, including the Big Five, and no less than 500 bird species.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger region offers the best chance in the country to capture leopard on film, while Madikwe is known for its population of extremely rare African Wild Dogs, and Addo for its 600 elephant, 400 Cape buffalo, and 50 black rhino.

But in addition to the Rainbow Nation’s seemingly endless wildlife opportunities, South Africa boasts almost 3,000 km of dramatic coastline. Divided between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, it’s home to breaching great white sharks, humpback whales and idyllic tropical beaches.

Then there’s the chance for hiking and rock climbing among the snow-capped Drakensberg Mountains, white water rafting among the hippos and crocodiles of the Orange River and the stunning landscapes of Blyde River Canyon, the famed silhouette of Table Mountain sitting benevolently above Cape Town, and an intriguing if heartbreaking modern history that can be explored on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela’s prison for almost twenty years.

Tours

2-3 Star Accommodation

Our 2 to 3 star accommodated safaris and tours use comfortable accommodation that is booked on a twin share basis. The majority of rooms have en-suite bathrooms and very occasionally they will have shared ablutions. All linen and bedding is provided.

3-4 Star Accommodation

Our 3 to 4 star accommodated safaris and tours use a variety of  value-for-money accommodation.  Accommodation varies from chalets, bungalows, traditional huts, permanent tents and hotels, all with private en-suite facilities and comfortable beds to ensure you’re re-charged and ready to go for the following days adventure!

Adventure Camping

Adventure camping requires participation. Your guide and assistant do all the meal preparation, however we ask guests to help (on rotation) with the washing up.  You will also need to assist with putting up your tent and packing the vehicle.  There are some long travel days which means early morning starts, so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Family Safaris

When it comes to a family holiday, an African safari is an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience. As a company, we recommend your children are at least 10 years old, so that everyone can enjoy and get the most of of this amazing experience. Most family friendly camps/lodges have family tents/rooms, meaning you can all be under the same roof.  Child rates are often applicable at these camps/lodges, but do depend on the age of your children.

Fully Assisted Camping (non en-suite)

Fully Assisted Camping (non-ensuite) means you will not have to lift a finger as we take care of all camping chores: cooking, cleaning, pitching and packing tents.  You have a 3-man crew of experienced safari staff (including a cook) who are dedicated to making your trip memorable and rewarding.

Travel Information

Electricity

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances – such adapters…

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Banking

CurrencyThe currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c…

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Cuisine

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water…

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Climate

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures…

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Transport

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail. Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated by Comair….

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Dress

SummerBring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 – 40 degree Celsius range in some areas….

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Regions

Addo Elephant National Park

Set in the enchanting Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, the Addo Elephant National Park is the country’s third largest national park and offers a truly…

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Augrabies Falls National Park

Located in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, the Augrabies Falls National Park encircles the mighty Augrabies Falls. The Orange River plunges 60 metres and creates this…

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Cape Town

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table…

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Cederberg

The Cederberg is wild, rugged, dramatic and above all, breathtakingly beautiful. The region’s valleys are lined with citrus orchards and surrounded by magnificent mountains that become…

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Central Drakensberg

The Central Drakensberg is home to some formidable peaks including Monk’s Cowl, Giant Castle Peak and Champagne Castle. The range rises to over 3000 metres in…

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Central Kruger

Set in the heart of South Africa’s largest and best-known game reserve, Central Kruger is home to abundant lion, hyena, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, wildebeest, elephants, zebra…

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Dundee

Situated on the edge of Zululand Dundee played a role in both the Anglo Zulu and Anglo Boer Wars and before the development of lodges and…

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Gauteng

The South African province of Gauteng – the place of gold – is home to one of Africa’s most vibrant cities and sub-Saharan Africa’s economic capital…

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Graskop

Perched on the edged of the Drakensberg escarpment, the little forestry town of Graskop, meaning ‘Grassy Hill’ is set in the heart of Mpumulanga’s Panorama Tourist…

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Green Kalahari

Dissected by the mighty Orange River, the Green Kalahari is a lush oasis in the larger Kalahari Desert. The river brings welcome water to this semi-arid…

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Hazyview

Surrounded by subtropical fruit orchards, Hazyview is a small farming town and a gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park and the Panorama…

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Hermanus

Situated just 140 kilometres from Cape Town and built between the beautiful shores and cliffs of Walker Bay, Hermanus has grown from a small seaside resort…

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Hluhluwe

Named after the many thorny climbers that were once found along the Hluhluwe River, on whose banks the town rests, Hluhluwe is sandwiched between the Greater…

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Hoedspruit

Resting at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg, in the beautiful Limpopo Province, the town of Hoedspruit is surrounded by the largest privately owned conservation area…

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as…

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Kakamas

The pretty, underrated farm town of Kakamas rests on the banks of the Orange River in the Northern Cape, near the border with Namibia and just…

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Kariega Private Game Reserve

Located in South Africa’s beautiful Eastern Cape Province, Kariega Private Game Reserve lies in the upper reaches of the beautiful Kariega River Valley. Stretching for over…

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Karoo

Extending across 400 000 square kilometres of the country, the Karoo is South Africa’s largest ecosystem and its semi-arid scrublands shelter a surprisingly rich diversity of…

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Kei Mouth

Kei Mouth is a small village on the Wild Coast and a popular family holiday destination. With its ocean, river, sandy beaches and surrounding hills, it…

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Knysna

Sandwiched between the towering Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Knysna is known as the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is surrounded by world-renowned forests, lovely lagoons…

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Kosi Bay

Situated just north of Durban along South Africa’s scenic coast, Kosi Bay lies only two kilometres from the Mozambique border. It encompasses a pristine lake system…

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Kruger National Park

Stretching over more than two million hectares, the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. Owing to…

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Kruger Private Reserve

Scattered along the unfenced western boundary of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, private game reserves combine with the Kruger to establish one of the world’s largest…

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Namaqualand

Stretching for over 1000 kilometres along South Africa’s scenic West Coast, the Namaqualand is known for its stark, arid beauty. Once a year in early Spring,…

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Northern Drakensberg

Situated in northeastern South Africa, the Northern Drakensberg rises up to 3000 metres in height creating spectacularly scenic views from every direction. Featuring cascading waterfalls, sandstone…

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Orange River

Rising from the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains in Lesotho, forming part of the international border between South Africa and Namibia, the Orange River is the longest river…

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Port Elizabeth

Set on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, Port Elizabeth also referred to as PE, is known as the Friendly City as well as…

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Royal Natal National Park

The Royal Natal National Park is home to one of KwaZulu-Natal’s most spectacular attractions – The Amphitheatre. Forming the boundary between South Africa and Lesotho, The…

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Southern Kruger

The southern area of South Africa’s most famous game reserve is separated from lush farmland by the Crocodile River, a popular spot for lazy crocs, playful…

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Stellenbosch

A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour…

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The Waterberg Biosphere

Situated amidst the towering Waterberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province, the Waterberg Biosphere, as the name suggests, serves as a water reservoir for the region. Renowned…

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Thornybush Game Reserve

Neighbouring the Timbavati Game Reserve near South Africa’s northeastern border, the Thornybush Game Reserve boasts over 12 000 hectares of pristine wilderness. Lying adjacent to the…

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Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Located in the Mpumalanga Province, north of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve shares a fenceless border with the world-renowned Kruger…

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Whale Coast

Encompassing the towns of Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai, the Whale Coast is an area of incredible natural beauty and diversity. This rugged stretch of South…

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Reviews

Jenny (2019)

Hi Tracy, Just to let you know I had a fantastic time in South Africa. I really enjoyed the Classic Safari in Kruger. Everything went…

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Deb (2017)

This is the second trip Trace and Claire have organised for me. Like the first, they gave great recommendations and valuable advise. I had such…

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Lynne (2013)

Africa! What an arid desolate country.  I knew it would be something like that but still wasn’t prepared for the endless hours of nothingness. We…

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