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South Africa Safaris

Nestled between both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, the sheer size of South Africa alone means the habitat varies from thick coastal forests to dry sandy deserts and everything in between. Safari holidays in South Africa are usually concentrated in private game reserves around the Kruger National Park. These elegant and luxurious lodges offer first class game viewing and with regular ‘Big Five’ sightings you are likely to be on the edge of your seat with awe-inspiring wildlife experiences. Swim with penguins on Boulders Beach or walk with lions in the Kruger National Park.

The South Africa Safari Experience

  • Big Cats & The Big Five
  • Walking Safaris in Kruger National Park (April to September)
  • Night Drives to meet the rarer, nocturnal wildlife species
  • Incredible Wine and Food
  • Annual Sardine Run (mid-May to mid-July)
  • Cape Town and Table Mountains

Why Natural World Safaris?

We are committed to responsible travel and sustainable tourism. Working closely with local communities and conservation organisations, we ensure that our trips have a positive impact on the environment and local people of South Africa. Our excellent range of camps, lodges and experiences mean you can tailor-make your own unique South African itinerary, ensuring you can truly enjoy the sights and sounds of this incredible country. With VIP airport meet and assists and access to a personal concierge whilst travelling, your own tour can be personally tailored to your own interests

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How much does South Africa cost?

Typically, expect to budget from $8,000 per person for a 7-day safari in South Africa, a true wilderness experience, you will be staying in rustic but comfortable camps. This will generally include transfers, food and beverages throughout your stay, and highly-experienced guides. For a luxurious 15-day experience staying at the most premium camps, expect to budget around $30,000 per person. Our safaris here are typically created on a bespoke basis for clients.

Where to Stay in South Africa?

From spectacular coastal hideaways to naturally inspired river lodges in private game reserves, where you stay is key to your enjoyment and as such we have chosen accommodation of the highest standard and setting to maximise your safari. Known worldwide for its luxurious lodges and camps, South Africa offers a range of accommodation, much of which blends European and African styles with contemporary decor. Read more about where to stay in South Africa.

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South Africa Safaris FAQs

What is the safari experience like in South Africa?

South Africa is one of the premier safari destinations in the world, offering a wide range of safari experiences to suit different preferences and budgets. From iconic national parks like Kruger National Park to private game reserves and lodges in various regions, visitors have the opportunity to observe diverse wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros), in their natural habitats. Game drives, guided walks, and other activities provide a chance to see animals up close while experienced guides share their knowledge of the local ecosystems. South Africa's well-developed tourism infrastructure, stunning landscapes, and rich biodiversity make it a top choice for unforgettable safari adventures.

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What to wear on safari in South Africa?

For a safari in South Africa, pack lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing like long-sleeved shirts and pants, comfortable walking shoes or boots, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, a rain jacket, and a camera with binoculars. Include swimwear, casual clothing, and a reusable water bottle for downtime. Don't forget chargers, personal medications, and toiletries, and carry a small daypack for game drives and walks. Adapt your packing to the specific season and location, and consult our destination specialists for more advice.

How much should you tip safari guides in South Africa?

In South Africa, it's customary to show appreciation for good service by tipping safari guides and staff. Typically, a gratuity of around 10-15% of the total cost of your safari is considered a standard guideline for tipping your guide, with similar percentages applying to other lodge or camp staff members. However, tipping is discretionary and should be based on the level of service received and your satisfaction. To ensure fairness, you can leave tips in communal staff tip boxes or provide individual tips in envelopes. While the suggested percentages provide a starting point, it's advisable to check with your safari lodge or operator for any specific guidelines they may have regarding gratuities.

Is it safe to go on safari in South Africa?

South Africa is generally considered a safe and popular destination for safari experiences. With well-established national parks, private reserves, and experienced guides, visitors can enjoy wildlife encounters in their natural habitats.