South Africa Safaris: From the Big 5 to Whales, Winelands and a Whole Lot More
South Africa Safaris
From the Big 5 to Whales, Winelands and a Whole Lot More
There’s not much that South Africa doesn’t have to offer its visitors. The Kruger’s private reserves deliver Africa’s most reliable Big 5 game viewing, while Cape Town and its surrounding wine valleys provide an elegant, Mediterranean twist to a South Africa safari.
July to November sees South Africa’s Whale Coast hum with activity as migratory whales arrive from the icy Antarctic to mate and give birth in warmer waters. The town of Hermanus lies at the centre of the whale-watching experience and is known as the best land-based whale-watching destination in the world.
The gorgeous Garden Route is ideal for failproof family holidays and self-drive adventures – especially when combined with the malaria-free reserves of the Eastern Cape. You can always add KwaZulu-Natal’s big game and pristine beaches to the mix before visiting the continent’s favourite family holiday resort, Sun City. Home to championship golf courses, superb hotels and entertaining water theme parks, it’s the perfect end to your South Africa safari.
One of the major items on any safari goer’s bucket list is encountering Africa’s iconic Big 5 (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo) in the wild. South Africa is one of the very few places on Earth where you’re able to tick off all five in one day. The country is one of the world’s finest Big 5 safari destinations thanks to its outstanding conservation areas and national parks such as:
- Kruger National Park and its private reserves like Sabi Sands, Thornybush, Londolozi, Mala Mala, Lion Sands and Dulini.
- Madikwe Game Reserve
- Phinda Game Reserve
- Pilanesberg National Park
- Addo Elephant National Park
View Zambia’s wildlife on walking safari tours and on leisurely boat rides on the Zambezi River.
You’ll experience some of Southern Africa’s wildest and most remote destinations but you’ll be far from roughing it: a Zambia safari combines excellent big game viewing with luxurious lodges and some of the best guides in Africa. And although the raw beauty of Zambia’s vast reserves has long made them a favourite for safari connoisseurs, they don’t attract the crowds that cluster around sightings in the better-known parks in Africa – in fact the only bustle you’re likely to find is at the country’s most popular attraction: the spectacular Victoria Falls.
Picking a park to visit is not always easy as each offers a unique safari experience: go on guided walking safaris through the South Luangwa, famous for its rich diversity of wildlife; skirt crocodiles and yawning hippos as you paddle along the river on a canoe safari in the beautiful Lower Zambezi; or enjoy game drives and horseback safaris in untamed Kafue National Park – its wide open floodplains are home to large herds of antelope and there are plenty of predators on the prowl. We’d highly recommend combining 2 or 3 different destinations for a complete Zambia safari experience.
As for Zambia’s accommodation, we’ve carefully selected camps and lodges that are small, unique and take great pride in the high levels of guiding offered. Honeymooners can stay in luxurious tented suites opening onto a private deck while families can opt for a safari villa with a personal chef and guide. We’d also highly recommend a couple of nights in one of the remote bush camps in the South Luangwa – they’re rustic but have just the right level of luxury and are as off the beaten track as you can possibly hope to get.
And while Zambia’s reserves are truly remote, the country’s capital Lusaka is thankfully well connected. Round off your safari in Zambia with a beach holiday on the lakeshore in neighbouring Malawi or opt for more big game viewing in Kenya or Tanzania. Simply chat so someone who’s been there – our Africa Safari Experts can offer first-hand advice and rock-solid recommendations, and will help you put together the perfect Zambia safari.
Our top places to visit in Zambia:
- Victoria Falls – natural wonder & adventure activities
- South Luangwa National Park – big game & walking safaris
- Kafue National Park – wild & remote, plenty of predators
- Lower Zambezi – river views, fishing & water activities
Don’t miss the spectacular cascades of Victoria Falls, the jewel of Southern Africa and a natural wonder shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Botswana’s luxury camps and lodges are consistently named the world’s best, and a safari here takes you deep into the Okavango Delta — a hidden oasis in an otherwise water-starved land – to spot the local wildlife. Go on a Southern Africa safari tour in Botswana’s Chobe National Park to see the highest concentration of elephants in South Africa.
A Namibia safari may take you out on an ATV over red desert dunes or soaring across the Skeleton Coast in search of shipwrecks. Take a safari game drive through the lush savannah of Etosha National Park, home to Southern African plains game such as giraffes, wildebeests and zebras.