‘The Rainbow Nation’ - a country bursting with kaleidoscopic landscapes, a collection of compelling cultures and intriguing history. With a limitless list of attractions and spectacles, South Africa promises something truly unique for visitors of all ages and interests. From sophisticated, modern cities packed with eclectic personalities, to the rolling mountain regions bursting with colourful fruits and artisan wines, explorers and travellers are drawn in by the captivating contrasts of the country.
Many who plan to visit South Africa are arguably in search of one thing – wildlife. A luxury safari holiday to South Africa immerses you in exceptionally stunning scenery, where you’ll hopefully spot the ‘Big 5’ thriving in their unspoilt habitat. We’ve created our idyllic itinerary, including advice and tips, to inspire your very own adventure in South Africa.
When to go to South Africa
While we’re feeling the winter chill, South Africa is basking in the heat of summer, although you’ll find plenty of sunshine at any time of the year. For safari holidays, we recommend travelling during the South African winter (May to August), when the grass is short, and you can easily spot game lingering across the landscapes.
What to take to South Africa
When it comes to packing your bags, remember where you’re heading! With the hot climate, it’s best to pack light, cotton clothing in neutral colours, avoiding red which can often attract the animals. Other advisable items include a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for shade, as well as a lightweight rain jacket in case you’re caught in a shower. Packing your camera is essential – expect to capture some of your finest photography whilst in Africa, with the rare opportunity to see spectacular species up close from your game drive vehicle.
Kruger National Park
Spanning nearly two million hectares, world-renowned Kruger National Park houses a plethora of Africa's safari species, including the ‘Big Five’ - the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. The park plays a huge role in the conservation of South Africa’s most cherished species, as well as preserving cultural and historical treasures, including archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela. There are many ways to explore the diverse landscapes of the park – stroll amongst the savannah on an expert-led nature walk, or revel in an all-day game drive with a highly-experienced tracker, concluding with sundowners at the heart of the African bush as the sun slowly fades.
Where to stay in South Africa
Owned by Sir Richard Branson, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve boasts 13,500 hectares of unspoiled African bushveld, where guests can head out on regular game drives or a morning walking safari in search of the elusive ‘Big Five’. Back at the resort, youngsters can try their hand at sand art or rock painting, while adults re-energise at the spa, with a beautiful backdrop of the African bush. Alternatively, stay at the 'World's Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve' for over ten consecutive years, Shamwari Private Game Reserve. With stylish lodges and a choice of immersive experiences, get closer to the wonderful wildlife and understand the importance of protecting South Africa’s most vulnerable species.
To book your luxury safari holiday to South Africa, please call our Luxury Travel Specialists.