One of the continent's top safari destinations, South Africa has a scattering of diverse parks and reserves known the world over for superb big game viewing and luxurious lodge accommodation. What's more, the country's sophisticated infrastructure network makes it easy to combine a South Africa safari with a relaxing beach break in cosmopolitan Cape Town or a smooth self-drive journey along the beautiful Garden Route coastline on your South Africa holiday.
For many, a safari in South Africa is synonymous with the Kruger National Park, the country's largest and best known game reserve. However, South Africa has many excellent safari destinations ranging from the Madikwe Private Game Reserve set on the edge of the Kalahari to the Big 5 reserves of the Eastern Cape and sub-tropical KwaZulu-Natal.
Our top choice for the best luxury safari in South Africa is the private Kruger reserves such as the world-renowned Singita, Londolozi, Sabi Sabi or game-packed Mala Mala. Not only do these destinations deliver consistently good game viewing but they also boast top quality guides who are allowed to drive off-road and at night to give you exceptional up-close sightings. As for the accommodation, South Africa has many of Africa's best safari lodges with villa-sized suites, 5-star cuisine and flawless service.
Those looking for a perfectly balanced family holiday would do well to consider a South African safari in one of the country's malaria-free reserves such as Madikwe, set an easy 2-hour drive from the got-it-all resort of Sun City; Pilanesberg National Park, a beautiful reserve centred round a large hippo and croc-filled lake and set right next door to Sun City; or an Eastern Cape safari, the perfect Big 5 finale to a Cape Town and Garden Route holiday.
Browse our recommended best South Africa safari packages, many of which include other great holiday destinations such as the Mozambique islands, Mauritius or thundering Victoria Falls. And if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, simply contact one our African Safari Experts and they'll tailor-make a South African safari to suit your needs and budget.
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You're just about guaranteed the Big 5 in Kruger's private reserves but South Africa also offers superb big game safaris in KwaZulu Natal and the malaria-free Eastern Cape and Kalahari too.