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A world in one country - South Africa

One of the world’s most diverse travel destinations, South Africa blends big experience with the best logistics. The result is an unforgettable holiday for any kind of traveller at any time of year.

Honeymooners and romantics can look forward to exquisite lodges and boutique hotels; families will have days packed with activities; wildlife watchers sit back to epic game viewing. Accommodation ranges from the best there is to just like home. And everyone will enjoy South Africa’s famous mix of old-school hospitality and modern-world infrastructure. Join a tour, package your own or hire a car and do it your way – you’ll find the people friendly and the food fabulous.

Two stand-out destinations – Cape Town and the Sabi Sands (a private Big 5 reserve that adjoins the Kruger National Park) – feature on most South Africa holiday itineraries.They are easily combined, offering the traveller some of Africa’s best game viewing plus all the attractions of ‘The Mother City’ – Table Mountain, Cape Point, Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and the Cape Winelands.

It’s also easy to get around and enrich your holiday – South Africa is a destination with many add-on experiences. The Whale Coast – home to amazing whale watching in spring – lies close to Cape Town. Further along the Cape coast, the family-friendly Garden Route beckons. A long lazy stretch of beaches and forests, the Garden Route is ideal for a self-drive adventure, especially as it ends where malaria-free Big 5 game reserves begin.

A short domestic flight gives you access to South Africa’s other holiday hotspots. Families with children will love the thrills and spills of super-resort Sun City and its nearby malaria-free game reserves. Travellers looking off the beaten track are sure to love the wildlife-rich KwaZulu Natal wilderness and its tropical beaches.

Make it a regional flight and you’ll turn your holiday into a Grand Tour. Fly from Cape Town and Johannesburg to iconic African destinations such as Victoria Falls and Botswana, or hit the dazzling beaches of the Indian Ocean on a hideaway Mozambican island.

Our Top Places to Visit on a South African Holiday:

  • Cape Town – Table Mountain, glorious beaches, wine farms, Cape Point & penguins, the Mother City is a holiday all by herself!
  • Sabi Sand / Kruger – private & exclusive, the Sabi Sand Reserve is the best place in Africa to enjoy superb sightings of the Big 5.
  • Cape Winelands – close to Cape Town, the Winelands offer a blend of picturesque charm & gastronomic indulgence!
  • Garden Route – the Garden Route meanders along a beautiful coastline & ends with malaria-free Big 5 reserves
  • KwaZulu Natal – teeming game reserves & golden beaches with coral reefs? It’s home to classic ‘bush & beach’ combos.
  • Madikwe Game Reserve – for a malaria-free safari as appealing to honeymooners as it is to families and adventure-seekers.

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WHAT TO DO

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN SA

1. Visit the Mother City

Whether you hike or take the cable car up, the best view of Cape Town is from the top of Table Mountain but leave time for Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront and Kirstenbosch Gardens.

2. Catch the View at the Cape

Cape Point is often wild & windy but you can’t get further south-west in Africa. Dramatic views, baboons & antelope plus penguins at nearby Boulders Beach – a great day out.

3. Go on a Big 5 Safari

The very best Big 5 game viewing is at the Sabi Sand but there are other great Big 5 destinations, many of which are malaria-free & perfect for families.

4. Sip a Sauvignon

Or a Shiraz … South Africa has been producing wine for 350 years & you’ll be spoilt for choice in the majestic mountains of the Cape Winelands. Expect stunning views & heavenly food too.

5. Watch Whales … or Sharks

The Whale Coast’s seasonal whale watching is famously land-based but you’ll need to get onto a boat – or even better, into a cage – to see great white sharks.

6. Luxury Train Travel

Luxury train travel takes on a new dimension with five star luxury hotels on rails. Multi-day train journeys take in South Africa but also go as far as Dar es Salaam.

7. Hit the Beach

Cape Town has the most fashionable beaches but if it’s a proper beach holiday you want, head for the Garden Route or KwaZulu Natal for warm water, easy swimming & safari add-ons.

8. Bring the Kids

Safari camps designed for families, malaria-free game reserves, sunny holiday resorts, sandy beaches & easy logistics … South Africa was made for family holidays.

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY

We’ll design a African Holiday around you, to match your interests & budget!

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Reviews

Safari Online made our fantastic family holiday dream come true!!

Safari Online have been nothing but professional and incredible from the time we made our first enquiry to the last day of our stunning holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Walter. We are now starting to plan our next family Safari for 2019. Guess who we will be booking with??? Safari Online we hope you are ready!!!!!

Penni (AU)
Best trip I have ever been on. Highly recommend.

Would highly recommend. Safari online asked questions when booking and were efficient and knew exactly what we were looking for in terms of accommodation and animals were wanted to see. Actually got to see the Big 5 which was perfect. Gave advice on a few little extras with no pressure, which we did and am very grateful which make trip even more exciting. Would definitely recommend booking with them.

An incredibly well organised tour with no hassles whatsoever.

Safari Online understood our needs and was able to present us with sensible options to choose from. It was evident that this tour operator has knowledgable and experienced agents who can arrange a seemless tour. We were provided with a professional online itinary which was comprehensive and easy to use, knew exactely what to expect, and encountered no stumble blocks along the way.

Gwen (AU)
Very helpful good suggestions for holiday ideas always available for questions good organising

Excellent service and they supplied good suggestions for our holiday they also organised all internal flights and arranged check in for us so we had no worries while on holiday. Tongazebi was one place we stayed in a tree house amazing and friendly place our safari was in Savanna Lodge an incredible place to stay and amazing safari we got to see the big five and many others birds and animals. All very close you would not believe how close you get to the wildlife. We are so happy that this was organised for as we have had a most memorable holiday staying at wonderful places thanks to Sabrina and Safari Online. Would recommend Safari Online to organise your holiday.

Lorraine (UK)
Professional, quick and top of the edge service!!!

From the very first contact we’re very happy about the respond time and quality of information from safari-online.com. Based on the received first tailor-made quote, which is a weblink with all the details about the flights, photos of the lodges etc. we knew that this is “our” partner for this trip.
Our expectations were exceled!!! We’ve been to three different Wilderness lodges in Botswana and Zambia. It was more than WOW.
The lodges itself, the service, the food, the kids (8+10) care and the animal world. All the connections by plane, boat and car were perfectly organized. There was always a responsible person waiting for us. We felt very special from the first to the last day. We highly recommend safari-online.com and we’ll do our next Wilderness tour definitely with them.

Lukas (Germany)
It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

I have so many wonderful things to say about Walter and Safari Online that I don’t even know where to begin! Our mom grew up in Central and South Africa so we had visited the continent many times. My sister and I wanted to take our teens and husbands to Africa to experience the magic. We had a limited budget but big and specific expectations and by some miracle Walter was able to manage both.

Heather (USA)
Safari Online were extremely efficient and absolutely charming to work with.

I have a severe intolerance to chemical products such a fabric softener. This can create difficulties when you travel. But the team at Safari Online made sure that all the destinations on our itinerary met our unusual demands. Our 28-day itinerary took us to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. A magnificent and unforgettable adventure. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently from the flights, transfers, rides, connections, etc. Absolutely wonderful! Can’t thank them enough!

Ann and Mario (Canada)
Walter has always been an excellent communicator and has supported us fully

We have been to Africa for 24 of the last 27 years so know a bit about what is involved.
Walter has arranged the details for the last couple of years, and has done a superb job. He is always quick to respond and comes up with answers immediately……..no evasive tactics, always head-on! This year we went back to Luangwa and had a terrific six days there. It was very dry so a slightly different environment than in past years when we have found October to be more conducive to wildlife viewing. Walter couldn’t have done more for us!

Roger (UK)
Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional. Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Neena
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)