A Touch of South Africa
8 days, 7 nights
Price Range: $4,732 – $12,251
(all-inclusive price per person, depending on dates & camps selected)
Legendary Kruger National Park and venerable Sabi Sand Game Reserve are names that are synonymous with some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. These adjacent reserves, along with vast, wild Mashatu just over the border in Botswana, comprise the heart of South Africa’s extraordinary safari country. It’s genuine wilderness, home to the famous Big Five and multitudes more. You won’t believe how much you can see in a just a week.
Our Expert Says
Big game, that is what South Africa is about. Here, it is not uncommon to see all of the Big Five on one game drive. And, there is so much scenic diversity, from rocky outcrops to sweeping plains to remote and pristine coastlines. This route showcases a multitude of habitats that are home to a great range of wildlife. Combine that with Cape Town and its splendors, and you have a South Africa sampler that highlights the best parts of the country.
– Wendy Klausner
Day 1: Johannesburg
Cosmopolitan Johannesburg is the jumping-off point for most South African safaris. The city of 3.6 million is a vibrant mélange of colors and cultures. Food and music are central to life in ‘Joburg,’ and its clubs and pubs are an integral part of the social fabric. Tour Soweto or visit the Apartheid Museum to gain a deeper understanding of Johannesburg’s history, travails and rich multicultural heritage.
Days 2-4: Kruger / Mashatu
World-renowned Kruger in South Africa and private Mashatu in nearby Botswana offer phenomenal wildlife watching in the Limpopo River basin, a land of sweeping skies and giant baobab trees. Depending on your camp choice, you’ll explore one of these magnificent nature sanctuaries: each protects great elephant herds, abundant lion and cheetah, and rich grazing for wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and antelope. On night drives, look for bat-eared fox and leopards hunting.
Days 5-7: Sabi Sand Reserve
Sabi Sand is one of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife locales. This private 150,000-acre reserve shares a border with Kruger National Park and is named for the two rivers that flow through it. Renowned for its excellent “Big Five” viewing—the elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and abundant leopard, which were once favorite hunting targets—Sabi Sand has led the way in bringing them back.
Day 8: Johannesburg/Home
Your safari adventure ends today in Johannesburg, South Africa.