Classic South Africa
11 days, 10 nights
Price Range: $6,618 – $16,836
(all-inclusive price per person, depending on dates & camps selected)
South Africa calls itself the Rainbow Nation, a tribute to its cultural diversity. Its natural diversity is equally impressive, and this safari is a testament. Start with Kruger National Park in the northern bushveld and plains. Continue to Sabi Sand, the oldest private reserve in South Africa and a pioneer in sustainable wildlife tourism. Head east to Zululand, where lush forest meets ocean beach. Along the way, meet more wild animals than in your wildest dreams!
Our Expert Says
If you’re looking for an “off-the-beaten-path” safari to South Africa, this two-week itinerary is the perfect pick! Mashatu Game Reserve offers a rare chance to experience a truly secluded section of world-famous Kruger National Park. You also visit a private game reserve where the combination of rivers and plains habitats supports an incredible density and variety of wildlife. To round out the journey, I can’t think of anything better than a few days to explore the gorgeous Indian Ocean coastline – one of the gems that makes this African nation truly unique!
– Aly Jacobsen
Day 1: Johannesburg
Cosmopolitan Johannesburg is the jumping-off point for most South African safaris. The city of four 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 National Park
World-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa is a flagship destination for safari-goers, thanks to its dense wildlife populations. Checking off the big cats, major mammals and a host of bird species is a given in this diverse ecosystem. A number of private game reserves dot the greater park area providing exclusive access to the treasures here and allowing a variety of modes to experience them, from wildlife drives in open vehicles to intimate safari walks.
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.
Days 8-10: Zululand
In subtropical KwaZulu-Natal province, scout for the Big Five and snorkel with dolphins in the same day. If you've chosen a stay at Phinda, a 57,000-acre private reserve comprising seven different habitats, prepare for astonishing wildlife drives, guided safari walks, river cruises, horseback rides and scuba dives. At Rocktail Bay, bird-watch in world-class wetlands, wander pristine beaches beneath forested dunes, and observe nesting sea turtles during the summer.
Day 11: Johannesburg/Home
Your safari adventure ends today in Johannesburg, South Africa.