South Africa is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world, not just for sheer beauty but also for the variety of experiences available. With so many options to choose from, it can be daunting to start your planning. But never fear – we are safari experts and our advice is completely free.

We take you through some of the most important questions to ask to help you choose the perfect safari experience.

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Who are you travelling with?

This is the most important question as it defines the kind of safari experience you’ll want to have. Luxury safaris in South Africa for two will be very different from a family safari.

it’s just you and your loved one, think romantic picnics under the stars, private plunge pools and treetop sleepouts.

For couples trips, take a look at our Honeymoon Safaris.

If you’re travelling with kids, you’ll want to consider age restrictions at unfenced camps, malaria-free reserves and programmes for the little ones so you can have a break.

For family trips, take a look at our Kid-Friendly Safaris.

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When do you want to travel?

The next major thing to consider is what you want from your trip. You might be craving Cape Town’s sunny beach vibes in summer, but you should know that peak safari season is actually over South Africa’s winter.

Perhaps you want to see the newborn baby animal explosion that spring brings or maybe Victoria Falls in all its fullest glory is on your bucket list – in which case you’ll want to plan for May.

Here’s everything you need to know about what to see when and the Best Time To Visit Southern Africa.

If you’re a sun chaser, here are all the Reasons To Visit South Africa In Summer.

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Where do you want to stay?

Luxury safaris in South Africa do not come in a one-size-fits-all package. Are you after a truly luxurious experience with a private safari and breathtakingly beautiful lodge perched right on the edge of the beach? Or are you into rustic and authentic, a humble experience that is easier on the pocket? We offer the best of both worlds and can tailor your stays right down to your last pennies and yearning preferences.

For the best of the best with a price tag to match, check out our Top Luxury Stays In South Africa.

For the holy grail of African trips aka wildlife and seashores, here are Our Ultimate Bush & Beach Tours.


What do you want to do?

While we can’t deny the appeal of a Kruger safari or the gratification of a beach stay in Cape Town, South Africa has so much more to offer.

Foodies can immerse themselves in the world-class food and wine scene, daredevils can choose from a range of heartstopping adventure activities and families can explore one of the most famous caves in the world or picnic next to a thundering waterfall.

For the adventurous spirit, take a look at our best picks for Adventure Travel In South Africa.

For the well-rounded traveller wanting to encompass a range of encounters, check out our selection of Top South African Experiences.

And just in case you’re planning on celebrating something special on your trip, we’ve rounded up the very best places to enjoy Special Occasions In South Africa.

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