South Africa Tours and Safaris
More than a decade after Mandela's release, democratic, post-apartheid South Africa is still defining itself, sloughing off a nagging racist image. While Cape Town with its Table Mountain backdrop is worth a visit, you'll want to get out of the city to experience South Africa to its fullest. Aside from the diversity of indigenous crafts and vivid traditional dress, there's just so much to do: surf world class waves, dive the many wrecks off the Cape of Good Hope or sip your way through wine country. Whether you're walking an endless beach or roaming Kruger in pursuit of the Big five (for the record, that's leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), it seems there's finally room for everyone in South Africa.
The Garden Route (DAGR)
Mild temperatures, lush forests and supreme comfort aren’t what many people think of when they hear ‘Africa’. But then again, few people explore South Africa’s Western Cape. It’s their loss, really; this trip incorporates an unbeatable combination of beaches, coves, cuisine and accommodation. And there’s plenty of the other Africa on hand, too; the region’s ruggedly beautiful scenery guarantees you’ll get plenty of both the Africa you know—and the one you just fell in love with.
Highlights: Stopping to take in spectacular views along Route 62, exploring the fascinating Cango Caves, hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park, testing out the local cuisine with a traditional braai (barbecue), taking in the beauty of the world-famous Garden Route.
Kruger & Cape Town (DAKC)
South Africa’s seamless ability to blend unfiltered natural rawness and cosmopolitan creature comforts is equal parts accident and art. This trip takes you from the thriving urban culture and plush accommodations of the big cities to an authentic safari excursion in Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Game Reserve. Track the Big Five with a team of skilled and knowledgeable CEOs by day, break for a delectable dinner, then hit the town in style at night. This is quintessential Africa.
Highlights: Exploring vibrant Cape Town, enjoying the various stops along the Panorama Route, searching for and snapping some great photos of the Big Five on open vehicle game drives, spotting wildlife inside world-famous Kruger National Park.
Kruger Safari (DAKR)
Savvy travellers know that a genuine African wildlife safari experience need not be all sweat and struggle. We built this 6-day trip for adventurers who want to get right out into the thick of things with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of comfort. Here, you’ll tour South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park and Timbavati Game Reserve by day and dream of tomorrow’s encounters with the Big Five from the coziest lodges available. With trusty CEOs at the ready, you’re free to focus on the important stuff, like squeezing that rhino into your viewfinder.
Highlights: Enjoying the various stops along the Panorama Route, searching for and snapping great photos of the Big Five on open vehicle game drives in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, spotting white lions and more game inside world-famous Kruger National Park.
Kruger & Falls (DAKU)
Enjoy a quick taste of southern Africa’s characteristic highlights on this brief-yet-comprehensive trip to South Africa and Zambia. It begins with a safari expedition in the Kruger area and the Timbavati Game Reserve—South Africa’s famed zoos without cages—where you’ll get the chance to see and photograph the Big Five on their own turf. Later, you’ll jet off to Zambia for a date with the awesome spectacle that is Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Finally, there’s time to unwind and absorb the experience along the banks of the Zambezi River in Livingstone.
Highlights: Enjoying the various stops along the Panorama Route, searching for and snapping some great photos of the Big Five on open vehicle game drives in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, spotting white lions and more wildlife inside world-famous Kruger National Park, Getting wet at the mighty Victoria Falls.