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.
Nairobi to Joburg Overland (DKBJ)
Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Kruger National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Victoria Falls—we originally called this trip ‘Africa Complete,’ but those pesky lawyers made us change it. While it may not feature all of Africa, it’s still pretty darn close: Wildlife safaris, cultural contact, rugged landscapes and natural landmarks spread across six incredible countries. And with supremely knowledgeable CEOs, meals prepared from fresh local produce and starlit camping stays, you’ll gain a kinship with this land and its people you won’t find anywhere else.
Highlights: Spotting the 'Big Five' from 4x4 safari vehicles, inhaling the aromas of a spice plantation, snorkelling Zanzibar's waters, getting the heart pumping at Lake Malawi, gazing out across Victoria Falls, spotting the 'Big 5' in Kruger National Park, discovering the less-visited Zimbabwe, walking in search of rhinos in Matobo National Park, witnessing Shangaan traditions.
Choosing the right trip for your family is tough. South Africa makes it ridiculously easy. Looking for a scenic drive? Check out the wonders along the fabled Panorama Route. Eager to spot the Big Five on the prowl? The national parks of Timbavati and Kruger are here to help. Curious about local history and traditional customs? Ask the villagers yourself. Fancy a swim or a stroll through the mountains? St. Lucia and Drakensburg deliver. If variety is indeed the spice of life, South Africa may just be the world’s greatest spice cabinet.
Highlights: Searching for the Big Five in Kruger, soaking up culture and history in Johannesburg, hiking in the mountains at Drakensburg, relaxing at the beach at St Lucia. spotting white lions in Timbavati game reserve.