"It was the perfect ending to the hustle and bustle of our exciting safari", GURU Traveller
"Cape Town ranks as one of the top cosmopolitan cities in the world, and we will definitely visit again on our next trip.", GURU Traveller
Spoilt for Choice
South Africa has one of the continent's biggest and most developed economies and is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Up until 1994 it was ruled by a white minority government, which enforced separation of races with its policy called apartheid, and is today reflected in the constitution's recognition of 11 official languages, (which is the fourth highest number in the world).
While we mainly focus on a few select areas of South Africa for safari itineraries, namely; the Greater Kruger National Park area, including its adjoining private reserves, and Cape Town, there are a number of spectacular travel options for the more adventurous.
The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq miles) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa and extends 360 kilometres (220 miles) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. Adjoining the Kruger are a number of private reserves offering excellent wildlife viewing, service and luxury. Some noteworthy operators of safari camps in this area include; Londolozi, Mala Mala, Sabi Sands and Dulini Private Game Reserve.
From bush to beach we head to the Mother City; Cape Town which is the metropolitan hub of culture, heritage and all-round natural beauty. Take your time over a few days to explore the expansive wine lands, walk on Table Mountain, visit the colourful and soulful impoverished areas holding secrets of the past or treat yourself to a tour of the infamous prison cell of the once great leader, Madiba on Robben Island. The Mediterranean climate of the Cape Winelands and winter rainfall is the key for some of the best wines in the country, and any visit to the Cape should include Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and/or Paarl, which the area has become world famous for.
Willing to venture a little further afield?
Discover the spectacular views from legendary canyons, capes and coasts. The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is situated in Mpumalanga and, with legendary viewing points such as God’s Window, offers some of the most spectacular views, bird and animal life (including all five species of South African primates).
The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the highest in South Africa and offers incredible natural beauty and a wealth of recreational activities, plus a collection of more than 35,000 San rock paintings.
A spectacle of the Northern Cape, is the annual carpet of wildflowers that offers travellers a serene landscape that lights up with gorgeous sunsets and brilliant starry nights.
Limpopo is renowned for its impressive mountains, including the Soutpansberg and Waterberg. There are a number of tourism routes and trails that open up these mountainous regions with their abundant fauna and flora to visitors.
Another province, KwaZulu-Natal, is a place of great scenic beauty. From mountains and midlands to pristine beaches, its natural splendour combined with a rich culture and historical heritage, make this province hard to beat and offers a compelling and intriguing experience.
The Eastern Cape is a place of rugged beauty. Its pristine coastline, virgin bush and sub-tropical forests exist as though untouched by time. Stretching from the snow-capped peaks of the southern Drakensberg to the lush forests of Tsitsikamma and flanked by the Indian Ocean, it's not surprising it's described as a province of great extremes. Its natural diversity is second to none, and the Eastern Cape secretly boasts a colourful assortment of fauna and flora; abundance birdlife; and rich and varied marine life, including 27 species of whales and dolphins.
The Wild Coast, as its name implies, is an unspoiled natural treasure and stretches along the Eastern Cape coastline. This strip of coastline, which reaches from the Mtamvuna River in the north to the Great Kei River in the south, is an untamed wilderness. It offers incredible views of the vastly dramatic coastline, jagged cliffs, sheltered bays, wild beaches and rolling hills and valleys.
The Transkei, a former homeland, forms part of the Eastern Cape Wild Coast and is a hiker, and horse riders'paradise. It is renowned for being one of the most beautiful places on the planet, with ancient forests filled with cycads and yellowwood trees abound with bird and animal life. Bird watchers can go in search of the approximately 320 species that make this area their home.
Embraced in the riverine grandeur of ancient ebony trees, Dulini River Lodge exudes a sense of indulgence true to the long-standing safari tradition.
The enthralling elevation offers inspiring views over the regal Sand River, to the savannah beyond. Each suite, set in a private riverine enclave, offers the luxury of a heated plunge pool and the lavish attention of a personal butler, thus enhancing the indulgence in the African ambience.
Dulini River Lodge presents the signature safari experience in the company of expert guides and in the luxury of exclusive six-seater game viewers. Exhilarating encounters with wildlife and sincere hospitality are what make Dulini River Lodge an unforgettably enriching experience.
Luxurious Londolozi Tree Camp lies in a game-rich area where you can see the big 5 before breakfast! The wildlife is diverse. The word Londolozi comes from the Zulu word and means ‘Protector Of All Living Things’. Our name reflects the ambitious conservation ethic in our relationship with the natural world.
The reserve has been lauded internationally for its foresight and progressive land and wildlife management practices, as well as its productive community involvement.
Londolozi’s emphasis on conservation and a village ethos stands alongside a commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service.
Widely known as Cape Town’s hidden gem, Tintswalo Atlantic is a 5 star, award-winning boutique lodge nestled at the base of the ocean-facing Table Mountain National Park.
Sitting at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, the lodge is perched on a pebbled beach and enjoys panoramic views of the picturesque Hout Bay harbour, the dramatic Sentinel mountain peak, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
Ultra luxurious Tswalu is South Africa’s largest private game reserve in the Kalahari with over 110,000 hectares of spectacular grasslands, mountains and arid savannah, yet it's most noted for its diverse wildlife (including their famous meerkats!).
Tswalu offers a wealth of possibilities in the malaria-free environment. Every day is designed around exactly what they would like to experience and explore.
Suites are built of desert sand, local stone, rich red clay and traditional Kalahari thatch. Each comprises a spacious bedroom with an open fireplace, an en-suite bathroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower, together with a large study area.
We are proud to continue our commitment to helping communities and protecting wildlife through our latest visual campaign Wild by bird & knoll x deon de villiers. Along with your support we want to make a difference for five of the world's most vulnerable species.