South Africa

Discover South Africa with Ujuzi African Travel

With a dozen different biomes and endemic life seen nowhere else, South Africa is among the largest and most ecologically diverse countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It comprises rainforests, inland deserts, temperate meadows, and even tundra on its southernmost islands. So you can just imagine the variety of wildlife that lives here. Cheetahs, leopards, migrating sea turtles, and tropical penguins are just a few of the animals you may see. Plus, South Africa boasts more flowering plant species than any other country in southern Africa!

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South Africa Safari Itineraries

We offer these sample South Africa itineraries to get your creative juices flowing. For lodgings, choose from your preference of South Africa resorts, secluded lodges, luxury camps, and more. You can also extend your adventure with a visit to Victoria Falls, Botswana, or Mozambique.

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Thanks to the Mediterranean-type climate, the Cape Wineland’s red grapes produce incredible, full-bodied wines. Add a winery visit to any South African travel experience!

10-Day South Africa Wine & Wildlife Safari

On this safari, you’ll experience the best food, fun, and flora of South Africa’s Cape region and also see a huge array of wildlife at Kruger National Park.

You’ll start on the southern coast, where you will ascend Table Mountain, paddle among African penguins near Boulder’s Bay, and indulge your senses at the world-famous wineries of the Cape Winelands. You will then travel to world-famous Kruger National Park and its neighboring reserves to see the Big 5 and other iconic wildlife.

With stays in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Timbavati Game Reserve, and Kruger National Park, this safari will appeal to cosmopolitan and novice travelers alike.

Top your trip off with an optional extension in Victoria Falls.

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Boulders Beach, near Cape Town, is home to a large colony of African penguins.

12-Day Land & Ocean South Africa Itinerary

Explore the best of South Africa’s land and coast. Start in historical Cape Town with visits to Table Mountain, an urban penguin colony, and the breathtaking Cape of Good Hope National Park. Go whale watching on the way to Stellenbosch, where you will enjoy visiting several of the area’s famous vineyards.

Move further inland to enjoy a classical safari experience at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest game sanctuary in Africa.

Then it’s back to coastal waters at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Africa’s largest estuarine system. Rich bird life, sea turtles, and hippos are among the highlights.

Finally, visit Phinda Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal for more big game tracking and optional coastal activities such as turtle watching and scuba diving.

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a dolphin fin is visible over blue waters as a dolphin crests the surface

A leopard stalks through the brush in Kruger National Park. Photo by Geoff Byron.

11-Day Big 5 & Beaches Safari

On this safari, enjoy the best of both worlds. You’ll experience heart-pumping adventure as you track Big 5 animals like lions and elephants in South Africa’s most famous safari park, Kruger National Park. Then relax in the ocean paradise of Vilankulo, Mozambique—famous for its beautiful beaches and also as a leaping-off point for day trips to the sunny islands and nature reserves of the Bazaruto Archipelago. In the coastal waters, look for totally different kinds of wildlife than what you saw it Kruger when you embark on a seahorse safari! Countless colorful fish also swim in these waters, as well as dolphins, sea turtles, and dugongs.

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a great white shark in blue water looks at two people in an underwater cage taking pictures of it

Our coastal adventure itinerary includes cage diving in Gansbaai’s Shark Alley.

12-Day South Africa Coastal Adventure

This South African safari is specially designed for aquarium groups and lovers of all things aquatic. Snorkel with seals, go cage diving in Shark Alley, paddle among penguins, and more. You’ll explore South Africa’s coast and the world’s largest estuarine system. Depending on the time of year you travel, you may have the chance to see nesting sea turtles or go scuba diving in Indian Ocean coral reefs.

In addition to watching for whales, you’ll have a chance to track big mammals on land! Your last stay is at Phinda Private Reserve near South Africa’s western coast—home to elephants, giraffes, rhinos, lions, and more!

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South Africa Kruger National Park - Cheetah running

A cheetah sprints through the grasslands at Kruger National Park, South Africa.

14-Day Best of South Africa Safari

The Big Five—rhinoceros, lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, and leopard—are only a few of the animals you are likely to see on this conservation-focused South Africa safari.

You will learn how conservationists brought white rhinos back from near-extinction, then track rhinos with an expert guide. Your heart will race as you encounter the world’s fastest land predator at a leading cheetah refuge. You’ll assist with pangolin repopulation efforts in Africa’s only dry sand forest. And you’ll explore the Cape Floristic Region, home to 6,000 rare flowering plants found nowhere else in the world.

Nature walks and game drives—in the Western Cape, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, Phinda Private Game Reserve, and Kruger National Park—will acquaint you with a huge variety of stunning African game, local plants, and dazzling birds. The experiences you have in South Africa will inspire you for years to come.

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