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Wildlife holidays in South Africa

Discover the native animals of South Africa from the elephant, lion, rhino, giraffe and zebra in Kruger National Park to the Stony Point penguin colony and the whale watching capital of the world at Hermanus. Wildlife lovers will be spoilt for choice.
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Small group wildlife tours to South Africa

Hop on a safari vehicle in the Kruger National Park, one of the world’s premier game reserves for your chance to see the Big Five up close. Drive the Garden Route and experience vibrant Cape Town, African penguin colonies and world renowned wine-tasting. Whale watch at Hermanus (in season), the whale watching capital of the world.

Experience a Wildlife tour in South Africa at your own pace. Our South African wildlife holidays are graded from ‘Moderate’ to ‘Full-On’. Get off the beaten track with our expert itineraries and local tour leaders, our average small group size is just 12 people.

Our most popular wildlife tours in South Africa

South Africa and Swaziland

South Africa, Swaziland Wildlife Trip code ZK
Best seller
10 Days From £1499 without flights

South Africa Lodge Safari

South Africa, Swaziland Wildlife Trip code SAS
12 Days From £2199 without flights

South Africa's Garden Route

South Africa Discovery Trip code SGR
Best seller
12 Days From £1399 without flights

Kruger, Swaziland and South Africa's Garden Route

South Africa, Swaziland Wildlife Trip code ZKS
21 Days From £2890 without flights

Walking and Wildlife in South Africa

South Africa Walking and Trekking Trip code WSA
9 Days From £1399 without flights

Family South Africa Safari and Beach Adventure

South Africa, Swaziland Family Trip code FZK
Best seller
12 Days From £1565 without flights

Best wildlife destinations in South Africa

1. Kruger National Park
Our wildlife tours in South Africa always visit Kruger National Park. This iconic park has enabled generations of travellers to see the ‘big five’ from close-up. A huge number of species are present including elephant, lion, black and white rhino, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wild dog, hyena, wildebeest and almost all of South Africa’s species of antelope. The bird life is just as impressive with crowned cranes, bee-eaters and vultures. Finish the day listening to the sounds of the African bush. Take this safari on all our South African wildlife tours, including South African Highlights

2. St Lucia Wetlands
Stay in an intimate Zulu-style lodge in South Africa’s first world heritage site on our South African Lodge Safari. Set in flower-filled, lush gardens the outdoor lounge is the prefect setting to watch the colourful local birdlife. Spend your days relaxing by the pool or take a boat trip across the wetlands for a chance to spot crocodile, hippo and a wide variety of bird life. You may even experience a hippo roaming by night on your front lawn! 

3. Cape Peninsular National Park
Discover South Africa’s Garden Route and explore the Cape Peninsula with a scenic drive past the white-sand beaches of Fish Hoek. Stop off to walk around the small but important naval base of Simon's Town. Walk within the national park to Cape Point and the lighthouse, keeping an eye out for resident baboons, tortoises, otters and seabirds along the way. Pause at Hout Bay, with an optional boat trip out to Seal Island - home to 1,000 Cape fur seals and guarded by the impressive, towering Sentinel Mountain.

What to expect on a wildlife holiday in South Africa

When is the best time to go on a wildlife tour in South Africa? 
Mild throughout the year, South Africa can be visited all year round. Summer runs from November to March with temperatures averaging 24°C to 34°C. April and October are generally warm and sunny. The winter can be a nice time to visit as it is less busy but it can be cold in the early mornings and evenings. 

What is the accommodation like on a South African wildlife holiday?
Depending on the tour, will stay in a mixture of hotels, cabins, lodges, and even a tree house on your wildlife holiday in South Africa. Standards vary from rustic to premium depending on the trip and most include a bit of both. 
Rhino and bird in Kruger National Park, South Africa
What should I pack for a wildlife holiday in South Africa?
Daytime temperatures are warm and comfortable but the evening and nights can be chilly. All year round long trousers, a waterproof and windproof jacket are recommended. Take swimwear and a quick dry towel. Plus, comfortable shoes, trainers or sandals to travel in.

Do I need any additional equipment on a South African wildlife tour?
For a South African wildlife tour, we recommend you bring; a sunhat, sunscreen, a torch and insect repellent. Mosquito nets are provided by the accommodation where necessary. Binoculars are essential for bird and animal spotting and we recommend you travel with a reusable filtered water bottle.

How many people will there be on a small group wildlife holiday in South Africa?
Our average South African wildlife tour size is just 12 people. For family tours, in general you will travel with three to five other families.

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