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South Africa Safaris and Holidays

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Travel to South Africa with On The Go Tours

South Africa, the Rainbow Nation, is as diverse as it is beautiful, with a kaleidoscope of cultures, 11 official languages and strong influences from India, China, Malaysia and Europe. It's the ultimate holiday cocktail of cosmopolitan cities, world-renowned game reserves, rugged mountain ranges, beautiful beaches and a fascinating cultural heritage. The Garden Route, a spectacular scenic stretch of coastline which runs between George and Port Elizabeth is a real highlight. Draw cards include Knysna, Oudtshoorn, renowned for its Ostrichs & the nearby Cango Caves and Plettenberg Bay, with its miles of exquisite golden beaches.

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Top South Africa Travel Deals and Upcoming Trips

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Malaria-free Safari
Safe family adventure in South Africa

South Africa's Eastern Cape is the ideal family safari destination with an absence of malaria and a number of accessible private reserves along with the Addo National Park, home to a large number of elephants. Lying at the end of the scenic Garden Route, a safari in the Eastern Cape can easily be combined with a self-drive holiday along the coast visiting attractive colonial towns and beautiful beaches. Contact our tailor-made team for more information.

South Africa Overland Safari Tours

Overland Budget Accommodation Upgrade Available

Head out on an exhilarating overland safari through South Africa and beyond with our range of expedition style adventures. Travel by specially modified trucks with an experienced crew of three, camp in the wild and get stuck in with general duties as you travel from Cape Town or Johannesburg to any number of national parks throughout the continent on our longer multi-country safaris.

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Falls to Joburg

12 days | FROM USD $999

Kicking off at the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and travelling...

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Wildlife Beach & Falls

15 days | FROM USD $2,099

Starting in Johannesburg, go in search of the Big Five in Kruger and...

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Cape to Falls

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From Cape Town to the adventure capital of the world, Victoria Falls,...

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Southern Circuit

23 days | FROM USD $1,999

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South Africa Lodge accommodated safaris

See the very best of South Africa and end each day with the comfort of a proper bed on one of our lodge accommodated safaris. With a maximum group size of 12-14 passengers, you'll stay in a variety of standard to mid-range properties from rustic huts to private mountain reserves. You'll be well looked after with fully equipped vehicles for all transportation and the services of our trusty local guides.

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Kruger Walking Safari

4 days | FROM USD $1,349

On this unique safari, go in search of wildlife in Greater Kruger Park...

Wonders of the Garden Route

7 days | FROM USD $1,475

Travel from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town and discover the treasures of...

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Botswana Untouched

13 days | FROM USD $5,215

From Jo’burg to Victoria Falls, game drive through Botswana’s go a...

World in One Country

20 days | FROM USD $4,010

The South African safari that has it all! Exciting wildlife, scenery...

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South Africa Safari Holidays

Whether you're looking for a quick safari in the Kruger National Park, a city break in Cape Town or self-drive along South Africa's famed Garden Route, we have a selection of safari holidays to suit. Incorporate some beach time with a South Africa and Mozambique holiday or combine Cape Town and Kruger with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Our safari holidays can depart any day of the year and offer a choice of accommodation.

Lions | Kruger National Park | South AfricaTailored To Suit You

Kruger Wildlife Experience

4 days | FROM USD $979

Kruger National Park is best known for the Big Five - lion, leopard, -...

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Cape Town Experience

4 days | FROM USD $699

Enjoy a four day city break in captivating Cape Town - South Mother of...

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Garden Route Self Drive

6 days | FROM USD $959

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Kruger and Mozambique

10 Days | FROM USD $4,859

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South Africa tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.63 out of 5 based on 27 recent reviews — See All South Africa Reviews

Will, Mumma Flo and Aaron were amazing hosts and guides. Their expertise in their work was so apparent and flawless that it made the experience overwhelmingly enjoyable. Never before have I enjoyed myself so much on a guided tour. Your crew are to be congratulated and I am looking forward to my next trip with On The Go Tours.

The only negative I have is the length of the driving days. It would make for a much better experience if those days were split up with extra stops.

Cheers,

Myk and Jase”  

Mykel Brown • Submitted 8 Jun 2016

Excellent trip. I had a great time. There was nothing I could complain about. While we were not on a luxury camping expedition from what we paid, and it was not all that much, it was good value for our money. Guide was great and was always willing to talk with me, even answer what was probably an endless list of questions. Over 22 days we definitely had a feel for what the country looks like. ”  

John Bain • Submitted 9 May 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed! Will return to Africa sometime but would like to include other countries e,g. Mozambique etc. The driver Ian and the amazing cook- Thembelani also added to the excellence of the trip.”  

Brenda & Brian Harris • Submitted 1 Mar 2016

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Highlights of South Africa

Stand atop iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town, soak up the spectacular views from God's Window in Mpumalanga, go in search of the Big Five Kruger National Park or visit the UNESCO-listed and jewel of South Africa, the St Lucia wetlands. Drive the scenic Garden Route, a spectacular stretch of coastline running between George and Port Elizabeth. Trek in the Drakensberg Mountains, sample fine wines in Stellenbosch and discover pristine coral reefs, diving in Maputaland. Discover the enchanting Kingdoms of Swaziland, Lesotho and more! Whether you explore it on an overland safari, a lodge safari or a tailormade holiday, you'll soon discover that South Africa truly is a world in one country.

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Recommended places to visit in South Africa

The Rainbow Nation is home to some of the greatest diversity on the planet whether it's landscapes, animals or people with mountains, winelands and coast competing with world-class national parks and cosmopolitan cities. Here's just a handful of some of the country's top spots.

Addo National Park - Elephant sanctuary

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African Elephants | African Safaris | Africa

Located north of Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape, Addo National Park is the best place in South Africa to spot elephants. Set up in 1931 to protect the region's dwindling elephant population, Addo National Park is now a sanctuary to some 600 elephants as well as the remaining four animals in the Big 5 consort. It also encompasses a stretch of coast where great white sharks and southern right whales visit in season

Cape Town - The Mother City

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Green Point | Cape Town | South Africa

With gorgeous golden beaches, a thriving arts scene, attractive architecture and bountiful natural beauty, it's little wonder that Cape Town is southern Africa's most visited city. Fronting the Atlantic Ocean and backed by the dramatic flat-topped massif of Table Mountain, Cape Town has more than enough to entertain with easy access to the charming villages of the neighbouring wine regions.

Kruger National Park - The Big 5 and more

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See Zebras at Kruger National Park on our Africa safari tours

Located in the northeastern corner of South Africa across almost 20,000 sq km of sub-tropical woodland, the world-famous Kruger National Park is one of Africa's largest game reserves, home to a staggering diversity of wildlife including the Big 5 of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. The numbers of these iconic animals are equally as impressive with sightings of leopard, giraffe and cheetah reasonably common.

Port Elizabeth - Coastal charm

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Situated in the Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth is a large, populous city with great weather and superb scenery. The city is lined with pristine beaches which lead to a number of hidden caves and lagoons. Historically and culturally the city is important and there are a number of museums and memorials showcasing this. With so much to offer, Port Elizabeth should be visited by anyone travelling along the Garden Route which follows the glorious coast.

Stellenbosch - Winelands and culture

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For wine aficionados, Stellenbosch is a veritable paradise. Rolling hills and vineyards make up the city’s landscape as do historical buildings and the city’s highly-respected university, responsible for the multitude of students on bikes zipping through the streets. Throughout the city are several prominent wine estates offering tasting sessions and tours for those hoping to learn more about the wine-making process. Stellenbosch is also heavily involved with the Arts with a number of excellent museums and galleries.

Sun City - Family fun

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The ultimate getaway for adults and families alike, Sun City is a pleasure resort with golf courses, water parks and a casino just some of what is on offer at this magical kingdom. There are also bumper boats and a kids club for the younger guests as well as several safari options for those seeking a bit of adventure. In the evening performances of all kinds take place including cabaret productions and beauty pageants.

South Africa Travel Guide

To help you plan your trip we've put together an essential guide on travel to South Africa covering the weather, visas and what to expect on safari.

Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more.

Best Time to Visit

Info on climatic and weather conditions in South Africa

Stellenbosch | Winelands | South Africa

Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to South Africa

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for South Africa & info on getting your visa

Campsite in Africa | Africa Overlanding | Africa

About Overland Safaris

Travelling through South Africa on a overland safari

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The TCD Trust

The Tourist Community Development Trust

Get to know South Africa

Recommended Reading

  • Long Walk to Freedom
    by Nelson Mandela
  • Tomorrow is Another Country
    by Allister Sparks
  • Disgrace
    by JM Coetzee
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Facts about South Africa

  • Table Mountain has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.
  • South Africa is home to the second highest waterfall in the world, Tugela Falls where the water tumbles down 2,789 feet.
  • The oldest remains of modern humans, over 100,000 years old, were found in Klasies River Cave in the Eastern Cape.

South Africa Travel Advice:

We keep on top of the latest travel guidance to South Africa and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country prior to travel.

Online Travel Resources for South Africa:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official South Africa Tourist Organisation site and the latest South Africa Weather Updates from the BBC.

SOUTH AFRICA TRAVEL BLOGS: Our choice of top blogs from South Africa - Yomzansi, Inspired Living SA and Mzansi Girl.

South Africa Entries in our #feelgoodtravel photo competition

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“Whartog - one in a million picture”

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Active Days, Rustic Nights OTG Adventure
Active Days, Rustic Nights

Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.

OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

Cultural Experiences, Local Partners OTG Handpicked
Cultural Experiences, Local Partners

On our OTG Handpicked range we bring you best-of-the-best cultural experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.

Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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