South Africa Safaris and Holidays

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 ostriches and the nearby Cango Caves, and Plettenberg Bay with its miles of exquisite golden beaches.

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Depending on your preference, we have a number of different safari styles to South Africa that take in many of the best places from adventurous overland camping expeditions to lodge accommodated small group safaris and tailor-made holidays.

Top South Africa Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Wonders of the Garden Route - 7 days Port Elizabeth, South Africa 02 Jan 2017 USD $1,328 was $1,475 10% off Wonders of the Garden Route - 7 days Map
World in One Country - 20 days Johannesburg, South Africa 17 Jan 2017 USD $3,609 was $4,010 10% off World in One Country - 20 days Map
Cape, Namibia & Falls - 22 Days Cape Town, South Africa 22 Jan 2017 USD $5,180 was $5,755 10% off Cape, Namibia & Falls - 22 Days Map
Falls, Namibia & Cape - 22 Days Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 23 Jan 2017 USD $5,180 was $5,755 10% off Falls, Namibia & Cape - 22 Days Map
Botswana Untouched - 13 days Johannesburg, South Africa 17 Feb 2017 USD $4,694 was $5,215 10% off Botswana Untouched - 13 days Map

South Africa Overland Safari Tours

Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe & Zambia | AfricaFalls to Joburg - 12 days MapActive Days, Rustic Nights

Falls to Joburg

12 days | FROM USD $1,255

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

Oryx in Sossuslvlei | NamibiaCape to Namibia - 14 days MapActive Days, Rustic Nights

Cape to Namibia

14 days | FROM USD $1,255

Depart from the 'Mother City' of Cape Town and head north up to the of...

Zebras drinking | African Safaris | AfricaCape to Falls - 22 days MapActive Days, Rustic Nights

Cape to Falls

22 days | FROM USD $1,615

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

Rhinos | Africa Safaris | AfricaSouthern Circuit - 23 days MapActive Days, Rustic Nights

Southern Circuit

23 days | FROM USD $1,999

Starting and ending in Johannesburg, explore Kruger - South Africa's a...

Leopard in a tree | African Safaris | AfricaKenya to Kruger - 33 days MapActive Days, Rustic Nights

Kenya to Kruger

33 days | FROM USD $2,785

Enjoy a real African adventure, from Nairobi to Johannesburg. Check of...

Fish River Canyon | Namibia | AfricaCheetahs, Canyons & Coast - 33 days MapActive Days, Rustic Nights

Cheetahs, Canyons & Coast

33 days | FROM USD $2,599

Discover the best of Southern Africa with this epic trip from to Cape...

Okavango Delta | Botswana | AfricaAn African Adventure - 37 days MapActive Days, Rustic Nights

An African Adventure

37 days | FROM USD $3,055

See the best of Africa, from its magnificent craters, dune-filled and...

Table Mountain | Cape Town | South Africa | AfricaKenya to Cape - 43 days MapActive Days, Rustic Nights

Kenya to Cape

43 days | FROM USD $3,505

Embark on an overland journey across almost half the African A heady ...

Zebras | African Safaris | AfricaThe Big Overlander - 47 days MapActive Days, Rustic Nights

The Big Overlander

47 days | FROM USD $4,405

Experience the contrasts and raw appeal of this majestic continent up...

Lions in Samburu National Park | Kenya | AfricaGreat African Expedition - 57 days MapActive Days, Rustic Nights

Great African Expedition

57 days | FROM USD $5,035

An epic expedition that heads south from Kenya via Uganda to Cape trek...

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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.

South Africa Lodge accommodated safaris

Elephants in Kruger | South Africa | AfricaKruger Walking Safari - 4 days MapCultural Experiences, Local Partners

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...

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...

Cape, Namibia & Falls

22 Days | FROM USD $5,609

An amazing 3 week adventure starting in Cape Town travelling north to...

Falls, Namibia & Cape

22 Days | FROM USD $5,609

Head south from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Africa's 'Mother City'...

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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.

South Africa Safari Holidays

Lions | Kruger National Park | South AfricaKruger Wildlife Experience - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Kruger Wildlife Experience

4 days | FROM USD $979

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

Cape Point | South Africa | AfricaCape Town Experience - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Cape Town Experience

4 days | FROM USD $695

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

Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma | South Africa | AfricaGarden Route Self Drive - 6 days MapTailored To Suit You

Garden Route Self Drive

6 days | FROM USD $959

Drive along South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route, from cosmopolitan...

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.

South Africa tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.73 out of 5 based on 26 recent reviews — See All South Africa Reviews

Nerise was an excellent guide - she looked after us all fantastically well, she was friendly, knowledgeable, organised and efficient. Our driver was Alan, he too was brilliant, he kept the van ship shape and was a pleasure to be around.

We enjoyed the tour very much. If I had to change the tour at all I would have liked more time in Stellenbosch and wasn't keen on the stay in Lesotho so would have given that a miss. Also, we had 12 people on our tour which, in the van was the maximum I would have liked to travel with.”  

Deborah Brandwood • Submitted 23 Sep 2016

When booked Sarah Bansgrove gave all the details and was very knowledgeable about the safari. The tour was more than expected and seen all big 5 and more.

The accommodation was well organised and enjoyed the whole entire safari experience. Very clean, comfortable room, breakfast, dinner and lunch was all traditional foods which was nice. I would really recommend on the go tours to any of my friends. Really fantastic safari experience. Simon and Johnson were very good and guiding and spotting the animals.”  

Rachel Elly • Submitted 10 Sep 2016

Had an amazing time travelling from Johannesburg, South Africa to the awesome Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. I preferred the Zimbabwe part of this tour as it was more "African" than S.Africa and the scenery was outstanding. Vic Falls cannot fail to blow your mind, laying in your tent at night listening to the thunder of the falls is a sound that will remain with me for years to come. Kruger National Park does not fail to deliver the Big 5 - in fact we saw ours within the first couple of hours - amazing. Of course this tour may not suit those adverse to camping, but I loved it, especially when camping in the unfenced sites, sat waiting under an African sky for the elephants to make their way down to the water hole. Plus during the South Africa section it felt like we spent more time shopping in Malls than on Safari, but this was to enable the guides to purchase supplies for the next few days. Our guide was young but nevertheless armed with information on the area and the wildlife. This is not my first tour with On The Go Tours, and it will not be my last. Thank You guys x”  

Helen Whitehead • Submitted 8 Aug 2016

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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.

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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.

Stellenbosch | Winelands | South Africa

Best Places to Visit

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

Best Time to Visit

Info on climatic and weather conditions in South Africa

Top Travel Tips

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

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

Etosha National Park | Lodge Safaris | Africa

About Lodge Safaris

More about our lodge accommodated safaris in Africa

Giraffe and Zebra | African Safaris | Africa

Safari Wildlife Guide

Where to see Africa's wildlife and the best time to do so

Herd of Elephants | African Safaris | Africa

Spotting Africa's Big 5

Our guide to the best places to see the Big 5

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The TCD Trust

The Tourist Community Development Trust

Get to know South Africa

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Did you know...?

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.

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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