South Africa Tours & Safaris

Where vast plains of wilderness meet vibrant cities and rich cultures. Experience authentic South Africa on an award-winning tour or safari.



South Africa. A lively nation of diverse people, thrilling wildlife, and distinct landscapes. A captivating destination for any adventurer. Game reserves to vineyards. Cosmopolitan cities to coastal roads. Table top mountains to bays of the Indian Ocean.

Our South Africa tours and safaris are led by expert guides. And they know South Africa. The best spots for elephant sightings. The tastiest food in Cape Town. The most idyllic beaches.

South Africa is the ultimate holiday destination. Along the Garden Route, you'll find picturesque towns, golden beaches, dramatic cave systems, inland lagoons, ancient forests, and a wide selection of outdoor pursuits. In the Eastern Cape, there's the world-famous Kruger ecosystem, where game drives reveal an unparalleled variety and density of Africa's most famous animals including the Big Five. South Africa's award-winning wines can be enjoyed in and around the extremely photogenic city of Cape Town, backed by the dramatic flat peak of Table Mountain, facing Cape Point and the undulating ocean.

We'll show you the way to authentic South Africa, leaving no stone unturned. It's why we win British Travel Awards. And it's why you can be confident you'll return home with life-long memories.

South Africa Overland Camping Safaris

Our selection of traditional camping safaris are a great way to take in the wildlife and sights of South Africa. Ranging in length from 12 days to 2 months, you can explore the country alongside many of its neighbours, from Namibia to Botswana all the way up to Kenya and Tanzania. Staying in tents and travelling in a fully equipped overland truck with the services of a three-person crew, these escorted tours are stacked with game drives - perfect for those looking for the best wildlife encounters.

Check out our selection of camping safaris in South Africa below, and get in touch with our team today to discuss your South Africa holiday.

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Jo'burg to Falls

12 Days | FROM R10,090

From Johannesburg and South Africa's world famous Kruger National Park, travel through to thundering Victoria...

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Falls to Joburg

12 days | FROM R10,090

From thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, travel through to South Africa's world famous Kruger National Park...

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Cape to Namibia

14 days | FROM R10,090

Depart from the 'Mother City' of Cape Town and head north up to beautiful Namibia. Discover the expansive Fish...

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Namibia to Cape

14 days | FROM R8,625

Travelling from the capital Windhoek, experience the very best of Namibia including wildlife rich Etosha...

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Cape to Falls

22 days | FROM R13,355

From Cape Town to the adventure capital of the world, Victoria Falls, travelling through Namibia and Botswana...

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Falls to Cape

22 days | FROM R13,355

Southern Africa at its best. Kick off at Victoria Falls, spot game at Chobe and Etosha National Parks, explore...

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Kenya to Kruger

33 days | FROM R40,660

Enjoy a real African adventure on this 33 day overland safari, travelling from Nairobi to Johannesburg. Go in...

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Kruger to Kenya

33 days | FROM R45,500

Travel from Johannesburg to Nairobi on this 33 day overland safari, visiting some of the most abundant and...

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An African Adventure

37 days | FROM R43,930

See the best of Africa, from its magnificent craters, dune-filled deserts and spectacular waterfalls, to its...

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An African Adventure Southbound

37 days | FROM R43,930

See the best of Africa, from its magnificent craters, dune-filled deserts and spectacular waterfalls, to its...

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Kenya to Cape

43 days | FROM R50,700

Embark on an overland journey across almost half the African Continent from Nairobi to Cape Town. Offering a...

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Cape to Kenya

43 days | FROM R50,700

Embark on an overland journey across almost half the African Continent from Cape Town to Kenya. A heady mix of...

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The Big Overlander

47 days | FROM R66,580

Travelling from Nairobi to Johannesburg, experience the diverse landscapes, rich culture and incredible...

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The Big Overlander Northbound

47 days | FROM R76,350

Discover seven different countries, travelling from South Africa northbound to Kenya. Spot wildlife in some of...

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Great African Expedition

57 days | FROM R73,290

Our longest tour to Africa covers nine incredible countries, from Kenya to South Africa. Spot iconic wildlife...

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Great African Expedition North

57 days | FROM R73,290

An epic 57 day African overland safari travelling from Cape Town to Nairobi, through South Africa, Namibia,...

South Africa Lodge Accommodated Safaris

If camping isn't for you and you would prefer to see South Africa in style, then our lodge safaris are just the ticket. Staying in the best lodges the country has to offer, these escorted tours immerse you in the country's finest scenery and wildlife. Whether you're heading along the coastal Garden Route, riding to the top of Table Mountain, or searching for exotic wildlife on a bucket list safari experience, you'll do so knowing you have a comfortable bed and plenty of amenities to look forward to at the end of the day.

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Cape Town & the Garden Route

8 days | FROM R28,000

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED TOUR: Take in the highlights of South Africa's captivating Mother City and the...

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Safari in South Africa

8 days | FROM R34,650

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI Go in search of the Big Five on safari in South Africa, visiting the...

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Sensational South Africa

18 days | FROM R56,700

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: See the best of South Africa's wildlife, scenery, and the kingdoms of...

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Sensational South Africa Southbound

18 days | FROM R56,700

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Discover the highlights of South Africa and the kingdoms of Eswatini...

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Table Mountain to Victoria Falls

20 days | FROM R72,450

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Travel from Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain in South Africa to...

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Victoria Falls to Table Mountain

20 days | FROM R72,450

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Travel from Zimbabwe's spectacular Victoria Falls to Cape Town - South...

South Africa Private Safaris & Tours

Our private safaris and tours are a great option if you'd prefer to travel just with your family and friends. Our Cape Town & Kruger safari includes an internal flight between two of the country's main destinations and with our self-drive tour, you can get behind the wheel of a rental car to explore the gorgeous Garden Route.

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Cape Town & Kruger

9 days | FROM R31,880

PRIVATE SAFARI: Discover the best of Cape Town and search for the Big Five on safari in Manyeleti...

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Garden Route & Safari Self Drive

10 days | FROM R40,390

PRIVATE SELF DRIVE TOUR: Explore Cape Town, take in the natural wonders of beautiful Garden Route and...

Tailor-made Holidays

A thirst for adventure can take you anywhere. So we'll tailor a bespoke South Africa tour just for you. An experience to tick your boxes, with your budget and time frame in mind.

Set on a safari? Dying to discover the Garden Route? Excited to explore lively city streets? Tell us what's on your bucket list - we'll make your South Africa holiday happen.

Get in touch to plan your dream South Africa trip. We can't wait to get started.

Frequently asked questions about our touring holidays in South Africa

Will I see the Big Five on safari?

Seeing the iconic Big Five in the wild is the main aim for the majority of travellers to South Africa. The Big Five are the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Most of our South Africa tours and safaris visit the Kruger ecosystem, which is South Africa's premier wildlife destination, home to all of the Big Five. Other reserves to explore include Addo Elephant National Park, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park and Manyeleti Game Reserve. Our trips include numerous game drives and you'll be accompanied by a qualified safari guide who will help to point out the creatures you see.

Of course, wildlife is unpredictable and no sightings can be guaranteed on tour, but our safaris give you the best chance possible to spot the Big Five and other wildlife.

What is the Garden Route?

The Garden Route is a famous 200km stretch of South Africa's coastline from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. It is widely regarded as being home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, with beaches, cliffs, lagoons, and charming towns such as Knysna and Hermanus. Many of our tours and safaris travel along some or all of the Garden Route.

When is the best time to go to South Africa?

South Africa is a year-round destination, but for wildlife viewing, the drier, cooler winter months of May - September are optimal. For exploring the Garden Route and hitting the beach in Cape Town, the summer months of November - April are considered the best time to visit.

There is more information in our handy guide to visiting the country.

What do I need to bring on my camping safari?

If travelling on one of our camping safaris, we recommend you read our guide to overland camping safaris. You can also see a detailed packing list in the Trip Notes for each tour.

Some of the important items to remember are: sleeping bag, travel pillow, towel, Mosquito spray (with active DEET ingredient), your own personal first aid kit, torch, antibacterial wipes, a photocopy of your passport data, and your Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.

What is the local payment for on your camping safaris?

The local payment is a cost per person that needs to be paid in US Dollars cash only. It is this payment that in part covers the park fees and other inclusions such as meals as detailed on each tour page. The local payment also covers your arrival transfer and 1st night’s accommodation.

Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations in the US dollar, the local payment amount may be subject to changes. This payment will be collected by your tour leader at the Welcome Meeting on day 1 of your escorted tour. Our Reservations team can give you more information about the local payment, the cost of which can be found on each tour page.

How big are your tour groups in South Africa?

On our South Africa tours and overland camping safaris, the maximum group size is 30, and these tours depart with a minimum of 4 passengers.

On our Handpicked lodge safaris, the group sizes vary from very small, e.g. 6/7 up to 16. The maximum group size for each individual tour can be found on the tour page.

Will I have a tour guide on my trip?

On our overland camping safaris, you will be escorted by a qualified tour leader who will act as your guide, as well as a driver and cook.

On our lodge accommodated safaris, you will enjoy the services of local qualified tour guides and safari guides for included sightseeing - as detailed on the tour pages for each trip.

Can I drink the tap water?

In the main cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg, the tap water is generally safe to drink. However, in rural areas, we don't recommend consuming the tap water as it can lead to stomach upsets. Stick to filtered and bottled water instead.

As a solo traveller will I have to pay more to travel to South Africa?

On our overland camping safaris, solo travellers will be matched up with another solo traveller of the same sex, with whom they will share a tent. If there is no other solo traveller of the same sex on the tour, you will have a tent to yourself at no extra cost.

On our Handpicked lodge safaris, a single supplement applies for solo travellers. The cost of this can be seen on the tour page for each trip.

Is South Africa safe?

It is true that South Africa has a high crime rate when compared to many countries. However, the risk to travellers remains very low. This is particularly true on our group tours and safaris, where you will be accompanied by a professional guide or a larger crew.

Generally, the most crime occurs in townships on the edge of cities, which we do not visit on our tours and would recommend avoiding if exploring independently. Cities including Cape Town are no more dangerous than other modern cities.

More detailed information on staying safe during your holiday can be found here.

What is the current travel advice for South Africa?

As a UK-based company, we follow the latest up to date advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO). You can see the latest travel advice and local laws here.

South Africa tour reviews

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

The trip was awesome. From the airport pick up to our guides escorting some of us to the border so we could leave early (corona :( )

We saw so many things and a great variety. We were safe and very well fed. Moonya? kept us happy and healthy with delicious mushroom sauce and yummy peanut cabbage. There was always a vegetarian option.

Becky keep us safe on the road and was an excellent driver and helped me with my tent.

Gift keep us organized and informed with a great sense of humour. His love of Africa always shone through. I did find some parts a bit slow. I did not really enjoy so many idle afternoons but some in the group did.The truck should have curtains and some small repairs to the seats but was pretty comfortable for the most part. A source of power in the back would make life much easier.

Campsites were almost all excellent. I was in a great group and the three weeks flew by.

I cannot say enough good things about our crew. A great trip.”  

Yvonne Koskamp • Submitted 19 Mar 2020

Exceptional experience of Southern Africa - Exceptional service and spot on itinerary, have used On The Go many times before and shall do again. Never an issue with any booking ”  

Isaac Weir • Submitted 13 Mar 2020

Stunning experience. Wonderful experience of South Africa and Zimbabwe. We were looked after superbly by Manda, Martin and Franz. Camping is the best way to experience such beautiful countries ”  

Gregory Ward • Submitted 6 Mar 2020

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The Big Five

Here's everything you need to know about the Big Five in South Africa, including population information and the best national parks to spot each species on your South Africa tour.

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Lion

Population: 2,300
Where to see them: Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Gondwana Game Reserve

South Africa is one of just a handful of African countries with a stable population of lions, though the wild population is still significantly smaller than the captive lion population. You will only see truly wild and free lions on tour with us.


Elephant

Population: 10,000
Where to see them: Addo Elephant National Park, Kruger National Park

Despite many threats, elephant populations in South Africa have recovered from a historic low of just a few hundred to around 10,000.


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Leopard

Population: 3,000 - 11,000
Where to see them: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Madikwe Game Reserve, Addo Elephant National Park

Leopards are elusive so populations are hard to estimate. Numbers are thought to be declining but there are stable populations in many protected areas. Leopards are very versatile and there is scope for recovery if habitat is preserved and restored.


Rhino

White rhino population: 15,000 - 18,000
Black rhino population: 2,000
Where to see white rhinos: Kruger National Park, Shamwari Game Reserve
Where to see black rhinos: Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park

Although South Africa is home to more rhinos than many countries, numbers in Kruger have declined dramatically in recent years due to poaching. Wildlife officials are working hard to combat poaching, and the resumption of tourism should help.


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Buffalo in South Africa

Buffalo

Population: Unknown, but it is a common species
Where to see them: Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park

The most common of the Big Five, buffalo are also regarded as the most dangerous animal in Africa! Buffalo are notoriously aggressive and unpredictable, roaming the plains in large herds - they will probably be the first member of the Big Five you will spot on safari.


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Your time is precious. You need to make every second count. That's why we do the planning. And we deal with the logistics. It means we can lift the stress from your shoulders. It means we can craft your ideal adventure.

You can book with us in confidence - our trips are ABTA and ATOL protected. And you can expect the exceptional service we're proud to offer.

The Best of South Africa

South Africa, the Rainbow Nation, is an incredibly diverse country. Modern cities like Cape Town boast beautiful beaches and amazing culture. The Garden Route is as scenic as it gets anywhere in the world, and Greater Kruger National Park is home to some of the world's most iconic animals. There's more stunning scenery in the Drakensberg Mountains and the independent but surrounded mountain kingdoms of Lesotho and Eswatini. Plus, you'll definitely want to try wine tastings in the Cape Winelands. Here are some of our top destinations and the best hidden gems you can explore with a South Africa tour.

Cape Town in South Africa

Cape Town

Highlight of the Western Cape, Cape Town has a laid-back beach vibe, incredible attractions such as Table Mountain, blissful beaches and a turbulent but fascinating history - best explored with a trip to Robben Island. The majority of our South Africa tours and safaris start or finish in Cape Town, and many include guided tours of the city and Cape Peninsula, or free time to explore at your own pace.

A lion in Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

The best safari haunt in South Africa, Kruger National Park takes in much of the wide Kruger ecosystem and is home to all of the Big Five. There are many great lodges and campsites within the reserve itself, and wildlife here is protected by rangers so that it can thrive for generations to come.

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Knysna

Possibly the most picturesque location along the Garden Route, coastal Knysna is located next to shimmering Knysna Lagoon and is well-known for The Heads, two rugged sandstone formations that attract thousands of visitors. It's a great spot to unwind for a couple of days.

Drakensberg Amphitheatre - South Africa

Drakensberg

A great location for hiking and breathing in lungfuls of clean mountain air, Drakensberg is another classic example of South African scenery. Sweeping through the country for hundreds of miles, it's a location you won't want to miss on your trip.

Hippos in iSimangaliso Wetland Park - South Africa

iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

Protected by UNESCO and another of the country's finest wildlife destinations, iSimangaliso Wetlands Park comprises a huge wetland area teeming with life, plus numerous other intact ecosystems including beach, bush, and forest. Whale watching is possible at the coast and birdlife is in abundance, with more than 500 species recorded here.

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth

At the other end of the Garden Route, Port Elizabeth is characterized by Blue Flag beaches and is well-known for having the majority of its attractions within 15 minutes of the airport! Addo Elephant National Park is nearby for wildlife and the Route 67 art exhibition dedicated to Nelson Mandela is a must-see.

Need more information? Check out our ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA TRAVEL GUIDE!