South Africa
Supreme accommodation, up-close encounters with wildlife, and world-class hospitality in the multi-cultural and biodiverse nation that is South Africa. This is a safari destination that has it all.
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South Africa
Safaris & Tours

We custom-make journeys across South Africa, from the private reserves of the Greater Kruger Park to the tropical coastline of Kwazulu Natal and the exquisite Kalahari countryside of the north. Our privately guided photographic workshops take place in some of the country’s most celebrated wildlife territories, including the historical home of luxury safaris, the Sabi Sand.

A World in One

 

South Africa is an all-encompassing destination that in 2019 was ranked third most biodiverse country in the world (after Brazil and Indonesia). It has blue-flag beaches, dramatic mountain ranges, ethereal indigenous forests, and savanna that sustains the world’s largest population of rhino.

 

Not only will you enjoy some of the best safari destinations in the world here, but you can visit lively cities, dine at Michelin-level restaurants, tour world-famous wineries, and see the country from the air, on foot, at sea, or in the seat of a 4x4. Your safari travel plans can include a city-stay and a sea-view if you so wish!

 

Award-winning lodges litter the landscape and have been designed to cater for elite travellers. The tourism infrastructure in South Africa is superior to its neighbouring countries, opening it up to varied experiences for visitors with specific needs.

 

Photographers will find South Africa offers perhaps the best big cat viewing and photographic opportunities in Africa.

Year-round appeal

 

The safari season in South Africa peaks in the dry, winter months. While the summer rainfall in this part of the country makes for beautiful, lush landscapes and brings hundreds of migratory birds, the game viewing is typically not as good as in the dry season.

 

May to September: During these months of no rainfall, animals are forced to gather at the remaining water sources, which gives us a better chance of seeing and photographing them. Winter also brings good weather with mild and sunny days and no rain, no humidity, and no mosquitos. April and October are also pleasant and better yet, being just out of peak season, the crowds thin out and the experience can feel more exclusive and prices are lower.

 

But South Africa offers more than a generous safari array, and the summer months from November to February bring beautiful weather to the Cape where the sunny city comes alive. Warm sunshine, cocktail bars, beachy restaurants, and even outdoor mountain getaways are popular during these months.

Travel the easy way

 

Passport validity: 6 months with one blank page for endorsements.

 

Tourist visa: Required. Valid for 90 days.

 

Vaccinations: Yes, yellow fever vaccination required only if entering from yellow fever endemic countries.

 

Medical care: South Africa has well equipped, hygienic and efficient private hospitals, and medical assistance is generally always within a 10-minute to 2-hour drive depending on where you are. Tourists are always advised to take out travel and medical insurance before travelling and to consult their doctors about taking malaria prophylactics.

 

Our top tip: Combine a photographic safari with a stay at the sea so that you can make the most of South Africa’s diverse landscape and balance your early-morning safari excitement with a relaxing beach holiday.

Not just wildlife

 

Safari activities in South Africa are centred around game drives in open-air 4x4s, which offer incredible opportunities to view the Big Five plus all the other safari favourites at close range. Different reserves and regions offer various additional activities, which are either included or available at an extra cost. A selection of other safari activities include:

 

  • Guided bush walks
  • Bird-watching
  • Guided star-gazing
  • Treehouse sleep-outs
  • Ethical encounters with habituated animals
  • Cultural tours to participating traditional tribal villages
  • Rhino tracking on foot
  • Rhino dehorning, elephant collaring, rescue and rehabilitation, and other conservation activities.

South Africa
WORKSHOPS

Our photographic workshops in South African destinations are big-cat and Big 5 focused because the Greater Kruger Park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve offer the best opportunities for viewing these animals in southern Africa. We’ve carefully selected the locations to offer photographers an exclusive safari experience in prime wildlife territory with professional guiding and tutelage in the field.

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ELEPHANT PLAINS

From R26,500 / per person sharing

Looking for leopards? Join us in one of Africa’s most productive areas for big cats. This trip is geared towards leopards, but also provides fantastic opportunities to photograph the other 4 of the big 5.

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KAMBAKU RIVER LODGE

From R16,800 / per person sharing

Come and enjoy one of the most beautiful lodges in Southern Africa, learn how to master your camera, whilst relaxing by the crocodile river and exploring the world famous Kruger National Park.

Tailored Experiences

If you’re looking for a specific South African safari experience to suit you and your family’s needs, we are here to help you choose the best locations and activities. Our knowledge of South Africa’s best safari regions, top lodges, and travel logistics guides our custom safaris so that we can package an experience just for you.

Top South African Destinations

The destinations we work with in South Africa offer only the best in terms of luxury accommodation and photographic opportunities. These are some of the country’s most famous wildlife territories and each one brings something different to the table. Within each of our listed destinations are a selection of South African safari lodges we know to be out of this world in terms of experience and comfort. From the Kalahari Desert in the north-west to the tropical coast in the south-east and the private Kruger properties in between, these are the best places to go on safari in South Africa.

Take Lance Along

Your own Personal Photographic Guide

Lance is a private safari guide and multi-award winning photographer whose knowledge and experience spans some of Africa’s most iconic destinations and beyond. He can accompany you on your tailor-made journey to provide uninterrupted guidance and expert advice.

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