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South Africa Safaris 2022-2023

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South Africa’s bounty is plenty. From the coastal cities that beam with excellence to the evocative landscapes that host spectacular wildlife, a South Africa safari from Zicasso will lead you to some of the Earth’s most remarkable places. Through Zicasso you will have access to the top safari experts, who have planned over 9,300 trips so far. In this amazing environment you will experience incredible wildlife encounters coupled with premier luxuries. For the best inspiration, visit our South Africa travel guide and explore the array of customizable itineraries below.

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Lioness and two cubs in South Africa

12-Day South Africa: Rainbow Nation Adventure

12 Day Custom Tour

From $4,915

The Rainbow Nation is yours to explore on this astounding 12-day adventure leading from Cape Town to Madikwe Game Reserve. Tailormade to spotlight the fascinating local culture, remarkable history, and heritage, as well as the wondrous unspoiled wilderness, this journey across South Africa is set to reveal a country more beautiful than one may believe made possible through participating in an array of enchanting activities.

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10-Day South Africa Tour: Kapama, Winelands and Cape Town

10 Day Custom Tour

From $4,695

Discover the majesty of South Africa and its wilderness on this tailormade 10-day tour, taking you from the emerald expanse of Kapama Private Game Reserve to the spectacular golden beaches of Cape Town. Along the way, you will capture the Big Five wandering through the bushveld and uncover significant South African heritage during tours of its age-old wine scene as well as iconic landmarks dotting the city beneath Table Mountain.

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Young leopard in Sabi Sands, South Africa

Exquisite South Africa Exploration: Culture to Safari

12 Day Custom Tour

From $4,939

Embrace open air and stunning beauty as this 12-day South Africa sample tour can be custom-tailored to your preferences. You can bask in Cape Town’s highlights or visit charming coastal towns, meet the penguins at Boulders Beach and search the landscape for Africa’s Big Five in Sabi Sands. From whale watching to wine tasting, game drives to luxurious lodges, South Africa offers it all.

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Honeymoon couple at Lion Sands Chalkley Treehouse, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Remarkable African Honeymoon Safari and Island Paradise

14 Day Custom Tour

From $8,983

The majesty of African wildlife, coastal splendor, and powerful cascades will enchant you on this 14-day luxury honeymoon of Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Seychelles. Experience the romance of a secluded safari lodge and embrace the powdery white sands of a tropical island. Snorkel in crystal-clear water, sample delicious wines, and discover the romance at Victoria Falls, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, and Mahe island.

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African Safari for First Timers - Female cheetah with her cubs in South Africa

African Safari for First Timers

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

Indulge in the intimate sparkle of wildlife and wilderness during this 10-day South Africa tour. Atmospheric Cape Town will dazzle and charm you before offering a journey through penguin covered peninsulas and indulgent Winelands. Kruger National Park will provide breathtaking safari experiences before allowing you to discover how Victoria Falls epitomizes the natural wonder of the continent.

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Elephant with baby crossing the river in Souther Africa

Family-Friendly Southern Africa Excursion

11 Day Custom Tour

From $5,825

From game drives and safari walks to herds of elephants and troops of baboons, this 11-day best of Southern Africa family safari allows you to experience the country’s majestic wilderness. Indulge in the thrills of luxury accommodations in the secluded wilds of private game reserves that offer unique insights into the abundant wildlife. Cruise rivers, walk with trained rangers, and bask in the wonders of the African bush.

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Adventurous Southern Africa Tour

12 Day Custom Tour

From $10,795

Experience the thrill of a lifetime during your 12-day South Africa adventure tour brimming with extreme marvels. Plunge into scenic views with the wind on your cheeks as you paraglide from Table Mountain and witness the ferocious gaze of a great white shark from the safety of a submerged cage. Capture the dizzying feeling of weightlessness during a scenic skydiving excursion and search an opulent game reserve for signs of traipsing rhinoceros or camouflaged leopards. Whether whitewater rafting, kayaking, or relaxing with an award-winning glass of wine, your South Africa tour promises hair-raising thrills and exclusive experiences.

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Lion on the prowl in South Africa

South Africa Safari for Seniors: Cape Town and Sabi Sands

10 Day Custom Tour

From $8,495

Explore in style on this exquisite 10-day South Africa safari and vacation for seniors at a relaxing pace. Five days in Cape Town envelops you in culture and natural beauty, from Robben Island to city streets and wild penguins. Then a 4-day safari in Londolozi celebrates the Big Five and more as you discover the wonders of an untouched Kruger savanna.

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A guided walking safari in the Okavango Delta

South African Adventure Tour: City, Safari, and Ocean

9 Day Custom Tour

From $3,595

Bask in the excitement of safari and the thrill of exploration during this 9-day South Africa adventure tour. Immerse yourself in the wilderness with game drives and guided walks in search of Africa’s renowned Big Five and dive into the Atlantic Ocean in search of great white sharks. From cycling Cape Winelands to finding ostriches in Good Hope Nature Reserve, indulge in limitless adventures in South Africa.

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View across vineyards of the Stellenbosch District with the Simonsberg Mountain in the background Western Cape Province South Africa

Flavors of South Africa Tour: New World Wine, Fine Dining & Classic Safari Experience

12 Day Custom Tour

From $9,355

Crafted with wine fanatics in mind, this luxurious 12-day tour of South Africa is designed to give you the perfect sampling of South Africa’s many flavors. From elegant wine estates in the Western Cape, to luxury lodges with expansive wine cellars in the heart of the bush, you will experience South Africa as guided by the country’s favorite wines. Coupled with an extraordinary culinary adventure, a sensational bush experience, and a few award-winning spas, this two-week tour will surely delight each and every one of your senses.

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Elephant in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Mesmerizing Off-the-Beaten-Track South Africa Safari

13 Day Custom Tour

From $7,535

Find yourself tracing South African art and culture within the buzzing cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, diving to the depths of the Indian Ocean to witness Great White Sharks, scouring the breathtaking Sabi Sands Game Reserve to spot magnificent creatures, uncovering the best that South Africa has to offer on this luxurious 13-day tour.

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Stellenbosch vineyards in South Africa's Cape Winelands.

Beauty of Southern Africa: Highlights Tour in 13 Days

13 Day Custom Tour

From $5,195

From elegant wine to regal lions and colorful flowers to lively penguins, discover the grandeur of the wilderness and wildlife during this 13-day Southern African highlights tour. Delight in game drives that reveal treasured sightings of the Big Five, bask in stunning panoramas that sweep across lush vineyards, witness Victoria Falls’ thundering rushing water, and indulge in the splendors of private game reserves.

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Wildlife and Wilderness Two-Week South Africa Safari

14 Day Custom Tour

From$11,055

From magical canyons to intimate hideouts, this will be the ultimate journey through South African nature, which will come in the form of a two-week safari in five destinations. Wildlife roams South African nature, desert-adapted elephants kick up dust on arid plains, and hippos wallow in ancient wetlands while rhinos and big cats traverse the savannah. After arid Madikwe, Mala Mala will showcase a true Kruger safari, and the opulent Kapama contrasts iSimangaliso before Hluhluwe-iMfolozi completes your natural connection.

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Exclusive Safari to the Kalahari & Greater Kruger

9 Day Custom Tour

From$14,395

The Kalahari and Greater Kruger National Park are stirring South African safari destinations set to seduce you and awaken your senses as you spend nine days exploring two of the country’s premier private reserves. Embracing the breathtaking wilderness scenes of sweeping savannas and lush bushveld and admiring the fascinating flora and fauna thriving in these untouched landscapes, you will be at a loss for words on this customizable luxe vacation.

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Romantic South African Safari Tour

9 Day Custom Tour

From$6,115

The marvels of the African landscape are endless during your luxury South Africa tour revealing true romance in secluded game reserves, pristine scenery, and the cultural heritage found in the wildlife and cuisine. Sink into the unfathomable passion of a sunset cruise at Table Bay and the mouthwatering pleasures of gourmet wines in the Cape Winelands. Search for roaming elephants or lounging lions in the grasslands and bask in the opulence of a safari lodge, horseback ride along the rugged coastline and savor the dreamy seclusion of the South African wilderness.

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Luxury South African Safari & Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

From$6,315

Allow yourself to be dazzled by the opulence and luxury offered by South Africa on this weeklong tour. Beginning at a lodge that defines luxury bush living, you will embark on an adventure through the wilderness in search of intimate encounters with leopards, lions and cheetahs. Moving on your second magical and untouched reserve, the adventure continues amidst archaic trees and sweeping vistas. Saturated and satisfied with wildlife, the tour concludes with a culinary spectacle in the city of Cape Town – complete with tastings of the continent’s best wines. This tour is the true combination of South Africa’s most elegant side.

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South Africa City and Wildlife Tour: Art, Food & Safari

11 Day Custom Tour

From$6,595

Witness South Africa’s reinvention as a country filled with emerging and painstakingly talented artists, chefs and explorers. Experience a country stretching her creative wings as you amble through vineyards, world cities and – of course – the African bush. Learn of efforts made to grow responsibly, protecting the breathtaking landscapes at every turn while still upholding the highest standard of luxury. See the side of South Africa that makes her truly unique, as you try not to fall madly in love with the country.

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Gems of South Africa & Botswana: Luxury Safari to Beautiful Winelands

12 Day Custom Tour

From$9,835

Revel in the endless thrill of elegant lions, graceful zebras, and the roar of Victoria Falls as you experience Southern Africa on a 12-day luxury safari. From the culture of the Kalahari Bushmen to elephants roaming the plain at dusk, the white sands of the Cape Peninsula to the delicate wines of the Cape Winelands, embark on a custom-tailored adventure through South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana.

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South Africa Safari & Vacation with Teens: City, Beach, and Bush

9 Day Custom Tour

From$3,595

Take your family on the adventure of a lifetime as you explore a South African city, bush and beach – all free from concerns of malaria! Begin with an invigorating climb up Table Mountain and a tour of this dazzling and family-friendly world city. Move out into the wilderness for the quintessential South Africa safari experience alongside lion, giraffe, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros. Unwind on the pristine shores of the Indian Ocean, wedged between wild bush and stunning ocean. This one-week tour of the country reveals all that it has to offer from some truly child-friendly properties.

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Intimate Exploration of South Africa: Safari and Starry Skies

9 Day Custom Tour

From$5,845

Capture postcard-perfect images galore as you search South Africa from the forested woodlands of Phinda Private Game Reserve to the savannahs of MalaMala Game Reserve on this breathtaking 9-day wilderness adventure. Your discoveries will lead you to watering holes where predators lurk beyond the shrubbery and gentle giants graze vast pastures, all scenes to swoon over stationed right outside your spectacular accommodations.

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Mandela's Legacy: 100 Year Dedication Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

From$7,195

Experience the life of Nelson Mandela on a custom-tailored legacy tour spanning the political and civil life of one South Africa’s greatest leaders. Follow in the footsteps of Mandela from childhood to presidency with specialist guides taking you on a distinctive tribute from Soweto to a private retreat at the Shambala game reserve. You will luxuriate along the banks of a glistening lake, uncover a storied life in the confines Robben Island, and enjoy the promises of a bright future in the colorful charms of Cape Town as you explore Mandela’s legendary life on a featured South Africa tour.

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Malaria Free Family-Friendly Safari with Cape Town & Garden Route Tour

11 Day Custom Tour

From$6,045

South Africa inspires, the beaches filled with penguins and the wilderness packed with the big five on this 11-day vacation. Every member of the family feels the surreal wonder of nature; whether it’s on a game drive or watching dolphins swim past the beach. Carefully tailored to impress all ages, this malaria-free itinerary connects the inspiring destinations of the south, from Cape Town to four days of big five safaris. It's an easy and seamless journey, yet one that's always packed with fresh experiences.

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South Africa Whale Watching Tour and African Safari

13 Day Custom Tour

From$9,745

Relish the rich natural beauty and diversity that South Africa has to offer, and enjoy the finest marine viewing experiences on this 13-day vacation . Get up-close-and-personal to marine mammals in their natural environment – experience the thrill of watching humpback whales lobtailing, southern right whales breaching, dolphins jumping and seals playing, and be awed by great-white sharks. Then shift your search from the sea to the land and scout the African bush for the Big Five – this vacation is packed with wildlife viewing for your enjoyment.

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Southern Africa Trip of a Lifetime: Evocative Safari Experiences

11 Day Custom Tour

Pristine ecosystems, untouched wilderness, and enchanting wildlife will bring your dream to life during your luxury 12-day African safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Travel the legendary branches of the Okavango Delta on a traditional moko in search of thirsty elephants, and then follow your private guide through the grasses of the Mana Pools for close encounters with playful wild dogs and grazing buffalo. From game drives to fishing excursions, specialist guides to opulent safari camps, your trip of a lifetime will immerse you in the unparalleled splendors of an African safari as you celebrate the spirit of the wild.

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South Africa Travel Guide
Meerkat family in the South Africa's Kalahari Desert
South Africa Travel Guide

Few destinations can encapsulate astounding wildlife experiences and enthralling cosmopolitan delights like South Africa.

Its famous national reserves, home to the Big 5 and so much more, in addition to a complex culture full of culinary discoveries and sobering history, provides a getaway that encapsulates polar opposite experiences.

To uncover the true wonder of this unique destination explore Zicasso’s South Africa Travel Guide to get inspired for your upcoming trip. When you are ready to learn the full extent of opportunities, submit a Trip Request and speak with a safari specialist.

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Best Time to Visit South Africa
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Best Time to Visit South Africa

South Africa is incredibly diverse, and the best time to visit will vary based on the goals of your trip.

No matter when you travel to South Africa, you will have a memorable and completely different experience. Situated among the majestic wildlife and fascinating landscapes, witness leopards near the water holes or discover hippos bubbling in the river or escape to the coast or savor the best of the South African Winelands.

The following information is your guide to planning your ideal South African safari vacation.

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6 Best Places to Visit in South Africa
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South Africa brims with diversity and dynamic experiences across the six best destinations that can range from “Big Five” safaris to cities and centers that teem with wonder.

Embark on wildlife adventures that include game drives and nature walks complimented by breathtaking scenery, take in spectacular coastal drives and white, sandy beaches, magnificent wine country and vibrant village squares.

Gather unforgettable memories with an insight into these captivating destinations across South Africa.

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7 Reasons to Choose South Africa for Your Safari

The seven reasons to choose South Africa for your safari demonstrate how the country pairs miles and miles of outstanding wilderness and game reserves with sensational natural beauty.

Remarkable national and private wildlife parks and reserves deliver quality safari experiences that include sightings of the Big Five, a plethora of other game, and incredible birdlife.

As one of the best safari destinations in Africa, with breathtaking scenery, idyllic lodgings, and the opportunity to combine city and beach escapes, every kind of traveler can find and pair the ambiances they desire when choosing the country for a safari.

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Top 15 Animals of South Africa and Where to See Them
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South Africa is a wild and wonderful destination for wildlife. Here, we have selected the top 15 animals of South Africa and where you can see them. For optimum game viewing, consider the cooler months of May through September for your safari.

The country offers one of the world’s most comprehensive safari experiences, the wide variety of iconic animals creating an unparalleled, intimate experience, whether you witness the Big Five or enjoy sensational views of the landscape from the comforts of your lodge.

From big cats to antelopes, the diverse range of wildlife captures natural beauty that’s enhanced by dramatic settings. Here are just some of the wildlife you may encounter during your South Africa safari.

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