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Luxury South Africa Safaris

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South Africa is a destination unlike any other, and when you couple it with the most luxurious accommodations, experiences, and access, its exceptionalism shines even brighter. Encounter remarkable city atmospheres and expansive, wild landscapes inhabited by Earth’s most fascinating display of nature. Create your ideal luxury South Africa safari with Zicasso’s expertise at your disposal.

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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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Two waterbucks stare directly into the camera in Sabi Sands, South Africa

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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Observing a lion pride while on safari game drive in Phinda Private Reserve, South Africa.

South Africa Safari Adventure: Private Game Reserves and Cape Town

13 Day Custom Tour

From $5,845

Leopards prowl, elephants roam, buffalo stare and lions roar through the night, and it is all so close to you. On a South Africa safari, you are not on the outside looking in as you are immersed in a wildlife world, and enveloped by the rhythm of life. Handcrafted to provide the complete safari experience, this 13-day vacation will include the country’s three finest safari destinations before ending in Cape Town. Expect sublime lodges, stunning wildlife encounters, and a complete escape into the wilderness.

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Young leopard drinking from a watering hole in Sabi Sands, South Africa

Boundless Beauty: 17-Day South Africa and Mozambique

17 Day Custom Tour

From $11,470

From the dazzling suburbs of the city of gold, Johannesburg, to the sweeping lush plains of Sabi Sands Game Reserve and from the bustling districts and gorgeous coastline of Cape Town to the pristine beaches of Ponta Mamoli, this 17-day tour is tailored to showcasing what makes South Africa and Mozambique must-visit destinations. Embrace their boundless beauty, from the untouched wilderness to the immaculate coastlines during your stay.

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Catamaran excursion in Cape Town, South Africa

Ultimate Two-Week South Africa Tour for Families

14 Day Custom Tour

From $11,335

No matter your age and no matter your interests, this ultimate 14-day South African family vacation has something for everyone. You will be whale watching, mountain biking, ostrich riding, meeting elephants, and coming face to face with lions. There will be quiet beaches, vibrant streets, captivating locals, and a dramatic range of landscapes. From Cape Town to Timbavati, you will absorb the authentic African experience on the ultimate South African, family vacation.

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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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MalaMala photography safari. Photo courtesy of MalaMala Camp

Private South Africa Photography Tour

13 Day Custom Tour

From $10,395

South Africa cannot be defined in a single image. A country with 11 official languages and thousands of iconic settings, the landscape of South Africa evokes the drama of nature and the diversity of cultures. This 13-day photographers' tour will explore its many angles and you will need to bring all of your lenses as grand aerial photography is mixed with fascinating portraits and no shortage of giant mammals. From Cape Town to Kruger to the Indian Ocean, this is a journey through both the famous sights and unknown faces.

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Couple watching a herd of antelope from the Rovos Rail

High End South Africa Luxury Safari

11 Day Custom Tour

From $8,795

Opulence and luxury will define your 11-day high-end South Africa safari. You will experience the splendor of mouthwatering cuisine, the drama of private views, and the glamour of sensational wines. Sample rich chocolates after a day viewing giraffes and enjoy a bespoke train ride celebrated for lavish comforts. From African penguins at Boulders Beach to flawless wildlife photos, you can indulge in perfection on your exclusive South Africa safari.

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Elephant in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Luxury South Africa Tour for Seniors

14 Day Custom Tour

From $11,055

South Africa floats on a blanket of serenity, its charming rhythm creating a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. For senior travelers, tranquility and luxury make South Africa a beautiful first visit to the continent, along with a destination everyone wants to return to. This luxury 14-day seniors' tour combines the country's exquisite paradigms, incorporating big game safari, Cape Town's sights, coastal whale watching, and the sensual delights of the Cape Winelands.

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Watching elephants from the bridge at Dulini Lodge in South Africa

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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Camps Bay with the Twelve Apostle Mountains in South Africa

Exclusive South Africa Tour for Romantic Couples

12 Day Custom Tour

From $9,355

Safari, beach, city, wine, history, mountain; discover the exclusivity and diversity of the country with this romantic South Africa tour. Destinations are connected by beautiful rural roads, taking you from iconic Cape Town to the tip of Africa and onwards to your vintage Big Five safari. In just 12 days, this luxury chauffeured tour combines a little of everything that the country is famous for, concluding with the elegant ambiance of the Cape Winelands.

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Impala observing in Kruger National Park

Exclusive Private Safaris in Sabi Sands & Kruger Park

13 Day Custom Tour

From $10,915

Your daydream of finding cheetah on the hunt or herds clashing at a waterhole comes to life during your 13-day South Africa safari tour of Kruger and Sabi Sands. You can explore the exclusive side of the world-famous Kruger ecosystems as you stay in five different private reserves and conservancies. Each is handpicked for its sublime accommodation, exceptional game viewing, and beautiful range of experiences perfect for a luxury adventure.

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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
Aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa.
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
Cheetah in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa
6 Best Places to Visit in South Africa

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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Top 15 Animals of South Africa and Where to See Them
Cheetahs drinking at a watering hole in the Kalahri Desert, South Africa
Top 15 Animals of South Africa and Where to See Them

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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7 Reasons to Choose South Africa for Your Safari
Bush walk with Marataba Safari, South Africa
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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