South Africa offers a perfect mix of culture, nature, and adventure. Discover the "Rainbow Nation" through its famed wildlife on a world-class safari and in the neighborhoods of metropolitan Cape Town. Stay in remote lodges, taste local vintages in the rolling Winelands, and enjoy museums and fine dining in Johannesburg. Keep reading to learn more about planning your perfect trip to South Africa with kimkim's local specialists.

Why choose kimkim?

Kimkim connects you to a true local specialist living in South Africa. We are passionate about authentic experiences and based on your interests we create a totally customized itinerary for your trip. Our specialists will share their expert knowledge of South Africa and surrounding countries with you.

When planning with kimkim, you will be working with an experienced, creative, and highly-vetted local specialist who lives and works in South Africa and will collaborate one-on-one with you. With a trip booked through kimkim your safety, security and satisfaction are our priorities.

Your experience will be unique to you, as no two trips on kimkim are the same. Your local specialist will work with your preferred time to travel and personal tastes so you discover your South Africa as you’d like. We’re proud of the customized itineraries and special experiences that we offer.

Get started with kimkim by completing our quiz and start planning your dream trip today. 

Customizing Your Perfect Trip

Once you’ve signed up, we aim to get a good idea of what you’re looking for so we can match you to the right specialist in South Africa. Sharing details about your must-see places and the type of experience you’re looking for helps us to determine which specialist is the best one for you.

Each specialist has a unique set of expertise due to their experiences living in and traveling throughout South Africa. They will recommend accommodation suited to your needs, the best method of transport, and activities to maximize your time in South Africa. 

Unique Ways to Experience South Africa’s Highlights

Whether you want to see the "Big 5" on safari, visit the Winelands, or admire the views from the top of Table Mountain, our local specialists will find the most meaningful experiences so you make the most of your time in South Africa. You might be traveling a long way and we know it’s important not to miss the main places of interest, but that doesn’t mean you need to join a bus tour with strangers. 

Your local specialist knows where to spot wildlife roaming freely and undisturbed by other tourists. While Kruger National Park is world-famous for a reason, in the adjoining reserves in the Greater Kruger area there are fewer people around and you may have more opportunities to see lions, leopards, elephants, and giraffes, in their natural habitat.

If you are a foodie at heart, then you will be spoiled for choice in South Africa. Swirl your wine glasses at a vineyard, attend a South African braai (barbecue) or musical dinner theatre performance, or learn to cook traditional dishes with a local. Taste is a sense we sometimes don’t explore enough when we travel. 

Do you visit the Eastern or Western Cape? In South Africa there are so many regions and routes that it might be difficult to make a decision on what to do.  Allow your local specialist to map out a perfect route for you. Take the stress out of planning and experience the best parts of this magical country based on your interests.

Plan your trip to South Africa
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.

Working With Local Communities

In South Africa, we work to support local communities by using services supplied by people who belong to those communities. This means your drivers and guides will frequently be from the regions you're traveling in, and you’ll have the opportunity to stay in boutique, locally-owned lodging rather than international chains.

Detailed Trip Plans

Kimkim is different than conventional travel companies. Most of our trips are private, and we create very detailed itineraries including maps and in-depth guidance for how to make the most your time, all the way from breakfast to after the sun sets over the South African bushveld. See examples of our trip plans here.

In-Destination Support and Guidance

Kimkim’s travel experts are also there for you after you’ve decided on the details of your trip. Upon arrival and throughout your trip you will be able to contact your specialist and the kimkim team should you have any questions, concerns or positive feedback to share. Your specialist can provide additional tips so you can make the most out of your vacation, and are available to help once you land in South Africa. That means anything from suggesting a perfect restaurant in Cape Town, to facilitating last-minute changes to your itinerary (whenever possible) if you hit a snag in your travel plans.

Climate Neutral

Kimkim trips are 100% climate neutral. Plan your trip with us and support sustainable initiatives around the world, reducing your impact and strengthening communities along the way. Learn more

Written by Megan Griffiths, updated Feb 18, 2021