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Introducing South Africa

South Africa has a diversity in landscape and beauty that is as varied as the rainbow of cultures that inhabit the land. From the precipitous mountains of the Cape with its picturesque vineyards to the iconic savannahs of the Kruger National Park where lions & elephants roam, South Africa has something for everyone.
 
A thorough and extensive road and air network allow travelers to easily get around during their holiday. You can combine world-class wildlife safaris, many different African cultural experiences, beautiful and vibrant cities such as Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban, the vast open spaces of the Great Karoo, the warm & blue waters of the Indian Ocean with its golden beaches, and the green mountains known as the Drakensberg, famous for its vast collection of Bushman paintings.
 
South Africa serves as an important hub for the Southern African region, which means you can combine your trip with the highlights of other neighboring countries, such as the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls or the Namibian desert.

South Africa Travel Insights

South Africa's Garden Route - 10 Days
South Africa's Garden Route - 10 Days

Get ready for 10 days of pure adventure and breathtaking scenery! This jam-packed jaunt around Cape Town and the Western Cape's Garden Route offers a mix of high-octane thrills, incredible wildlife, and rich cultural history. You'll meet sharks and elephants, tackle the world's highest bungee jump, and sample delicious local wines in the Winelands.

Cape Winelands
Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari - 8 Days

Enjoy a majestic 8-day tour of Cape Town and Kruger Park Safari, two of South Africa’s top highlights. You will take in the beauty of the Cape Peninsula, Winelands and the city of Cape Town, followed by a great safari experience in the Kruger National Park, where the iconic African wildlife roam free.

Blyde River Canyon
Best Outdoor Adventures in South Africa

When you think South Africa, you think African safari and of the ‘Big 5’ animals most people come to see. Or, perhaps, of its famous coastline, patrolled by Great White Sharks. But South Africa has much more to offer than this, especially when it comes to outdoor adventure travel.

Food and Culture in South Africa: 5 Days
Food and Culture in South Africa: 5 Days

Delve into South Africa's rich cultural heritage through its diverse cuisine on this five-day food tour of the Cape Town area. This vibrant city is bursting at the seams with exciting culinary experiences. You'll swirl your wine glasses at a vineyard, attend an African musical dinner theatre performance, and learn to cook traditional Cape Malay dishes with a local.

A lion at close range
"Big 5" Tour in Kruger National Park - 3 Days

This whirlwind tour features the best of Kruger National Park - home to more than 500 bird species, 100 reptile species, and 150 mammal species, including the Big 5 (elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion, and leopard) and the endangered African wild dog.

South Africa Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
10 Days in South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari
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South Africa, Zimbabwe, & Botswana - 14 Days
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Garden Route and "Big 5" Tour - 6 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for South Africa
Travel specialist Carla Ferreira
active 51 mins ago

Carla Ferreira

I have traveled to over 50 countries and know the importance of having someone with local knowledge and advice to give you tips on where to go for those unforgettable experiences. A born and bred...

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Travel specialist Lize Enderstein
active 7 days ago

Lize Enderstein

I work as a senior consultant for African Travel Gateway and have 15 years of experience in the travel industry. We plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays for our clients that fit within...

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Travel specialist Deborah Smook
active 6 hours ago

Deborah Smook

I get super excited every time I get to share my country with anyone and I want to make sure that when someone does come, they are blown away by the people, the beauty, and the incredible value for...

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Travel specialist Howard Spencer-Wilson
active 22 hours ago

Howard Spencer-Wilson

I co-own and manage the African Travel Gateway, where we plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays of all sorts, for all sorts, with all sorts of budgets... Our recipe for client satisfaction?...

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Trip Reviews for South Africa

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
lilia

South africa in 15 days , South Africa - May 15 - May 29, 2019

Traveler: lilia s. - Local specialist: Deborah Smook

This is the third time I’ve used kimkim to help with my travel planning. Clearly they work with the best travel specialists in the world. For my South African adventure kimkim connected me with Elgin Africa, I couldn’t have asked for a better match!

Deborah contacted me first, she got back to me right away with answers for my questions about budget and best time to visit South Africa. After couple of emails I knew I was in good hands.

Tara contacted me second, she was wonderful from the... read more

This is the third time I’ve used kimkim to help with my travel planning. Clearly they work with the best travel specialists in the world. For my South African adventure kimkim connected me with Elgin Africa, I couldn’t have asked for a better match!

Deborah contacted me first, she got back to me right away with answers for my questions about budget and best time to visit South Africa. After couple of emails I knew I was in good hands.

Tara contacted me second, she was wonderful from the start, always available to quickly and patiently answer any questions, worked around my budget and tailored the itinerary based on the list of places and experiences I wanted.

This trip was amazing largely to Tara’s impeccable planning, I never had to worry about a transfer, guide (the guides that Elgin Africa works with are wonderful), or accommodation, everything was perfect!

While traveling, Deborah and Tara checked up on me often making sure everything was running smoothly and that I was enjoying my trip.

Anybody planning to visit South Africa should contact Elgin Africa, they are the best!

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Deborah Smook, local specialist, responded to this review:

I've asked Deborah to post my response to your beautiful review here as I was not able to.

Thank you so much for taking the time to share a bit about your experience booking with us, and for the amazing feedback. It is truly appreciated, and heart-warming to know that you enjoyed your trip so much. We could not have asked for a better result. :) Seriously, it brings us so much joy that you enjoyed your vacation in South Africa this much!

We wish we could review our clients too. You were... read more

I've asked Deborah to post my response to your beautiful review here as I was not able to.

Thank you so much for taking the time to share a bit about your experience booking with us, and for the amazing feedback. It is truly appreciated, and heart-warming to know that you enjoyed your trip so much. We could not have asked for a better result. :) Seriously, it brings us so much joy that you enjoyed your vacation in South Africa this much!

We wish we could review our clients too. You were and have been nothing but a pleasure to work with. It was also wonderful to meet you in person in Cape Town. We do hope you visit again!

Wishing you all the best,
Tara

*Hi Lilia
From my side as well, thank you for the great review. Tara is still talking about you!
And I have to compliment you on the photos you posted - they are really good!
Deb

Wine tour, South Africa - Apr 30 - May 1, 2019

Traveler: Mary P. - Local specialist: Deborah Smook

We had two tours- one with Eon and one with Lisa- and both were wonderful! Eon took us to the wine country- 3 wineries and lunch- and Lisa took us on a scenic tour of the peninsula- Cape Point, Boulders Beach- and lunch at Two Oceans. We cannot say enough about them- both guides were so knowledgeable, fun, interesting, attentive, sweet- we were so very impressed! Would definitely recommend both to our family and friends.

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Deborah Smook, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Mary

Thank you for the positive feedback. I have been wondering how it went! Eon said you had a great time, but always good to hear it from you as well. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in our beautiful country as well.

Till next time.

Deborah & Marita

South africa jaunt, South Africa - Apr 10 - Apr 22, 2019

Traveler: Seth J. - Local specialist: Deborah Smook

We had a truly great trip. We spoke with Deborah and Tara beforehand and they planned everything out perfectly. All great choices for accommodations, tours and guides. Also, they stayed in touch with us the whole time to make sure we had no problems or to make additional suggestions on the go. So glad we found them and KimKim!! Seth Jacobson

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Deborah Smook, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Seth and Susan

Thank you for the great review (and the peanut butter cups 😉). It was a pleasure working with you and if we could rate the travelers, then we would give you a 5 too. All the best and hope to have you back one day.

Deborah and Tara