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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.
 
An extensive road and air network allow travelers to get around during their holiday easily. 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 neighboring countries, such as the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, or the Namibian desert.

Getting Around South Africa
Getting around South Africa's major cities/regions (such as Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kruger Park) is typically done by flight, although self-drives around certain regions is also a popular option. Read more

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South Africa Tours & Itineraries

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Spot elephants on your South African safari
Map of 10 Days in South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari
10 Days in South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari

This tour takes you from the sights of Cape Town to the lush Overberg, followed by an exceptional safari experience. Enjoy some of South Africa’s most sought after destinations across the diverse Western and Eastern Cape Provinces.

Bloukran's Bridge
Map of Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 10 Days
Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 10 Days

Spend 10 days taking in the Western Cape with this trip plan. You'll explore Cape Town and see Table Mountain from both a distant beach and right under your feet, sample the wines of Stellenbosch, and dive in to a great white cage encounter before you hit the road on the Garden Route for canoeing, hiking, animal encounters, and more.

Cape Winelands
Map of Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari - 8 Days
Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari - 8 Days

Enjoy a majestic eight-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.

Royal Natal National Park in the Drakensberg Mountains
Map of Country of Contrasts Road Trip: Cape Town, Garden Route, Wild Coast, Kruger National Park & More - 21 Days
Country of Contrasts Road Trip: Cape Town, Garden Route, Wild Coast, Kruger National Park & More - 21 Days

South Africa contains multitudes—of people, landscapes, wildlife, cultures, and more. With three weeks to explore, you'll travel through the highlights of contemporary Cape Town, beach towns of the Wild Coast, animal attractions in Addo Elephant National Park and Kruger National Park, and highs and lows from the Drakensberg Mountains to the Cango Caves. Learn about the country's complex history and ecosystems from the experts—the people who have lived with them.

Blyde River Canyon near Graskop, South Africa
Map of South Africa, Zimbabwe, & Botswana - 14 Days
South Africa, Zimbabwe, & Botswana - 14 Days

This exciting Southern Africa itinerary offers a perfect mix of self-drive and guided tours. Start in Cape Town, where you can explore the Cape Peninsula, head to the top of Table Mountain, or sample native wines in the area's sprawling vineyards. Fly to Johannesburg for the second leg of your trip—you'll enjoy multiple safari excursions and visit magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

Food & Culture in Cape Town - 6 Days
Food & Culture in Cape Town - 6 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.

Make the Most of Your Time in South Africa

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
South Africa - a vibrant melting pot of cultures
How Many Days to Spend in South Africa

With one week in South Africa, you can explore Cape Town and take a quick roadtrip to one of the surrounding towns, or spend a day or two exploring the city of Johannesburg. Two...

South Africa Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Cape Wine Lands in Autumn
Best Time of Year to Visit South Africa

South Africa is a year-round destination thanks to its varied landscapes—it's always sunny somewhere. No matter what season you visit in, you'll find something to do: Kruger...

Cape Town and Table Mountain from the air
Best Time of Year to Visit Cape Town

Planning your trip to Cape Town requires flipping your mental calendar, as the southern hemisphere’s seasons are a reverse of the northern hemisphere. South Africa’s hot, dry,...

South Africa Travel Advice

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South Africa Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Sindile Shamwari Lodge (photo courtesy of Shamwari Lodge)
The 5 Best Safari Lodges in South Africa

South Africa is home to world-famous national game reserves such as the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park, recognized for rhino conservation, and the Kruger National Park, the...

Our Latest South Africa Content

View from the deck of the Sindile Shamwari Camp (photo courtesy of Shamwari Private Game Reserve)
The 4 Best Safari Lodges in the Eastern Cape

When looking for a top safari lodge, the first step is to choose an excellent game reserve deep in the heart of the bush. Professional guides from the lodge will ensure excellent game-viewing with drives and bushwalks, birding, and tracking. Indulge in luxurious facilities with heated pools, spas, outdoor showers, king-sized beds, exquisite décor, excellent cuisine, and dining under the stars.

There is a safari just for you
How to Choose the Best Safari in South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the world's biggest and oldest game reserves, with national parks such as Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and Kruger and renowned private reserves like Shamwari and the Tswalu-Kalahari. Safaris usually mean game drives, but there are more unique options: a hot air balloon over the Pilanesberg National Park, a light aircraft above Kruger National Park, or a cruise with hippos in Isimangaliso Wetland Park. Whether you are a budget backpacker, a romantic couple, a family of exuberant kids, a crazy adventurer, or a stressed-out executive, there is a safari for you.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge, a high-end luxury lodge in Kruger National Park (photo courtesy of Lukimbi Safari Lodge)
The 5 Best Safari Lodges in Kruger National Park

Safari lodges in Kruger National Park offer everything from extravagant luxury to wilderness adventures, family holidays, and romantic seclusion. You may want to get back to nature, but there is no need to "rough it." Enjoy world-class game viewing along with beautiful and relaxing accommodation, delicious cuisine, and much more.

South Africa Travel Maps

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South Africa map: Guide to South Africa's Top Regions: Where to Go for Safari, Culture, Hiking, & More
Guide to South Africa's Top Regions: Where to Go for Safari, Culture, Hiking, & More
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South Africa map: 10 Days in South Africa - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in South Africa - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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South Africa map: 7 Days in South Africa - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in South Africa - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for South Africa
Travel specialist Deborah Smook
active 1 day 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 Carla Ferreira
active 13 hours 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 Howard Spencer-Wilson
active 1 day 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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Travel specialist Lize Enderstein
active 13 hours 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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Trip Reviews for South Africa

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Lize did a good job. Some suggestions in hin...
South Africa | Jul 20 - Aug 1, 2022

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Mark D.
Draper, UT | Aug 04, 2022

Lize did a good job. Some suggestions in hindsight:
At Victoria Falls, I recommend doing both sides of the falls. Pioneer Lodge is very good. The trip to Chobe is very good.
At Cape Town our guide Mario was very good.
Tangala--the tents have no heat. The sleeping and shower were accordingly very uncomfortable. Guests should be made aware of that before hand; we were not.
Elephant Plains is a great property, but the wi-fi is very limited to the bar area--nothing in the rooms. ... read more

Lize did a good job. Some suggestions in hindsight:
At Victoria Falls, I recommend doing both sides of the falls. Pioneer Lodge is very good. The trip to Chobe is very good.
At Cape Town our guide Mario was very good.
Tangala--the tents have no heat. The sleeping and shower were accordingly very uncomfortable. Guests should be made aware of that before hand; we were not.
Elephant Plains is a great property, but the wi-fi is very limited to the bar area--nothing in the rooms. The quality of the wildlife viewing was good, but the quantity was lacking. The quantity at Chobe and Tangala was much greater.

Local specialist: Lize Enderstein
Lize
Lize Enderstein
Local specialist in Palo Alto | Aug 04, 2022

Hi Mark,
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback, we appreciate it. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience. The feedback you send always provide us with clear insight and give a true reflection of your overall experience. We will take forward all the comments and criticism as it will help us to improve. We do know there is always room for improvement! Hope to be of assistance again in the near future.
All the best, Lize

Craig with Capey Tours in Capetown was amazin...
South Africa | Jul 4 - Jul 8, 2022

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Martha B.
East Chattanooga, TN | Jul 18, 2022

Craig with Capey Tours in Capetown was amazing he made our trip even better with his knowledge of Capetown and fun personality

Eddy and Adolph at Chisomo went above and beyond to make our safari exciting and packed with a great variety of animals.

Lucy was so easy to work with on our entire trip and was very fast to respond to any query. I will definitely recommend Kimkim to family and friends our trip could not have been better short of staying another week.

Local specialist: Lucy Berndt
Lucy
Lucy Berndt
Local specialist in Cape Town | Jul 18, 2022

Thank you Martha for all the incredible feedback. We are so pleased that you had a great time! Thank you for the wonderful review.

Anniversary trip of a lifetime to Southern Africa
South Africa | Jun 24 - Jul 5, 2022

Kenneth
Kenneth R.
Merced, CA | Jul 12, 2022

Tafadzwa (Taf to us) Chindove was the generous genius that helped my family plan and execute our life changing trip to Southern Africa. It was the 50th anniversary of our marriage, the high school graduation of our oldest grandchild, the 15th wedding anniversary of one of our children and so much more to celebrate that the trip just had to be perfect. It exceeded all of sour expectations.

There were 22 of our family on that trip. My wife and I, all four of our kids and spouses and all of... read more

Tafadzwa (Taf to us) Chindove was the generous genius that helped my family plan and execute our life changing trip to Southern Africa. It was the 50th anniversary of our marriage, the high school graduation of our oldest grandchild, the 15th wedding anniversary of one of our children and so much more to celebrate that the trip just had to be perfect. It exceeded all of sour expectations.

There were 22 of our family on that trip. My wife and I, all four of our kids and spouses and all of our grandchildren ranging in age from 5 to 18. All along the way there were fascinating things for all of us to see and do. We had dinner in a world class restaurant on a Cape Town mountain top with great child care we got to interview ahead of time, we saw the good the bad and the ugly of Soweto, the creation wonder of the Kruger complex including 43 species we counted of animals including all of the “big 5” at Kapama reserve, the Victoria Falls in full bloom, and had dinner on a 19th century luxury steam train on our 50th in Zambia.

Everywhere we stayed we saw the magnificence of Africa. And Taf was right there the whole time. We modified things along the way and she was right there to pave the way. She arranged medical visits to out hotel when testing for travel to Zimbabwe was required, handled small issues of time changes and large matters of air flights with coolness and professionalism.

Taf and her team are all 5 star as far as my family are concerned and all of the adults are professionals used to efficiency and competency and in KIMKIM and Taf we found that in excess. We will always remember our days in Southern Africa and if we ever get the opportunity to return to this sweet land you can bet we will be in touch with Taf before all else.

Taf and her company Salty Travel are amount the best of the best and is affiliated with KIMKIM travel as the consultant for South Africa. We really trust KIMKIM. When traveling in the first world we often plan our own trips though we consult with KIMKIM on diversions into the second or third world areas, or on hard to reach or time constricted travel. We used them to plan trips to Turkey, last fall to Egypt and now to Africa. They are just the best. Period

Hotel Review

Kapama River Lodge

Hoedspruit

Maybe the best hotel destination we have ever experience and My wife and I are very well traveled. All inclusive resort in the Kruger wildlife complex of South Africa, we had two photo safaris daily and actually saw all of the big 5 (leopard, Cape buffalo, lion, rhino, and elephant) and 43 other identified species plus countless birds. Guides were all expert trackers and very knowledgeable about the habitats in the region. Food was superb, the spa was so relaxing after long days, service was actually so good it was embarrassing. We were son well taken care of and appreciated that it was truly hard to leave. My whole family (22) of us agree, we would definitely choose Kapama again, no question

Authenticity & Character
The architecture and decode were luxuriously authentic
Location
Animals everywhere you look. Even right outside the window
Staff
Almost tripped over folks wanting to serve.
Cleanliness & Comfort
See above
Local specialist: Taf Chindove
Taf
Taf Chindove
Local specialist in Cape Town | Jul 12, 2022

Hi Kenneth

Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing the highlights from your trip. I am delighted that you were able to create wonderful memories while celebrating these cherished milestones with your family.

As mentioned previously you were so patient and such an easy group to work with and I genuinely enjoyed planning your trip. I am glad you got to see the different facets our region has to offer. We are eager to welcome you again whenever you're ready!

All the best and warm regards to you all
Taf