South Africa is a lion, a grape, a flower, a painting and a smile. It stands out among African nations for its sheer diversity.
This land of perpetual sunshine offers urbane cities and old-world vineyards, spectacular vistas and thrilling big game drives. It is well endowed with natural attributes such as the fynbos, a botanically rich region known as the “Cape Floral Kingdom” noted for dramatic flowers such as the king protea. Two mighty oceans collide near the Cape of Good Hope, and great graceful sweeps of coastline stand uncrowded and uncluttered.
Private game reserves hark back to the era when the land was owned by elephant, leopard, impala and zebra. Malaria-free reserves are ideal for families with young children. Indeed, many of the extraordinary boutique hotels, lodges and inns are genuinely family friendly with specialized programs and activities catering to each family’s interests.
South Africa is also noted for its ancient rock art and cave paintings created by the original San people and dating back millennia. Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, for example, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of just 23 sites worldwide granted this status on the basis of both natural beauty and cultural significance. It has 500 known sites of San rock art.
South Africa appeals to the travel connoisseur who delights in exceptional cuisine, historic architecture, world renowned wines, luxurious railway journeys and outstanding accommodations. From jazz and art galleries, to small craft markets with locally produced arts and textiles, to classic game-viewing South African safaris, this is the lovely composition that is South Africa.
President’s Picks: Botswana & South Africa 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $11,975
"Botswana is truly the last frontier, a pristine safari destination, with a mission to protect the pinnacle of sustainable tourism. This adventure goes beyond conventional safaris, introducing state-of-the-art facial recognition software as the means of identifying and tracking animals. This extraordinary Botswana safari takes place in and around the filming locations used by National Geographic’s Dereck and Beverly Joubert. You end your journey in South Africa's Winelands and with a photographic workshop in Cape Town."
South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $6,550
Take in the famous Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe and and enjoy the wide range of activities ranging from a cruise on the Zambezi River to bungee jumping. Explore Botswana's remarkable national parks and private game reserves teeming with animals including huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Discover the Okavango Delta's rich waterways by canoe and boat and travel into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, where the ancient Mopane forests, open grassland and seasonal floodplains coexist. Savor the experience of staying in small, luxury safari lodges and tented camps that recall another, slower time.
President’s Picks: South Africa 10 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $9,000
“Change is the name of the game in Africa and this is especially true in South Africa. As a second generation native, I have witnessed everything from government changes to the rise of leaders such as Nelson Mandela. Through it all, South Africa has always carried a special place for me because of its dynamic blend of the modern metropolis of Jo’burg and small cosmopolitan Cape Town with the quintessential safari experience. And, it serves as a gateway to the entire continent. Some things never get old.”
South Africa’s Unique Lodges 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $11,350
South Africa is home to a variety of outstanding and unique lodges and tented camps. This adventure offers three very distinctive properties that give travelers experiences ranging from the classic African safari in search of the 'big five' in Sabi Sands, to the rare and unique fynbos plant kingdom of Grootbos, with its remarkable whale watching opportunities, to grass lands of the Kalahari, home to the traditional San people.
South Africa 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Family Travel
Starting Price: $6,850
Combine extraordinary wildlife, noted wine estates and coastal stays for an ideal vacation.
Classic South Africa 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $16,599
Experience the best of South Africa from Cape Town, South Africa’s charming, coastal capital city. Sample vintages from ward-winning vineyards of the Winelands. Discover the richness of South Africa's wildlife in private game reserves of Sabi Sands and the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve, the largest private game reserve in South Africa. Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula, from dramatic Chapman’s Peak to the eccentric South African penguin colony.
Custom South Africa Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $9,800
Explore a wealth of activities tailored to your interests in a family-friendly environment.
South Africa & Zimbabwe 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $13,950
Discover South Africa's cosmopolitan cities and rugged coast and go on safari in Zimbabwe.
Speed Collection South Africa 10 Days New Reality Interest(s):
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This "Adrenaline Factor: 5" adventure goes rappelling, racing and jet boating.
Southern Africa: A Connoisseur’s Ultimate Journey 17 Days Interest(s):
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Experience some of the best the region has to offer, from classic private luxury lodges to cage diving with great white sharks.
South Africa & Zambia 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Cape Town, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world, has a great deal of charm and historical interest. A day in the Winelands offers you a private tour of noted vineyards to learn about the winemaking process and enjoy samples of featured wines. Safari in Sabi Sands Game Reserve to see Africa’s big five – leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Travel into Zambia for an unforgettable journey to Victoria Falls.
South Africa, Botswana & Zambia 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $20,250
Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and the big five (leopard, lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant) make this a stellar journey.