South Africa is often given the name “A world in one country”, as it is one of the most diverse countries in the world. South Africa offers so much for every type of traveler at a competitive price. In this country, you combine a safari with culture and lots of activities. For example you can choose to visit the wine route, garden route, spot whales, penguins, to go hiking or cycling, or visit trendy modern cities such as Pretoria or Cape Town. In South Africa, it is all there!
Going on safari in South Africa is a unique adventure! Wild Times specializes in organizing tailor-made safaris. Guided by your ideas and preferences we create an itinerary that suits you and your travel companions best! To give you an idea of the possibilities you will find some example safaris below, though it goes without saying that organizing tailor-made safaris is what we do best. Call us for advice or request a safari proposal here.
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Unique safaris in South Africa
This tour brings you all that makes South Africa so special. Travel along beautiful winelands, learn about South Africa’s colonial history and see whales and other wildlife such as elephants, lions and giraffes.
Deze rondreis voert langs bekende wijngebieden, geeft inzicht in Zuid-Afrika’s koloniale verleden en biedt naast het spotten van walvissen of dolfijnen een kijkje in een aantal fantastische natuurparken.
Deze korte safari combineert het Kruger Nationaal Park met Mozambique. Het Kruger Nationaal Park heeft natuurlijk een reputatie waar je U tegen zegt! Hier kunt u twee volle dagen op zoek gaan naar wild onder begeleiding van een kundige gids vanuit een heerlijk luxe lodge. Daarna vliegt u naar Mozambique voor een viertal volle dagen aan het strand, naar believen door u in te delen met rust en relaxation of met activiteiten op- aan en in het water. Dit is een mooie korte combinatie met volop voldoening!
This incredible safari will take you along South Africa’s cultural and natural highlights. Relive the country’s rich history, taste its world famous wines, face South Africa’s wildlife and enjoy breathtaking activities.
South Africa is an increbily diverse holiday destination. There are several world famous National Parks, modern cities, wine areas and attractive beaches waiting to be discovered.
Below are descriptions of some of them. Please let us know what safari parks and beach destinations you wish to include on your safari The degree of success of your safari relies on the election of accommodation and the order of the parks. That is our strength, so email or call us for advice or a personal travel plan.
The Winelands in South Africa are ideal to learn about South Africa's history and to taste its world-famous wines. Stellenbosch and Paarl clearly show the Dutch fingerprint in their architecture. The town of Franschhoek is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and is also special because of its beautiful location. Franschhoek is known for its many important vineyards and in the village you will find several of South Africa's best restaurants. The village and flowery setting is a tourist attraction and is often visited along with Stellenbosch from Cape Town.
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
The most well known private game reserve in South Africa is without a doubt Sabi Sands, next to the Kruger National Park. Sabi Sands offers a safari experience like no other in the world. You can find the Big Five here and some of the most amazing and unique safari lodges. Sabi Sands is well known for your chances of seeing leopard. This elusive animal is fruquently seen in the Sabi Sands. You can rest assured that you will come home with stunning memories and beautiful pictures.
Madikwe Game Reserve
Madikwe Game Reserve is the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa. It is also one of the least known reserves where you can experience the real safari feeling. One of the big advantages of the reserve is that it is malaria free. And you can spot the African Wild Dog here with a bit of luck! Madikwe lies about 90 kilometers north of Zeerust, at roughly 4 - 5 hours drive of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Lesotho is an enclave, built at an incredible altitude in middle of South Africa. It is also known by the locals as ''Kingdom in the sky''. This idyllic little kingdom guarantees beautiful views, birdlife and unique flora. For hikers Lesotho offers many interesting hiking trails, which also can be done on horseback. The friendly people, combined with the relaxed atmosphere make for a unique experience and an extra dimension to your trip in South Africa.
Kwazulu Natal is the home of the Zulu and has much to offer. Drakensberg is an absolute must. In this province lies the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve, the second most famous national park in South Africa. For the traveler who is interested in South African history, there are the Battlefields. Dolphin Coast and Wetlands Area in St. Lucia are two other highlights in this province that will enrich your safari.
The Kruger Park is located east of Johannesburg, bordering Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In the park, you have a great chance to spot the Big Five (lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo). The” Big Five” takes its name from the fact that these animals were regarded in the past as the most dangerous to hunt. You can stay in the Kruger Park itself or in the surrounding private parks which provide a more tranquile experience.
Little Karoo (or Klein Karoo)
Little Karoo lies between four mountain ranges: the Swartberg Mountains, Long Mountains, and the Outeniqua Mountains Kamanassie. The mountains are visible from everywhere and its charming villages ensure the Little Karoo is an absolute must for a trip through South Africa.
Cape Town was established in the 17th century when the V.O.C. decided to establish a trading post. In the following centuries, it became a melting pot of different nationalities. Its unique archeological location and its historic sites such as Waterfront, with Dutch influences in architecture, give Cape Town a unique charm.
Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and the heart of the South African economy, particularly through the gold industry and business. Johannesburg is known for its skyscrapers and its rich history. The historical town of Soweto is on your doorstep while visiting Joburg. The history of Soweto coincides with the emergence of apartheid in South Africa and was originally created to house white South Africans. Nowadays, over five million people live in Joburg.
Between Swellendam and Port Elizabeth lies a beautiful coastline known as the Garden Route. Here you will find South Africa's most beautiful beaches and charming coastal towns. The Garden Route can be characterized as adventurous and accessible. The infrastructure is very good so you can travel easily from place to place. In the surroundings you will find ancient forests , pristine beaches and rivers that plunge into the sea determining the characteristics of the landscape . The Garden Route is heavenly and very suitable for nature lovers and hikers.
Safaris are available in all shapes and sizes. Wild Times would like you to enjoy an authentic safari experience. Therefore, our preference goes to small-scale accommodation and game drives in open Land Cruisers or Land Rovers. Apart from great itineraries, it is also possible to include the following activities to your safari.
Elephants are huge animals. It is very special to experience a safari on the back of an elephant. We can organize a safari on elephant's back in Ado, Ahzyview and Pilanesberg in South Africa for example. It is an exceptional way to see the wild life from very close!
A horeseback safari in South Africa is an incredible experience. Enjoy an old style horseback adventure in South Africa and see elephant, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and other game on well trained horses. On of the greatest things about a horseback safari in South Africa is the variety in the country's geography: from bushveld savannah to rocky outcrops and mountains are waiting to be explored by you and your fellow travelers.
In the middle of the migration zone of the Eastern and Southern African birds is Chelinda Lodge, the Nyika Plateau. This is the ultimate birding destination, and is in an area with rolling hills where wild orchids provide an abundance of color. Nyika Plateau is ideal for hiking, bird watching and cycling activities in South Africa.
A night game drive is a lovely addition to your safari in South Africa! Night drives in South Africa in the private game reserves are nice opportunities to spot game not usually seen during the day. Night drives in Kruger may only be conducted by park rangers in large park vehicles. In the Private Game Reserves, night game drives are done in open 4x4 vehicles. The main advantage of the open safari vehicles is that you get a better view and also a much better feel for the wild than in a closed vehicle.
A honeymoon in South Africa is simply amazing! Whether you prefer to unwind on an unspoiled private beach, enjoy the sophistication and charm of Cape Town or experience the adventure of a honeymoon safari - South Africa is the perfect honeymoon destination for lovebirds. Stylish accommodation, historic Cape Dutch wine estates, romantic sea-side villages and luxurious private game lodges designed to blend in with the natural environment are some of the things that make a honeymoon in South Africa something you will cherish for the rest of your life.
South Africa is a golfer's paradise and literally has hundreds of 18 and 9 hole golf courses. The golf courses in South Africa are suitable for beginners and advanced players, and the unique locations make a golf holiday in South Africa something special. One of the most famous golf courses of South Africa is the Hans Merensky Golf Club. Here you will find antelopes, giraffes and other wildlife walking between the holes.
We offer ranger courses in nature reserves and parks. You'll learn all about nature, conservation, driving 4x4s, shooting and many other skills needed in these wildlife parks. Annual training takes place in South Africa and the 28-day field course can be done in Kenya, Botswana and South Africa. Apart from this you can do community work and contribute to the well-being of South Africa's people.
Dolfijnen spotten is een populaire bezigheid in Zuid-Afrika. In bijna alle kuststreken van Zuid-Afrika tref je dolfijnen. Aan de Zuidkust met name in Hermanus, Gansbaai, Mosselbaai,Plettenberg Bay en andere kustplaatsen aan de Garden Route, de Wild Coast en Durban. In Kaapstad kun je tijdens een sunset cruise vanuit het Victoria & Alfred Waterfront de dolfijnen voor de boot uit zien zwemmen.
Op een half uur van Kaapstad begint het Kaapse Wijnland, een gebied met schitterende bergen, groene valleien, wijngaarden en boomgaarden vol fruit. U vindt hier de bekende landhuizen met de zeer herkenbare Kaaps-Hollandse stijl. Vanwege het gunstige klimaat en de vruchtbare grond is dit gebied uitermate geschikt voor de wijnbouw.
Een spectaculaire belevenis is om walvissen te zien. Deze reusachtige dieren vind je in Zuid Afrika van juni tot oktober in de Indische Ocean. In deze periode komen ze om te paren en om hun jongen de eerste veilige maanden te geven in de ondiepe wateren van de Indische Oceaan. Er zijn verschillende manieren. Dagelijks gaan boten vanuit Hermanus de zee op om deze indrukwekkende dieren rond te zien zwemmen. Maar onze voorkeur gaat uit naar een uniek privé huis aan de kust vanwaar je vanuit je bed de walvissen voorbij ziet zwemmen.
Robbeneiland is een historische plek. De meeste mensen kennen het vanwege de tijd die Nelson Mandela er in gevangenschap doorbracht. Echter, de VOC gebruikte het eiland al om tegenstanders gevangen te zetten.
Best time to travel
Overzicht van de gemiddelde temperaturen en neerslag in Noord-Oost Zuid-Afrika:
Overzicht van de gemiddelde temperaturen en neerslag in zuidelijk Zuid-Afrika: