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South Africa

Africa’s top tourist destination and home to Kruger National Park

  • Companies:

    519 operators
  • Capital:

    Pretoria
  • Population:

    44 million
  • Currency:

    South African Rand
  • Total area:

    1,219,912 km² (471,011 miles²)
  • Wildlife:

    38 animals listed
  • Languages:

    English, Afrikaans, ...
  • Airports:

    Cape Town (CPT)
    Durban (DUR)
    Johannesburg (JNB)

Voltage and plug type

Type C (220V)

Type C (220V)

Type D (220V)

Type D (220V)

Type M (220V)

Type M (220V)

Type N (220V)

Type N (220V)

Recommended vaccinations

Yellow fever Typhoid Tetanus
MMR Hepatitis B Hepatitis A

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About South Africa

South Africa is located at the southern part of the African continent and is officially called the Republic of South Africa. It is economically the strongest of all the African nations and is the ninth largest country in Africa by size. South Africa generally has a temperate climate but it has a varied topography that results in several climatic zones. At the northwest of the country lies the Namib Desert and the climate is very hot and arid. As one heads east towards Mozambique, the climate becomes much more lush and humid. With a wide range of climate such as this, it is no surprise that South Africa is home to many types of plants from cacti to baobabs to the montane evergreens of its temperate rain forest. It is estimated that roughly 10% of all known species of plants can be found in this country.

South Africa is also home to an impressive number of wildlife. Visitors to Kruger National Park and the Mala Mala game reserve can see Africa’s big five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino, as well as many other large animals including: giraffes, hippos, wildebeest, impalas, hyenas and kudu. Kruger National Park is one of the most well-known safari destinations and has a well-established infrastructure for visitors. A whole host of tour operators offer everything from generic game safaris to specialized tours such as photography safaris and mountain biking safaris. South Africa’s large number of international flights to Johannesburg also makes it an easily-accessible safari destination for tourists across the globe. It has more daily flights than any other airport in African and it also serves as a hub to safari destinations to other African countries, with Namibia, Botswana and Zambia being a direct flight away. In addition to its numerous game reserves and safari options, South Africa also provides an idyllic setting for those seeking for a complete holiday experience. From its white beaches to its award-winning wineries and vineyards, South Africa offers families and friends ample choice.

South Africa has a very established and mature safari infrastructure. In general, accommodation and tour prices tend to be higher than those of northern countries such as Tanzania and Kenya, but South Africa also provides more options in tours and in lodging. It is even possible to do a self-drive in South Africa, something that, while available in the northern countries, is not done nearly as much. South African parks do tend to have more visitors than other countries and people who are seeking a true bush experience in a more isolated setting might wish to take this into consideration. South Africa is an excellent safari location for first-timers and well-seasoned travelers alike, and it is recommended that guests take a few additional days when visiting to see some of the additional attractions this country has to offer.

Ibubesi Tours

Safari tour operator

5 reviews

Yascore 92

Since:
Feb 2015

Let us tantalize your traveling senses with the unparalleled splendor that only the Kruger National Park can offer. Coupled to arguably the most sought after park in the world, we offer more than 3... read more

More reviews:
  • 9 photos
  • 16 tour packages
Yascore 92

Since:
Feb 2015

Jobovic Safaris

Safari tour operator

5 reviews

Yascore 87

Since:
Mar 2012

Jobovic Safaris is a South African Tour operator with 25 years of combined experience in the tourism field, doing safaris to all Southern African countries. A tour with us offer inspiring adven... read more

More reviews:
  • 5 photos
  • 11 tour packages
Yascore 87

Since:
Mar 2012

Tracks Safaris

Safari tour operator

8 reviews

Yascore 87

Since:
Jan 2010

Tracks safaris are passionate about Africa - whether you are looking for a lodge or tented safari, a self drive, mobile, walking, flying or photographic safari or a safari for the whole family - le... read more

More reviews:
  • 10 photos
  • 4 tour packages
Yascore 87

Since:
Jan 2010

Biwakwango

Safari tour operator

14 reviews

Yascore 86

Since:
Mar 2001

Biwakwango is a South African based Tour Operator with 14 years of experience in creating and running exciting and unique tours. We strongly focus on low impact tourism such as walking, hiking ... read more

More reviews:
  • 5 photos
  • 1 tour package
Yascore 86

Since:
Mar 2001

2 reviews

Yascore 85

Since:
May 2011

Our Safari's allow you to get up close and personal with the Fauna and Flora of the Famous Kruger Park. We are Kruger Park Safari Specialists and our intimate knowledge of the park and which areas ... read more

More reviews:
  • 5 photos
  • 9 tour packages
Yascore 85

Since:
May 2011

Jangle Africa Travel

Safari tour operator

4 reviews

Yascore 85

Since:
Oct 2012

Jangle Africa is a tour operator based in Johannesburg in South Africa. We specialise in tailor-made trips and holidays around Southern Africa, from luxury safari getaways and lavish beach holidays... read more

More reviews:
  • 0 photos
  • 13 tour packages
Yascore 85

Since:
Oct 2012

Private Kruger Safaris

Safari tour operator

1 review

Yascore 84

Since:
Sep 2007

Private Kruger Safaris offers Wildlife photography and small group tours in Kruger National Park. We are an experienced outfit with specialised nature and photography guides. Tailor-made and... read more

More reviews:
  • 10 photos
  • 0 tour packages
Yascore 84

Since:
Sep 2007

Outlook Safaris

Safari tour operator

1 review

Yascore 83

Since:
Mar 1998

Outlook Safaris specializes in guided safaris to the Kruger National Park, Greater Kruger Park Private Lodges, Pilanesberg National Park, KZN Wildlife Parks and Cape Town to Addo National Parks. ... read more

More reviews:
  • 0 photos
  • 4 tour packages
Yascore 83

Since:
Mar 1998

Wild Planet Safari

Safari tour operator

2 reviews

Yascore 83

Since:
Mar 2010

Wild Planet Safari offers the most exciting, personal and reliable tours through South Africa. We are experts in the field of South Africa`s wildlife and culture and offer great value for money tou... read more

More reviews:
  • 10 photos
  • 11 tour packages
Yascore 83

Since:
Mar 2010

Encompass Africa

Safari tour operator

2 reviews

Yascore 82

Since:
Jul 2009

Focusing on tailormade authentic safari travel, Encompass Africa designs each and every itinerary with care to deliver genuine immersive experiences. It’s about engaging all of the senses, cutting ... read more

More reviews:
  • 10 photos
  • 36 tour packages
Yascore 82

Since:
Jul 2009

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