South Africa Safari Holidays

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South Africa Safaris

With its diverse range of world renowned National Parks and private game reserves, South Africa offers some of the finest safari experiences on the continent. At FREEDOM we offer four ways to enjoy a safari in South Africa:

  • Stay at a safari lodge, with game drives and bush walks included
  • Join a small group tour, to visit a number of parks and reserves
  • Hire a car to travel independently on a self drive safari
  • Include a safari experience in a longer multi centre holiday

There’s ideas for each below, but don’t hesitate to call our friendly team. Whatever you would like to do they can arrange it as part of a tailor made itinerary.

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South Africa Safari Lodges

Six of our customers' favourite safari lodges and luxury camps. Please contact us for the latest rates.

Kapama River Lodge Pool

Kapama River Lodge

Kapama Game Reserve

Safari lodge ★★★★
Free transfers
Elephant Plains Lodge Rondavels Room

Elephant Plains Lodge

Sabi Sands Reserve

Safari lodge ★★★PLUS

Woodbury Tented Camp

Amakhala Game Reserve

Tented camp ★★★
Water Lodge Main Pool And Viewing Deck

Water Lodge

Pumba Game Reserve

Safari lodge ★★★★PLUS
Free night offer
Viewing deck, Rhino Ridge

Rhino Ridge


Safari lodge ★★★★
Villa, Thanda Safari Lodge

Thanda Safari Lodge

Near Hluhluwe

Safari lodge ★★★★★

Tours that Visit a Game Reserve

Expert led tours that include game viewing in Southern Africa's finest parks.

Cheetahs, Kruger National Park

Kruger Park Explorer

Kruger National Park

Small Group Tour 4 days from £799
Western Cape, South Africa

Garden Route, Safari & Wine

Oudtshoorn | Knysna | Albertinia | Hermanus

Small Group Tour 6 days from £965
Blyde Canyon, South Africa

Kruger & Kingdom

Panorama Route | Kruger National Park | eSwatini | Zululand | Lake St Lucia

Small Group Tour 7 days from £1109
Clifton Beach, South Africa

Cape Town to Victoria Falls

South Africa | Namibia | Botswana | Zimbabwe

Small Group Tour 20 days from £3745
Rhino in Etosha National Park

Northern Experience

South Africa | Namibia | Botswana | Zimbabwe

Small Group Tour 24 days from £4195
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Shongololo Express - Southern Cross

Pretoria | Kruger | Maputo | eSwatini | Great Zimbabwe | Matopos | Hwange | Victoria Falls

Escorted Rail Holiday 12 days from £6115
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    Holidays with a Safari Experience

    Multi centre holidays that visit a National Park or game reserve to see South Africa's famed wildlife.

    Knysna Lagoon, Cape Town

    Cape Town, Garden Route & Game

    Cape Town | Montagu | Oudtshoorn | Knysna | Port Elizabeth | Eastern Cape

    City, Self Drive & Safari 13 days from £1149
    Family on Safari

    South Africa Family Adventure

    Knysna | Port Elizabeth | Amakhala Game Reserve

    Holiday Idea 10 days from £935
    Great For Families
    Beach, Mauritius Island

    South Africa & Mauritius

    Kruger National Park | Cape Town | Mauritius

    City, Safari & Beach Holiday 12 days from £1999
    Cape Town, South Africa

    Cape Town, Kruger & Seychelles

    Cape Town | Kruger | Johannesburg | Seychelles

    City, Safari & Beach Holiday 13 days from £2839
    Waterfront, Cape Town

    Garden Route, Safari & Falls

    Cape Town | Stellenbosch | Oudtshoorn | Knysna | Port Elizabeth | Okavango Delta | Chobe | Victoria Falls

    City, Self Drive & Safari 20 days from £4395
    Giraffes in Tsavo National Park

    Great African Rail Adventure

    Cape Town | Rovos Rail | Victoria Falls | Nairobi | Amboseli | Tsavo | Mombasa

    City, Rail & Beach Holiday 23 days from £6029
    Rovos Rail

    Free Planning Service

    Our Africa Experts have all lived or travelled in South Africa and would love to share their recommendations and design a bespoke safari holiday, just for you.


    Safaris in South Africa

    Whilst in Botswana, Kenya or Tanzania, you typically need to join a safari tour, in South Africa you have a greater choice as to how to go in search of the country’s acclaimed wildlife. You can:

    • Stay two or three nights at a safari lodge, in a National Park or a private reserve, with game drives, bush walks or other activities included in the price
    • Join a small group tour, or escorted rail holiday, that stops in the country’s game reserves for wildlife viewing activities
    • Hire a car to travel independently to South Africa’s National Parks, and then be your own tour guide on a self drive safari. Most parks have well maintained roads, Kruger in particular
    • Include a safari experience in a longer, multi centre holiday, perhaps also visiting Cape Town or treating yourself to an Indian Ocean beach break before returning home

    Whichever option you choose, FREEDOM can help. We have been designing tailor made adventures for over 20 years, and our team of Africa Experts would love to help you create your ultimate South African safari holiday.

    Safari Parks in South Africa

    In South Africa, you can choose to go on safari in a National Park, a private concession within a National Park or a private game reserve.

    Due to their size, the National Parks tend to have the largest herds of elephants and other grazers, though you sometimes have to travel further to spot all the animals you are hoping to see. Roads are generally well maintained, making a self drive safari possible. Off-roading is typically prohibited.

    A private concession will have exclusive traversing rights for an agreed area within a National Park. You will need to stay at the safari lodge within the concession to enjoy wildlife viewing in the area – though 4×4 game drives and guided bushwalks will be included in the price.

    Private reserves are located outside of the National Parks, although there are several that share an unfenced border with Kruger to allow wildlife to roam freely between them. Independently managed, off-road game drives and bushwalks are available as part of your stay.

    National Park, private concession or game reserve, whichever you choose, the abundance of wildlife in South Africa means you will rarely go home disappointed!

    Kruger National Park & Greater Kruger

    In the north west of South Africa, Kruger National Park protects nearly 2 million hectares of savannah, home to 148 species of mammals and 505 species of bird. Adjoining the National Park is a collection of private reserves, covering 180,000 hectares and known as Greater Kruger.

    Fence free, both areas are excellent places to go in search of the ‘Big Five’, namely leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as cheetah and wild dog.

    The Eastern Cape

    1,000 km south of Kruger, Addo Elephant National Park and the private game reserves of South Africa’s Eastern Cape also offer ‘Big Five’ safari experiences. The National Park is the country’s third largest and includes a stretch of coastline from which southern right whales can be spotted.

    In the private reserves there is a range of game lodges and tented camps to choose from, catering for different tastes and budgets. An Eastern Cape safari makes an excellent addition to a Garden Route self drive.

    Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

    Situated in KwaZulu-Natal, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park can be credited for preventing the extinction of the white rhino. The species was thought to be eliminated until a handful of animals were spotted in the area in the late 19th Century and two game reserves established to protect them, more recently merging to form the park.

    If you are looking for a unique way to explore South Africa, the Shongololo Express escorted rail holiday from Cape Town to Pretoria includes a game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, and then Kruger National Park two days later.

    Safari Lodges & Tented Camps

    South Africa boasts some of the finest safari lodges on the continent, where not only are great wildlife viewing opportunities guaranteed, so is superb service and first class dining.

    A few of our customers’ favourites include:

    • Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp – luxury en suite tented accommodation in the wildlife rich Manyeleti Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park
    • Jock Safari Lodge – 12 exclusive rooms, each with a plunge pool and balcony overlooking a seasonal riverbed in a private concession in Kruger National Park
    • River Lodge – in ‘Big Five’ Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, guests can also enjoy a river cruise to Kenton-on-Sea for drinks on the beach
    • Woodbury Lodge – offers excellent value two and four person chalets in a secluded location in the Eastern Cape Amakhala Game Reserve
    • Rhino Ridge – perched on a hillside with stunning views over Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park, one of the best places in the world to see white rhino

    If you are travelling to South Africa on honeymoon or for another special occasion, be sure to let us know so we that we can tell safari lodge prior to your arrival. You might just then find a bottle of sparkling wine in your room or the best table reserved for you at dinner…

    Small Group & Adventure Tours

    A small group tour is a fantastic way to see a lot in a short amount of time. With everything arranged for you, you can get up each morning ready to explore somewhere new.

    The following tours are a selection of those we offer in Southern Africa that include game drives in the region’s greatest National Parks and wildlife reserves:

    • Garden Route, Safari & Wine – a round trip from Cape Town, with game drives at a private reserve near Albertinia and a chance to see whales in Hermanus
    • South African Odyssey – a two week adventure from Johannesburg to Cape Town, via Kruger National Park, Zululand, Durban and the Garden Route
    • Kruger Park Explorer – a short tour from Johannesburg, staying three nights in Hazyview for game drives in the park, then returning by the Panorama Route
    • Rovos Rail Durban Safari – a three day luxury train journey, stopping for game drives in the malaria free Nambiti and Spionkop Game Reserves

    Tours are a sociable way to travel, though most also have some free time built in, to relax at a safari lodge or go on optional excursions.

    Self Drive Safaris in South Africa

    A self drive safari gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle. South Africa has an excellent road network and, with tarred surfaces within Kruger and other major National Parks, you don’t need a 4×4 to get around.

    Do drive slowly however, it’s the best way to spot wildlife; be it a lion loitering by the roadside or impala silently watching through the bushveld.

    At FREEDOM we offer South Africa car hire, including one way rentals, as well as a range of self drive packages with your vehicle and pre-booked hotels included. Two itineraries incorporating a Kruger self drive safari are:

    • Kruger & The Panorama Route – a five day round trip from Johannesburg, over Long Tom Pass and to Blyde River Canyon, before a circuit in the National Park
    • eSwatini, Kruger & Coast – seven super days, visiting the Kingdom of eSwatini, between a self drive safari in Kruger and another in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

    If you would like more time in the National Parks or would like to drive between private game reserves our Africa Experts can also design a bespoke self drive safari holiday, just for you. Just let them know your ideas and they will provide recommendations as to where to stay and sensible distances to travel each day.

    Safari & Beach Holidays

    Roars and relaxation! However you choose to safari in South Africa, why not follow it with an Indian Ocean beach stay?

    Three of our customers’ favourite South Africa safari and beach holidays are:

    • South Africa & Mauritius – combining the excitement of Cape Town, raw adventure of Kruger National Park and tranquil serenity of Mauritius
    • Kruger & Mozambique – three nights in South Africa’s premier park, followed by five nights next to the stunning beaches of the Santa Maria peninsular
    • Cape Town, Garden Route & Game – a city, self drive and safari holiday, with the option to pick your preferred Eastern Cape Game Reserve

    Next steps…

    Whether you would just like to book a couple of nights at a safari lodge or would like a bespoke itinerary designed for you, our friendly team are here to help.

    Just get in touch to let them know what you would like to do and they will find the best price for your safari holiday and put all the arrangements in place for you.

    Leaving you to hone your photography skills and read up on your South African wildlife, ready for your adventure!

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