Diverse South Africa - Custom Safari

Safari to the Bushveld, Desert, and Coast

Trip Details

Close up of elephant eye and mouth

What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Diverse wildlife: The range of wildlife you might see is staggering, from Cape buffalo and rhinos, to hippos, meerkats, and penguins.
  • Private reserves: Your trip combines classic destinations with travel in rarely visited private reserves for a chance to see species like the rare black rhinoceros.
  • Deluxe Safari Camps: You’ll stay in small, intimate, luxury camps and lodges chosen for their authenticity, dedication to service, and proximity to wildlife.
  • Year round opportunity: Every season has it own advantages and benefits, from South Africa’s winter (May-Aug) through its summer (Jan-Apr and Sep-Dec).

Diverse South Africa - Custom Safari

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory:

Region: South Africa

Trip Price: $11,500

Duration: 11 days/10 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Johannesburg, South Africa / Cape Town, South Africa

National Parklands:

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Diverse South Africa - Custom Safari

Diverse South Africa - Custom Safari - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg

A driver greets you at the airport for transfer to your hotel. A vibrant city and cultural melting pot, “Joburg” is the jumping off point for most South African safaris. 

Days 2-4: Sabi Sand Reserve

Sabi Sand is one of the world’s most notable wildlife locales. The private 150,000-acre private reserve shares a border with the famous Kruger National Park. The reserve has led the way in wildlife conservation of the Big Five, elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard. You’ll enjoy twice-daily wildlife drives that often linger into the twilight hours. Sundowner cocktails await back in camp. 

Days 5-7: Southern Kalahari

Fly via Johannesburg to the southern reaches of the Kalahari, a region known as the “green Kalahari” for its diverse flora and fauna. The semi-arid grassland is home to the rare black-maned lion and mountain zebra, as well as black rhino, cheetah, friendly meerkats, and other exciting species. Enjoy morning, afternoon, and nighttime wildlife drives, with optional nature walks and horseback rides.  

Days 8-10: Cape Town and Cape Peninsula

Fly to Cape Town, where a driver meets you for transfer to your hotel. Situated at the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the city is known for its beautiful setting and its creative cuisine and world-class local wines. Leave the city for a full-day, private tour of Cape Peninsula, showcasing the marine wildlife so abundant here. You might see African penguins, fur seals, Southern right whales, and great white sharks on the water, and ostrich, baboon, and Cape mountain zebra in a nature reserve.  

Day 11: Cape Town for departures home

Bid a wistful goodbye to Africa today and catch connections home.  

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