Wildlife holidays in South Africa
Tell me about South Africa …
The Republic of South Africa lies at the southernmost tip of the African continent, flanked to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the south and east by the Indian Ocean. It shares borders with Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland.
The country is divided into three main geographical regions: the plateau, the mountains and the coast. South Africa’s new democracy has been aptly named the ‘Rainbow Nation’ – referring to the colourful combination of ethnic cultures of the people who live in this land of scenic contrasts.
The diversity of the natural habitat contrasts from semi-desert in the north-west to subtropical forests of the eastern shoreline, and from the majestic heights of the Drakensberg to the floodplains of Maputaland and the eastern Transvaal lowveld.
Our South Africa specialist recommends...
"Why not join us on our ‘South Africa – Just Cats’ tour, a 12-day holiday focusing on cats – including Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cat. We will of course experience the large numbers of game in both Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve."Paul Stanbury
What’s special about its wildlife?
It’s hard to know where to begin, but here are a few of the many wildlife highlights South Africa has to offer:
- Wild Dogs, plus a suite of cats including Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Serval & Caracal
- African Penguins, Southern Right Whales & Cape Fur Seals
- The fragile & beautiful fynbos flora & its associated bird life (including endemics)
- Sought after bird life such as African Broadbill, Narina Trogon, sugarbirds & sunbirds
- Mammals & other special wildlife of Kruger National Park
Naturetrek tours to South Africa
Naturetrek offers a whole range of wildlife tours and natural history holidays in South Africa. Here’s a selection:
- Bargain bird watching & mammal tours
- Butterflies of South Africa
- Wild flowers of the Drakensberg Mountains, Cape & Namaqualand
- ‘Just Cats!’ – a holiday focusing on South Africa’s seven species of cat
- A wildlife journey along South Africa’s famous ‘Garden Route’
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR South Africa HOLIDAYS
I enjoyed the opportunity to do so many night drives and see some of the nocturnal animals, especially the Aardwolf; spending time in the desert at remote Kaus Lodge and early morning sightings of Honey Badger, Meerkats and Bat-eared Fox. John and Jason also added to my enjoyment with their excellent spotting skills, knowledge, care and humour.
The service level from Lawsons was amazing. Rob McKenzie & Leon Marais were knowledgeable, far sighted (showing us things we would have missed), good company and excellent chefs. We saw and amazing amount of game in the first week at Kruger with almost too many highlights to mention but a pack of wild dogs, a procession of ostriches crossing the road and being investigated by a band of dwarf mongoose was amongst them. The second week did not disappoint either as we were able to identify many of the beautiful butterflies including 5 different Emporers. Highlights have to be the Gaudy Commodore and the Paradise Skipper – both beautiful to see. We were shown a range of differing habitats where each yielded new species. Overall, this trip had everything for the generalist – mammals, birds and butterflies and vegetation so it was impossible not to be excited.
This was a truly amazing holiday. I realised an ambition of 20 years to photograph leopards up close. The guides were superb and professional. Couldn’t have asked for better.