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Cuisine, Culture & Captivating South Africa 

THE WORLD IN ONE COUNTRY

South Africa is a country that has undergone a miraculous transformation. From the days of apartheid has emerged a nation with its focus on building a future for all. South Africa really is a world in one country! An essential component for this growth is the sensible, disciplined, and sustainable use of the natural resources of the country to provide jobs, housing and education for everybody.

 

On your South African safari, you will experience wild places and the myriad of cultures here, an amazing variety of wildlife and a range of habitats. There is so much to see! From Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of the continent, to the tropic of Capricorn, there are mountains and marshlands, coastal plains and bush veld savannahs, arid deserts and dense forests. These habitats sustain an astonishing variety of insects, reptiles, birds and mammal life.

 

Immerse yourself in the African culture, stunning scenery and wonderful hiking. If you need some quiet time to relax there are miles of empty beaches and golden sands, or if you need to exercise your credit card there are modern cities with world class restaurants and shopping. 

We provide a wide range of accommodation and activity choices – from simple tented safari

camps to ultra luxurious hotels, from wine tasting to shark-diving.

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SOUTH AFRICA 

SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

In South Africa, diversity is a way of life. This melting pot of cultures, landscapes, and languages attracts intrigue and excitement. South Africa has a long and complicated history. It is in this combination that the cuisine of this land is created, a mix of flavors both locals and visitors can enjoy. ​

 

Home to the magnificent Big Seven (Cape buffalo, African elephant, leopard, lion, rhinoceros, southern right whale and great white shark. South Africa is a wonderful safari destination. Experience the thrill of guided safaris, walking safaris, or encounters with seals, whales, or great white sharks along the coast of South Africa.

Our team of Safari Consultants are based in South Africa and we know it well.

If you want to know where to find the most Insta or postcard-worthy picnic spots in the Winelands or where to sleep in a treehouse on safari, or photographing the penguins’ along our coastline.

We can help you plan your ultimate South Africa vacation.

  • Big Seven safaris (lion, leopard, rhino, cape buffalo, elephant, whales and sharks) in the Greater Kruger, KwaZulu-Natal, the malaria-free Eastern Cape and Madikwe.

  • Classic beaches, other-worldly forests and picturesque scenery along the Garden Route

  • Excellent dining and spellbinding sights in one-of-a-kind Cape Town,
    Table Mountain, Cape Point, Robben Island, Boulders Penquin colony.

  • Magnificent boutique vineyard stays in the Franschhoek & Stellenbosch winelands

  • A rich variety of private residences, boutique hotels and luxury safari lodges.

  • Walking safaris escorted by Martin Meyer.

  • Conservation centric focused experiences through Martin Meyer Safaris.

FEATURED SAFARIS

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Classic Cape & Kruger

This journey encompasses the best of Cape Town  & an authentic safari in the Greater Kruger National Park Biosphere. Explore the bustling Mother City and immerse yourself in the multitude of cultures. Known as the cuisine capital of the continent, Cape Town simply delights the culinary enthusiast. As you explore the sights and sounds of the Mother City, get an aerial view from atop the magnificent Table Mountain while your guide is on hand to point out the iconic landmarks that make this city so special. Continue your journey along the peninsula as you visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and spend some time with the delightful penguins of Boulders Beach. No visit to the Cape is complete without discovering the hidden gems of the Cape Winelands. Visit local wineries and explore their cellars where winemakers are on hand to show you how they craft their signature wines.

You will leave the Cape behind as you fly to the world renowned Kruger National Park for an intimate view into the lives of the creatures that call this place home. Spend four nights at a private game lodge within the Greater Kruger National Park Biosphere with exhilarating morning and evening game drives. For the more adventurous explore the African bushveld on foot with a morning bushwalk as your guide points out the smaller inhabitants of the bush that play a vital role in the eco-system.

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Malaria Free Luxury

This incredible private journey allows you to explore the wonders and highlights of Cape Town while basking in 5 star luxury accommodation. From the world famous Table Mountain to exploring the city on foot to discovering the wonderful culinary secrets the Mother City has to offer. You will travel along the Cape Peninsula, visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, and the comical penguins of Boulders Beach before stopping for an incredible seafood lunch overlooking the Ocean. No visit to the Cape is complete without visiting the award winning wineries and vineyards of the Cape Winelands. Sip on your favorite vintage overlooking the picturesque mountains as you enjoy a delicious lunch with ingredients so fresh, they were picked that morning. Throughout your stay in Cape Town, you will have the services and expertise of a professional private guide

 

From Cape Town, venture west towards the Madikwe Game Reserve, the newest game reserve in South Africa. It is here that the sprawling landscapes and magnificent scenery will tell you a story of conservation done right. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives as you search for the famed big 5 of Africa, and the lesser known magnificent seven which includes the Big 5 and the rare and endangered African Painted Wolves and Cheetah.

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The Grand
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If you are looking for everything South Africa has to offer, then this is the private journey for you. Explore the bustling city of Cape Town as a true local with your private guide. Breathe in the air from atop the iconic Table Mountain or stop to walk through the cobble-stoned streets of the famous Bo-Kaap. Cruise along the scenic Cape Peninsula and visit Cape Point & the comical penguins of Boulders Beach.  Continue your journey to the Overberg, known of the spectacular scenery and the best land-based whale watching in the world. While in the Overberg, you have the option to go on a unique 4x4 flower safari through the Cape Floral Kingdom as your guide gives you a rare insight into the history and traditional use of the Fynbos.

 

Complete your Cape adventure, with two nights in the magnificent winelands region, where you have the opportunity to visit a number of wineries and artisans that cement this region as the food capital of the Cape.

 

Leave the Cape behind you as you embark on an exhilarating four night safari in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in search of the famed Big 5 of Africa. The Timbavati is also the home of the rare white lions – that traverse between the reserve and the Kruger National Park.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What is the best South African safari experience?

South Africa has a vast number of different reserves and parks to choose from, with a variety of lodges at different price points in each region. The Greater Kruger National Park is the most well known, but it is important to remember that this is made up of the Kruger National Park and a number of surrounding smaller private reserves. Madikwe is Malaria free destination and is great for families traveling with small children. At the end of the day, where you go depends on your safari goals, expectations and budget.

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When is the best time to visit South Africa?

The Winter months from May to October are best for game viewing, as the northern regions have a summer rainfall. This means that spotting wildlife is easier as the bushveld is not as thick as during the Summer months (November to April). If you are including Cape Town in your journey be aware that the Cape has a Winter rainfall season, which means while winter may be the best time for game viewing it is not the best time to soak up the sun on the beaches of Cape Town.

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Is South Africa a safe safari destination?

South Africa has unfortunately gotten a bad reputation for safety over the years, however, the wildlife regions typically visited on a safari are not crime hotspots, but rather pristine wilderness areas. If you are visiting cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, we advise exercising a normal amount of caution like you would in any big city in the world. There are good areas and areas that are not so good. A reputable operator will always ensure you are not placed in any regions where it is not safe.

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How long should I plan to be in South Africa?

A typical South African holiday is around 10-12 days in country. This gives you time to have a safari experience, some time in Cape Town, and even visit the Cape Winelands. South Africa is a vast country and there are great distances involved between regions, so it is important to work with someone knowledgeable about logistics to maximize your time on the ground, instead of wasting time sitting around at airports or airport hotels.