Affordable South Africa Safaris

South Africa offers many opportunities for safari adventures at great safari destinations like Kruger National Park, which is populated by a variety of exotic and interesting wildlife. South Africa boasts a large number of game reserves and national parks, each with something different to offer. Most game viewing is undertaken on game drives from the lodges, with an expert guide who'll explain the habits and life cycles of the animals you see. Whether you're a safari veteran or it's your first time, South Africa's diverse national parks and private game reserves offer some of the best game viewing opportunities in the whole of Africa. The majority of South Africa's parks and reserves are home to the Big Five, and sightings of lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino all in one visit are not uncommon.

With so many great safari destinations, South Africa makes a great destination for those looking to get out and see amazing wildlife in their natural habitats, and there are several options for Safari tours to help you have an unforgettable experience while you're here.

Wild Kruger Camping

by Intrepid Travel
$475
4 days
Answer the call of the Kruger, South Africa's vast and famous game park that is simply teeming with Africa's most iconic creatures. This four-day safari puts you right in the thick of the park's grasslands and forests, filled with birdlife and big game. Keep an eye out for grazing elephants, giraffes and wildebeest from your safari vehicle and try to spot prowling lions and leopards at night. This might be a short adventure, but it's certainly an action-packed and memorable one. The tour departs from Johannesburg and arrives in Kruger National Park, where you will have 2 half and 2 full days to spot some of the amazing wildlife here. Accommodations in tents is provided as well as 4x4 safari drives and a bush walk.

This tour gives you the chance to experience one of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa, Kruger National Park, which is home to over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog. Get up close to the animals and even continue your adventure into the night where, with the aid of spotlights, you are introduced to some of the elusive creatures of the night.

Vic Falls & Safari

by Geckos Adventures
$823
9 days
Short and sweet, this trip combines three of southern Africa's most exciting places - Hwange and Kruger national parks and the jaw-dropping Victoria Falls. From South Africa's big modern capital to a traditional village in Botswana, you'll experience all kinds of communities, cultures and landscapes in just over a week. You'll get to experience rhino-tracking and 4x4 safaris in search of the Big Five that will blow your mind. You're adventure begins in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe side of the falls offers the broadest view of this colossal natural wonder. Scenic helicopter flights are incredible - if you choose to go for one. This staggering curtain of water is about a mile wide, falling 108 meters into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray rises high and the falls become a torrent; in the dry season, the lack of spray gives way to a nice view of the little islets in the river below. Leave Vic Falls behind and head to Hwange National Park (approximately 6 hours, depending on traffic). Take the opportunity to explore this stunning wildlife arena in an open 4X4 vehicle. Hwange boasts a massive selection of wildlife, with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species. But it's the elephants this place is famous for - here you'll find one of the largest elephant populations in Africa. Then head to the home of a large population of black and white rhinoceros that can be tracked on foot, Matobo National Park. Then it's off to nearby African villages to meet some of the local community. Drive about 400 km (approximately 6-8 hours) across the border to the Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa. See the open, expansive savannah landscape where the Limpopo and Shashe rivers meet. Set off for Kruger Park, a world-famous National Park known for the Big Five game of Africa - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. On top of that, it's home to some 336 kinds of trees, 49 fish species and over 500 species of bird. See how many of these you can spot on a game drive and another full day of exploring. Continue to Johannesburg (approximately 9-10 hours) where your trip comes to an end.

Wild Kingdom Safari

by Springbok Atlas Tour...
$1230
6 days
Start in Johannesburg and end in Hazyview with this 6 day discovery safari tour taking you through Johannesburg and 5 other destinations in South Africa. The tour includes accommodation as well as meals, transport, and more. With this tour you'll have the opportunity to see bushveld, canyons, big game, traditional Africa, mountains, beaches, all in one fascinating adventure. Explore the diverse and scenic eastern region of South Africa on a tour that takes you to the Kruger National Park, then through Swaziland and Zululand to the thriving coastal city of Durban. Be awed by the gorgeous mountain scenery and breathtaking vantage points along Mpumalanga's Eastern Escarpment. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime with the opportunity to view Big 5 game in the pristine wilderness of South Africa's premier game reserve, the Kruger National Park. Go home with memories that will last a lifetime as you get to experience all the beauty and fascinating aspects of South Africa on your 6 day adventure.

Big 5 Encounters

by Encounters Travel
$808
4 days
This tour gives you 4 days of touring through Johannesburg and Kruger National Park with accommodation, an expert guide, meals, and transportation included. This short but exciting tour takes you to one of the world's most renowned game parks, the Kruger National Park. You'll have the ideal opportunity to see the big 5, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo. This is an 'accommodated' tour, so you'll spend all nights in lodges/hotels/permanent tents rather than basic camping. Start this adventure leaving Johannesburg and your first stop will be at God's Window where you will be able to take in the amazing views. Next, head deep into the park in search of wildlife. Kruger National Park was founded in 1898 and covers nearly and area of approximately 2 million hectares. The park has an unrivalled diversity of wildlife with approximately 145 mammal species including the famed 'Big Five', a collection of over 500 bird species, some of which are not to be found elsewhere in South Africa, and 336 tree species grow in the park. After 2 full days in the park head back to Johannesburg along the beautiful Panoramic Route, passing through the towering cliffs of Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa's most amazing natural wonders.
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