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South Africa Safari & Hiking Tour

South Africa Safari Hiking Tour

Follow the tracks of the Big 5, indulge in luxurious safari lodges and explore historic Cape Town in a unique South Africa tour

When crafting our African adventures, South Africa was up there at the top of our list and it's not hard to see why. With legendary South African sunsets on the savannah, lions roaring just next to your balcony and elephants so close you can feel their feet hitting the ground, this truly is a wild paradise.

South Africa Trips

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Kruger National Park Safari

  • Duration 10 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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Experience the very best of South Africa – marvel at the magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat in Kruger National Park, climb Table Mountain in Cape Town, and bike through the vineyards of the Cape Winelands region.

Trip Start: Johannesburg Trip End: Cape Town
South Africa Safari Hiking Tour

Get up close with unique wildlife and stay in famous game reserves: welcome to South Africa!

Our 'Mangwa' trip will give you heaps of opportunity to get intimate with the wildlife, with walking safaris and game drives all around Kruger National Park. You'll explore some of the most famous game reserves in the country, whilst staying in beautiful family-owned lodges and camps. You'll also get a chance ascent Table Mountain in Cape Town and to bike the famous Franschhoek Winelands to taste some of the finest wines in the country... prepare to overwhelm your senses!
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This limited-time offer ensures you are on the path to advance your adventure plans, and turn your travel dream into a reality. Until February 29, 2024, secure your booking with only a 50% deposit, and receive a 10% discount off the trip price.

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Terms & Conditions

Take 10% off the trip price when you book a trip and pay a 50% deposit by February 29, 2024. By opting for this payment plan, your 50% deposit is non-refundable, and your booking is non-cancellable, and non-changeable. The discount only applies to bookings which are scheduled to depart no sooner than 180 days from the date of payment (no sooner than 270 days for Africa). The cancellation and refund (by you) and change of trip or departure terms and conditions do not apply to bookings subject to this payment plan. If you change or cancel your trip, you will forfeit your 50% deposit, and no refunds will apply. This discount cannot be combined with any other offers and applies to the trip cost only. We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. We recommend Redpoint Insurance – you can find details here. Use promocode EARLYBIRD10 at time of booking.

FAQs About South Africa

How safe is it to visit South Africa?

South Africa is one of a few African countries where there are higher crime levels (especially in cities) that visitors need to be aware of.

  • Don’t bring valuable things with you unless they’re necessary for your trip.
  • Keep your money and other valuables in a money belt or pouch under your clothes and don’t withdraw money from ATM’s at tourist locations.
  • Only visit places where there are other people around
  • Travel with a local tour guide in the City if possible.
  • Lock your bags and luggage, and leave valuable items you don’t need for the day (e.g. passports and credit cards) in the hotel safe.
  • It’s also a good idea to take a taxi after dark rather than walking.

Do I need a visa to visit South Africa?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

What is the weather like in South Africa?

South Africa can be divided into two main seasons. You will spend most of your time in Kruger Park where the winter (June/July/August) mornings can be very cold however they warm up to nice sunny winter mornings from mid morning onwards.
In spring (Sep/Oct), it is very dry therefore the day temperature can rise rapidly and it can be very hot around midday. The temperatures are mostly pleasant, with nighttime temperatures dropping down to 4-9°C (40-50°F) and daytime temperatures occasionally reaching up to 24- 27°C (75-80°F)

How safe is it to go on a safari?

From a wildlife persepctive, it’s important to follow the below guidelines as you’re likely to encounter animals on foot or in water:

  • On all game activities (game drives, mokoro, boating and on foot) follow the instructions of the guides at all times.
  • Being quiet is not only important from a safety point ofview, but also to have the best possible experience for all guests.
  • The camps are unfenced meaning that animals might walk through at any time (especially at night) so guests to be aware and take caution.
  • In the camps the guides will always accompany guests to their tents/rooms after dark.
  • Never approach any animal and should you encounter one, stand your ground and never run

What is the food like in South Africa?

South African cuisine is influenced by indigenous and European culinary, with meat being the center of any meal. You’ll enjoy spiced meats, traditional malay dishes with rish, delicious stews and curries as well as some homemade breads like Kota or Braaibroodjies.

What time zone is South Africa in?

Central Africa Time (CAT) is the time zone for South Africa, it’s 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currencies?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). As far as spending money, you may want to bring some spending money to buy a souvenir or two, try a local activity or restaurant, or buy a round of drinks.

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Africa, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

What is the currency in South Africa?

South Africa’s currency is the South African Rand.

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

How safe is it to visit South Africa?

South Africa is one of a few African countries where there are higher crime levels (especially in cities) that visitors need to be aware of.

  • Don’t bring valuable things with you unless they’re necessary for your trip.
  • Keep your money and other valuables in a money belt or pouch under your clothes and don’t withdraw money from ATM’s at tourist locations.
  • Only visit places where there are other people around
  • Travel with a local tour guide in the City if possible.
  • Lock your bags and luggage, and leave valuable items you don’t need for the day (e.g. passports and credit cards) in the hotel safe.
  • It’s also a good idea to take a taxi after dark rather than walking.

Can I drink the water in South Africa?

Being in a tropical environment and not treated by the government, the water in South Africa contains different bacteria to what we’re used to at home. So we ask you not to drink it or use it for brushing teeth - use treated water at all times. Bottled water is recommended and the safari lodges will provide refillable drinking bottles too.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes or sneakers should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Can I have my own room on your South Africa trips?

If you’d prefer not to share a room, we have a single supplement option for an additional fare. If you purchase a single supplement, we’ll arrange for you to have your own room throughout the trip, except when you’re tenting at the Lowveld Trails Camp and the price of the single supplement takes this into account.

Can you help me find international flights to South Africa?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Do I need vaccinations to visit South Africa?

For the most up-to-date recommendations please check with your doctor or travel clinic, and always go with their recommendations, as these can often change. We strongly recommend that you see a doctor, preferably one with experience in travel medicine, at least 8 weeks before your trip starts to discuss appropriate vaccinations.

Do I need a visa to visit South Africa?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

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