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Family Safaris in South Africa

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Highlights

Cape Town, Kruger, Whale Coast, Sabi Sands, Garden Route

When to Go

Safari: April – October
Summer: December – April

Best paired with:

Botswana, Victoria Falls, Mauritius

Family Safari Holidays in South Africa

The southernmost destination on the map of Africa, South Africa is best known for miles of beautiful coastline, its wildlife packed nature reserves, and cosmopolitan cities dotted all over the country.

A family safari in South Africa is unforgettably diverse, with most first time visitors heading straight to Cape Town, the Garden Route, and Kruger National Park. With Jumbari Family Safaris, you can see all of the well-known attractions South Africa has to offer, as
well as some lesser-known gems including the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal, and the historic winelands of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

South Africa Tours & Trips

Why Visit South Africa

South Africa is a wonderful combination of fantastic climate, beautiful wildlife, and friendly people. Touch down in the buzzing city of Cape Town, jam-packed with history, beauty, and family-friendly accommodation. Spend your days wandering around the city, or take a red bus tour to see Camps Bay and Groot Constantia, the oldest wine farm in the country. One thing that’s a must-do when visiting Cape Town is to take the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain to see spectacular views of the city and harbor. Other nearby attractions include Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years, and picturesque Cape Point, a great spot for lunch.

Down the drag is South Africa’s Garden Route, a stretch of south-eastern coastline located between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the warm Indian Ocean. Ten nature reserves embrace the diverse eco-systems of the region, along with marine reserves where you can spot whales, dolphins, sharks, and seals. The Garden Route is home to unique flora called fynbos, as well as forest and wetlands, making for great hiking trails. Nearly 300 species of birds live in this area making it a wonderful bird watching destination too.

Further north up the coast lies the Eastern Cape, the traditional home of the Xhosa people and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. The Eastern Cape is a particularly splendid wildlife area, where you can view the Big 5 on safari in a mostly malaria-free environment. Addo Elephant Park is one of the area’s best nature reserves and offers sanctuary to elephants, buffalo, and rhino. Close by in Jeffreys Bay is some of the country’s wildest and most beautiful coastline, backed by rainforests and is one of South Africa’s favorite surfing destinations.

Book your family safari to South Africa

Your trip begins when you land at either Cape Town International or O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg, where you will be whisked away to a room with a view in the city, or to a quiet safari camp in the remote bushveld of South Africa.

Use our handy country guides and be inspired to start designing your own unforgettable trip today.

Highlights

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park – home to the Big 5 and world-class safari lodges

Cape Town

Visit the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and summit the iconic Table Mountain.

Winelands

Visit a selection of over 200 wine cellars in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Constantia Winelands.

Whale Coast

Spot pods of whales make their way to Hermanus each year from the months of June to November.

Garden Route

Experience the unique ecosystem of the Garden Route and all its natural beauty.

Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

Visit a selection of over 200 wine cellars in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Constantia Winelands.

When To Go?

Best time to go

December to April is the best time to visit the Cape with its warm summer weather, while rainfall is seen in parts of the country. The winter months from April to October are the best time for viewing wildlife.

High Season

December and January are the main summer vacation months.

Low Season

April to September in wildlife areas, coinciding with the best game viewing time. May to October in the Cape region.

Best Weather

April, May and September, October.

Wildlife

Will you see the Big 5?

Yes, you have a great chance of seeing the Big 5.

What is regularly seen?

Elephant, buffalo, rhino, hippo, lion, cheetah, leopard, and most antelope.

When will you get the best wildlife experience?

In the dry, winter months from April to October.

Country Information

Capital

South Africa has three capital cities, Pretoria is the executive capital, Bloemfontein is the judicial capital and Cape Town is the legislative capital.

Currency

South African Rand (R)

Airports

O.R. Tambo Intentional in Johannesburg, Cape Town International, King Shaka International in Durban

Health & Safety

South Africa has some of the best medical facilities in Africa in Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg. The risk for malaria increases from September to May but is only a concern in the very far north of KwaZulu Natal as well as the Kruger National Park and Limpopo areas.