Where should I go for my first safari trip?

South Africa! - A world within one country offering unforgettable memories of a truly unique holiday encompassing wildlife safaris, pristine beaches, spectacular culinary experiences while enjoying world renowned hotels and adventures.

South Africa is one of the world’s top game-viewing destinations. Enjoy a cocktail while trying to catch a glimpse of the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard) in either the famous Kruger National Park or the Madikwe Private Game Reserve. You will be amazed at the sheer volume of wildlife that also includes huge herds of zebra, antelope and giraffe.

Take in the sites of Cape Town, which is voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world with magnificent beaches, vibrant city life, Jazz cafes, internationally acclaimed culinary cuisine and picturesque wineries, all are waiting for you.

You cannot beat South Africa when it comes to the great outdoors. The coast offers a myriad of activities such as bungee jumping, shark cage diving, hiking, horseback riding, whale watching, snorkeling, scuba diving, golfing and much more.

No matter what activities are on your South African bucket list, let BookingAfrica.Travel create your perfect customized itinerary!


When is the best time to travel?

You can travel to South Africa all year round as the weather is amazing! South Africa is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons are opposite to the US and UK.


The most popular time to travel for our US and UK clients is during the South African winter months of June, July and August. This is the summer holiday in the US and UK, making it more conducive to family travel. The rates are very favorable during this time, and the weather provides cooler evenings and mornings with warmer days. Another reason why it is ideal to travel during this time is because the vegetation is not overgrown – making it perfect for viewing game.


These months mark the beginning of our summer months which offer beautiful weather –at times a little hot and humid in the bush but nothing a swim in the pool and an ice-cold drink can’t fix!

The Game viewing is still excellent with much of the game pregnant and waiting for the rains in November to start dropping their young.

There is often summer rainfall during these months which normally occurs in the late afternoons and is highly welcomed by guests and staff alike. Freshens and clears the air for an evening of star gazing!

December – January

This is the height of the South African summer and sees an increase in local travel. Most safari lodges and hotels will have a minimum stay requirement and it is advisable to book early if you wish to visit during this busy time.

The weather is hot and very humid especially near the coast (Cape Town, Garden Route, Kwa- Zulu Natal and at the Safaris Lodges.)

Game viewing is still good but due to the rains the vegetation is denser than in previous months making game a little harder to spot.


This is a great time to travel as it offers great weather and great rates! Game viewing is also good at this time. Tourist and local activity have settled down so getting around is much easier.

What does it cost? This depends on the number of guests travelling in your party, time of the year, length of stay and what you want to do precisely. However, as a rough budget you can start from UD$3500p/p up to US$10 000p/p.
Do I need any vaccinations? No specific vaccination is required to enter South Africa from the UK or USA. As well as to re- enter the USA or UK after travelling in Africa.
Do I need to take Malaria Tablets while travelling in South Africa? If travelling to Malaria areas within South Africa or Africa – it is advisable to take Malaria Prophylactics – please speak to your physician with regards to this.
Do I need a Visa/Passport to travel to South Africa? USA and UK Citizens do not need a visa to travel to South Africa if they are staying in the country for less than 90 days. However, all guests much have a valid passport to travel to South Africa. Your passport must be valid for no less than 30 days after you return to the USA or UK. You must have 2 black pages side by side available in your passport to gain entry into South Africa.