7 day big five safari in South Africa

“7 days may seem like a short time - but on this trip the leopard researchers will have you identifying tracks, noting behaviour and really understanding - not just seeing - wildlife.”

Highlights

Black Leopard Camp | Unique 'bush senses' experience | Game drives and bush walks | Learning to track leopards and understand predator behaviour | Setting your own camera trap | Guided by Ingwe leopard conservation team | Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre | Your photographs used in leopard research database

Check dates, prices & availability

Date
Price
Basis
18 Dec 2016
£ 1975
excluding flights
On Request
Click here to enquire about or book the 18 Dec 2016 departure
01 Jan 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 01 Jan 2017 departure
15 Jan 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 15 Jan 2017 departure
29 Jan 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 29 Jan 2017 departure
12 Feb 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 12 Feb 2017 departure
26 Feb 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 26 Feb 2017 departure
12 Mar 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 12 Mar 2017 departure
26 Mar 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 26 Mar 2017 departure
09 Apr 2017
£ 1975
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 09 Apr 2017 departure
23 Apr 2017
£ 1975
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 23 Apr 2017 departure
07 May 2017
£ 1875
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 07 May 2017 departure
21 May 2017
£ 1875
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 21 May 2017 departure
04 Jun 2017
£ 1875
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 04 Jun 2017 departure
18 Jun 2017
£ 1875
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 18 Jun 2017 departure
02 Jul 2017
£ 1875
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 02 Jul 2017 departure
16 Jul 2017
£ 1875
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 16 Jul 2017 departure
30 Jul 2017
£ 1875
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 30 Jul 2017 departure
13 Aug 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 13 Aug 2017 departure
27 Aug 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 27 Aug 2017 departure
10 Sep 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 10 Sep 2017 departure
24 Sep 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 24 Sep 2017 departure
08 Oct 2017
£ 1725
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 08 Oct 2017 departure
22 Oct 2017
£ 1875
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 22 Oct 2017 departure
05 Nov 2017
£ 1875
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 05 Nov 2017 departure
Our top tip:
It's cold at night - bring layers for early/late game drives, and a pair of PJs wouldn't go amiss, either...
Trip type:
Tailor made. Min. age 6.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
4 nights in luxury tented camp with pool. 2 nights in
Solos:
This trip can be tailor made for solo travelers with a surcharge.
Included:
Accommodation, all meals, guides, transfers, transport, game drives, conservation activities.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Traveling with a local operator

This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: 7 day big five safari in South Africa

Environment

Each safari provides a real wildlife viewing and conservation experience.
By opting for a safari with us, safari guests are already helping to contribute towards our conservation work. In addition guests are afforded the opportunity to gain an insight into real African conservation work if they wish, either by observing our work or assisting our rangers. In this way we hope guests will help to spread the message of what real African conservation is and what the needs are.
All of our food, bathroom and kitchen supplies are from local sources and as far as possible, we aim to use a combination of organic, fair-trade and sustainable products.

Visits to our friends at the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre are included in each safari. Here travelers can witness great conservation and research work being conducted. A non-profit making organisation with the aim of rehabilitating animals, breeding and repopulating endangered species, as well as education. Each safari will include time spent in the Kruger National Park, where entrance and lodge fees are used to sustain the conservation work within the park as well as provide fair trade employment.

We believe that everyone is able to help make a difference towards conserving our environment. When on safari or in the bush, we operate a policy of ‘bring out what you take in’ i.e. we leave no litter or man made products behind. Game drive vehicles do not deviate from existing roads and tracks, however guided foot safaris will access game trails which cannot be reached by vehicle. When on foot, we stay on the trail as deviating can cause erosion and other environmentally harmful impacts.

Community

While on safari we recommend that visitors buy locally produced goods and support local artisans. In this way, visitors are able to help sustain the local community, contribute towards conservation and enrich their own lives. During each safari there will be opportunities to purchase goods from local artists, market stalls and restaurants in keeping with the ideals of fair trade. Our guides will advise on a ‘fair price’ if requested, however it is worth noting that a relatively small sum can make a huge difference to people’s lives in Africa and guests are asked to consider this when bargaining with market stallholders.

Our safari staff are all recruited locally and encouraged to develop within the organisation to achieve their goals and where applicable to produce conservation based items for sale (100% of the proceeds going to the originator).
On arrival, we hold an informal chat with guests to explain our conservation work and how they are able to contribute during their safari. A travelers’ code of conduct is also issued with each bespoke safari itinerary.

Reviews of 7 day big five safari in South Africa

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Giraffes by moonlight, elephants up close and oryx at sunrise.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take some warm clothes for early morning game drives in March!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - we learnt a lot on our vacation about wildlife conservation in that particular region and we will spread the word. We felt our vacation helped to support leopard conservation and that environmental impact was limited in the the lodges we visited.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent - a truly amazing vacation for all the family! We met some wonderful, dedicated people, learnt an awful lot, saw some incredible wildlife- large and small - and have returned home with some amazing memories.

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The most memorable part of our vacation was going off road at Thorny Bush enabling us to see so many different animals interacting with each other in their natural environment. It was especially amazing to see a pride of lioness' watching a crocodile partly submerged in water, while they patiently waited to drink.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Check day and night time temperatures, there is a vast variation in temperature during the winter months. Pack warm pyjamas.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We booked this vacation because we feel strongly about animal conservation. My son's dream is to have a career working with wildlife therefore, having the opportunity to visit the Ingwe Research Centre and experience first hand how scientists are making a difference in supporting leopard conservation was truly inspiring.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was one of the best vacations we have experienced. The animal sightings were brilliant, the information we received about the bush was exceptional and above all, the friendliness of all the guides and staff and their desire to consider our every need resulted in a truly memorable vacation.

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our safari was the last week of a three week trip undertaken by myself and my two daughters (aged 12 & 10). A big first adventure for all of us, so my major concern was going to be keeping them amused especially during downtime between safari drives. Well my fears were unfounded and prior to the trip I spoke with Will and Carol from the operator and they recommended a circular trip starting at Black Leopard Camp, then to Thornybush and Balule before returning to Black Leopard. Each of the camps and lodges in the reserves were different in safari aspect and location so the girls were never bored and each day was something new whether it be conservation, seeing the big five, being in an open lodge with oil lamps and open hearth cooking, pure luxury glamping in others.

So most memorable, well that would have to be Will and Carol organising the itinerary which was perfectly matched to requirements and their very hands approach to making sure you get the most out of the experience. Individual highlights are too many to mention but one consistent one was the look on the girls faces when we found something special on a game drive.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Really the only tips I would give are to make you speak to Rosy at responsibletravel.com and then Will and Carol from the operator - tell them who you are, what you're hoping for, any foibles and hey presto they'll come back with a trip of a lifetime for you.
The other one is that it's quite a hike from Johannesburg up to the reserve area in the North (3 - 4 hours), if you're flush or with the savings compared to other Safari Companies look into hiring a small plane to get you there - Will can give you a local airstrip details.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Due to the operator being established to support the Leopard Conservation project at BLC I can't think of a more direct route to providing benefit to the local people and conservation support.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic, well organised and great value for money.
Thank you Rosy, Will & Carol

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the wild animals up-close and at the same time knowing we were supporting conservation and research. It was also great to stay at the researchers camp and see how researcher life is in the field and help them out a bit. The camera trap location I chose even got a picture of a leopard! It was much more memorable and gratifying then staying at typical tourist hotels.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Think about which animals, places, etc. you want to see and don't hesitate to tell the organizers. They can customize the details of your trip, which is great.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our vacation directly benefited local people in the form of the township school that is being supported by the camp we stayed with. We visited the school and brought them some pens and markers, and books and maps for their library. Our time at the researchers camp definitely had a low environmental impact and for the other locations, it seemed that measures were taken like solar electricity, etc. And we were directly supporting conservation with our vacation there, specifically the leopard conservation project.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was excellent, I would highly recommend it anyone, especially going with a group like this who support conservation-minded camps, and volunteering with the researchers was unforgettable!

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing some amazing animals and birds very close: special high points include the excitement of tracking leopard and seeing a young male, setting camera traps and seeing what had wandered past (yes, leopard!), walking with cheetah, seeing cheetah mum playing with 4 cubs, watching lion hunt buffalo, being very close to a grumpy black rhino, to seeing porcupines and bush babies. But more than this, we learnt so much about Africa and conservation from such passionate people. Very sociable week, we laughed a lot! Wonderful accommodation and food especially at Black Leopard and Tangala, great memories that we will have forever.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take layers if you go in winter, wear a hat if you have "big" hair - we had a lot of encounters with thorn bushes! This is so much more than a typical safari package- you will learn SO much as well as having fabulous wildlife experiences and staying in some beautiful places.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes without a doubt.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Amazing. We have incredible memories that will last a lifetime. Quote from one of our teenage daughters: "Best vacation of my life!"

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The Lion walking past us right by the car.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Black leopard camp roads are a bit scary but the drivers are excellent- trust them.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Solar power energy, goods bought locally.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Can't wait to go back to Black Leopard Camp and Tangala.

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Parked in the middle of a herd of 20 feeding elephants who disappeared into the bush in the blink of an eye. That, plus the drinking sessions and intellectual debates (which got less intelligent and coherent as the wine flowed) with our host at Black Leopard Camp, Mike......

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Relax, enjoy, remember your camera, and don't leave your blackberry behind and panic everyone.....! Carol and Will go out of there way to customise your vacation so you don't have to.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - leopard research and the group also supports a local school.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic. We hope to have a chance to go back. Thanks to the safari company.

Popular similar vacations

South African safaris for families with teenagers

South African safaris for families with teenagers

Visit the famous Kruger National Park and Zulu villages

From US $1630 12 days excluding flights

South Africa safari vacation, 14 days

South Africa safari vacation, 14 days

Award winning safari in South Africa

From £2699 - £2950 14 days excluding flights

South Africa and Swaziland safari

South Africa and Swaziland safari

Lodge safari all encompassing South Africa & Swaziland

From US $2105 17 days excluding flights

Ten day wildlife safari, South Africa

Ten day wildlife safari, South Africa

Award winning wildlife safaris in South Africa

From £2050 - £2270 10 days excluding flights

Convert currencies