South Africa safari vacation, 14 days

“This is our best-selling South Africa trip, and it's not hard to see why. Meticulously planned by conservationists, it breaks the safari mould without breaking the budget.”

Highlights

Balule Game Reserve | Kruger National Park | Unique 'bush senses' experience | Game drives and bush walks | Setting up your own camera trap | Learning about leopard behaviour | Thorny Bush Game Reserve | Access to exclusive areas reserved for conservation teams | San rock art

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Our top tip:
Take every game drive you're offered - you'll see something different on every one. They may involve early starts - but a lion surely beats a lie-in...
Trip type:
Tailor made. Min. age 6.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Luxury tented camp with a pool and treetop dining room. Private inside and outside bathrooms.
Solos:
This trip can be tailor made for solo travelers with a surcharge.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, all meals, game drives, bush walks, guides, listed 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: South Africa safari vacation, 14 days

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. Where travelers can witness great conservation and research work being conducted. A non profit making organisation with an 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 peoples 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 South Africa safari vacation, 14 days

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 15 Oct 2016 by

First safari so no expectations but suspect the bar has been set so high that the next trip will have to be lead by Sir David Attenborough himself to surpass it. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2016 by

Fantastic ! We couldn't have planned anything better ourselves and it was lovely to have everything taken care of by people who really know what they are doing. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2016 by

Excellent, without question. The entire vacation exceeded our expectations. We saw much more wildlife than we imagined, and we experienced the bush in a direct, personal way. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2015 by

If you are looking for a first class small group safari experience which has the added benefits of a more hands approach to the wild life and conservation, culture, and people of South Africa and all at a reasonable cost, this is the ideal package. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2015 by

Five stars! It was, as stated, the adventure of a lifetime, which we were expecting, but we did not plan to gain so much more, in the way of making friends and feeling a part of missions that transcended mere tourism. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2015 by

Most memorable for me is was a great encounter with bush baby jumping around on the track and in the bushes. For my husband it was the lions making a buffalo kill right in front of our jeep. For both of us it was seeing the white lions at Umlani. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2015 by

We had so many memorable experiences. Watching a beautiful leopard and her cub was up there, as was spending an hour watching six young elephants play in a waterhole. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2014 by

10/10 it was amazing. We were so well looked after and treated as part of the family at our main resort. it was very hectic as we stayed at 6 locations so it involved a lot of traveling. but now we are back, we realise how much we packed in and how much we saw. it was a trip of a lifetime for us, so we really appreciate all the things we gained from our trip and are now saving hard to go again!! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2014 by

For a first safari for my daughter and I, this was a terrific experience. Good weather, delicious and varied cooking, confortable accommodations and experienced, diplomatic and knowledgeable guides made our safari something to remember and talk about Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2014 by

This was a fantastic, very well organized vacation. There was always a lot going on but we saw a lot and learned a lot. All the guides and hosts at the lodges were very knowledgable and passionate about the wildlife and very open to sharing their knowledge and experiences with all of us. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2014 by

It was an amazing experience! Thank to all the staff , the guides and everybody else we had a full, safe contact with the animals in a completely wild environment. My kids came back happy and full of enthusiasm, and they actually learnt a lot, I have now two young wildlife experts! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2014 by

A couple of the animal reserves allowed drivers to drive off-road, and this made for some very exciting, up-close viewing of some animals (leopards, hyenas, elephants, and lions) that would not have been possible otherwise. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2013 by

Excellent. The planning and execution of the entire vacation was superb. Everybody involved helped to make this a most memorable experience and we were extremely well looked after at all times. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2013 by

This was a fabulous vacation which exceeded all our (high) expectations. From the time we expressed an interest in going on this safari, to dropping us at the airport at the end of our vacation we experienced a very attentive and personal service. I would definitely go again. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2013 by

This was a great vacation in the true sense of the word and we would have no hesitation in recommending it to any like-minded traveler. The geniality and hospitality of all staff concerned in the various reserves were truly exceptional. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2013 by

Most memorable was our day trip through Kruger, during which we had so many memorable sightings, especially when the 3 cheetahs strolled around the back of our car and then sat under a tree while we observed them for 10 minutes or so! Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2013 by

Brilliant, one of our best vacations ever. The staff at Black Leopard Camp were very friendly and made you feel like one of the family. Will Fox who took us everywhere was very knowledgeable and passionate and the places he took us were all fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2013 by

Can’t recommend the vacation enough...Though we saw a vast array of wildlife including some special leopard sightings, the chance to observe animal behaviour and learn some tracking skills made us appreciate the overall experience much more. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2013 by

This was a very interesting introduction to safaris in South Africa. I gained knowledge and understanding of the significance of game reserves and saw some amazing creatures and plants. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2012 by

Outstanding - more than exceeded our expectations in terms of experiences, standard of accomodation and hospitality Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2012 by

Sitting in a land rover with a large herd of elephants walking calmly and peacefully past us so close that you could hear and feel the matriach's rumbling sounds of communication to the rest of the herd must class as one of the best parts of the vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2012 by

Visiting Tangala lodge in the Thorny Bush reserve and seeing the wild dogs were the most memorable parts of the vacation...A wonderful experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2012 by

The most memorable parts were: returning from our evening game drive to Tangala safari camp to see the camp lit by lanterns (the camp is quite magical and unspoilt); watching a lioness walk along side our 4X4; watching rhinos enjoying a mud bath. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2012 by

It would be difficult to pick out one highlight. The whole experience was a very good one, from seeing the big 5 (many times over) and so being able to tick that box, from getting to appreciate all the other animals, birds, reptiles and insects, and, more importantly, to seeing Southern Africa as much more than a large animal park. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2011 by

Most memorable? Following the leopard going through the thick reeds of the dried riverbed... Being in the very middle of the 400 buffalos’ herd moving to another grazing field... Two gracious cheetah males crossing the tar road... Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Nov 2011 by

From the moment we arrived, we felt like part of the team and nothing was too much trouble. Black Leopard camp with its stunning, tranquil location and beautifully appointed tents was very special and here we were looked after by Emma and the Ingwe Leopard Research team. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2011 by

This has to be the most amazing wildlife viewing...Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2011 by

Seeing the big 5 on one morning on safari was a very good extra with a good guide Anton . Nothing is too much trouble. The school visit was very good. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2011 by

The whole black leopard camp experience accommodation food and hosting were all top class, seeing rhino in the wild in Sabi was wonderful, the guide Anton a pleasure to spend time with, seeing two leopards on our last day at both Sabi and black leopard camps, the fantastic birdlife throughout the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2010 by

The entire safari experience was the most memorable part; seeing four of the big five in Krueger National Park; following a young mail leopard off-road for one hour in Sabi Sands; trailing a pack of Hyenas through the night; seeing young bull elephants testing their fighting skills; gentle daily bush-walks to watch birds and track wildlife; Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2010 by

I would highly recommend this safari... I saw a leopard (which we tracked for about 45 minutes - what an impressive creature!), elephants (including a three year old elephant that we were only about five feet away from, that we watched for at least half an hour), lions in a pride... Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2010 by

Most memorable? Dozing alongside a snoring lion in the open under a starry sky; having a cast of the paw-print of a leopard that had just walked past us, during the "safari" part of the vacation; Most enjoyable and educational! Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Dec 2009 by

Two particular highlights had to be the sighting of a pack of Wild Dogs with a fresh kill only a few yards from our vehicle and then two mating leopards encountered later that same day - again only yards from us. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2009 by

We will never forget sitting on the safari vehicle at one o'clock in the morning under a full moon just listening to the sounds of the bush. ("People make noise, nature makes sounds," was one of the things he said to us. How true.) Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Mar 2009 by

Fantastic – great people, landscapes, wildlife and learnt so much about the places we visited and the history of this part of South Africa. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2009 by

Most memorable parts were tracking a Leopard for 2 hours at night, watching dwarf mongoose playing for an hour, seeing two male giraffe fighting for the rights to a female and walking in such a pristine environment. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2009 by

It was excellent... exactly what I wanted and hoped it would be! It was perhaps the best vacation I've ever had - the accommodation was lovely, food delicious, company interesting and like-minded, landscape beautiful, and animals amazing. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2009 by

The most memorable parts were our game drives at Umkumbe lodge in Sabi Sands. Tracking and finding leopards (twice!) with Gerrie our guide was incredibly exciting and rewarding. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2009 by

The most memorable parts were learning some bushcraft, hearing a baby rhino squeak, seeing a leopard and white-tailed mongoose bump into one another at 11 pm at night... Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2009 by

Everything was wonderful, especially the serval and bushpig sightings and, of course, the leopard that we transported to Maholoholo... I had an absolutely wonderful time. There is not a single thing that I can find fault with. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2008 by

Probably the most memorable was our first sighting of a leopard - we saw 2 leopard cubs during a game drive. We spent ages watching them as they ate an antelope which their mother had killed. It was fantastic and we got the opportunity to take many special photographs. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2008 by

The flora and fauna were tremendous. Nature TV shows capture a relatively small portion of great diversity in plants and animals (beside the big five, cheetah, wild dog, we saw for example 5 species of mongoose and 5 species antelope). And we weren't prepared for the variety and colourfulness of the bird life. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2008 by

Most memorable was being walked in on by a female leopard. Read full review

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