South Africa Top Ten Travel Ideas
Ideas for working with your South Africa Custom Tour Planner.
1 – Ride the Blue Train.
2 – Explore the rich cultural heritage of Cape Town.
3 – Climb to the top of Table Mountain.
4 – Savor a safari expedition.
5 – Go wine country exploring.
6 – Visit Robben Island.
7 – See the Cradle of Humankind.
8 – Photograph wildlife in Kruger National Park.
9 – Relax in Johannesburg, the City of Gold.
10 – Travel from the Great Karoo to the Drakensberg Mountains.
South Africa Custom Travel Planners
Need help with a South Africa custom tour? Choose from this curated list of South Africa custom travel planners and specialists to help design your private tour.
South African custom tour planners can bring out the magic of this country on the tip of Africa. Try these custom tour planners for South Africa based on your interests:
Conde Nast South Africa Travel Experts
South Africa Custom Travel Planner: Cherri Briggs: Explore Africa
From CN: Having served on the boards of several African conservation organizations, she applies her environmental ethics in choosing accommodations, from classic mobile tented safaris to luxe lodges, and fosters client participation in community and wildlife projects. She can have you photographing elephants at a hide in the moonlight or tracking lowland gorillas with the Ba’aka peoples.
From CN: A former ranger who was born and raised in South Africa and co-authored Fodor’s African Safari, Harrison knows where the animals are and where they aren’t. His candor, sense of value, and ability to articulate the pros and cons of every park, lodge, and activity (he can even articulate them in Afrikaans and Zulu) ensure that you get a transformative experience at a fair price. He can acquaint you with the region’s lesser-known aspects, such as Bushman culture and their legacy of rock art, and his strong ties with South African Airways translate into very competitive airfares.
From CN: Looking to combine game-rich lodges and camps with a few sumptuous days in Cape Town and the wine country? Weinberg’s twice-yearly trips to Africa over several decades, coupled with her encyclopedic knowledge of the most elegant lodgings, mean she can pinpoint which property, room, ranger, and guide will best match a traveler’s needs.
From CN: Hilton has spent more than 700 days on safari, recently four weeks guiding kids—both his own (ages 12 and 9) and his clients’. He knows which lodges provide kids-only game drives and have family suites; which guides are best for keeping children engaged—think spoor identification, watercolor paints, and poking about in anthills; where you can use microphones to eavesdrop on the family ‘conversations’ of a pod of hippos; and where your teenager can learn to drive a stick shift between game sightings.
From CN: The author of Africa’s Top Wildlife Countries and African Safari Journal & Field Guide, Nolting specializes in retreats to private game reserves untainted by crowds. He’s also been on a dozen safaris with his two sons, so he’s experienced in arranging adventures—think white-water rafting on the Zambezi, playing soccer with Masai schoolchildren, or crafting bows and arrows with Bushmen—that appeal to a multi-generational family.
Travel & Leisure A-List
From T&L: Fricker approaches trip planning as an art form—one that involves learning about her clients’ concerns, desires, and interests before even discussing the destination. The keyed-in University of South Africa graduate has strong connections with travel suppliers, and she also frequently taps into her network of plugged-in locals. In case of an emergency, there is a South Africa–based team to provide round-the-clock support—and Fricker herself is also available 24/7.
From T&L: Born and raised in South Africa, this former game ranger and co-author of Fodor’s African Safari knows when to visit certain destinations to maximize wildlife viewing, keeping factors such as rain, migratory patterns, and vegetation in mind. Over the past few years, Harrison—who can arrange home visits with scientists and conservationists—has boated the Okavango Delta, gone gorilla trekking in the Republic of the Congo, canoed the Zambezi River, and fished in Malawi.
From T&L: Since founding Mango African Safaris 16 years ago with her business partner Casey Hermansen, Sullivan has intensively vetted each experience they offer, spending weeks at a time on the ground. She has hitchhiked, taken trains, and ridden camels, horses, and elephants, always seeking out what’s around the next corner. Sullivan pays particular attention to the pacing of a trip, limiting the number of one- and two-night stays at safari camps, and is adept at booking travel during the more affordable green season.
From T&L: Rothschild, a South Africa native, has experienced everything that she plans for her clients: canoeing with her children in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi, taking family to Kenya’s Mara River crossing during the Great Migration, and trekking to see gorillas in Rwanda. She can also set up family-friendly volunteering opportunities in southern Africa.
Wendy Perrin’s WOW List
Wendy says: The two know that most travelers will only take one safari during their lives and they work tirelessly, drawing on their decades of knowledge and vast network of connections, to ensure that each trip really is the trip of a lifetime. They are always on call and will do whatever is required to make sure that their clients return home having had an unforgettable safari.
Read Nina and Daniel’s South Africa Safari Guide.
Wendy says: Fluent in Afrikaans and Zulu, Julian was born and raised in South Africa, where he spent the early part of his career establishing his safari bona fides by working as a ranger in KwaZulu-Natal and co-hosting a weekly radio program about wildlife conservation. He knows exactly where to go—and when to go—to make the most of your time and money, and takes great pleasure in introducing his clients to the lesser-known corners of the continent.
Read about Julian’s Cape Town Winelands custom tours.
Additional South Africa Custom Travel Planners Ideas:
When you contact us, one of the secrets of our success is that you will speak directly with Anastasia Mann or Karin Jones, who each have vast experience in Africa. One of them will personally design the journey with you.
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South Africa Tourism Website Information
South Africa: Inspiring New Ways
From the website:
Big Five safaris in South Africa are a must-do for anyone fascinated by wildlife. Big Five refers to buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino and the term comes from the animals considered most dangerous to hunt. Now the thrill comes from photographing them in their natural habitat.
If you’re looking for a Big 5 safari experience in South Africa you can go to almost any province in South Africa, but the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces remains an iconic tourism drawcard.