10 Best South Africa Safari Tours: Our Top Luxury Packages

With so much to see and do, South Africa is perfect for your first trip to Africa! South Africa safari tours offer unbelievable wildlife viewing and a full range of accommodations, from great value options to all-out luxury. Cape Town delights with its sunny climate, beautiful beaches, and cosmopolitan feel. Nearby are beautiful winelands and outdoor adventures galore. South Africa truly has it all!

Here are our 10 best South Africa safari tours:

1. Safari of the senses: South Africa Victoria Falls package

12 days • Destinations: 4 • Accommodations: Luxury hotels and a unique island river lodge

This trip has a bit of everything! Start with culinary delights and unique adventures in Cape Town (snorkeling with seals, anyone?), followed by a luxury safari in the Sabi Sands. Finally, stay at a breathtaking island lodge in the Zambezi River and explore Victoria Falls by land and air.

Kruger Safari Sabi Sands - Leopard at Simbambili Game Lodge
Leopard at Simbambili Game Lodge

Tour highlights:

  • VIP touring in Cape Town and the Winelands with private guides, wine tastings, and a helicopter excursion
  • Luxury safari lodge in an exclusive game reserve bordering Kruger
  • Escape the crowds at Victoria Falls at a dreamy river island lodge
  • Sunset cocktail cruise and local village visit at Victoria Falls

Perfect for: Couples, honeymooners, and foodies

2. South Africa family adventure

7 days • Destinations: 2 • Accommodations: Luxury lodges

This family adventure is perfect for parents and kids! Explore beautiful Cape Town from the comfort of a luxurious ocean view resort. Finish with a family safari in the fabulous Sabi Sands, suitable for children 6 and over, and see the Big 5.

Elephants on Safari - South Africa Family Safari Package
Herd of elephants on a South Africa safari

Tour highlights:

  • Beautiful resort in one of Cape Town’s most fashionable neighborhoods
  • Explore Table Mountain and see the penguins on Boulders Beach
  • Unplug and connect with nature at a luxury safari lodge
  • The Sabi Sands has exceptional Big 5 game viewing all year long

Perfect for: Families with young kids and small groups traveling together

3. Bucket list South Africa safari

10 days • Destinations: 3 • Accommodations: Beautiful and exclusive luxury lodges

See all the South Africa highlights and unexpected delights on this bucket list adventure. Explore Cape Town’s quirky side on private tours, sample the flavors of the Cape Winelands, go cage diving with Great White Sharks, and enjoy a Big 5 wildlife safari!

Leopard Spotted on Safari at Royal Malewane Lodge
Leopard spotted on safari at Royal Malewane Lodge

Tour highlights:

  • Private touring in Cape Town and private wine tasting in the Cape Winelands
  • Luxury Big 5 safari at Royal Malewane, named one of the Top 20 Resorts in the World by Conde Nast Traveller
  • Thrilling cage diving experience with Great White Sharks
  • Explore a gorgeous private nature reserve on the Western Cape
  • VIP treatment throughout your adventure

Perfect for: Couples, honeymooners, and families with teens or adult children

4. Breathtaking luxury escape: Cape Town and safari

10 days • Destinations: 3 • Accommodations: Private luxury lodges

This retreat is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate in some of South Africa’s most beautiful regions. Visit cosmopolitan Cape Town and enjoy a private culinary tour of the city. Experience a luxury Kruger safari in the famous Sabi Sands reserve, then explore stunning walking trails that are only accessible by foot.

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge South Africa
Sleepout experience at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Tour highlights:

  • Discover vibrant Cape Town with a private foodie tour
  • Gorgeous safari lodge in the exclusive Sabi Sands reserve
  • Spend a night at a luxurious treehouse sleep-out
  • Go off the beaten path and soak up stunning mountain scenery at Marataba Trails Lodge

Perfect for: Couples or small groups, adventure lovers

5. Luxury Garden Route adventure: Safari by land and sea

12 days • Destinations: 5 • Accommodations: Beautiful resorts and luxury lodges

Discover beautiful scenery and outdoor adventure in South Africa on this self-driving Garden Route travel package! Highlights include vibrant Cape Town, stunning scenery in wine country, a luxury Addo Elephant Park safari, and cage diving with Great White Sharks.

South Africa Garden Route Package - Gorah Elephant Camp Safari
Wildlife in front of Gorah Elephant Camp

Tour highlights:

  • Safari of the sea: Go cage diving with Great White Sharks and enjoy a dolphin encounter or whale watching excursion
  • Discover beautiful beaches and hiking trails along the Garden Route, a scenic drive hugging the coast
  • Indulge the senses at a luxurious country estate in wine country
  • Safari adventure in Addo Elephant Park

Perfect for: Adventure lovers and multigenerational families

6. City explorer and adventure safari

11 days • Destinations: 4 • Accommodations: Luxury hotels and a luxurious tented safari camp

Discover the best of South Africa’s major cities, with a private culinary tour in Cape Town and a fabulous tour of Johannesburg’s vibrant street art. Spend some time at Victoria Falls, Africa’s adventure capital, and enjoy a luxury safari adventure.

Street Art Tour in Johannesburg
Street art tour in Johannesburg. Image: South Africa Tourism

Tour highlights:

  • Explore delicious cuisine and vibrant street art in South Africa’s major cities
  • Immerse yourself in nature without sacrificing comfort at a tented safari camp (one of the few in South Africa)
  • Countless adventures to choose from at Victoria Falls, like bungy jumping, microlight excursions, and water safaris

Perfect for: Honeymooners or friends traveling together

7. Rovos Rail golf safari: Scenic rail adventure

9 days • Destinations: 6 • Accommodations: Rovos Rail luxury train

Embark on a luxurious tour of South Africa’s top golf courses and safari highlights via luxury rail! Play spectacular golf courses, including Leopard Creek, Gary Player, Durban Country Club, and more. Non-golfers will tour the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields and enjoy game drives in South Africa’s best safari parks.

Leopard Creek Country Club Golf Course, South Africa - Rovos Rail Luxury Golf Safari Tour
Leopard Creek Golf Course overlooking Kruger National Park

Tour highlights:

  • Capture the spirit of colonial romance aboard southern Africa’s premier luxury rail line
  • Play bucket list golf courses and keep an eye out for giraffes crossing the fairways
  • Spot the Big 5 on safari excursions
  • Discover the historic KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields

Perfect for: Golfers, history buffs, and empty nesters

8. Luxury family adventure: South Africa highlights

12 days • Destinations: 5 • Accommodations: The best luxury hotels and lodges in South Africa

Enjoy the ultimate South African family adventure! Featuring private touring in Cape Town, an epicurean getaway in the Cape Winelands, a Big 5 safari in Madikwe Game Reserve, and much more. Get a unique feel for South Africa’s highlights while staying in the best luxury hotels.

Madikwe Safari Lions - Jamala Madikwe Lodge - African Family Safari
Lioness and cubs seen at Jamala Madikwe Safari Lodge

Tour highlights:

  • Stay at beautiful and exclusive hotels throughout, including the Silo in Cape Town
  • Private touring in Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, and Johannesburg—perfect for families or groups
  • Stunning country retreat in the Cape Winelands, surrounded by scenic mountains
  • Escape the Kruger crowds at a 5-star safari lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve

Perfect for: Multigenerational families, couples and honeymooners, or small groups

9. &Beyond safari South Africa: Phinda and Sabi Sands

9 days • Destinations: 2 • Accommodations: 5-star safari lodges on private reserves

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with one of our favorite South Africa safari tours! Enjoy the height of luxury at 2 fabulous &Beyond safari lodges, both in prime locations for exclusive and thrilling game viewing. Immerse yourself in seemingly untouched wilderness and catch exceptional sightings of Africa’s Big 5.

Big 5 Game Drive - Luxury South African Safari: andBeyond Phinda and Sabi Sands
Lion and rhinos seen on &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Tour highlights:

  • Go off the beaten path at the beautiful &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, known for the Big 5 and great cheetah sightings
  • Check the Sabi Sands off your bucket list at a luxury safari lodge that exudes colonial romance
  • Fabulous wildlife sightings year-round
  • Get the kids involved in nature with extensive children’s programs at both properties

Perfect for: Families with young children, couples, and honeymooners

10. Luxury nature retreat: Safari and beach getaway

9 days • Destinations: 2 • Accommodations: Luxury safari lodge and beach resort

Are you ready for a getaway unlike any other? Enjoy a luxury Big 5 safari in South Africa, then unwind at a stunning resort in Mozambique where you can watch turtles nesting and swim with dolphins!

Best of African Luxury: Sabi Sands Safari and Beach Getaway - Leopard Hills Kruger Safari Lodge
Leopard Hills luxury safari lodge

Tour highlights:

  • Luxury safari in Kruger National Park
  • Watch wildlife gather around the waterhole from your private deck
  • 5-star beach resort in Mozambique, well off the beaten path
  • See dolphins, turtles, humpback whales, and much more in the sparkling waters of Mozambique

Perfect for: Divers, couples, empty nesters, and travel connoisseurs

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