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14-Day South Africa Safari Tours
For diversity, you can’t beat a 2-week holiday in South Africa. While the wildlife viewing is superb, few visitors come here for a stand-alone safari. The country’s rich history, vibrant cities and melting pot of cultures make this rainbow nation fascinating to explore. But South Africa’s biggest drawing card is the variety of its landscapes; rugged mountains, fairy-tale forests, grassy savannah and the stark beauty of the desert. The country’s network of 19 national parks and hundreds of other reserves protects a rich mosaic of habitats and a corresponding diversity of animals. Meanwhile, offshore from the beautiful 2,850km coastline, an exceptionally rich marine life inhabits a parallel world.
14-Day South Africa and the Tropics
$9,020 to $10,164 pp (USD)
South Africa & Réunion: Private tourLuxuryLodge & Hotel
You Visit: Cape Town (Start), Sabi Sands (Greater Kruger), Saint Gilles (Town & Beach), Sainte-Marie (End)
5.0/5 – 21 Reviews
14-Day Victoria Falls, Kruger, Cape Town & Winelands
$6,009 to $6,314 pp (USD)
South Africa, Zambia & Zimbabwe: Private tourLuxuryLodge & Hotel
You Visit: Victoria Falls (Start), Mpumalanga, Sabi Sands (Greater Kruger), Timbavati NR (Greater Kruger), Cape Town (City), Franschhoek (Cape Winelands), Cape Town Airport (End)
5.0/5 – 350 Reviews
Top Rated Operator
14-Day South Africa and Mozambique Honeymoon
$8,026 to $8,668 pp (USD)
Mozambique & South Africa: Private tourLuxuryLodge & Resort
You Visit: Cape Town (Start), Cape Winelands, Kruger NP, Mozambique Island (Beach), Vilanculos (Town & Beach), Vilankulo (End)
Ker & Downey Africa
5.0/5 – 94 Reviews
14-Day Kruger to Cape Overland Inland Route
$4,416 to $5,198 pp (USD)
South Africa & Swaziland: Private tour
Mid-rangeLodge & Guest House
You Visit: Johannesburg (Start), Panorama Route (Highlight), Blyde River Canyon (Panorama Route), Southern Kruger, Mantenga Village (Highlight), Royal Natal (Drakensberg Mountains), Golden Gate Highlands NP, Mokala NP, Karoo NP, Cango Caves (Garden Route), Storms River, Mossel Bay (Town), Cape Town (City), Cape Peninsula, Table Mountain (Cape Town), Cape Town (End)
Red Africa Safaris
5.0/5 – 87 Reviews
14-Day South Africa Trip - Sightseeing, Safari & Leisure
$3,690 pp (USD)
South Africa: Private tour
Mid-rangeResort & Hotel
You Visit: Cape Town (Start), Stellenbosch (Cape Winelands), Cape of Good Hope (Cape Peninsula), Johannesburg (City), Pretoria (City), Kruger NP, Panorama Route (Highlight), Parsons (Balule NR), Ballito (Town), Durban (End)
5.0/5 – 52 Reviews
14-Day Walking South Africa
$2,261 pp (USD)Scheduled Start Dates
South Africa & Swaziland: Shared tour (max 12 people per vehicle)
Mid-rangeLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Johannesburg (Start), Mpumalanga, Greater Kruger, Malolotja NR, Zululand (KwaZulu-Natal), Isandlwana (Highlight), Royal Natal (Drakensberg Mountains), Drakensberg Mountains (Mountain Range), Johannesburg (End)
4.4/5 – 24 Reviews
14-Day South Africa, Swaziland & Mozambique Safari
$2,429 to $2,463 pp (USD)Scheduled Start Dates
Mozambique, South Africa & Swaziland: Shared tour (max 10 people per vehicle)BudgetLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Johannesburg (Start), Hlane Royal NP, Macaneta, Barra Beach, Vilanculos (Town & Beach), Praia De Chizavane (Beach), Greater Kruger, Panorama Route (Highlight), Johannesburg (End)
Avo Orange Adventure Travel
4.5/5 – 2 Reviews
Top Rated Operator
14-Day Ultimate Southern Africa Luxury Holiday
$11,228 to $12,647 pp (USD)
Botswana, South Africa, Zambia & Zimbabwe: Private tourLuxuryLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Cape Town (Start), Franschhoek (Cape Winelands), Sabi Sands (Greater Kruger), Victoria Falls, Chobe River, Johannesburg (End)
4.9/5 – 85 Reviews
Top Rated Operator
14-Day Southern Africa Safari
$6,380 to $7,800 pp (USD)
Botswana, South Africa, Zambia & Zimbabwe: Private tour
Mid-rangeLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Cape Town (Start), Table Mountain (Cape Town), Boulder's Beach (Penguins), Cape Winelands, Greater Kruger, Victoria Falls, Chobe NP, Okavango Delta, Johannesburg (End)
5.0/5 – 210 Reviews
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6 Questions About 14-Day South Africa Safaris
Ariadne van Zandbergen
Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert and photographer. She and her husband form a team who write and update many travel guides. South Africa has been her home for the last 25 years. She has traveled around the country extensively, visiting all its parks and reserves regularly for work and leisure.
6 Questions About 14-Day South Africa Safaris
Is 2 weeks a good amount of time for a safari in South Africa?
“You can easily spend a couple of weeks traveling in South Africa. The landscapes keep changing and there are countless places of interest all over the country. Most visitors will follow a circuit, taking in different highlights along the way. You can mix and match more freely if you use one or several domestic flights. Regardless of how you get around, you can see a fair amount on a 2-week tour. However, time and budget permitting, don’t hesitate to extend with some extra days to slow down the pace and add one or two more stops on your itinerary. ”1
Can I combine a 2-week safari with a beach holiday in South Africa?
“It’s easy to combine a South African safari with some time on the beach. South Africa’s long Atlantic and Indian Ocean coastlines, which converge at the southern tip of Africa, are lined with fabulous beaches. The KwaZulu-Natal coast, with its warm subtropical waters, is most suitable for a conventional beach holiday. Further south, the Eastern Cape, with its rugged coastline, is mostly popular with backpackers and adventure travelers. And the popular Garden Route, with its mountains, forests, lakes and endless beaches along the Southern Cape, is mostly explored on a road trip between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. While these beaches are picture perfect, the mild climate and rough waters make the Garden Route more suitable as a general travel destination. Although the South African beaches don’t lack in beauty, they are relatively unspoiled and there are few resorts offering typical beach-holiday packages. For a real sea-and-sand getaway, you might prefer to add on a few days on the tropical islands of Mauritius or Seychelles.”2
Where in South Africa should I go on a 2-week safari?
“The world-renowned Kruger National Park is the obvious choice for a 14-day South Africa safari. While the south of the park has the highest animal densities, the north is much less busy. Alternatively, you can stay a couple of days in one of the private reserves of Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Packages here include five-star luxury accommodation, superb cuisine and guided game drives in open-sided safari vehicles. Further south is the cluster of Zululand reserves. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve is very scenic and well known for its healthy rhino population. The hides in uMkhuze Game Reserve are popular with photographers. The constant stream of animals coming to drink is phenomenal. Further northwest, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is shared between Botswana and South Africa. The desert landscapes are mesmerizing and the perfect setting for big-cat action. The vibrant city of Cape Town and the winelands feature on many itineraries, and the drive along the Garden Route is arguably the most scenic in the country. This area isn’t known for its wildlife, but there are several good safari options here all the same. Addo Elephant National Park is a Big Five destination. Elephants are particularly relaxed here. Be prepared for some close encounters. There are several Big Five private reserves in the area too. Kwandwe and Shamwari Game Reserves offer superb wildlife viewing in a similar style as at the more well-known Sabi Sand GR. ”3
What is the best time of the year for a 2-week safari in South Africa?
“The South African winter, which runs from May to September, is generally the best time of the year for wildlife viewing. For most of the country, including the main safari areas, it coincides with the Dry season (the Cape, which sees winter rainfall, is the exception). At this time the lush vegetation shrivels, and wildlife is easier to spot. As the season progresses, water in the bush dries out and animals tend to congregate around rivers and waterholes. Mid-winter, from June through to August, can be bitterly cold though, especially on early morning and evening game drives in open vehicles. Therefore, September, the end of the Dry season, is perhaps the optimum month. Having said all that, wildlife viewing is quite good throughout the year. If you are planning a general-interest tour with some time in Cape Town, the winelands and the Garden Route, you might prefer the warmer summer months from October to April. ”4
Which animals am I likely to see on a 2-week safari in South Africa?
“You’ll see a large variety of animals on a 2-week safari, without a doubt. Kruger NP alone supports approximately 145 mammal species, 118 reptile species and more than 500 bird species. While you can see many of the main safari animals in different parks, you’ll be able to see different ones too depending on where you go. As far as the Big Five are concerned, elephant, buffalo and lion are regularly seen, but leopard and rhino are a bit more tricky to spot. Leopard is very widespread, but rarely seen. In the private reserves of Sabi Sands, however, these secretive big cats are very habituated, and sightings are pretty much guaranteed. The Zululand reserves are best for the placid white rhino, which is Africa’s second-largest terrestrial animal, while the smaller but more aggressive black rhino is most likely to be encountered in the private reserves of the Eastern Cape. The Big Five aside, it’s the huge variety of animals you’ll encounter in South Africa’s diverse habitats that will make your safari truly special. ”5
How much does a 2-week safari in South Africa cost?
“As most South African tours focus on a mix of activities with a greater or lesser safari element to them, prices for a 2-week holiday are very variable. As a guideline, you can expect prices for a mid-range tour, including a safari, to start at about US$3000 per person, while luxury tours start at around US$5000 per person. South Africa is a relatively affordable destination, and there are many different ways of traveling here. A self-drive safari is a popular and convenient option. If you like to travel independently and you value flexibility, this might work well for you. Even when moving around the country independently, you can still book guided game drives in the parks. The expertise of a knowledgeable guide will definitely add value to your safari. Joining a group tour is more cost effective than booking a private tour, especially for single travelers. However, the biggest factor that determines the overall price of a safari is the level of accommodation. South Africa offers a range of options fitting every budget, including camping, self-catering rest camps, small B&Bs, mid-range hotels and luxury lodges. The most sumptuous lodges are those in private game reserves. They generally offer packages inclusive of game drives, fine dining and sometimes even drinks. I recommend getting a few quotations before booking a 2-week South Africa safari. ”6
South Africa Safari Reviews
Anthony is a photographer and writer for travel magazines and Lonely Planet, including the guides to Kenya and Botswana & Namibia.
South Africa: World-class Safaris
South Africa is one of my favourite places to go on safari, with all the necessary ingredients for a wildlife experience that will begin your enduring love affair with the continent. Primary among these ingredients is the wildlife....
Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
South Africa is rightly celebrated for its magnificent natural beauty and excellent choice of parks
South Africa has a wonderful range of landscapes, a near-perfect climate, and the choice of destinations, activities and itineraries is virtually inexhaustible. Aside from its beautiful coastline and cosmopolitan cities – both of which I...
South African parks are affordable compared to Botswana and Zimbabwe. The big five look the same any where in Southern Africa so decide why added expense and four extra days of travel with petrol costs make it worth while. If you are in...
Our trip to South Africa and Jamila Lodge in the Welgovenden Game Park was a trip of a life time! Sandra Nicol at Traipsing Through Africa made it all happen with the upmost care, excitement and precision. Sandra contacted me and...
Our safari to Madikwe Game Reserve was spectacular. We saw more wildlife than we could have hoped for; the accommodations and food were outstanding. Our guide went out of his way to show us all that he could. I hope to come back and spend...
Wildlife was amazing! Guide should not operate at night with lights! It’s not natural and destroys the ambiance and natural beauty of the park. The guides should announce how much time to spend at a stop & when we are headed back! No...