South Africa Safari Holidays

A huge variety of activities, malaria-free safaris, private ranches and sensational local food and wine

Few places on earth can match South Africa for it's blend of adventure and outstanding hospitality

From riding to swimming in rivers to game viewing safaris, the activities on offer are as vast and varied as the landscapes

You could embark on a road trip through stunning scenery, bask in the superb climate, explore world-class wilderness and sample award-winning wines.

For families, South Africa really comes into its own. On a practical level, it's a destination where you can pack everything in, without going overboard on costs. The hugely beneficial exchange rate means your money goes an incredibly long way.

And, if you and your kids love the outdoor life, you’ll find everything you could possibly want: rafting, riding, walking, snorkelling and much more. With its mix of intrepid activities and modern indulgences, South Africa is hard to beat. 

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Malaria-free safaris on a private game reserve

South Africa offers a number of exceptional bush homes that are wonderful for families looking for a taste of safari and a wide range of different activities to keep children busy. This ranges from game viewing to riding safaris to walks or sleeping out under the stars, all based from incredibly comfortable owner-run homes located on private ranches.

These places are hard to beat if you're looking for great hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere. Expect wonderful food cooked from fresh local ingredients and of course excellent South African wines.

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If you like the idea of relaxed small lodges, private houses and home stays, then South Africa is for you

The rolling farm land of Kwazulu Natal with its backdrop of lakes and the ever-present Drakensberg make for a seductive place to stop and spend a few days, particularly if you’re travelling with a family.

This part of South Africa is brimming with things to do – from Zulu or Boer war battlefield tours to adventures in the mountains, to white-water rafting and canoeing. But what’s also hugely pleasurable is to spend a few days slowing down and simply enjoying the relaxed hospitality that seems to come so naturally to people who live in this part of the world.

Unlike a hotel stay, many of these places are working farms so you’re more or staying with a family, albeit often in separate guest cottages.

You can expect delicious fresh food – from superlative avocados to some of the best beef you’re likely to find anywhere and of course plenty of good South African wines.

During the day you’ll often be left to your own devices, although your hosts will be happy to make suggestions as much as needed. Hospitality in these sorts of farmstays is very low key, which can make a pleasing change to the “is-everything-OK-with-your-food” mentality that can poison many hotel or restaurant experiences these days.

South Africa Sample Trips

Kwazulu Natal family adventure

Highlights:

Wildlife, Zulu and boer war battlefields, dramatic coastline, great small lodges and excellent food and wine

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South Africa's Highlights

Kruger National Park

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Zulu War Battlefields

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iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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It takes genuine local knowledge to craft trips that go beyond the ordinary.

All of us at Natural High have over 20 years’ experience in the countries we offer. We’ve lived there, worked there and arranged countless one-off journeys for clients. We live to travel – and love to share our tips on what’s really worth doing. For expert advice (and a traveller’s tale or two), speak to one of our team. They’ll be happy to let you in on their travel secrets, and help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s truly unforgettable.

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"Natural High arranged a trip to remember ...accommodation first class, transportation on very long road trips was excellent. Spotless . air conditioning .. food and water. Rhino and Tiger sightings to die for.. local agents left nothing to chance ... we felt in the safest hands ... then when we off grid the virus struck... Natural High and their local Agent Banyan took total control and got us from the back of beyond to UK in very worrying and uncertain times. All without us being able to do anything at our end ...outstanding attention to detail. Worth every penny."

Valerie

Personal service and excellent organisation

"This was our first holiday to be organised by Natural High. We made the enquiry on New Year’s Eve for a departure in February and within a few days they had produced a wonderful-sounding itinerary in Costa Rica. There were helpful notes for packing as they seem to have someone there who has been to any chosen destination. We did do some groundwork for flights but left it to Dial-a-Flight who were also most efficient. We visited the office as it is very local to home and everyone there was cheerful and interested in our upcoming trip. We were presented with a leather file which turned out to be the most useful item en-route for all our paperwork ..... and it smelled lovely!
The holiday was one of our best ever. Not just because we saw a plethora of wildlife, but because there was always someone waiting to whisk us to another destination, be it to the airport, from the airport or a boat to a lodge etc. And they did it with great charm and humour and were always very knowledgeable about any queries we had.
For the last 8 days we had a driver/guide who was just outstanding. He was very familiar with the 3 remaining lodges where we stayed and his rapport with the other staff and guides helped to ensure that we were really well looked after. He was a skilled naturalist, had a great sense of humour and was always putting our welfare first - he made a wonderful companion for the trip.
All of the above meant that it was a really relaxing holiday so that we could maximise our time looking at the flora and fauna of Costa Rica.
We would highly recommend Natural High ...... where next?!"

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Everything is so well planned and organised that you can just sit back and really enjoy your holiday. We couldn’t recommend husky sledding in the north of Sweden more. We all agreed it was one of the best family holidays ever."

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