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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Our experienced travellers include:

Vanessa Janion
Vanessa Janion
Olly Williams
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Alex Edwards
Alex Edwards

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.

Reviews

Everything went smoothly and selection of accommodation was perect for us

"Excellent, no problems"

Anonymous

Fantastic Kenya 🇰🇪 Safari thanks Vanessa

"We stayed at three beautiful lodges; The Emakoko Nairobi National Park, Tortillis Camp Amboseli National Park and Kicheche Valley Camp Mara Conservation Area. Great food, great staff, great guides, great management, could not fault anything. Every pick up was on time and with a smile. Loved the ‘Captains Table’ at Kicheche. Highlight was the Ballon ride over the Mara - fantastic. We saw all that we hoped to see, Nairobi; lion, rhino, plains game Amboseli; elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, plains game Mara; leopard, lion, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, plains game. In Nairobi we stayed at the Sarova Stanley which was also great, leaving a message on the mail board by the ‘Thorn Tree’. Key to our great safari was our travel consultant Vanessa Janion at Natural High who was fantastic. Yes we loved everything, thanks Vanessa 💖"

David Poninghaus VJ

Amazing experience

"Seamless service, Catherine was able to accommodate my changing needs, even last minute changes that were my fault, and ended up with a wonderful vacation experience......highly recommend for efficient and individualized service."

Anonymous

Very helpful and accomodating

"Very helpful and Catherine went out of her way to accommodate us. It was also short notice from our side and yet it all worked very well. Good advice was provided to us about where to stay en route and all queries promptly answered."

Anonymous

Phenomenal Safari which will certainly stay with us for years to come

"Our main contact, Rod, was extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the Safari that we ultimately decided upon. We trusted his recommendations throughout and were certainly impressed by the trip. Whilst we were on Safari Rod was always there at the end of the phone, or email should we need him (which we did with a bit of a passport blip) and he did everything he could to help us out."

Matt & Lucy Worthy RT

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