A trip to South Africa offers diversity that few other places can match. A photographer’s dream, the iconic landscapes are simply stunning with a seemingly endless array of delights to feast your eyes upon. Our South Africa Tours take in vibrant cities, national parks, natural wonders and epic wildlife and Encounters offer a variety of South Africa Tour Packages to choose from, no matter what your personal priorities are. With a warm climate and welcoming people, this is a perfect holiday or tour destination. South Africa is full of natural wonder, boasting eight World Heritage sites and twenty one National Parks, as well as a stunning 3000km of coastline. Famous for the fabulous wine tasting as well as the big game, and with adventures on offer ranging from surfing and hiking to shark diving, you will never be bored.
Most visitors to the country opt for a South Africa Safari and for good reason! Home to countless species of animal and bird, trips to South Africa enable you to see the big 5; lions, leopards, elephants, rhino and buffalo. Time spent at the Kwa Madwala Game Reserve, on the southern side of Kruger National Park, can be very rewarding. Offering some fantastic safari experiences with herds of zebra and wildebeest, there is also a leopard conservation project here which aims to safeguard these majestic creatures for generations to come.
The next step on any South Africa Safari would be the world famous Kruger National Park. Established back in 1898, it sprawls over nearly 2 million hectares and has an unparalleled amount of wildlife within its borders. The big 5 are of course present, along with around 145 other species of mammals, 550 species of bird (many of which are unique to Kruger) and 335 species of tree. It is widely accepted that this is one of the greatest spots on earth to watch wildlife, with an admirable history of conservation and an incredible diversity of animals. Watch graceful impalas run through the park or lions hunting in their natural habitat. You can take morning game walks or afternoon game drives, with our trucks giving you an elevated view of the park and its many inhabitants, and we even offer night game drives when available.
Our South Africa tours offer other experiences as well as wildlife viewing. From the iconic Table Mountain to the vibrant cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, there is so much to do and see the only challenge is deciding what to experience. A tour along the spectacular Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon – the 3rd largest in the world – offers breathtaking views of formations such as God’s Window and the Three Rondavels. A Garden Route tour takes you along the beautiful South African coast, from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and on the way you can partake in wine tasting in Stellenbosch, famed around the world for its fine wines and beautiful setting. On an Encounters Garden Route tour you will visit a cheetah breeding programme, always a huge draw for animal lovers and conservationists. We also take in the impressive Cango Caves, the lovely seaside town of Knysna, and the Tsitsikamma National Park which offers incredible hiking and breathtaking scenery, as well as the Addo Elephant National Park, a sanctuary to over 450 elephants as well as buffalo and antelope.
Whatever you want to see and do, the experts at Encounters Travel can help you arrange your perfect South Africa Tour. Get in touch with us and let’s start to create these special memories together.
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