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Best safaris in South Africa to see the big five

If you've ever dreamed of experiencing the untamed beauty of Africa, witnessing majestic wildlife in their natural habitat, and immersing yourself in the rich cultures of this diverse continent, then South Africa is your perfect destination. And when it comes to experiencing the best safaris in South Africa, there's no better choice than Knap Tours.

Game Drives

Unveil the heart-pounding excitement of safaris in South Africa through the lens of game drives. Imagine being amidst the untamed beauty of the African wilderness, surrounded by majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Game drives are your ticket to this adventure, promising an unforgettable journey through the iconic landscapes of South Africa. Learn more

Guided Safari Walks

Guided safari walks bring you face to face with the wonders of South African wildlife. From tracking the subtle prints of leopards to observing a herd of elephants from a respectful distance, every step holds the promise of a thrilling encounter. You'll have the opportunity to witness animals in their natural habitat, go about their daily routines. Learn more

Safari Spa

The serenity of safari spa treatments encourages introspection and mindfulness. As you bask in the warmth of a holistic treatment, you have the opportunity to reflect on the beauty of your surroundings, the awe-inspiring wildlife encounters, and the profound experiences of your South African safari. Learn more

Best Safari Lodges

When it comes to safaris in South Africa, the accommodation you choose is as much a part of the adventure as the wildlife encounters themselves. At Knap Tours, we take immense pride in curating extraordinary experiences, and our selection of the best safari lodges in South Africa embodies the perfect blend of luxury and immersion in nature. Learn more

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Our most popular safaris

4 day safari Tshukudu Game Lodge
4-Day Mid-Range Safari at Tshukudu Game Lodge

Escape to a world where adventure knows no bounds, where the untamed beauty of the African wilderness meets luxury beyond your wildest dreams. Your journey begins here, at Tshukudu Game Lodge, an oasis of tranquility nestled in the heart of the South African bushveld. Imagine waking up to the roar of a lion, the trumpeting of elephants, and the gentle whispers of the African breeze. Tshukudu Game Lodge is your front-row seat to the most extraordinary wildlife sightings. Encounter the Big Five and a host of other fascinating creatures as they roam freely in their natural habitat.

4 days
South Africa
6-day safari AM Lodge
6-Day Luxury Safari at Am Lodge, Hoedspruit South Africa

At AM Lodge, we’ve perfected the art of safari. Get up close and personal with Africa’s Big Five and an array of other remarkable creatures as they roam freely in their natural habitat. Every game drive is a voyage of discovery. Our safari lodge is a masterpiece of elegance and comfort. Immerse yourself in the opulence of our suites, each designed to provide you with the perfect blend of relaxation and sophistication. From private plunge pools to cozy fireplaces, your comfort knows no bounds. From guided nature walks to starlit dinners in the bush, AM Lodge offers a range of exceptional experiences that will leave you breathless and inspired.

6 days
South Africa
5-day Honeymoon safari
5-Day Honeymoon Safari at Kapama Karula Lodge

Kapama Southern Camp is a haven where families come together. Our spacious suites provide comfort and privacy, while communal spaces foster togetherness. Share stories around the fire pit, dine under the stars, and connect as a family. we offer thrilling game drives that bring your family face-to-face with Africa’s iconic wildlife, including the Big Five. Witness the awe in your children’s eyes as they encounter these majestic creatures. e understand families, which is why we offer specially designed family suites and a range of activities that cater to children of all ages. From educational game drives to exciting nature walks, we ensure that every family member has a blast.                                                                      

5 days
South Africa
5-day Family safari Kapama
6-Day Family Safari at Kapama Southern Camp, Hoedspruit

Kapama Southern Camp is designed to harmoniously blend African charm with modern comfort. The camp features elegantly appointed suites that exude a contemporary safari aesthetic, with earthy tones, natural textures, and stylish furnishings. Each suite offers a private patio and en-suite bathroom, providing guests with a peaceful sanctuary to relax and unwind. Guests at Kapama Southern Camp can embark on thrilling game drives led by experienced rangers and trackers.                                                                                              


6 days
South Africa
4 day safari at Madikwe River Lodge
4-Day Family Safari at Madikwe River Lodge, North West

Madikwe River Lodge is a breathtaking safari destination situated in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve, a vast wildlife sanctuary in the North West Province of South Africa. Nestled on the banks of the Groot Marico River, the lodge offers guests a luxurious and immersive wildlife experience surrounded by the natural beauty of the African bush. Expert guides lead thrilling game drives, allowing guests to observe these magnificent animals up close in their natural habitat.

Visit Madikwe River Lodge for once in a lifetime safari experience. Live the life you deserve in the midst of amazing wildlife and surroundings. It’s an experience a few will live to see.

4 days
South Africa
5-day safari at Madikwe River Lodge
5-Day Safari at Mjejane River Lodge

For those seeking an extraordinary safari experience in South Africa, Mjejane Game Reserve offers a captivating blend of luxury, wildlife encounters, and natural beauty. With its prime location, abundant wildlife, and dedication to conservation, Mjejane provides an immersive African safari that will leave guests with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

Mjejane Game Reserve is known for its rich biodiversity and shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. This means that the lodge offers exceptional game-viewing opportunities. 

5 days
South Africa

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visitors/ year

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Home of the big five

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is renowned for its incredible biodiversity, and with Knap Tours, you'll have the opportunity to wuritness the "Big Five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) and an array of other wildlife in their natural habitat. Each safari promises unforgettable encounters and photo opportunities. When it comes to exploring Kruger National Park, experience matters. Our team of expert guides and natalists possesses an in-depth knowledge of the park's ecosystems, wildlife behavior, and the best spots for sightings. know more

Discover the Big 5

Why South Africa is the top destination for safaris?

South Africa, a land of astounding diversity, is an unrivaled safari destination that beckons adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts from around the globe. Here, you'll find an enchanting blend of breathtaking landscapes, iconic wildlife, and a rich cultural tapestry that adds depth to your safari experience. Discover why a South African safari is a must, and learn when to embark on this unforgettable journey.

The Big Five and Beyond

South Africa is famed for being one of the best places on Earth to spot the Big Five - lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. But the wonders don't end there; you'll also encounter cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, and a multitude of bird species.

Varied Landscapes

From the sprawling savannahs of Kruger National Park to the pristine wetlands of the Okavango Delta and the dramatic coastlines of the Western Cape, South Africa offers a diverse range of ecosystems to explore.

Expert Guides

South African guides are renowned for their extensive knowledge of the bush, adding depth to your safari experience. Their tracking skills, wildlife insights, and passion for conservation ensure each game drive is a lesson in nature's wonders.

Luxury Lodges

After a day of adventure, relax in luxurious lodges that seamlessly blend with the natural surroundings. Here, you'll enjoy gourmet cuisine, sundowners with sweeping views, and the soothing sounds of the wilderness.

Rich Culture

South Africa's vibrant culture is an integral part of your safari experience. Engage with local communities, learn about their traditions, and savor the flavors of diverse South African cuisine.

When to go on a safari in South Africa?

Dry Season (May - September)

Prime Wildlife Viewing
During the dry season, the vegetation thins out, making it easier to spot wildlife. Animals gather around water sources, enhancing your chances of encountering them.
Mild Temperatures
Enjoy comfortable daytime temperatures, making safari outings pleasant.

Green Season (October - April)

Lush Landscapes
This is South Africa's wet season when landscapes burst with greenery and vibrant flowers.
Birthing Season
Witness the miracle of birth as many animals give birth during this period.
Fewer Crowds
The green season attracts fewer tourists, offering a more intimate safari experience.

Shoulder Seasons (April, May, September, October):

Balanced Conditions
These months bridge the gap between the wet and dry seasons, offering a blend of lush landscapes and prime wildlife viewing.

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Frequent Questions

Travelling to South Africa with children can be confusing. Some few years ago, the South African government required a couple of documents for children to travel with their parents or guardians

  • A valid passport for the parents/guardians and children
  • A full birth certificate (original or photocopy of original) if travelling with both parents
  • If travelling with one parent there is additional documentation , parent consent affidavit not longer than four months and a letter from parents signed by the authorities in case of a guardian

Due to the difficulty in getting some of these documents and the inconvenience it created, the South African government does not require some of these documents anymore. A passport is the only requirement left. However it is advisable to carry your children’s birth certificates with you .

It is always advisable to have travel insurance whenever travelling outside Europe and the United States. This will keep you at ease in case something happens. A travel insurance that covers medical situations during your period in South Africa will make your safari smooth sailing. However this is not compulsory, it’s just advisable.

There are no compulsory vaccines to travel to South Africa if you are coming from Europe or the United States. However you may want to get vaccines against COVID and the other day to day vaccines we take throughout our lives.

You need to let us know when you make your booking so that we can adapt our services to your conditions. 

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