South Africa Safari & Hiking Tour

South Africa Safari Hiking Tour

Follow the tracks of the Big 5, indulge in luxurious safari lodges and explore historic Cape Town in a unique South Africa tour

When crafting our African adventures, South Africa was up there at the top of our list and it's not hard to see why. With legendary South African sunsets on the savannah, lions roaring just next to your balcony and elephants so close you can feel their feet hitting the ground, this truly is a wild paradise.
South Africa Safari Hiking Tour

Get up close with unique wildlife and stay in famous game reserves: welcome to South Africa!

Our 'Mangwa' trip will give you heaps of opportunity to get intimate with the wildlife, with walking safaris and game drives all around Kruger National Park. You'll explore some of the most famous game reserves in the country, whilst staying in beautiful family-owned lodges and camps. You'll also get a chance ascent Table Mountain in Cape Town and to bike the famous Franschhoek Winelands to taste some of the finest wines in the country... prepare to overwhelm your senses!

South Africa Trip

Africa

Kruger National Park Safari

  • Duration 10 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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You’ll track the steps of the Big 5 in the Kruger National Park with expert safari guides and enjoy a mix of remote safari camps and lodges on your journey up the most renowned national park of South Africa.

Trip Start: Johannesburg Trip End: Cape Town
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If your plans change or you decide to travel to another destination, you can change your trip to any of our departures in any destination or request a refund (less deposit) up to 90 days out from your original trip start date.

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Frequently asked questions

How safe is it to visit South Africa?

South Africa is one of a few African countries where there are higher crime levels (especially in cities) that visitors need to be aware of.

  • Don’t bring valuable things with you unless they’re necessary for your trip.
  • Keep your money and other valuables in a money belt or pouch under your clothes and don’t withdraw money from ATM’s at tourist locations.
  • Only visit places where there are other people around
  • Travel with a local tour guide in the City if possible.
  • Lock your bags and luggage, and leave valuable items you don’t need for the day (e.g. passports and credit cards) in the hotel safe.
  • It’s also a good idea to take a taxi after dark rather than walking.

Do I need a visa to visit South Africa?

You’ll need a passport that’s valid for at least six months beyond the date of your departure from South Africa. If you’re travelling on a US, EU, Australian or Canadian passport, you will be issued a 90-day visitor’s permit upon arrival and UK passport holders will be issued a 30-day visitor’s permit upon arrival, so you don’t require a visa. As of March 2020, all NZ Passport holders will also be issued a 90-day visitor’s permit upon arrival. You’ll need a passport with atleast two blank visa pages. If you’re a citizen of another country please check with your nearest South African embassy.

What about vaccinations in South Africa?

For travel to South Africa we recommend getting vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid and Rabies at least two months before your trip starts. No vaccinations are mandatory though parts of South Africa are considered to be malarial, so we recommend the use of anti-malarial prophylactics, especially if visiting during the summer (December to April).
Also if you’re entering South Africa from a country that is considered to be at risk from Yellow Fever, or when you go home afterwards, then you may be required to show a certificate of vaccination (to be obtained from your doctor prior to travel). For the most up-to-date recommendations please check with your doctor or travel clinic, and always go with their recommendations, as these can often change. We strongly recommend that you see a doctor, preferably one with experience in travel medicine, at least 8 weeks before your trip starts to discuss appropriate vaccinations.

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Can you help me find international flights to South Africa?

We recommend booking your flights through our preferred travel partner – Fuzion Travel. They’re our experienced hand-picked experts in travel, passionate about what they do, and will tailor-make your flight itinerary to match your Active Adventures tour. Get in touch with them directly by email – [email protected] fuziontravel.co.nz or on +1-833-244-5886. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

Can I have my own room on your South Africa trips?

If you’d prefer not to share a room, we have a single supplement option for an additional fare. If you purchase a single supplement, we’ll arrange for you to have your own room throughout the trip, except when you’re tenting at the Lowveld Trails Camp and the price of the single supplement takes this into account.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes or sneakers should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

Can I drink the water in South Africa?

Being in a tropical environment and not treated by the government, the water in South Africa contains different bacteria to what we’re used to at home. So we ask you not to drink it or use it for brushing teeth - use treated water at all times. Bottled water is recommended and the safari lodges will provide refillable drinking bottles too.

What is the food like in South Africa?

South African cuisine is influenced by indigenous and European culinary, with meat being the center of any meal. You’ll enjoy spiced meats, traditional malay dishes with rish, delicious stews and curries as well as some homemade breads like Kota or Braaibroodjies.

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the currency in South Africa?

South Africa’s currency is the South African Rand.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currencies?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). As far as spending money, you may want to bring some spending money to buy a souvenir or two, try a local activity or restaurant, or buy a round of drinks.

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Africa, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

What time zone is South Africa in?

Central Africa Time (CAT) is the time zone for South Africa, it’s 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in South Africa?

South Africa operates on a 230 volt system, 50Hz and the 3-pin (Type M) is the most common, though nothing is guaranteed, a plug type can be different, even in the same rooms! There will be no electricity for the night at Lowveld Trail Camp.

Will I have access to internet/WiFi?

WiFi will be available at most of the accommodations on your trip, except when staying at Lowveld Trails Camp. If you have WiFi, then you’ll be able to use your cell phone about 60% of the time during your trip, and 3G/4G is available too for accessing the internet from a smartphone or tablet.

How safe is it to go on a Safari?

From a wildlife persepctive, it’s important to follow the below guidelines as you’re likely to encounter animals on foot or in water:

  • On all game activities (game drives, mokoro, boating and on foot) follow the instructions of the guides at all times.
  • Being quiet is not only important from a safety point ofview, but also to have the best possible experience for all guests.
  • The camps are unfenced meaning that animals might walk through at any time (especially at night) so guests to be aware and take caution.
  • In the camps the guides will always accompany guests to their tents/rooms after dark.
  • Never approach any animal and should you encounter one, stand your ground and never run

What is the weather like in South Africa?

South Africa can be divided into two main seasons. You will spend most of your time in Kruger Park where the winter (June/July/August) mornings can be very cold however they warm up to nice sunny winter mornings from mid morning onwards.
In spring (Sep/Oct), it is very dry therefore the day temperature can rise rapidly and it can be very hot around midday. The temperatures are mostly pleasant, with nighttime temperatures dropping down to 4-9°C (40-50°F) and daytime temperatures occasionally reaching up to 24- 27°C (75-80°F)

Is there a number to call in an emergency? How can my family, friends or colleagues contact me

Please contact our New Zealand office using the details below. If the office is unattended (outside of New Zealand business hours), please leave a message so we can pick it up and respond as soon as we can.
Free phone 1 800 661 9073 (USA, Canada & Australia)
Free phone 0808 234 7780 (UK)
Free phone 0800 234 726 (New Zealand)
Worldwide +64 3 450 0414, ext 1
Email: service@activeadventures.com

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Why Travel With Us

benefit group size

Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

benefit guides

Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

benefit inclusive

You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

benefit safety

Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

benefit family

Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

benefit wow

"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”