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Diverse South Africa—Custom Safari

Exceptional Variety Defines This Town & Country Safari to the Bushveld, Desert and Coast
11 Days
Custom Pricing From $13495 (+air)

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This grand South African journey combines three distinctive safari experiences for one ultra-memorable adventure. In the Greater Kruger region, the acclaimed Sabi Sand Reserve is renowned for its prolific game and predators, while Tswalu, in the Southern Kalahari Desert, is the country's largest wildlife enclave. Then, head to coastal Cape Town to add an unusual marine wildlife element to your safari, as you look for seasonal whales and great white sharks offshore. The diversity of wildlife contained within these three distinct ecosystems is staggering: You'll have a chance to tick off the Big Five, observe fascinating nocturnal creatures, look for unusual animals such as the rare sable antelope, and track impressive black-maned Kalahari lions.

About Custom Southern Africa Safaris with Nat Hab

If time constraints—or your travel style—prevent you from fitting into one of our scheduled Africa journeys, consider a Private Custom Safari. With more than three decades of experience in safari service, we are exceptionally well qualified to craft personalized itineraries. We know Africa! With our professional assistance, you and your chosen traveling companions can select your dates, safari activities and accommodations from our carefully chosen collection of small luxury safari camps—you won't find large, impersonal lodges in our portfolio! The camps we offer are placed in the most remote locales in close proximity to wildlife, providing our guests with a classic African safari experience reminiscent of days gone by.
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Trip Highlights

  • Varied Wildlife ViewingDiscover South Africa’s most varied assortment of wildlife, from the famous Big Five to unique desert-adapted species and marine life along the Cape Peninsula
  • A Wide Range of HabitatsExplore three distinct ecosystems, from lowland savanna and woodlands to the southern Kalahari and coastal mountains—plus the urban highlights of Cape Town!
  • Remote Private ReservesStay at exclusive Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa's last, greatest wilderness and its largest reserve, with accommodations for just 30 privileged guests at any one time

No One Shows You the Natural Wonders of South Africa Like We Do!

Countless safaris venture to South Africa, but with a custom Nat Hab itinerary you will explore a vast array of complementary habitats, see a diversity of wildlife and experience a level of luxury and personalized discovery perfectly tailored to your needs. Learn how our grand South African adventure is different and better than the rest:

  1. A Custom-Crafted Itinerary That Maximizes Wildlife Sightings
    Most South Africa safaris concentrate on popular areas like Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand, known for their legendary wildlife. We combine these tried-and-true destinations with South Africa’s largest and most exclusive wildlife reserve, spanning more than 275,000 acres of privately owned land in the Southern Kalahari. Experience the classic Big Five of Kruger and Sabi Sand, then travel to a rarely visited area to witness rare black rhinoceros and massive black-maned Kalahari lions in a completely different setting.
  2. Diversity Your Adventure with a Marine Safari off Cape Town
    Most visitors to Cape Town overlook the rich undersea biodiversity just offshore, and few safaris in general include a marine wildlife element. In contrast, your visit to Cape Town centers on a private, full-day Cape Peninsula excursion where you will scout for the Marine Big Five: seasonal whales, great white sharks, African penguins, playful dolphins and Cape fur seals.
  3. Exclusive Safari Activities on Private Reserves
    Many safaris stay strictly within the main areas of popular national parks and reserves. In contrast, we book small safari camps in private wildlife reserves known for exceptional animal viewing and no crowds. For example, your itinerary includes Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve, so vast that it averages more than 8,000 acres for every one guest! From these secluded camps, enjoy special privileges not offered in national parks, such as guided safari walks, offroad wildlife tracking and nighttime safari drives.
  4. Efficient Travel Maximizes Time Spent with Wildlife
    By utilizing the best plane schedules and routings, we minimize time spent in Johannesburg hotels. Johannesburg is a hub and is often a necessary stop between safari destinations all over Southern Africa, but we link your locales—however far afield—seamlessly with both commercial and shared charter flights so you avoid backtracking and forced overnights in Johannesburg. A direct flight to Cape Town caps off your efficient travel experience.
  5. Each Traveler Is Guaranteed a Window Seat
    The camps we work with with ensure that every guest gets a window seat for unimpeded views and outstanding photography opportunities. The number of guests in each safari vehicle is limited to maximize comfort. In contrast, many other companies use crowded mini buses, which aren't nearly as mobile or advantageous when it comes to getting you close to the wildlife. And at Tswalu you will have a private vehicle for your completely private, personally tailored safari activities. No set schedule—it’s all about your preferences!
  6. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Safari Experience
    When you travel with Natural Habitat, you receive our exclusive guarantee, clearly stating that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  7. Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  8. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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