Safaris Travel Guide

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Plan Your Safaris Vacation

Since 1994, when Nelson Mandela spearheaded its peaceful transition to democracy, South Africa has become one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world. And it's not difficult to see why. The country is stable and affordable, with an excellent infrastructure; friendly, interesting, amazingly diverse people; and enough stunning sights, sounds, scenery, and attractions to make even the most jaded traveler sit up and take notice. And nearly everybody speaks English—a huge bonus for international visitors.

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Safaris Hotels

Accommodations range from fairly basic huts to the ultimate in luxury at most of the private camps. The advantage of a... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Safaris

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Safaris Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Big Game: You're guaranteed to see big game—including the Big Five—both in national parks and at many private lodges.... Read more

  • What's Your Budget?

    When setting a budget, consider how much you want to spend and keep in mind three things: your flight, the actual safari costs, and... Read more

  • Who's Who

    There's no substitute for a knowledgeable tour operator or travel agent who specializes in Africa. These specialists look out for your... Read more

  • Special Considerations

    Most safari operators and private game reserves don't accept children under a certain age, usually under eight, but sometimes the age... Read more

  • Types of Safaris

    Do you picture yourself zipping from camp to camp in a tiny Cessna, getting a bird's-eye view of a water hole? Or inspecting an animal... Read more

  • San Culture and Language

    Also called the /Xam, the hunter-gatherer San (Bushmen) have a culture that dates back more than 20,000 years, and their genetic origins... Read more

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Fodor's The Complete Guide to African Safaris

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