Activities

Boasting uniquely diverse wild territories, South Africa is a paradise for adventure lovers. With its coastal regions, mountains, forests, bushveld, and estuaries, the activity and wildlife sighting opportunities are endless. The main reason you are venturing into the African bush is to see magnificent creatures, so of course, every private game reserve offers superb 4-wheel game drives in open safari vehicles daily. To ensure exclusivity and uncrowded sightings, private reserves do not allow self-drive game viewing. Each safari drive is undertaken by expert guides and trackers, finding the best sightings for an unforgettable wildlife experience. Most luxury lodges in private game reserves offer beautiful communal or private swimming pools and expansive lodge viewing decks.

 

Still not sure what you can get up to beside spectacular game viewing on your Big 5 safari in South Africa? Here’s a list of activities to look forward to on your safari down south including the areas most likely to offer these activities. If you would like to participate in a specific activity, make sure to check that your destined private game reserve or luxury lodge offers this on booking as some activities may only be available in certain areas.

Activities

Region

Night game drives

Majority of reserves in all regions

Stargazing

Selected reserves in all regions

Walking safari’s

Majority reserves in all regions

Boat safari cruise

Selected reserves in Eastern Cape & KwaZulu Natal

Kayaking

Selected reserves in Cape Town, Garden Route, Eastern Cape & KwaZulu Natal

Turtle Tours

Selected reserves in KwaZulu Natal only

Marine Safari

Selected reserves in Garden Route, Eastern Cape & KwaZulu Natal

Junior Ranger programs and kids clubs

Family-friendly reserves in all regions

Quad-bike safari

Selected reserves in Cape Town

Beaches

Selected reserves in Garden Route, Eastern Cape & KwaZulu Natal

Conservation Volunteering

Selected reserves in KwaZulu Natal, Kruger & Sabi Sands

Community Projects

Selected reserves in KwaZulu Natal, Kruger & Sabi Sands

Cultural Tours

Selected reserves in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Kruger & Sabi Sands

Scuba diving & snorkelling

Selected reserves in KwaZulu Natal

Horseback riding

Selected reserves in Cape Town & Garden Route

Fishing

Selected reserves in Eastern Cape & KwaZulu Natal

Hot air balloon safari

Selected reserves Kruger & Sabi Sands

Birding

Selected reserves in all regions

Boma dinners – Traditional feasts around bonfires, under starlit skies

All game reserves

Bush breakfasts and dinners – dine out in the wild

Majority of reserves in all regions

Mountain biking

Selected reserves in Cape Town, Garden Route, and KwaZulu Natal

Off-road game drives

Majority reserves in all regions

Golfing

Selected reserves in all regions

Photographic safaris

Selected reserves in KwaZulu Natal, Kruger & Sabi Sands

Private guides – embark on a private safari with your own guide and private 4×4 drive

Majority of reserves in all regions

Tented safari experience

Selected reserves in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Kruger & Sabi Sands

Treehouse sleepout

Selected reserves in Sabi Sands

Helicopter flight

Selected reserves in Cape Town, Kruger & Sabi Sands

Wine tasting

Selected reserves in Cape Town, Garden Route and Sabi Sands

Spa Treatments

Selected reserves in all regions

Hiking

Selected reserves in Cape Town, Garden Route & KwaZulu Natal