The country of South Africa is ranked sixth out of the world’s seventeen mega-diverse nations. This incredible country supports more than 13,000 endemic plants, 69 endemic birds, and 300 species of mammals … and is a destination we think should be on every nature enthusiast’s bucket list! We invite you to join Naturalist Journeys on this exciting South African wildlife tour.

This South Africa wildlife safari is set up as a “sampler” tour. We fly and drive over a large cross-section of the country to witness its biodiversity highlights: From the Western Cape’s amazing endemism, which holds the famous flower-rich fynbos biome, seabird-filled oceans, to Kruger National Park and its species-rich grasslands and mammal-rich savannas. We also spend time at the northern Drakensberg escarpment, with its higher rainfall Afromontane forests, tropical climate, and tall mountains.

This South Africa tour also offers some of the most comfortable and productive African birding in beautiful natural surroundings. With its high endemic count and good infrastructure, South Africa gives you an easy introduction to Africa’s birds and iconic big mammals, adding in just a few tricky specialties and localized endemics. Add in fine weather, good food, delicious local wines, and impressive African mammals, and you’re in for a real treat.

This South African nature tour gives us great chances to see many of South Africa’s sought-after bird species and regional specialties, plus a wide array of Africa’s mammals and reptiles, all while visiting some of the world’s most unique biomes. Our hand-picked and comfortable lodgings are in the middle of these remarkable animals and habitats, and we promise you will not be disappointed!

Tour Highlights

  • See unique species with expert guides in some of Africa’s finest parks and habitats
  • Relax on a day-long boat trip out into the seabird-rich waters off of the coast of Cape Town (weather-permitting)
  • Discover the famed Kruger National Park, Africa’s most wildlife diverse preserve, for fine examples of mega-fauna including big cats, elephants, and more
  • Watch for signature birds like Cape Rockjumper, Cape Sugarbird, Blue Crane, African Penguin, Saddle-billed Stork, Malachite Sunbird, Bateleur, Kori Bustard, Lappet-faced Vulture, and Southern Ground Hornbill
  • Experience the peak wildflower bloom at one of the world’s most diverse biomes in the Cape region

Photo credits: Banner: Zebras by Greg Smith; African Fish Eagle by Greg Smith; Elephant Lineup by Greg Smith; Lioness before the Hunt by Peg Abbott; West Coast National Park by Greg Smith; Hippo out of Water by Peg Abbott; Cape Town by Chuck Paden; Cheetah by Alex Vargo; African Penguins by Chuck Paden; Cape Weaver by Greg Smith; Gemsbok (Southern Oryx) by Greg Smith; Saddle-billed Stork by Greg Smith.