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South Africa

South Africa is a vast, beautiful country with so many places to see and experience that it can seem endless, here at Chameleon, we focus on the more popular destinations of this great country. It’s diverse, has stunning landscapes, terrific game viewing and cultures making it a great all–round location.

Listed options are for group tours, however, we can offer a range of self–drive or private guided tours – please contact us for further details.

Group Safaris

Experience this fascinating country on a guided safari gives you the chance to meet like–minded travellers and experience this fascinating country with those that know it! Choose from short tours to Kruger and surrounding private reserves, to the Garden Route and longer tours taking in many highlights, camping and accommodated tours available.

03–06 Day Kruger Park Scheduled Safari

This is a trip to Kruger National Park, one of the most famous game reserves in Africa (or maybe the planet!) where you will have the chance to see many of the species on offer including the Big 5.

04–07 Day Addo & Garden Route Safari

This is a 5 day accommodated (2–3*) trip departing from Port Elizabeth heading to Addo Elephant Park,explores thecoast, Garden Route and finishes in Cape Town (We strongly recommend that you allow yourself another 2 or 3 nights in Cape Town to explore this area which has captivated people for centuries.

04–07 Day Kruger & Greater Kruger Scheduled Safari

Enjoy both Kruger – one of the most famous game parks in Africa (or maybe the planet!) where you will have the chance to see many of the species on offer and renowned for big cats, combined with the luxury that selected safari lodges in the Greater Kruger has to offer with superb service and close–up sightings – the best of both worlds.  Enjoy the choice of how long you stay – from 4 – 7 days.

06–08 Day Kruger, Swaziland and KZN Scheduled Safari

This safari takes in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park & KwaZulu Natal coastline along with Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland. Enjoy searching for the Big 5 in wildlife–rich locations, experience sugarcane plantations, spectacular beaches and coastal areas.

20 Day World In One Country Scheduled Safari

20–day lodge safari from Johannesburg to the beautiful city of Cape Town. This safari has it all: Exciting wildlife, breath–taking scenery and insights into culture and history of South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland.

South Africa Regions: take a closer look

A truly beautiful coastline and regarded as a must–see destination by many, the Garden Route runs from around Mossel Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park. It’s worth spending 3–4days here – places to visit include Knysna: located in a beautiful tidal lagoon with surrounding indigenous forest, beaches and lakes the area is a protected marine reserve. The town itself is a hub of activity with tourist and arty style shops and a wide range of accommodation.

Outshorn

Primarily a farming town, historically the main ostrich feather industry you can still see plenty of the world’s largest flightless bird. The spectacular Cango Caves are just down the road and worth a visit. Tsitsikamma National Park: Located to the east of Plettenburg Bay, this forest cum coastal destination is magnificent. Beautiful coves and dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and a forest full of huge, ancient trees set amongst walking trails as well as a treetop canopy tour ensure you get to see life from a birds–eye view. Adrenaline– filled activities include bungy jump (the world’s highest), sea–kayaking, abseiling, blackwater tubing and much more.

Established way back in 1898, this is one of Africa’s largest parks and the largest in South Africa spanning around 20,000 sq kms with easy access and entry points. The flagship park of the country, it is often rated as the ultimate safari experience for those visiting the country. It has a great road network so whether you join a guided tour, or choose to self–drive there’s a chance to enjoy great game–viewing in a variety of habitats. There’s around 150 species of mammals along with over 500 recorded bird species. Accommodation inside the park is government run is quite simple but good value, and most offer restaurant, pool and a host of other facilities including guided game drives, game walks and night–drives. As a general rule, the south and central section has the greatest concentration of game with cats in particular, readily spotted (lion, leopard & cheetah), along with plenty of plains game littered among the savannah and woodlands. Further north is quieter with less tourists generally because game is harder to spot and due to habitat less populated – it has a wilder feel about it as you get closer to the Mozambique border Private Reserves and Concessions. Until quite recently, the only accommodation inside the park was government run but nowadays concessions have been leased and are run privately, similar to those private concessions in Greater Kruger (outside the national park itself). Offering a more luxurious style of accommodation, along with great guided tours, and the opportunity explore private areas and to move into the greater park area this is a more personalized and exclusive option. Private reserves: There’s quite a number of private concessions surrounding Kruger, and with no fences between Kruger and the reserves, game wanders freely – animals are relaxed and its relatively common to sit near a cheetah or leopard without it seemingly to have a care in the world, totally relaxed despite the close presence of a vehicle. The beauty of these reserves means you will be enjoy nature in peace with few (if any) other vehicles unlike in the national park where there can be many all following a pride of lions.

Without doubt, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the picturesque backdrop of Table Mountain is the most defining landmark and is surrounded by the ocean. The cosmopolitan centre has some great architecture, wonderful beaches and restaurants, craft markets and antique shops, and the Victoria and Albert Waterfront is home to the aquarium, shops, galleries and next to the busy port. You’ll find there is enough to keep you busy for several days.

Accommodation is wide and varied. There is a long list of things to do, from heading to the top of Table Mountain with its “tablecloth” of billowing cloud; day excursions to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and experience entertaining penguin colonies at Simon’s Town; guided tours to nearby wine estates; perhaps wander through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; or visit the more sobering and humbling experience to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held as a prisoner.

Hermanus area

Africa’s best spot for whale watching, just a few hours from Cape Town (and can even be done as a long day excursion), the best months to be here is July–November when southern right whales migrate from the cold Antarctic making their way north. Sightings are common and can easily be seen from the cliffs or on a boat cruise as they breach and swim close the shore with their calves or to mate. Other local activities close to Hermanus you can join include adrenaline–fuelled shark–cage diving or horse riding.

Wine Region

Just 40–50km away from Cape Town lies some of the best wine–producing areas of South Africa. Many of the estates offer wine–tasting, some also offer accommodation or have extended to cheese estates (there’s a goat tower in one), scenery is beautiful and many of the small towns are old with beautiful buildings – worth a day trip at the very least.

Located in the Eastern Cape, a self–drive from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth makes an ideal route and Addo is just1hour drive north from PE so can easily be incorporated and here or one of the private game drives close by, makes a super finishing (or starting) point. The national park has expanded its borders over the years and there’s a diverse range of habitats and is now the third largest park in South Africa with over 600 elephants along with other species including buffalo, lion, spotted hyena, black rhino and a variety of antelope. Further expansion within the Greater Addo Elephant Park includes marine reserves and the Sundays River where the entrance is at the mouth of the Indian Ocean and citrus farms. Game viewing is best centred around the main national park and private concessions. Activities are not restricted to game drives in the park, but within the Greater Reserve enjoy horse riding, guided walks, hiking and 4x4 trails. Choose from the public national park or private reserves/concessions each with their own pros and cons.

Stretching over 200km as part of the east portion of the Great Escarpment, this stunning mountain range forms a natural border along South Africa and Lesotho and much of it lies in KwaZulu province of South Africa. Towering peaks reach above 3000m in places, this majestic sight was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000, and makes for some great hiking and exploring. Riddled with passes, peaks, waterfalls, streams and rock pools, its also home to ancient San rock paintings and caves. Though you can visit as a day visitor, it’s worth spending a few days in the different areas. Perhaps the most recognized is the ampitheatre in the Royal Natal National Park, with names such as Giant’s Castle, Cathedral Peak and Champagne Castle as the best–known features. Take part in hikes/walks/ horse riding/biking and a wealth of other activities and simply enjoy the splendour The southern section of the park is home to villages and farmland surrounding the lower slopes. Sani Pass cuts across the mountain across to the kingdom of Lesotho and the only road link between Kwazul Natal and Lesotho – not for the faint–hearted or travelling in poor weather conditions East of the Drakensburg is the area famously known as the Battlefields where most of the battles took place between the Zulus, Boers and British.

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