• Two Leopard cubs at Kruger National Park
    Encounter Kruger Park's Wildlife
  • Visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
  • Cape Winelands, South Africa
    Explore South Africa's Winelands
  • Elephants
    Photograph Magical Moments on Safari
  • Hout Bay Cape Town
    Photo Info Mike Myers
    Discover Cape Town's Quaint Villages
Destination South Africa

Top 5 African Vacation Safaris!

South Africa is the perfect destination for those seeking to combine an African safari tour with Big Five viewing opportunities complemented with the ability to experience cosmopolitan cities, richly diverse cultures and incredible culinary experiences.

South Africa has been called “A world in one country” and for good reason – it truly offers the ideal destination for those seeking variety in their journey to Africa.

South Africa is an incredible diverse country with an array of safari's to visit from the north to the south, luckily we have put together a list of the 5 best national parks to visit on your next trip into the "motherland".

Top 5 Game Reserves in South Africa

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Sabi Sands is a world famous reserve that is situated near the world famous Kruger National Park. This is one of the most incredible safari experiences that travellers will experience, with viewing possibilities that in our travels are simply unparalleled.

The highlight of safari's that are coming through the Sabi Sands game reserve is the ability to witness the Big 5 animals of Africa. This is a reserve that travellers will not regret.

Thornybush Game Reserve

Thornybush game reserve is a private game reserve, which contains a vast mixture of rolling prickly scrub land mass, which is complimented with an incredible backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains.

This reserve allows for an incredible safari experience that truly captures the spirit of a South Africa, with ample opportunities for witnessing the "Big 5".

Shamwari Game Reserve

The Shamwari game reserve is a beautiful reserve tucked in the Eastern Cape’s private reserves.It offers excellent wildlife viewing with a good variety of animals including all the Big Five.

The very exclusive experience includes open-vehicle game drives with high-quality guiding and luxury accommodation with first-rate food and service.

Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve has been reported to be the fifth largest game reservein South Africa, but is fortunatly less populated than the other major sites. This makes it a gem to visit as it is commonly regarded to as one of the best conservation areas in Africa and offers the Big 5 in it's vast landscape which is reported to have 66 large mammals and roughly 300 bird species.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Situated in a vast crater of a formerly active volcano, the Pilanesberg game reserve is one of the largest reserves in South Africa. This reserve  has an abundance plants, animals and birds located within their reserve.

Looking to explore the cities of South Africa

Cape Town is a vibrant city which offers gourmet cuisine, museums, nightlife and shopping for every type of traveler. The city has incredible sites such as the iconic Table Mountain, which is a scenic wonder. Cape Town consists of awe-inspiring drives, quaint Wineland towns and botanical gardens, making it one of the most appreciated cities in the world. So much so that in 2011 Cape Town was named by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards as the Best Destination in the World.

If it is scenery you are looking for then aside from the panoramic views and seaside cliffs of Cape Town you will find breathtaking photo opportunities in the Mpumalanga region’s Panorama Route and along the scenic drives of the Garden Route in the Eastern Cape. If an incredible winery visit sparks your fancy, do not miss the incredible Franschhoek Valley vineyard tour, you will not be disappointed.

Johannesburg known as the “City of Gold” is another must visit city for all aspiring South Africa travelers as it includes sites such as the Apartheid Museum, alternatively or you can take a tour to follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela. Johannesburg allows you to shop at world class shopping malls and dine at a gourmet restaurants.

Durban on the Indian Ocean is the gateway to the Mkuze and Hluhluwe game reserves and the beaches of St. Lucia where deep sea diving is fantastic and leatherback turtles come out to hatch.

What are people saying about our South African safari's

"We recently took our children and grandkids on the trip of a lifetime to South Africa. We booked through Lion World Travel who were meticulous in organizing all the details from picking out the best hotels, locations, dinner shows & wine tours"

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Temperature (ºC) – These are the average lows and highs:
  jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
jnB 15/26 14/25 13/24 11/22 8/19 5/16 9/22 12/24 13/25 12/24 13/25 14/25
dbn 21/28 21/28 20/28 17/26 13/24 10/23 10/23 12/23 15/23 17/24 18/25 20/27
cpt 16/26 15/26 14/25 12/23 10/20 8/18 7/17 7/18 8/19 10/21 13/24 15/25
Temperature (ºF) – These are the average lows and highs:
  jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
jnb 52/86 51/84 47/82 41/78 35/73 26/69 29/70 31/76 35/83 41/85 45/85 49/86
dbn 72/81 73/82 72/81 67/77 61/73 61/74 59/73 61/73 63/73 66/74 70/78 71/79
cpt 60/82 60/84 57/80 53/77 49/71 45/67 43/65 46/67 47/69 51/74 55/76 59/80


Average Rainfall (inches) – This varies according to the year and location:
  jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
jnb 5.1 3.9 3.7 2.2 0.5 0.4 0.2 0.2 1.1 0.3 0.5 4.2
dbn 5.5 4.6 5.2 3.0 2.4 1.1 1.6 2.5 3.0 0.4 0.4 4.2
cpt 0.6 0.7 0.9 1.7 2.8 3.8 3.4 3.2 1.7 0.1 0.0 0.7

JNB = Johannesburg

DBN = Durban
CPT = Cape Town


Explore South Africa Through the Eyes of Our Guests


Lion World's South Africa Safaris

The Royal Treatment

Pamper yourself with every indulgence on this luxurious South African vacation and safari.

Family Fun in South Africa

A vacation package for the whole family, packed with fun and educational activities.

Platinum South Africa - Air Included - From US$5999

5-star luxury with exceptional experiences, impeccable service and unmatched wildlife safaris.

Best of Cape Town & Botswana - Air Included - From US$5799

Explore Cape Town, the Okavango Delta and Chobe for an adventurous safari.

South African Elegance - Air Included - From US$4999

A South African safari with a stylish twist. Chic Cape Town and exceptional game viewing.

Best of Cape Town and the Bush

Explore the "best" of beautiful Cape Town, the picturesque Winelands and a thrilling safari.

Tented Safari in Style - Air Included - from US$4499

Enjoy a South African luxury tented safari and support Shamwari Wildlife Rehab Centre.

Pride of South Africa - Air Included - From US$4399

Visit Cape Town to the Sugar Coast for luxury safaris, cities and beaches!

Classic Southern Africa - Air Included - From US$4399

Discover South Africa and Victoria Falls on this classic, affordable luxury safari.

Best of South Africa - Air Included - From US$3999

Experience adventurous game drives and relaxing spas on this South Africa safari package.

South Africa in Absolute Style - Air included - from US$3999

Experience stunning South Africa in affordable luxury.

South Africa's History & Heritage

Follow historical and cultural attractions along Mandela's journey and discover Cape Town's beautiful scenery.

Discover Southern Africa

Sample Southern Africa's stunning scenery, culture and wildlife on this incredible package.

Durban Sightseeing Tours

Experience scenic Durban on our collection of half day and full day tours.

Johannesburg Sightseeing Tours

A selection of cultural, historical and scenic sightseeing tours in and around Johannesburg.

Cape Town Sightseeing Tours

Choose your sightseeing tours to Cape Town's many scenic, historical and cultural attractions.