The African safaris and tours offered by African Sky include the most exciting and breathtaking areas stretched across the southern slice of Africa.
Personal and exclusive
Privately guided adventures that bring to life the "world in one country's" captivating highlights.
Untamed and unforgettable
South Africa boasts an extraordinary variety of safari experiences, from national parks to private game reserves.
Wild, wet and wonderful
The Okavango Delta, Chobe, Linyanti and Savute offer unique water-based safari activities.
Sossusvlei and Etosha provide unique safaris experiences unavailable elsewhere on the continent.
Of waterfalls and wildernesses
Visit the Victoria Falls or go on safari in Kafue, Lower Zambezi or South Luangwa.
The cream of the crop
Southern Africa's finest Big Five destination, the Kruger Park hosts a wealth of wildlife and world-class accommodations.
Sea, sand and sunshine
Unwind in the warmth of the Indian Ocean, feast on seafood and repose on fine beaches.
Our honeymoons range from wild safari adventures to languid beach breaks.
The culture of the Cape
Immerse yourself in Cape Town's captivating city life.
A safari in Africa can be one of the world's most rewarding travel experiences. The most important aspects to take into account during the planning phase are to ensure that you receive accurate advice and that your budget, expectations and requirements are well communicated. This makes it possible to recommend a package in line with your specific needs in terms of duration, budget and special interests.Read More >>
I tried contacting another agency, but when they saw the package I wanted with African Sky, they stopped e-mailing. Andrew was great in helping to plan the trip and adjusting details to suit our needs. The guides assigned to us were professional, personable and flexible. This was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure made incredible by the folks at African Sky.
Vernon & Steve Chapman, USA
As a destination, Southern Africa is inherently seductive. She'll draw you in with her bewitching landscapes, as bare and breathtaking as the Namib's desolate dune sea, as lush and ample as the drenched drama of the Okavango Delta. These astounding backdrops lend themselves to a tantalizing promise; it is in the sensation of ancient soils beneath your feet, in the whisper of winds that whirl from one wild coast to the next, in the spine-tingling roar of a lion somewhere beyond the limits of your periphery. It is the promise that - wherever you will roam, whoever you will meet, whatever you will encounter - it will be magical.
Our safaris and tours provide the gateway to that magic. We know Southern Africa almost as intimately as she knows us, and it is our privilege to share her spellbinding spoils with you. Our expertise and passion will ensure a synthesis of destinations and accommodations that consummate your particular travel desires. Our experienced guides will serve as invaluable matchmakers between you and the highlights of the particular corner of the continent that you will be exploring. We will plan, prepare you for and accompany you through a veritable assault of the senses that will become a recurring theme in your dreams for years to come.
From the moment you step off the plane, you will enjoy a sequence of services that blend seamlessly from one to the next, from your transfers and local flights to your accommodations and your activities. Our safari and tour itineraries have been tried, tested and loved from inception to archive, while our characteristic flexibility means that you can make any of them your own. You'll depart the continent with friends established, memories made and a hunger to return. That is what it means to experience an African safari or tour with African Sky.
Cape Town is South Africa's oldest and most beloved city. Affectionately nicknamed 'the Mother City', this diverse destination is a must for your South African tour or honeymoon package. Flush with adventure and inherently cosmopolitan, Cape Town truly has something special for every visitor.
Relish a tastebuds tour of the Cape winelands or hide away amidst the awe-inspiring scenery with your loved one for a romantic honeymoon interlude. The Cape winelands offer award-winning bouquets, undeniable natural beauty, pastoral tranquility and some of the finest gastronomic fare in the country.
Chobe is the third largest national park in Botswana and the most biologically diverse. The Chobe River attracts large herds to its bountiful waters, particularly elephants. The park provides visitors with the opportunity to partake in river-based safari cruises. Relish an African sunset on the Chobe River.
Etosha National Park is Namibia's most wildlife-rich stretch of wilderness. At 22 270 square kilometers, it is even larger than the Kruger National Park. The area's arid environment forces the animals to converge around the scattering of water sources, ceding spectacular sightings during safaris.
The Garden Route is diverse in its appeals; unforgettable adventures for honeymooners, quality time for families, and memorable attractions to enhance any South African tour. Here you will find fine beaches, temperate waters, primordial forests and a sleigh of potential wildlife encounters.
The Kruger National Park is a pristine stretch of wilderness roughly the size of Israel - one of the largest protected areas in Africa. The diversity of species, landscapes and accommodations is what sets this extraordinary wild paradise apart and draws thousands upon thousands of return visitors.
KwaZulu-Natal has it all; beaches, Big Five, mountains, wetlands, sub-tropical forests and immersive cultural experiences. From the height of the Drakensberg to the coral reefs in the depths of the Indian Ocean, this province offers every opportunity for adventure during a safari, tour or honeymoon in South Africa.
Botswana's Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas on earth. This green Eden is a magical world of waterways, fed by the Okavango River as it drains the rains from the Angola highlands in the summer months. During the wet season, the delta swells and draws myriad creatures to its fertile spoils.
The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is the premier private game reserve that forms part of the world-renowned Greater Kruger National Park. The reserve is famed for its ultra-luxury lodgings and high frequency of leopard sightings. Sabi Sand is the go-to African safari destination for luxury-loving wildlife enthusiasts.
With its otherworldly landscape and breathtaking beauty, Sossusvlei is one of the top travel destinations in Southern Africa. The 'vlei' forms part of the vast Namib Desert and boasts some of the highest dunes in the world. The blaze of vivid red in the day is contrasted by the extraordinary silvery night skies.
The Timbavati Private Game Reserve is the Sabi Sand's quieter cousin. It also forms part of the Greater Kruger, and boasts lodges that range from rustic and immersive to ultra-luxurious and indulgent. It is a fantastic safari destination that not only hosts the Big Five, but the odd wild white lion, too.
The mesmerizing Victoria Falls occur in the Zambezi River between the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Whether you are traveling to Southern Africa for your honeymoon, a safari or a tour, this is a bucket list destination that offers natural drama, romance, and sheer, unadulterated adventure.
Our family vacation packages factor in every member of the group - from the little ones, who will be less vulnerable in malaria-free safaris areas, to the parents, who also deserve to be spoiled without compromise. The top family vacation destinations include the Garden Route, Madikwe and Shamwari.
A golf package incorporates play time on the country's finest courses as well as regional tour and safari highlights, ensuring a comprehensive getaway. The top golfing destinations in South Africa are Cape Town, the Garden Route, Sun City and Leopard Creek on the edge of the Kruger National Park.
For the ultimate in romance and adventure, choose Southern Africa for your honeymoon. You will not regret it. Our diverse range of honeymoon packages couple the most enchanting destinations with unique accommodations, from remote lodges to intimate guest houses in tranquil settings.
Southern Africa boasts some of the most luxurious safari lodges in the world, and their inimitable settings - from the Okavango Delta to Sabi Sand - enhance already awe-inspiring accommodations. A luxury safari is characterized by sumptuous surroundings, fine dining and unforgettable wild encounters.
Our private tours enable visitors to South Africa to experience the country's highlights in a personal and intimate way, and at their own pace. With your own seasoned guide, own private air-conditioned vehicle, and own itinerary, your tour of South Africa will be unique to your needs and expectations.
Experience three or more nights on safari at a lodge of your choice, including your regional flights, overland transfers, full board accommodation and game viewing activities. Our safari lodge packages are a fuss-free and convenient way to experience a luxury fly-in safari in Southern Africa.
Our South African safari packages range from guided overland adventures to the country's numerous national parks to plush fly-in experiences to exclusive loges in private game reserves and wilderness concessions. The wide range of packages available complement all budgets and needs.
A luxury train journey in Southern Africa is truly one of the most unique travel experiences available today. Trundle across breathtaking landscapes from the exquisite perch of the Rovos Rail or the Blue Train, which offer exclusive adventures on routes like Cape Town to the Victoria Falls.
Our guided tours and safaris are our primary services, as the value of human knowledge is immeasurable. Our team of passionate experts love acquainting travelers with Southern Africa's highlights and taking them beyond the tourism curtain for authentic local experiences.
All our tours in South Africa include the exclusive services of an African Sky guide to shed light on the attractions and surroundings, to transport you between destinations and to ensure your safety and utmost enjoyment throughout your adventures. These include tours of Cape Town, the Garden Route and much of KwaZulu-Natal, from the battlefields to the Drakensberg.
Should you opt for a standard overland safari rather than a fly-in safari to a safari lodge in a private game reserve or concession, you will also enjoy the invaluable presence of an African Sky guide. These types of safaris are limited to South Africa and Namibia, due to the fine primary infrastructure of both the countries themselves as well as their national parks.
On fly-in safaris to the remote lodges of Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as the private wilderness areas of Namibia and South Africa, you will typically meet a representative of African Sky for a briefing at the airport before embarking on the first leg of your journey. From here, you will be in the capable hands of staff at some of the finest lodges in the world. Regardless of whether your safari or tour is guided or not, we will be with you every step of the way to ensure that your experience is everything you wish it to be and more.
One of the primary considerations when planning a safari or tour to Africa is whether to visit a private game reserve or one of the national parks scattered across the continent. Below, we highlight the advantages and disadvantages of both these options.
National park accommodation is basic but comfortable, with all modern amenities like en suite bathrooms and air-conditioning always available in the safari packages offered by African Sky.
If you’ve booked an overland safari, you’ll be guided by an experienced African Sky safari guide in a closed vehicle. Your game drives may take place for the entire day, every day, for the duration of your safari if you wish, thereby maximizing your potential sightings.
You and your guide will be the only occupants of the vehicle. In this way, your guide has a great amount of flexibility and will tailor your day-to-day activities around your particular requirements. In most cases we’ll include a sunset drive (if available) in an open vehicle with a park ranger. The drive will continue for an hour or more after dark and provides you with the opportunity to observe nocturnal animals not seen under normal circumstances during daylight hours.
We use a closed vehicle for overland safaris because distances covered in a day are typically much greater than at a private lodge. You’ll be game driving along a combination of paved and unpaved roads under very hot, humid, cold, wet or dry conditions, making a closed vehicle a necessity. A closed vehicle provides air-conditioning in summer (essential in Africa), heating in winter and, for the most part, protects your expensive camera gear from dust and rain.
One limitation is that overland safaris take place in national parks and reserves where no off-road driving is permitted, primarily in order to preserve the environment in as pristine a condition as possible. Self-drive visitors in private vehicles will also be present, sometimes leading to congestion around animal sightings, although such reports are exaggerated. Keep in mind, however, that our national parks are huge, and it happens just as often that you’ll be the only vehicle at a sighting for a considerable amount of time before another one arrives.
Accommodations at private reserves range from very nice four star to some of the most luxurious and intimate lodges to be found anywhere in the world.
At private reserves, you’ll share your game drive vehicle with other guests. Generally speaking, children under the age of 12 are not permitted, although there are a few exceptions.
Depending on the lodge, the vehicle will carry either four, six, eight or nine guests (unless, of course, the lodge isn’t full). Generally speaking, higher-end lodges will carry six or fewer guests per vehicle, thereby affording every guest a ‘window’ seat, while more affordable lodges will carry six or more if called for.
Having said that, if the more affordable lodge isn’t fully booked, then they’ll spread their guests across their available fleet (keeping couples and families together, of course) in an effort to provide every guest with a window seat, although this isn’t guaranteed. Some lodges offer a private vehicle at an additional cost - up to $550 per vehicle per day. Prior booking is essential.
African safari activities are designed to maximize not only game viewing, but your immersion into the wilderness. This is why many safari lodges and camps offer more than just your standard game drive. However, regardless of the variety of activities available, quality should always supersede quantity. Though
the Big Five certainly
reign supreme and offer exhilarating encounters, the safari experience has much more to offer the avid nature enthusiast.
The variety of activities is thus more about diversifying your experience rather than increasing the number of sightings on your list. Essentially, bush walks and mokoro safaris are not about encountering dangerous game like you would on a game drive – it is more about getting up close and personal with the captivating sights, sounds and smells of nature, about tuning out of your own world and into the vibrations of the bush.
An open 4x4 game drive serves as the quintessential African safari experience. This safari activity has its origins in the
early days of the Kruger National Park
when the first visitors to the park would view wildlife from the comfort of a steam train as it passed through this protected area. Today, your game drives are conducted from the back of open-air 4x4 safari vehicles or closed air-conditioned vehicles. These excursions typically take place in the early morning hours or late afternoon when the animals are at their most active.
Guests are usually accompanied by a knowledgeable guide whose understanding of the African wilderness may enhance the experience. The private game reserves often also provide a tracker, perched on a high seat astride the vehicle’s bonnet. The tracker’s skills help to ensure that guests get that rewarding glimpse of a lurking lion or browsing elephant.
Of all the countries we offer
safaris to, Botswana
is certainly most notable for its many opportunities for water-based game viewing. In fact, select
camps in the Okavango Delta offer exclusively water-based safaris in traditional mokoro canoes or fiberglass replicas. Gliding quietly along the emerald waterways of the delta is simultaneously tranquil and thrilling. Guests are always accompanied by experienced guides to ensure their safety.
Apart from the Okavango Delta, water-based game viewing also extends to the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. The safari lodges focused around these prolific watercourses offer game viewing from small motorized boats as well as sunset cruises aboard larger riverboats. Animals typically encountered include water dwellers like crocodile and hippo, but also animals that approach the rivers to sate their thirst.
When enjoying an African safari, there is no better way to dig your heels into nature than pursuing a tracker and guide into the bush. With only the experienced knowledge of an armed ranger between you and the thrilling perils of the wild, a bush walk can prove both an exciting and relaxing part of your safari holiday.
Bush walks are typically conducted early morning or afternoon with groups of up to 8 people. The experience is wonderfully interactive and educational, with your guides teaching you about tracking, animal behavior and the ecosystem you are traversing through. Much of these details are overlooked in game drives or other tours - as such, bush walks in areas such as South Africa’s Kruger National Park invite visitors to delve into the nitty gritty of the wilderness.
Southern Africa is truly a birder's paradise. The Kruger National Park alone is home to around 500 species of birds, including migrants and vagrants. South Africa totals more than 829 species - the most in Southern Africa - while Zambia comes in second at 770.
Botswana, surprisingly, hosts the least, but its unique landscapes like the Makgadikgadi Pans and the Okavango Delta draw magical proliferations of waterbirds in the wet season.
Birding can take many different forms, from observing various species during your typical game drive, bush walk or water-based game viewing activity to wiling away your hours in a bird hide. Many of Southern Africa's national parks host bird hides in strategic locations, typically overlooking water holes.
The Zambezi River is one of the finest tiger fishing destinations on the African continent. This majestic waterway snakes its way through four different southern African countries and hosts an abundance of wildlife. Numerous lodges dedicated entirely to angling for African tigerfish line the shores from Zambia to Zimbabwe . This is the ultimate fishing adventure available to the avid sportsmen.
Elephant-back safaris are offered at several sanctuaries throughout Southern Africa, from the Garden Route to Kruger Park and Victoria Falls . This is a fantastic way to learn more about this remarkable species, including their extraordinary behavioral traits and their incredible physicality. These safaris are very safe and typically guided by dedicated elephant minders.
Oudtshoorn is known as the unofficial ostrich capital of South Africa. As such, it is the ideal place to enjoy an ostrich ride . This unique endeavor is offered in conjunction with exploring a working ostrich farm and learning more about the popular products derived from their feathers. Ostrich derbies, however, are limited to trained jockeys – these birds can reach incredible speeds!
With much of civilization spread out far and in between, Southern Africa has some of the darkest night skies in the world. From Sossusvlei to the Kruger National Park, Sutherland to the Okavango Delta, The star gazing is simply spectacular. To enhance the experience, many lodges have dedicated astronomers on site or rangers well-versed in the sparkle of the heavens.
A bush picnic is simultaneously thrilling and relaxing. Guests are transported to a scenic location in the game reserve or national park in which they are staying, whereupon a scrumptious breakfast, lunch or dinner is prepared in the heart of the wilderness. These ‘picnics’ are characterized by their inimitable settings. Where better to enjoy a meal than the banks of the Sabie River, or atop a dune in the Namib Desert?
Southern Africa boasts many fine and well-preserved examples of San rock art – many of which are easily accessible to the public. These paintings provide extraordinary insight into the ways of yesteryear. The most popular rock art sites are located in South Africa’s Drakensberg and Cederberg regions as well as Damaraland in Namibia .
Though daily bush walks are conducted at the majority of national parks and reserves, a handful of lodges also offer exclusive extended walking safaris. Instead of enjoying morning and evening game drives, most of your time on safari is spent exploring the wilderness on foot, getting in touch with nature and learning more about the animals that inhabit it.
Explore the remarkable dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert or Botswana’s vast, flat Makgadikgadi Pan via quad bike. These quad bike safaris are guided experiences, which means that they are enhanced by the dedicated guide’s knowledge of the surrounding desert and not merely about riding the vehicle. It truly is a fine way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
For the ultimate ‘alternative perspective’, endeavor a hot air balloon safari. This elevated adventure is offered throughout much of Southern Africa, including Sossusvlei, Makgadikgadi, Kafue National Park and numerous locations in South Africa. Both peaceful and exhilarating, hot air balloons offer arguably the most incredible view available.
The Indian Ocean’s temperate waters offer some of the finest coral reefs in the world. Snorkeling opportunities abound all the way from northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa to the Quirimbas archipelago in Mozambique. More experienced divers can take the adventure even further and enjoy the spoils of scuba diving in the deeper reefs.