South Africa safari holiday, 14 days

“This is our best-selling South Africa trip, and it's not hard to see why. Meticulously planned by conservationists, it breaks the safari mould without breaking the budget.”


Rukiya Safari Camp | Unique 'bush senses' experience | Bush walks | Help Ingwe Leopard Research Team set camera traps | Wild Rivers Reserve | Private concession in Balule Reserve | Parsons Private Nature Reserve | Klaserie Game Reserve | Thornybush Game Reserve |

Description of South Africa safari holiday, 14 days

This 14-day safari to South Africa offers an exciting, diverse package at an affordable price. The base for this trip is the exclusive Rukiya Safari Lodge, on the banks of the Blyde River in the Wild Rivers Private Nature Reserve. Rukiya is also a key location for our leopard research program. Spend four days here with our team, enjoying big five game drives, bush walks and our fun ‘bush senses’ experience. From here, move on to visit three other game reserves, so you experience a mix of lodge styles and reserves, for a fully rounded and rich safari experience.

Many safaris are concerned simply with spotting the Big Five, but this trip strikes a balance between game viewing and the chance to gain an understanding of wildlife conservation, and even get involved with it. You will have the opportunity to explore our home reserve with wildlife conservationists, too, and there is of course plenty of time for relaxation and enjoying the African bush.

The safari itinerary shown below has been developed and honed over many years, in keeping with our company ethos and taking into account feedback from our safari guests. It includes all the elements we believe an African safari should have, and continues to delight guests, who regularly leave five star reviews! We can also offer exclusive tailored safari itineraries to suit your personal needs and preferences – just let us know.

We understand how important it is to be able to plan your safari costs before you arrive and avoid any hidden extras. We don’t believe in hidden extras and where possible provide an all-inclusive price, with any additions to that clearly flagged up on the itinerary.

Safaris are available all year round, so do get in touch and tell us what you’re looking for. Together we can make your time with us an experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This safari is also available for families, with children under 12 years paying 50% of the adult price. All bush walks are replaced by game drives for any children under 14 years.

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Our top tip:
Take every game drive you're offered - you'll see something different on every one. They may involve early starts - but a lion surely beats a lie-in...
Trip type:
Small group. Min. age 6.
Activity level:
Luxury tented camp with a pool and treetop dining room. Private inside and outside bathrooms.
This trip can accommodate solo travellers with a surcharge.
Accommodation, transfers, all meals, game drives, bush walks, guides, listed activities.
Holiday type

Travelling with a local operator

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

“The three most important things to have in your daypack are a camera, binoculars and hat. But, safari isn’t all about sight and is a very sensory experience.”

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Each safari provides a real wildlife viewing and conservation experience.

By opting for a safari with us safari guests are already helping to contribute towards our conservation work. In addition guests are afforded the opportunity to gain an insight into real African conservation work if they wish, either by observing our work or assisting our rangers. In this way we hope guests will help to spread the message of what real African conservation is and what the needs are.

All of our food, bathroom and kitchen supplies are from local sources and as far as possible, we aim to use a combination of organic, fair-trade and sustainable products.

Visits to our friends at the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre are included in each safari. Where travellers can witness great conservation and research work being conducted. A non profit making organisation with an aim of rehabilitating animals, breeding and repopulating endangered species as well as education. Each safari will include time spent in the Kruger National Park, where entrance and lodge fees are used to sustain the conservation work within the park as well as provide fair trade employment.

We believe that everyone is able to help make a difference towards conserving our environment. When on safari or in the bush, we operate a policy of ‘bring out what you take in’ i.e. we leave no litter or man made products behind. Game drive vehicles do not deviate from existing roads and tracks, however guided foot safaris will access game trails which cannot be reached by vehicle. When on foot, we stay on the trail as deviating can cause erosion and other environmentally harmful impacts.

The Impacts of this Trip

While on safari we recommend that visitors buy locally produced goods and support local artisans. In this way, visitors are able to help sustain the local community, contribute towards conservation and enrich their own lives. During each safari there will be opportunities to purchase goods from local artists, market stalls and restaurants in keeping with the ideals of fair trade. Our guides will advise on a ‘fair price’ if requested, however it is worth noting that a relatively small sum can make a huge difference to peoples lives in Africa and guests are asked to consider this when bargaining with market stallholders.

Our safari staff are all recruited locally and encouraged to develop within the organisation to achieve their goals and where applicable to produce conservation based items for sale (100% of the proceeds going to the originator).

On arrival, we hold an informal chat with guests to explain our conservation work and how they are able to contribute during their safari. A travellers’ code of conduct is also issued with each bespoke safari itinerary.


41 Reviews of South Africa safari holiday, 14 days

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020 by

Outstanding in all respects. The itinerary was right regarding the order of the lodges we visited and the quality was superb Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2019 by

It was so wonderful. Everything was just as I wanted, that is to say being able to spend time observing the wildlife of South Africa in a variety of settings and staying in small lodges and camps. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2018 by

Absolutely brilliant. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2018 by

The most memorable part of the trip was spotting not only the big 5 but seeing rare animals such as white lions, wild dogs and the endangered ground hornbill. There was never one trip out the same and the excitement of seeing so many different animals was amazing. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2018 by

EXCELLENT as it met all my requirements. I did not want to stay in lodges that looked like American hotels. The tented camps made us feel closer to the environment... I have been in Lodges in other parts of South Africa and other than the game I felt I could have been at a 5 star US hotel... so this was what I was looking for. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2017 by

The incredible wildlife viewing opportunities was the highlight. The passion for conservation shown by the guides and the safari camp employees. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2017 by

Sitting in an open safari vehicle, surrounded by around 20 elephants, one of which was so close it would have been possible to touch its trunk. Also, having 14 days in which to learn more about the wildlife and ecology of the Kruger area. Opportunity to see the 'Big 5' plus many of the 'Small 5' and the 'Ugly 5'. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2017 by

Our first leopard sighting was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2017 by

Its difficult to name just one memorable moment, but seeing the breeding herds of elephant at a watering hole must be up there! Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2017 by

The wildlife - we had some amazing sightings. These including seeing many lions (including white lions at one point), about an hour watching a leopard, and seeing the birth of a nyala right by our cabin. Not forgetting rhinos, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, wild dog, hyenas... Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2017 by

I came to South Africa to see game and I can say that it was a fulfilling experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2017 by

It was all so good it is difficult to single out just a few parts. We travelled with On Track Safari and visited 4 lodges in South Africa. They were all 5 star and the friendliness of hosts and the knowledge of the guides was outstanding... Among the best ever holiday!!! Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2016 by

First safari so no expectations but suspect the bar has been set so high that the next trip will have to be lead by Sir David Attenborough himself to surpass it. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2016 by

Fantastic ! We couldn't have planned anything better ourselves and it was lovely to have everything taken care of by people who really know what they are doing. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2016 by

Excellent, without question. The entire holiday exceeded our expectations. We saw much more wildlife than we imagined, and we experienced the bush in a direct, personal way. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2015 by

If you are looking for a first class small group safari experience which has the added benefits of a more hands approach to the wild life and conservation, culture, and people of South Africa and all at a reasonable cost, this is the ideal package. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2015 by

Five stars! It was, as stated, the adventure of a lifetime, which we were expecting, but we did not plan to gain so much more, in the way of making friends and feeling a part of missions that transcended mere tourism. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2015 by

Most memorable for me is was a great encounter with bush baby jumping around on the track and in the bushes. For my husband it was the lions making a buffalo kill right in front of our jeep. For both of us it was seeing the white lions at Umlani. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2015 by

We had so many memorable experiences. Watching a beautiful leopard and her cub was up there, as was spending an hour watching six young elephants play in a waterhole. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2014 by

10/10 it was amazing. We were so well looked after and treated as part of the family at our main resort. it was very hectic as we stayed at 6 locations so it involved a lot of travelling. but now we are back, we realise how much we packed in and how much we saw. it was a trip of a lifetime for us, so we really appreciate all the things we gained from our trip and are now saving hard to go again!! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2014 by

For a first safari for my daughter and I, this was a terrific experience. Good weather, delicious and varied cooking, confortable accommodations and experienced, diplomatic and knowledgeable guides made our safari something to remember and talk about Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2014 by

This was a fantastic, very well organized holiday. There was always a lot going on but we saw a lot and learned a lot. All the guides and hosts at the lodges were very knowledgable and passionate about the wildlife and very open to sharing their knowledge and experiences with all of us. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2014 by

It was an amazing experience! Thank to all the staff , the guides and everybody else we had a full, safe contact with the animals in a completely wild environment. My kids came back happy and full of enthusiasm, and they actually learnt a lot, I have now two young wildlife experts! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2014 by

A couple of the animal reserves allowed drivers to drive off-road, and this made for some very exciting, up-close viewing of some animals (leopards, hyenas, elephants, and lions) that would not have been possible otherwise. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2013 by

Excellent. The planning and execution of the entire holiday was superb. Everybody involved helped to make this a most memorable experience and we were extremely well looked after at all times. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2013 by

This was a fabulous holiday which exceeded all our (high) expectations. From the time we expressed an interest in going on this safari, to dropping us at the airport at the end of our holiday we experienced a very attentive and personal service. I would definitely go again. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2013 by

This was a great holiday in the true sense of the word and we would have no hesitation in recommending it to any like-minded traveller. The geniality and hospitality of all staff concerned in the various reserves were truly exceptional. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2013 by

Most memorable was our day trip through Kruger, during which we had so many memorable sightings, especially when the 3 cheetahs strolled around the back of our car and then sat under a tree while we observed them for 10 minutes or so! Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2013 by

Brilliant, one of our best holidays ever. The staff at Black Leopard Camp were very friendly and made you feel like one of the family. Will Fox who took us everywhere was very knowledgeable and passionate and the places he took us were all fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2013 by

Can’t recommend the holiday enough...Though we saw a vast array of wildlife including some special leopard sightings, the chance to observe animal behaviour and learn some tracking skills made us appreciate the overall experience much more. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2013 by

This was a very interesting introduction to safaris in South Africa. I gained knowledge and understanding of the significance of game reserves and saw some amazing creatures and plants. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2012 by

Outstanding - more than exceeded our expectations in terms of experiences, standard of accomodation and hospitality Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2012 by

Sitting in a land rover with a large herd of elephants walking calmly and peacefully past us so close that you could hear and feel the matriach's rumbling sounds of communication to the rest of the herd must class as one of the best parts of the holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2012 by

Visiting Tangala lodge in the Thorny Bush reserve and seeing the wild dogs were the most memorable parts of the holiday...A wonderful experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2012 by

The most memorable parts were: returning from our evening game drive to Tangala safari camp to see the camp lit by lanterns (the camp is quite magical and unspoilt); watching a lioness walk along side our 4X4; watching rhinos enjoying a mud bath. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2012 by

It would be difficult to pick out one highlight. The whole experience was a very good one, from seeing the big 5 (many times over) and so being able to tick that box, from getting to appreciate all the other animals, birds, reptiles and insects, and, more importantly, to seeing Southern Africa as much more than a large animal park. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2011 by

Most memorable? Following the leopard going through the thick reeds of the dried riverbed... Being in the very middle of the 400 buffalos’ herd moving to another grazing field... Two gracious cheetah males crossing the tar road... Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Nov 2011 by

From the moment we arrived, we felt like part of the team and nothing was too much trouble. Black Leopard camp with its stunning, tranquil location and beautifully appointed tents was very special and here we were looked after by Emma and the Ingwe Leopard Research team. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2011 by

This has to be the most amazing wildlife viewing...Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2011 by

Seeing the big 5 on one morning on safari was a very good extra with a good guide Anton . Nothing is too much trouble. The school visit was very good. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2011 by

The whole black leopard camp experience accommodation food and hosting were all top class, seeing rhino in the wild in Sabi was wonderful, the guide Anton a pleasure to spend time with, seeing two leopards on our last day at both Sabi and black leopard camps, the fantastic birdlife throughout the trip. Read full review

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