Latest Blogs

self-drive itinerary design

Beaches of South Africa

The amazing Beaches of South Africa An amazing coastline of over 3000 kilometres forms the borders with the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Most of this coastline produces the amazing beaches of South Africa. From the West Coast with its brilliant white beaches, dunes and blue seas, albeit a little cooler at around 12 – 18 degrees Centigrade, to the East Coast beaches, many of them with Blue Flag status, where holidaymakers play virtually all year round on endless golden sandy beaches with the lukewarm (21 – 26 degrees Centigrade) Indian Ocean invitingly rolling onto the sand. The northeast coastline has an added attraction as it is one of South Africa’s last wilderness areas with hundreds of kilometres of deserted stretches of beach. Here the leatherback and loggerhead turtles still lay their eggs beneath some of the world’s highest forested dunes. Stand on these dunes and you have a chance to see whales and dolphins frolicking in the ocean to the east, wild animals walking on the beaches and typical African bushveld with teeming wildlife to the west. You can experience many of  South Africa’s beaches on the following tours: 6-Day Coastal Explorer from either Durban to Cape Town or visa versa; SCDP  or SCCP 4-Day Garden Route Tours from either Port Elizabeth or Cape Town; SCCE or SCCD

Read More »
wildlife scenery and flowers

Namaqualand Flowers

The Namaqualand Flowers Namaqualand is a wilderness strewn with mines and mission stations, diamonds and dust. However, for a few frivolous weeks in spring, the granite hills and lava lowlands erupt with flowers. About 4 000 species of plant lie dormant amongst the sand and stone, their germination dependent upon weather conditions. Each year’s floral display is therefore unique, enticing flower-gazers from north of Cape Town to the Namibian border, aka Namaqualand. In this semi-desert, it is the uncertain winter rainfall that determines the flowers. Then, Spring starts somewhere between August and September and timing is everything. The flowers emerge first in the Sandveld strip on the west coast and around Springbok and Steinkopf, further in Namaqualand. As the weather becomes warmer the flowers flow eastward toward the mountains and on brightly-lit days between 11 am and 4 pm, with the sun at your back, the resulting full-frontal spectacle is positively psychedelic. 550 kilometres north of Cape Town and over a hundred kilometres from the west coast, the most popular flower routes cluster around Springbok, the only town worthy of the designation on the long march north to Namibia. 15 kilometres outside of Springbok is the 15 000 hectare Goegap Nature Reserve which encompasses the Hester Malan Wildflower Reserve. Somewhat closer to Cape Town than the rest of the region’s flower routes, the so-called Garden Route of Namaqualand is cooler than the hinterland and you’re more likely to find flowers here late in the season. A dirt-road ramble through Kamieskroon, Leliefontein, and Garies via the Kamiesberg Pass offer history and scenery in equal measure. Please contact us for tailormade tours to Namaqualand fower season. These tours may interest you: Flowers

Read More »
lesser-known wildlife in south africa

Lesser Known Wildlife of South Africa

Some facts on the lesser-known wildlife of South Africa! With the cheetah, we move away from well-known wildlife such as the Big Five. Other quintessentially African large animals of the wild are hippo, giraffe, kudu, wildebeest (the famous gnu) and zebra, all frequently seen in conservation areas, so here we mention a few of the scarcer wildlife of South Africa. Heightened awareness, however, has created an increased appreciation of lesser-known animals. A sighting of the rare tsessebe (a relative of the hartebeest) may cause as much excitement as the sight of a lion pride stretched out under a bushveld thorn tree. And while one can hardly miss a nearby elephant, spotting the shy little forest-dwelling suni (Livingstone’s antelope) takes sharp eyes. On the really small scale, one could tackle the challenge of ticking off each of the seven South African species of elephant shrews, a task that would take one all over the country and, probably, a very long time to accomplish. With well over 200 species, a short survey of South Africa’s indigenous mammals is a contradiction in terms. A few examples may indicate the range. Primates In terms of appeal, primates rate highly. In South Africa, they include the nocturnal bushbabies, vervet and samango monkeys, and chacma baboons which, encouraged by irresponsible feeding and under pressure through the loss of habitat, have become unpopular as raiders of homes on the Cape Peninsula. Image Other lesser-known wildlife of South Africa are the dassies (hyraxes, residents of rocky habitats) and meerkats (suricates, familiar from their alert upright stance) have tremendous charm, although the dassie can be an agricultural problem. The secretive nocturnal aardvark (which eats ants and is the only member of the order Tubulidentata) and the aardwolf (which eats termites and is related to the hyaena) are two more

Read More »
sardine run

Sardine Run – the Greatest Shoal on Earth

The sardine run (also called Migration) is an annual phenomenon occurring from May to end July along the east coast of South Africa and in particular the Wild Coast and KwaZulu Natal coast as far as Durban and beyond.  The spectacular sight is also called the biggest shoal on earth and is sometimes compared with the great migration of wildebeest and zebras in East Africa! This year – 2020 – is said to be one of the biggest shoals in recent years. We operate a tour both ways form Durban and Cape Town where one is able to visit the beaches where these little fish are chased onto the sand by sharks, dolphins, whales, gannets and man alike! Dark spots in the sea close to the beaches – sometimes up to 15 kilometres long and around 3,5 kilometres wide – give away their presence! To book our tours for a view of the sardine run, please click here for the tour departing from Durban and here for the one departing from Cape Town. To read more on the phenomenon, click here. We also tailor-make guided tours, self-drive packages or just accommodation along the coast from where you can launch your adventure. For the more adventurous there are scuba diving tours available. This is arguably one of the best close encounters to experience the sardines and all the fish that case them! Sardine Run Tours

Read More »
4 day kruger national park safari

Guided Kruger Park Tours You’ll Never Forget

Since first established back in 1898 by Paul Kruger, the Kruger National Park has attracted well over 500,000 visitors through its gates each year. If you’d like to learn more about the park’s heritage, see our Southern Circle article on A Brief History of the Kruger National Park. Visiting South African during the December/January 2021 summer holiday season? We’re talking about a few guided Kruger Park tours you’ll never forget below: Kruger National Park Explorer – 3 Days This guided Kruger Park tour embarks from Johannesburg, known affectionately as Jozi by most South Africans, takes you through Middelburg and Nelspruit, and enters the Kruger National Park from the south. This is when the fun really kicks off! Your guide will take you through the raw African wilderness, in search of the iconic Big Five. You may not see all the Big Five members on day one, but you’re almost guaranteed to see them on days two or three! Other faunas you’ll experience in their natural habitat include giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, impala, and many more. We have a full-on guided safari experience on day two, where up until sunset you and your party will explore the Kruger Park’s many feature game viewing spots. If you’re brave enough, you can venture out after dark on an optional night drive in a safari vehicle that uses high-powered spotlights in search of nocturnal animals. After a final game drive in the park and breakfast on the morning of day three, you depart the park towards surrounding tourist attractions that include The Pinnacle, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Lisbon Falls, and the breath-taking Blyde River Canyon. Once your camera shutter finger is tired out, you’ll return to Johannesburg – arriving in the late afternoon. *find out more about this guided Kruger Park tour here!

Read More »
Lion on Safari

Lion on Safari

Lion on Safari Seeing a lion on safari is undoubtedly a highlight of any tour! Imagine the surprise when one of our groups drove round a corner and found a blood-covered warthog stumbling down an embankment towards the vehicle.  Still stunned at the sight, a bigger surprise as a young lioness appeared not far behind.  The lion also had blood on her, not only from her victim but because of a cheek injury sustained from the warthog’s tusks as she attacked him. But the excitement really reached a peak when the hapless warthog summoned its last strength, got up, and desperately charged the lioness.  She got the fright of her life and retreated with a jump that could have come from a well-trained ballerina (typical cat).  Eventually, she got her prey, but she also discovered that a fully-grown male warthog is not such an easy breakfast.  Anyway, it was an experience that our guests would not lightly forget. Lion on safari, the ultimate sighting! Lion on safari in the Kruger Park On a drive in Kruger National Park, we stopped to watch a bird when a pride of lions with cubs suddenly walked on a pathway in the grass straight towards us. The interaction between the mothers and the cubs was amazing and the cameras kept clicking. The playful cubs also provide some nice pictures. On another safari we had a ‘strange’ sighting: Popular belief that male lions don’t hunt were shattered on a mid-morning drive in the Kruger  National Park.  A group of five pulled down a young buffalo in front of us, and immediately got stuck in with gusto. A male lion can devour close to 40 kg of meat in one session. They certainly planned to meet the target. You may encounter lion sightings whilst on the

Read More »
south africa travel in 2021

Coming to Southern Africa in 2021? You’ll Want to Book These Tours

South Africa Travel 2021! There’s nothing better, when visiting a foreign land, than having the expertise of a knowledgeable guide close at hand. We believe your South Africa travel in 2021 should include guided tours. A tour guide understands what you’re looking for, and knows his country, so a guided tour really still remains the BEST way to experience everything a nation has to offer visitors. This blog article takes a look at a few guided South African tours you’ll want to book a spot on when visiting the Rainbow Nation… Tours from Johannesburg Johannesburg is the business hub of South Africa, with many mines and corporate offices being found in the Gauteng province. There are a bunch of amazing things to see and do in and around Johannesburg, including the world-famous Kruger National Park. Below are a few tours from Johannesburg, their durations, the highlights you’ll get to enjoy while on each tour, and a link to each should you wish to find out more: A Taste of South Africa Tour Starts in Johannesburg, ends in Cape Town 11 days Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, Kruger Park, Swaziland, Zululand, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, Lake St Lucia, Durban, Indian Market, uShaka Marine World, Port Elizabeth, Garden Route, Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Outeniqua Pass, Cango Caves, Little Karoo, Winelands, Cape Town. Find out more about this tour here.   The Great African Wildlife Expedition Starts in Durban ends in Johannesburg 6 days St Lucia, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Zululand, Swaziland, Kruger Park, Panoramic Route, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Sabie, Lone Creek Falls, Pilgrim’s Rest, Dullstroom, JohannesburgFind out more about this tour here.   Tours from Cape Town Cape Town, otherwise known as the Mother City, is found at the southern-most point of the African continent. Cape Town is home to Table Mountain, which can be

Read More »
wedding planning

Wedding Planning

Wedding planning; from kosher to custom-made and quirky, hotels and lodges across the country cater for any type or size wedding,  our in-house event coordinators are available to arrange just about anything for that unforgettable celebration. And who wouldn’t opt for someone else taking the angst out of it all, given the choice? Whether you envisage arriving by helicopter, or “walking down the aisle” atop an elephant with herds of animals to witness you and your loved one saying “I do”, then hire us to make those dreams come true. From over-the-top and extravagant to simple and sophisticated, or plain and simple, we are the experts to make it happen. Leave your wedding planning for us to turn this event into the perfect day! To whet the appetite, have a look at some great photos from a company that helps us with some amazing events. These photos were all taken at or just before the weddings. They tell stories of amazing celebrations which started the lives many couples together in a perfect way! Als look at some of the destinations we include in our guided tours. We can shape it into a private honeymoon or your guests can explore South Africa before or after your wedding!

Read More »
Marine mammals and fish

Marine Mammals and Fish

Marine Mammals and Fish Marine mammals and fish – they take to the sea. The largest mammal of all, in South Africa and the entire world, is the blue whale which can grow to 33m in length. But of the eight whale species found in South African waters (including the dramatic black-and-white killer whale), the most frequently seen by humans is the southern right whale. This imposing creature comes into coastal bays to calve, allowing for superb land-based viewing. Image It represents one of conservation’s success stories as – once considered the “right” whale to hunt – its population was so depleted that it was designated a protected species. With the greater familiarity that their return to the coastal bays has produced, they are now as well-loved as the many dolphins in our coastal waters. South Africa’s seas are rich in fish species. Perhaps the most awesome of these is the great white shark, but this is one of more than 2 000 species comprising 16% of the world’s total. Various line fish, rock lobster and abalone are of particular interest to gourmets; pelagic fish (sardines and pilchards) and hake have large-scale commercial value. Here are some of our tours you can join to get closer to some of these marine mammals and fish; sccf, scdp, private day tour along the east coast.

Read More »
Southern Circle Tours & Safaris
WhatsApp Us for more info