What to Expect
Our customized trips are tailor-made to your specifications, so no two trips are alike. Whatever your special interest, we have something that will meet your needs. We offer various options, plan your final itinerary, provide all necessary information to help you prepare, and cover all the details and logistics. All you need to do is pack your bag and prepare for the Africa vacation of a lifetime.
Seasons to visit South Africa
Greater Kruger and Surround:
The best time to visit Kruger is during the Dry season which is from May to September. During the Dry season, animals congregate around waterholes and rivers making game-viewing a pleasure. This is also known as the low season for tourism, except during the South African school holidays.
May through September is the winter, so the mornings and nights are cold. May and September are the best safari months because it is less cold in the mornings and evenings and offers mildly warm days.
Wildlife viewing is exceptional from July through September, as the trees have lost all leaves and the grass is down, making visibility better and thus easier to spot game. There is also little to no rain in these winter months.
Between October and May, the Kruger area undergoes a dramatic transformation, from brown and drab to green and lush. After the first rains, usually mid-October, the scenery turns green, and all looks fresh.
Mid-October is the best time for bird watching, and migratory birds are present. From mid-November, the birthing season starts.
Should you encounter rain, the rains are mostly short afternoon or evening showers and seldom really interfere with your trip.
Wildlife viewing, especially trying to spot leopard and lion, can be slower at times during the greener lush season since the bush is thicker during this period.
It gets very hot in December, January and February, and parks get crowded during the South African school holidays. The better months for travel during the "Green Season" are definitely October, November, March and April. You can expect mild mornings and warm to hot days.
Cape Town and Garden Route:
Cape Town enjoys a temperate climate with warm, dry conditions from October to April and temperatures peak between December and February, which is the most popular time for a Cape Town beach holiday. Expect busy beaches, a vibrant nightlife and gloriously sunny festive cheer.
Cape Town’s fierce south-easter wind blows hard during this time, occasionally clearing the beaches and blanketing Table Mountain in cloud.
By February the wind calms, and most visitors head home, making late January to April absolutely fantastic – expect uncrowded world class beaches and less wind.
Cape Town experiences winter rainfall (June to August) and a hot, dry summer. The Garden Route, on the other hand, can experience rain at any time of year.
The best time for a Cape Town foodie safari is from late June to August. The fireside-friendly, rainy days of winter make the most of vibrant indoor markets, easy bookings at the city’s famous eateries and regular crisp, clear days for wine tasting, cycling and hiking.
The best time for a whale watching holiday is from July to October when migratory southern right whales arrive along the coastline, wildflowers bloom on the West Coast, and the weather warms up.
Each departure is guaranteed.
Age Limits – Children of all ages are welcome on our Custom Safari Itineraries. We will include safari activities in your itinerary to keep children interested and entertained. At some of the accommodation establishments, it is required for children under age 16 to share with an adult for safety reasons.
Luggage should be limited to one check in bag weighing not more than 50 pounds. Carry-on luggage is limited to one carry on weighing not more than 16 pounds and one personal item such as a purse, camera bag or laptop.
Dietary requirements and special occasions: Due to remote locality of some of our adventure camps, please ensure that full dietary requirements and special occasions are advised at the time of your reservation.
Safari vehicles are designed so that each seated passenger has an opening window. Open safari game viewing vehicles are also designed so that you will have good all-round visibility, although the rear part of the vehicle is closed to lessen the dust entering the vehicle while driving on dirt roads. The large open window and roof areas offer good visibility and promote photographic opportunities, while being able to close for unseasonal rainy weather en-route.
We pride ourselves on selecting lodges that offer exceptional healthy meals for our guests and local restaurants that serve traditional high quality meals. Breakfasts are typically full English Breakfasts, Lunches are usually enjoyed at a quaint restaurant in the area of our travels and dinners will include traditional braai’s (barbecue), potjie (dutch oven stew), roasts, etc.
Regular crockery, cutlery and glassware is used to set tables in traditional South African style.
Special dietary requirements are also catered for, so whether you are a diabetic, gluten free or have allergies, be sure to let your safari planner know of your dietary requirements.
Embrace supply a fruit (apples, bananas, oranges or whatever fruit is in season) in the safari vehicle, as well as bottled water. All other snacks and beverages are for your own expense and can be purchased at many shops during your tour.
Anyone who is generally active and in good health will enjoy our safaris. At times you will get a bit dusty, but hey, this is Africa!
Things you should know:
As our safaris and tours spend much time in wilderness areas or in the company of animals, it is essential that guests adhere to the guide’s instructions regarding interaction with wildlife, camp safety and game walk/drive rules.
You will need a valid passport to travel to Africa and visas are required for travel into Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, which can be purchased on arrival at the customs.
Many establishments and shops accept Visa and MasterCard. We do however recommend that you bring a limited amount of US Dollars or Euro Cash in smaller denominations for visa purchases and incidentals/personal purchases. South African Rands can be withdrawn at ATM’s for cash requirements in South Africa.
All that Africa has to offer can be overwhelming. Embrace Africa Safaris offers the expertise of having over 50 years of combined travel experience. We understand that sometimes you need help deciding, so trust your Embrace representative to put together a vacation of a lifetime or be a safari participant and help design your safari itinerary.
Travel with Embrace for many reasons!
Experience Africa, backed by the experience of Embrace Africa Safaris, in business since 1993, as well as employees that are based in South Africa.
Enjoy a more personalized approach to travel planning when you work with Embrace Africa, a family owned company, where we treat our travelers like our family.
Unique to Embrace Africa Safaris, our definition of a small group departure is one that operates with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 guests. We do not mix any groups, ie no outsiders on your safari.
Choose from a selection of tours and we’ll get you there.
No itinerary is set in stone. Every safari has been designed with inherent flexibility.
We offer luxury in a natural setting and exercise crowd control. The only large numbers we pursue are in terms of prides and herds!
While the rest of the world faces the tests of living, your greatest challenge, while in our care, is getting that photograph of an elusive animal in its natural habitat before it turns and blend into the bush.
If this trip is a celebration of a very special event, such as your honeymoon or anniversary, then intimate settings and romance are what you have in mind. We can plan a romantic bush dinner or private picnic for two or create those once-in-a-lifetime memories with an African sundowner followed by stargazing on a blanket with chocolate and champagne.
If Africa has empowered you to shed your inhibitions and push your limits, then action and adventure is what you’re seeking on safari. We can arrange for abseiling, climb Kilimanjaro, hot air ballooning, white water rafting, rhino tracking on foot, game viewing on horseback, shark cage diving and more – all activities you wouldn’t attempt at home.
Embrace Africa Safaris can design a themed itinerary, one that addresses the activities of a golf enthusiast, a wine and food connoisseur or even a cultural immersion for personal enrichment or expressing your inner anthropologist.
The invitation is for you to provide us with your own personal mandate and we will create a journey that will exceed your expectations.
Embrace Africa Safaris now offers our guests the opportunity to have some impact on the conservation of African wildlife and the preservation of its people and culture. We are confident that at the completion of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you will be linked to Africa foreccer by very special memories.
You can secure ties to the continent by donating to one of the foundations that Embrace Africa Safaris supports. Share a piece of your heart with Africa as the employees of Embrace Africa Safaris have done. Help give back to a continent that has had a profound impact on the rest of the world and join us in our efforts to protect this magical land for generations to come. Let us direct you to our description of our fundraising activities.
You’ll have peace of mind with our comprehensive travel insurance and SATSA insurance.
We take care of all the details, so an easy and hassle-free vacation awaits you.
Enjoy the services of an Embrace tour guide who accompanies you throughout your trip.
Give back to the community when you help us improve the lives of local adults and children in South Africa when you participate in our Ithaopa project.
Planning your dream vacation:
There is much to do and more to know before you go. Embrace Africa travel is your resource for the services and information you require. Not only do we attend to all your needs while on safari, down to the tiniest of details, we also offer the tools and assistance that will help you prepare for your exotic adventure.
Decide which vacation is best for you
Book roundtrip air, extra nights and/or tour extensions.
Contact your professional travel agent to make your reservations for you.
Choose your payment form—Credit card, Check or Wire Transfer
Wait for your documents to arrive (e-tickets & booking confirmation will be emailed to you)
Consult your travel doctor for any necessary shots
Check that your passport is valid for at least 3 months after your safari return date.
Sit back and enjoy your vacation!