How to plan your dream trip to Africa…

So you want to see Africa? You may have an idea where you want to go and what you want to see. Weaving your ideas into a seriously addictive travel experience is where we shine. Your dreams. Our expertise. Together we can help you plan your ultimate African safari!

Let’s make it happen!

1. Give us a little detail

2. Our safari gurus will craft an itinerary just for you within 24 hours

3. Confirm the details and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

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Why choose Southern Destinations

We are Trusted

90% of our business is through client referral and repeat business. Our offices in New York and Cape Town offer clients a convenient point of contact on both ends of your trip.

We are Passionate

We love Africa and are passionate promoters of sustainable tourism that conserves animal kingdoms and uplifts communities.

We offer Value

Booking with us won’t cost you more. On the contrary, our first-hand expertise will add tremendous value to your trip and the partnerships we’ve developed over many years provide you with the best price guarantees


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The Southern Destinations difference

Tales from our trails

A Safari For Purists - sundowners - Mfuwe Lodge - Zambia - Southern Destinations

Slowly, our world will reconnect

While we wait for the world to reopen, we’ve been forced to pause to consider many aspects of our lifestyles,… …/

Help us feed starving families in Cape Town

Last week the team in our office (although we are not actually IN our office) created a socially-distanced way to… …/

Scenes From Lekkerwater At De Hoop This Summer

When I returned from an agent visit to Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop in December, my biggest desire was… …/

Now more than ever, is the time to help those in need

I’ve heard Covid-19 is being referred to as a Business Class virus. In so many ways it is… Africa is… …/

Brand New Lodges with Absolutely Incredible Decor

The power of design can either make or break one’s experience of a place: whether it is your own home,… …/

Endangered green sea turtle in the sanctuary seas around Mnemba Island in Zanzibar

A (Zen)zibar Miracle

As a parent whose job is to intimately know Africa like the back of my hand, I travel throughout the… …/


Is Victoria Falls really drying up? Having just been at beautiful Vic Falls in December, we were appalled as our news… …/

Zebra and elephants drinking at the Nxai Pan waterhole at sunset

The 5 Rivers Special – How it works

This Botswana safari special takes advantage of the low ‘green season’ rates and spectacular emerald landscapes teeming with wildlife beyond just the Big 5! …/

&Beyond’s Spectacular Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Relaunch

One of our all-time favorite Namibian lodges has had the most magnificent revamp – and we can’t wait to head… …/

My Kenyan Sky Safari

In June 2019 I went to Kenya on an Elewana Sky Safari. It was my first ever trip to Kenya… …/

Ngorongoro Crater: Our Top Tour & Activity Guide

Looking for an African adventure that cuts out  all the the usual safari clichés and is so full of different… …/

Aerial photo of Southern Right whales off the coast of Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop

Our Stay at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop

It’s a place where you’ll be barefoot from the moment you walk through the door! Safari companies, lodge owners and guests… …/

The Most Divine Desert Safari – with Tswalu Kalahari

From my close-up encounter with the world’s most trafficked mammal (one of the species under Tswalu’s protection) to sightings of a… …/

Update on water levels in the Okavango Delta

This summer, Botswana was hot and dry. The 2019 summer rains were not as plentiful as previous years, and unfortunately the… …/

My Mozambique Trip

When I was called upon to have a little toddle off to Santorini for a bit of a look-see, I couldn’t… …/

I’m Daisy, a new senior travel consultant at Southern Destinations

I’m thrilled to be the freshest (!) newest Travel Guru on the Southern Destinations team. I’m certainly no stranger to… …/

Brand New Year, Brand New Properties!

With this superb selection of brand new builds and some of the most exciting lodge renovations we’ve ever seen, 2019… …/

Photo of Kwitonda, a silverback gorilla from Rwanda

Revealing Rwanda’s New Lodges: Opening 2019

With the brand new year unfolded before us like a just-bought map – crisp, unmarked and beckoning with possibility -… …/