South Africa guides
Here, we have put together some helpful guides on South Africa and what experiences you could enjoy when visiting. These have been written by our knowledgeable South African experts.
Unforgettable Camp Dining Experiences in Africa
Here we share some of the best dining experiences safari Africa has to offer, from private candle-lit dinners to surprise bush breakfasts in unforgettable destinations.
14 February 2023
Africa’s Most Instagramable Tubs: The YZ Top 27 Open-Air Baths
You might think it ludicrous to travel all the way to Africa for a bath but just take a look at these amazing outdoor tubs!
By Shona | 13 February 2023
What's hot for 2023
Here’s our guide to Safari Africa’s most exciting developments in 2023.
By Julian | 13 January 2023
We categorise our types of safari into three budgets: best-value safaris, classic safaris, and luxury safaris.
09 August 2022
Visa requirements for UK and USA passport holders
We've outlined the visa requirements for UK & USA passport holders travelling to Africa. Other nationalities should check the current entry requirements.
24 February 2022
Travel Insurance - Don't travel without it!
Travel insurance is often viewed by clients as an extra cost that can be avoided. At Yellow Zebra however we insist that all travellers are fully insured for their trip. This blog covers the major reasons why travel insurance is essential.
24 February 2022
Luggage weight limits when travelling to Africa
Here, we answer your questions on luggage limits and bag sizes when travelling to Africa. Airlines can be very strict on baggage limits, so it’s important to double-check your limit before you travel.
24 February 2022
Top most romantic sleep-outs and star beds
Here's our top best star beds and sleep-outs in Africa. With large beds and mosquito nets, you can experience a night under the stars without sacrificing any of your favourite luxuries.
By Kirsten | 14 February 2022
Animal Migration in Africa
One of the most awe-inspiring sights in nature is large numbers of animals moving together with a collective purpose.
03 November 2021
A guide on where to stay in Kruger
Kruger is one of Africa’s most popular wildlife reserves. This first-class game-viewing region is home to one of the highest concentrations of big game across the continent. YZ co-founder Julian gives his thoughts on the park and where to stay:
By Julian | 11 October 2021
Top 10 Things to Do in Cape Town
Here we round up the best things to do in Cape Town, South Africa - from mountain biking to going on a culinary tour:
07 August 2021
What to Consider When Planning Your Trip
Planning a safari can be very hard and it is difficult to get your head around everything you need to do. These 10 points should help you get the exact trip that you want, at a price that you like and with the best itinerary!
By James | 08 March 2021
The 5 best luxury lodges in Madikwe, South Africa
Here, we’ve picked a few of our favourite luxury properties in Madikwe Game Reserve.
18 February 2021
Madikwe or Sabi Sands… which one is right for you?
Here we compare the renowned Sabi Sands with malaria-free Madikwe to give you advice as to which game reserve you should visit during your luxury South Africa safari.
11 January 2021
The YZ 'Top 5' safaris in Africa
Choosing where to go on safari can be somewhat daunting! With so many first-class countries to consider, and so many different environments, species, sights, and activities to choose from, planning a trip can leave you feeling completely confused!
By James | 17 November 2020
East Africa or Southern Africa – where to safari?
Can’t decide whether you should go to East Africa or Southern Africa for your safari? Here we take a look at both areas, so you can work out which is the right destination for you:
14 April 2020
The Wildlife of South Africa
Boasting some of the best wildlife in all of Africa, South Africa is a favourite destination for first-time safaris. Here, we outline the mammals and birds you can expect to see on a South Africa safari:
03 April 2020
Africa’s Big Five and where to see them
A Big Five safari to Africa will include sightings of lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, and rhino! Here’s our guide to where you can see Africa’s Big Five on a safari:
31 March 2020
The Marine Big Five
Once you’ve spent a few days scouring the bush for them in a safari vehicle, how about an alternative safari experience, searching for Africa’s Marine Big Five? This is: whales, dolphins, seals, sharks and penguins!
27 March 2020
Best places to see rhinos in Africa
Below, we’ve selected our top places in Africa to see rhinos, from walking safaris in remote Zimbabwe to conservation excursions with the ‘Save the Rhino’ trackers in Namibia.
25 March 2020
The best places to see buffalo in Africa
Seeing buffalo on an African safari is probably the easiest of the Big Five members to spot. However, just because they are prevalent and move in large, obvious herds, doesn’t make them any less fascinating. Here’s our favourite places to spot them:
25 March 2020
The 5 best places to see leopard in Africa
The most elusive of the Big Five members, leopards can be tricky to spot. Here’s our guide to the best places to observe leopards, to increase your chances of encountering all the Big Five during your Africa safari.
23 March 2020
The best places to see lions in Africa
A member of the Big Five, for good reason is the lion considered King of Beasts! Here’s the YZ guide to the best places to see lions in the wild in Africa.
20 March 2020
Questions to ask before you go on a safari
So you've booked your safari, you're very excited, you’re looking forward to the adventure of a lifetime… however, you have some questions! We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions plus answers!
By Julian | 12 March 2020
Q&A: Cape Town and Victoria Falls
We put safari specialist Wies to the test with a Q&A session, where he shares his best experiences and a few top secrets in Cape Town and Victoria Falls.
By Wies | 02 March 2020
How much does an African Safari Cost?
The most common question we get asked at Yellow Zebra is, ‘How much does a safari cost?’ Here we explain what factors go into determining the cost of your ideal safari, and how we can help make your budget go further:
27 February 2020
South Africa vs Botswana: how to choose the right safari destination
YZ expert Antonina explains what you should take into consideration when it comes to planning a safari to Southern Africa’s leading safari destinations, South Africa and Botswana. Here’s her guide to picking the safari best suited to you:
By Antonina | 11 February 2020
YZ’s Favourite Photographic Hides in Africa
A photographic hide gives you the unique opportunity to view wildlife, unbeknown to the animals, at an angle you don’t get from bumping around in a vehicle or trying to approach on foot.
By Emma | 30 January 2020
The Best Beaches in Cape Town
Here we’ve provided our guide to Cape Town’s best beaches, whether you’re looking for a relaxing day walking along South Africa’s beautiful coast or hoping to visit the top beach for observing penguins.
22 January 2020
Top 10 Safari Tips
We've rounded up our top 10 safari tips on how to get the most out of a safari in Africa:
By Wies | 13 January 2020
Best Camera Equipment for an African Safari
Below, along with YZ co-founder Julian Carter-Manning, professional photographers Will Burrard-Lucas and Marc Muench talk through their recommendations and offer a few tricks on how to snap that perfect safari photograph:
08 January 2020
Where to go for a first-time safari
Choosing where to go on your first safari can be somewhat daunting!
By Julian | 06 January 2020
Where to go for a Big Five safari in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
If you’re thinking of going to KwaZulu-Natal to visit the Battlefields in Zululand, why not consider also enjoying a safari in Phinda Game Reserve? YZ’s Will has returned from a trip to this quieter corner of South Africa:
10 October 2019
Client Review: South Africa Safari with the Frohlich Family
The Frohlich family travelled with Yellow Zebra to South Africa, where they spent some time experiencing the country’s culture in Johannesburg, its wonderful coast in Cape Town, and its famous wildlife in Kruger. Check out their review here:
10 October 2019
The Winelands… It’s All in the Name – or Is It?
Although YZ expert Will is predominantly a beer-drinker, he travelled to South Africa’s famous Winelands to see what there is to do in Franschhoek if you don’t drink wine.
17 June 2019
A Weekend Getaway in the Winelands: A Couples’ Retreat
Antonina and her partner spent a short but sweet few nights in South Africa’s Winelands. Check out her experiences and her recommendations for a weekend break in this wonderful destination:
By Antonina | 03 January 2019
An Interview with Female Guides in Southern Africa
The best part of being on safari is without doubt the incredible wildlife! However, to find that exceptional encounter, you need a skilful guide who knows the area and everything within it, to help create that once-in-a-lifetime experience.
24 October 2018
Best Restaurants in Cape Town
Cape Town is fast becoming Africa’s finest destination for world-class restaurants. Nearby lies the Winelands, which contains the majority of the continent’s other excellent eateries!
By Julian | 03 October 2018
Top 10 Eco-Properties in Africa
We fully embrace these properties for their efforts in becoming eco-friendly, and now we list our collection of favourite eco-camps and lodges below:
By Shona | 17 April 2018
Kids Go Free
Check out our family safari offers and deals, including Kids Go Free and other discounts on family-friendly holidays to Africa.
By Shona | 20 February 2018
Things For Kids To Do On Safari
Of course young children need to be kept busy, so many camps/lodges have come up with some novel ways of breaking up the regular safari routine.
By Julian | 17 October 2017
Some Like It Hot: How Animals Deal With the October Heat
With possibly one more month to go until the welcoming relief of the African rains, the question is, how do animals deal with the dry heat? Below, we highlight some of the sophisticated ways in which they cope:
By Shona | 12 October 2017
The Eastern Cape - to Safari or not to Safari...
The Eastern Cape of South Africa is undeniably gorgeous, offering visitors a smorgasbord of experiences.
20 June 2017
Helicopters in Southern Africa
Of all the modes of transport, I do think travelling by helicopter is one of the most spectacular! From hovering over the Okavango Delta in Botswana to scenic transfers over the ocean in Mozambique, here's my top helicopter experiences:
By Kirsten | 31 August 2016
The Ultimate African Bucket List
With some many incredible destinations in Safari Africa, our bucket list is never-ending. However, there are a few things that we think make up the ultimate African bucket list:
By Julian | 29 October 2015