A concern for many people, especially if it is their first trip to Africa is safety. The trip we offer takes these concerns very seriously. When we arrive in Johannesburg, we are met at the plane by representatives that will help us through an expedited customs and immigration process. We will collect our bags and be transferred to the opposite side of the runway to a secured outdoor lounge area where we will wait for our private flight to our final destination. We like to tell people that this biggest safety concern they are likely to face is traveling to New York prior to departure.
The wildlife in Africa are just that, "wild". While there is always an inherent danger with wild animals, if you follow the rules you will be provided with, you will be very safe. In almost 20 years of conducting safaris, we have never had a safety concern.
While we typically think of Africa as very hot, South Africa is much more temperate than much of the continent (some places receive snow and a penguins inhabit the southern-most part of the country). As a result, the concern for disease is far lower than other parts of Africa. While it is possible to contract Malaria in South Africa, it is very unlikely (30 times more people contract lyme disease in the U.S. than people contracting malaria in South Africa). Vaccinations and malaria medication are not mandatory to travel to South Africa. All health concerns should be discussed between you and your doctor prior to departure.
We will be traveling to South Africa in November, which is their springtime. This is the transition period between winter and the rainy season. The weather does tend to fluctuate. The weather can be in the upper 80's during the day and down into the low 60's in the evening. It is advisable to dress in layers. Rain is always possible, but rain gear will be provided.