South Africa

Situated at the tip of the African continent, South Africa is the top vacation destination of a lifetime. A South African safari offers experiences ranging from exquisite landscapes, captivating wildlife, and amazing culture. Offering five-star luxury accommodations – ranging from top game lodges to bespoke boutique hotels – it’s a world-class destination and a true “Rainbow Nation”.

South Africa caters for first-time safari experiences as well as repeat safaris for enthusiasts – the Greater Kruger National Park, Timbavati Reserve, Manyeleti Reserve and the renowned Sabi Sands Reserve are all situated in the north-east of the country. If you prefer to embark on a malaria-free Big Five safari, South Africa is the only region in the world where this is possible in these areas: Eastern Cape, Madikwe, and The Waterberg.

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Highlights in South Africa

  • Cape Town and Table Mountain
  • Explore the Winelands of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and surrounds
  • Picturesque Garden Route on the East Coast
  • Big Five safaris within a range of excellent game reserves
  • Historical battlefields area in Kwa-Zulu Natal between the Zulus and British
  • Fine cuisine and award-winning wines
  • Adventure activities

Best time to travel

Summer (October to March)

Cape Town is best in the summer months from October to March. The winter brings cold rainy and windy conditions but it still has sunny winter days. Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 – 40 degree Celsius range in some areas.

Winter (May to August)

The winters are generally mild when compared to European summers. But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

 

Travel regions within South Africa

Route 62

Route 62 is a scenic route that snakes through the Western and Eastern Cape in South Africa. Route 62 leads through the wine-growing areas of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo and is one of the longest wine routes in the world. Along the route, there are many…

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Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve

The uniqueness of the safari experience at Tswalu is in the beauty of the 100 000-hectare southern Kalahari wilderness. With a variety of interactive safari experiences, the reserve offers wide open spaces, rolling savannah landscapes and the Korranaberg mountains. Guests can view game on foot, on horseback or in 4×4…

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Maputaland Marine Protected Area

Maputaland Marine Protected Area comprises three protected areas, Lake Sibaya Nature Reserve, Kosi Bay Nature Reserve and Rocktail Bay. The reserve extends all the way from the northern Mozambican border to Sodwana Bay in the south. This gorgeous sub-tropical paradise includes immaculate forests and wetlands dotted with lakes and marshes…

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andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Cradled between the Lebombo Mountains and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Phinda Game Reserve is Big 5 country and home to healthy populations of other classic African mammals such as black rhino and cheetah. The bird watching here ranks among the best in South Africa with 415 recorded…

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Umhlanga

Located on Durban’s coastline, the resort town of Umhlanga is known for its warm waters, beautiful beaches, and tropical weather. Most of the luxury hotels are situated on the beach front, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The town attracts holidaymakers and is a great destination to enjoy Durban’s warm waters, relax…

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Central Drakensberg

Known to the Zulus as the Barrier of Spears, the Drakensberg is a formidable mountain range with peaks rising to 3,000m. The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park has been granted World Heritage Status in recognition of its awesome natural beauty and rich collection of San rock art dating back 3,000 years. Our…

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Amakhala Game Reserve

Amakhala lies in the dramatic landscape of the Eastern Cape, and is home to the Big 5 as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest, all of which can be viewed on guided day and night game drives. The Bushman’s River cuts through the reserve and offers water-based game-viewing and…

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De Hoop Nature Reserve

Just three hours’ drive out of Cape Town lies De Hoop Nature Reserve, a fantastic destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and anybody who loves being out in nature. The reserve extends to the De Hoop Marine Protected Area, which provides an important sanctuary for marine life. And, every year…

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Shamwari Private Game Reserve

This private reserve is 25 000 hectares of wildlife terrain in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Perfect for malaria-free safaris, Shamwari is an excellent destination for families, groups, and solo travelers. In the local language, Shamwari means friend, and this translates into the lodges’ hospitality and top notch service. …

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Kruger National Park

South Africa’s largest reserve, the Kruger National Park spans nearly two million hectares (roughly the size of Israel or Wales!). To the west of the park lies the Sabi Sands and other privately owned Kruger reserves, while within the park are exclusive-use areas such as the Singita concession.

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Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve lies at the start of South Africa’s Garden Route, about a four-hour drive from Cape Town. Set against the backdrop of the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges, this beautiful reserve is home to elephant, zebra, cheetah, rhino, lion, giraffe and other big game.

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Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Reserve borders the southwestern part of the Kruger National Park and is arguably South Africa’s most exclusive private reserve. There are no restricting fences between this 65,000-hectare reserve and the Kruger National Park, allowing the game to roam freely between the two.

Known for its…

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Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve shares a common, unfenced border with Kruger Park and is home to many exclusive lodges. It’s home to the Big Five, and famous for ‘the white lions of Timbavati’. The reserve is brimming with abundant wildlife, birdlife and lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo roam freely…

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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Kwandwe Game Reserve flanks both the north and south banks of the Great Fish River, in the rugged Eastern Cape Province. The 22,000 hectare (54 000 acre) reserve is a sanctuary for thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah. Meaning “Place of the Blue…

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Hermanus

Hermanus lies less than two hours’ drive from Cape Town, or slightly longer if you take the scenic coastal route that carves between mountains and sea. Located on the well-named Whale Coast, Hermanus is the winter playground for Southern Right Whales. From July to November, whales gathered in Walker Bay…

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Madikwe Game Reserve

On the border of Botswana lies Madikwe, one of South Africa’s largest game reserves. This is prime big game territory set against rugged landscapes with rocky hills, woodlands and rich, red earth. Madikwe is not open to the general public, and visitors must be accommodated in one of the luxury…

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George

George lies at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, a short drive from the Garden Route coast. For keen golfers George is a must, as the town is home to South Africa’s premier golfing resort, Fancourt. Here you’ll find not one but two of the country’s top courses: The Links…

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Lowveld

Mpumalanga’s Lowveld region lies between the northern reaches of the Drakensberg mountains and the Kruger National Park. The largest Lowveld town, and the capital of Mpumalanga, is Nelspruit which is where you’ll find Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) – the gateway to the Kruger Park.

Hazyview and White…

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Cederberg

The Cederberg mountains lie about three-hours’ drive out of Cape Town. Fantastic hiking trails, clear mountain streams, sandstone rock formations and ancient rock art make this area truly spectacular. Lying within the Cape Floral Kingdom, the seemingly barren Cederberg explodes with colour in late winter and early spring as the…

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The West Coast

Charming fishing villages and delectable seafood is what the West Coast is famous for. Enjoy whale watching outings, hiking, golf courses, nature walks and amazing views! Visitors can also enjoy carpets of flowers in spring, ancient San cave paintings in the Cederberg Mountains, and fantastic bird watching, to name only…

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Pretoria

Pretoria is South Africa’s administrative capital – with its colonial buildings and Jacaranda trees lining the streets, has a far more sedate pace. It’s located just 50 kilometers north of Johannesburg. Pretoria is often the first or last stop in the journey for luxury trains like the Blue Train and…

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Swellendam

Swellendam is a great place to start your Garden Route adventure. Nestled at the foot of the Langenberg Mountains, Swellendam is steeped in history, Cape Dutch architecture and culture. Just 2.5 hours outside of Cape Town, it’s on the Garden Route and welcomes visitors with coffee shops, top restaurants, and…

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Plettenberg Bay

The Garden Route is one of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring stretches of land in South Africa. Plettenberg Bay is one of the most beautiful towns on the Garden Route. Nestled beside a brilliant blue coastline, Plettenberg Bay beckons visitors to sample its thrilling beauty, myriad of attractions inherent in its…

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Oudtshoorn

The Klein Karoo beckons visitors to sample its thrilling beauty, myriad of attractions inherent in its people, indigenous environment, and culinary delights. It’s most famous and largest town is Oudtshoorn, which is also known as the “ostrich capital of the world”. It’s a beautiful town surrounded by the Swartberg and…

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Cape Winelands

An hour’s drive northeast of Cape Town is an expanse of the most beautiful countryside in South Africa, with jagged mountain peaks and lush valleys lined with vineyards. Historic towns, quaint villages and gracious Cape Dutch homesteads are to be found in the Cape Winelands.

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Whale Coast

Just outside of Cape Town, the Cape Whale Coast stretches from the small town of Gordon’s Bay to Gansbaai along the Western Coast. It can easily be called ‘Heaven on Earth’. The pristine stretch of South African coastline is flanked by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

The main…

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and the commercial heart of the country. Until recently, most travellers viewed Johannesburg as nothing more than transit city. But that view has changed and Jozi (as it’s is affectionately known to locals) is rapidly becoming a travel destination in its own right….

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Thornybush Game Reserve

Named one of the best Big Five reserves in South Africa, Thornybush is next to the Kruger Park and shares a fenceless border with Timbavati Game Reserve. Surrounded by prime game habitat it’s no wonder that this is a prime safari location. You can go on early morning and late…

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Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the world’s best-loved and most beautiful cities. Set against the instantly recognisable backdrop of Table Mountain, this laidback seaside town has something for everyone: mountains, beaches, buzzing outdoor markets, world-class restaurants, a fascinating mix of cultures and plenty of adventure activities.

The city’s…

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