We've put together a guidebook with everything you need to know about South Africa. Written by our specialists, it details destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send you a link by email which will allow you to download your own copy.
The Cape – comprising Cape Town and the Winelands – is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to South Africa and has much to offer. Here our South Africa specialist (and former Capetonian) Annie gives her top five experiences for those looking for something new.
One of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, rail travel couldn’t be further from a daily commute in the luxurious surroundings of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. Here we give you the lowdown on what to expect and what separates these two outstanding experiences.
One of our South Africa specialists, Jen, recently saddled up for an exciting riding safari taking part in game census week at Ant’s Hill in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa. Read on for more about Jen’s experience and all you need to know about exploring South Africa on horseback…
From the premier game viewing of the Kruger and malaria-free options in Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, to riding safaris in the Waterberg and getting off-the beaten-track in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – there is truly something for everyone. Here we give our lowdown on all that South Africa has to offer safari-wise – now all you have to do is decide which one(s) will suit you best!
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
This off-the-beaten-track itinerary is perfect for those searching for an authentic, scenic and cultural adventure as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer.
Self-driving in South Africa is how a number of people decide to travel as it tends to prove a more adventurous and affordable option, as well as giving you the freedom to explore. Self-driving is a hugely rewarding way to travel and appreciate the always stunning and ever-changing scenery. Here we give you our tips for taking to the open road.
Contemporary Cape Town hotels, beautiful Cape Dutch wine estates and luxurious private game lodges, all combine to make South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination. Here we give our top ideas for making South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination for you.
The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s premier wildlife destination and is one of the biggest attractions in this diverse country. Those wanting a luxury safari experience away from the crowds tend to favour the private concessions and here we give our guide to these.
Known as the Mother City, Cape Town has it all – history, culture, gastronomy and breath-taking scenery. Here we give you the low-down on our top Cape Town experiences and homes-away-from-home…
South Africa is without doubt the most family-friendly country in Africa and offers a wide-range of experiences to suit all ages and interests. From an exciting malaria-free safari to exploring the beautiful Cape to the warm Indian Ocean beaches along the Garden Route, we can help you put together the perfect holiday for your family. Here we give our rundown on our favourite spots for families to get you started.
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We asked Charley Boorman, the charismatic modern-day adventurer, travel writer and motorbike enthusiast about his travels to Africa and particularly South Africa...
Andrew Rattray is one of the leading battlefields guides, having succeeded his father as the guide at Fugitives’ Drift, the lodge his parents began in 1989. His father, David, tragically died in 2007, but was well known for his tours and lectures about Zulu history and culture – a mantle which is now carried by Andrew. We asked him a little about life as a battlefields guide…
After living in beautiful Cape Town, our South Africa specialist Annie was looking for a new experience, and where better to head than KwaZulu Natal. Filled with breath-taking scenery, Zulu culture, history and wildlife – KwaZulu Natal is off-the-beaten-track in South African terms and well worth a visit, particularly for return visitors.
Active South Africa & Falls
Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls
Best for: Safari, Wildlife, Spectacular scenery
Explore city, safari and waterfalls in this action-packed itinerary. Rich in the city culture of Cape Town, the big game of the Kruger and ending at the breathtaking Victoria Falls, this trip is an ideal way to enjoy some of what Africa has to offer.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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This nine night itinerary has the perfect mix of action, adventure and relaxation. We've handpicked some of southern Africa's best destinations and combined them into one itinerary. Begin your holiday in cosmopolitan Cape Town where culture, history and adventure combine to create a city that has it all; from shopping, restaurants and bars, to scenic landscapes, beaches and wildlife. Then, heading onto the Sabi Sands Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park, you will have three days to track game, spot some incredible wildlife and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush, offering up something completely at odds with city life. Finally, a flight up to Livingstone in Zambia will bring you face-to-face with the mighty Zambezi River and one of the seven natural wonders of the world - Victoria Falls. Here you can enjoy a variety of water based activities, from boat cruises to fishing, or simply indulge in some relaxation by the swimming pool.
Days 1 - 4 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at Cape Cadogan for 3 nights
On arrival into Cape Town International Airport you will be met and privately transferred to Cape Cadogan, an elegant boutique hotel located in central Cape Town. You will spend the next three nights here with breakfast included.
Located just off the stylish Kloof Street, Cape Cadogan is steeped in heritage and history in a beautiful building. It is perfectly situated for an evening walk to bars and restaurants, and for days exploring the city and surrounds.
Not only is Cape Town a foodie heaven, it has a rich history and culture that is crying out to be explored. Head to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a relaxing picnic, take a surf lesson on a nearby beach, hike or take a cable car up Table Mountain and visit the penguins at Boulders Beach, your options are endless!
Days 4 - 7 : Sabi Sands, South Africa
Stay at Kirkman's Kamp for 3 nights
This morning you will drop your hire car at Cape Town International Airport in time for your flight to Nelspruit Airport, just outside of the Kruger. On arrival into Nelspruit, you will be met and privately transferred to Kirkman's Kamp in the Sabi Sand Reserve where you will spend the next three nights on a fully inclusive basis.
The Sabi Sand Reserve is famed for its wildlife sightings. Here it is not uncommon to spot the 'Big Five' on game drives, or even animals closer to the lodge, like warthog snuffling around the Kirkman's lawns. For the more brave, a walking safari is also on offer where you could track animals, spot some smaller species and learn about some of the flora and fauna of the region.
Days 7 - 10 : Near Victoria Falls, Zambia
Stay at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge for 3 nights
This morning you will be transferred back to Nelspruit Airport where you will catch a flight to Livingstone International Airport in Zambia. On arrival you will be met and privately transferred to Waterberry Lodge loacted on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. You will spend the next three nights here on a fully inclusive basis.
Located just upstream from Victoria Falls, Waterberry offers an excellent location not only for a day trip to the Falls, but also for unsurpassed views across the Zambezi River. Aside from the breathtaking Victoria Falls, you could enjoy river cruises, island picnics, fishing, birding and visits to local markets. A relaxing end to round off an activity filled trip.
Day 10 : Livingstone - Johannesburg - London
On your final day in Zambia you will be transferred back to Livingstone Airport where you will catch a flight to Johannesburg Airport for your connecting flight back to London.
When to go
Cape Town is a year-round destination, with its driest months running from November through to February where skies are generally clear and the sun is shining, and temperatures range from 15°C to 35°C (59°F to 95°F). The winter months run from May to August, the weather is cooler, at around 7°C to 18°C (45°F to 65°F), with the wettest month being June with around 93mm of rain falling and the odd thunderstorm making an appearance.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
During low water (August-January), take a dip in the ultimate infinity pool whilst visiting Livingstone Island perched on the lip of Victoria Falls. Not for the faint heart, an exhilarating plunge into the pool is our top Livingstone recommendation.
Hike up Lion's Head
The 1-2 hour hike up and down Lion's Head in Cape Town is an easy hike for the walking-fit. Day or after-sunset hikes give you fantastic views over Cape Town, Table Mountain, Atlantic and Camps Bay areas.
Horseriding on Noordhoek Beach
For a unique day out in Cape Town, take a horseback ride along the five-mile long, picturesque Noordhoek Beach. Noordhoek is the longest beach in Cape Town and has spectacular views of Table Mountain and the Chapman's Peak.
Active City & Table Mountain
This active tour of Table Mountain and Cape Town is the perfect excursion for those who love to get up and go on an active exploration. From hiking and cycling, to walking around this vibrant city, you're sure to see all it has to offer.
Game Drives in the Sabi Sands
Head out in the world famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve which is thought to be one of the most game rich areas on the continent. Keep your eyes peeled for the 'Big Five', specifically the magnificent leopard for which it is particularly well-known for.
Guided walk in the Sabi Sands
Explore the Sabi Sands Game Reserve on foot with an experienced guide to get up close and personal to the bush. Learn about the incredible biodiversity of plant and wildlife and step alongside the tracks of some of the larger animals.
From $4716 per person
Accommodation as listed
Activities as per the itinerary
Car hire in Cape Town
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.