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.
Blue Train, Cape Town and the Winelands
Pretoria, Cape Town & Francschhoek
Best for: Spectacular scenery, Culture History, Imagine Favourites
This luxury itinerary includes some of South Africa's finest highlights. Combine the beautifully scenic Blue Train with cosmopolitan city Cape Town and ending your stay in the charming town of Franschhoek where you can appreciate the wonderful Winelands.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Your luxurious South African adventure starts in Pretoria with a journey to Cape Town on the famous Blue Train. This 27-hour journey takes you across scenic South Africa with some of the most attentive service imaginable, the journey includes a stop off at the Kimberley gold mines and past some beautiful landscapes. Arriving into Cape Town, you will have a couple of days to explore the incredible city where you will be able to take in views of the bay from Table Mountain, dine in some of the best restaurants in the world, or learn about the rich history of the region. A journey to South Africa is not complete without a visit to the Winelands, at the heart of the Winelands is Franschhoek, the town is home to breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality and some of the finest wines in South Africa.
Day 1 - 2 : London to Johannesburg
Fly from London to Johannesburg where you will start your trip.
Day 2 - 3 : Pretoria, South Africa
Stay at Castello di Monte for 1 night
On arrival into O.R. Tambo International in Johannesburg, you will be met and transferred to Pretoria to spend a night at Castello di Monte with breakfast included before your blue train adventure starts the next day!
Day 3 - 4 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at The Blue Train for 1 night
Following breakfast this morning you will be driven to Pretoria train station to board The Blue Train for one night. The next 27 hours shall be spent on-board this luxurious train passing through the beautiful hinterland of South Africa, stopping at the famous diamond town, Kimberley, to take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.
Day 4 - 5 : Cape Town, South Africa
Day 5 - 6 : Cape Town, South Africa
Days 6 - 9 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at Kensington Place for 3 nights
On arrival into Cape Town at around 3pm, you will be privately transferred to the boutique hotel Kensington Place, located on a leafy suburb on the slope of Table Mountain. Here you will spend the next three nights with breakfast included.
Kensington Place is excellently located to offer views over the city, harbour and of Table Mountain. You will spend the next couple of days exploring the sights of Cape Town, take a cable car up Table Mountain, hop on the ferry to Robben Island. or drive down to the Cape of Good Hope. Cape Town and it's surrounds are home to many beautiful beaches where you could spend time relaxing, swimming or exploring. Cape Town is brimming with award-winning restaurants – a favourite of ours is The Test Kitchen at Woodstock Old Biscuit Mill.
Days 9 - 11 : Franschhoek, Winelands
Stay at Le Quartier Francais for 2 nights
This morning you will be privately transferred to Le Quartier Francais in the centre of Franschhoek at the heart of the Cape Winelands. You will spend the next two nights here with breakfast included.
Le Quartier Francais is a haven of tranquility set in the heart of the beautiful Winelands. Surrounded by secluded gardens and beautiful mountain views, you are sure to have an unforgettable stay.
The Franschhoek area is perfect to explore the surrounding vineyards on the Franschhoek Tram or to try out some of South Africa's most celebrated restaurants. Alternatively you could spend the afternoon hiking the surrounding mountains and taking in the beautiful scenery.
Day 11 - 12 : Cape Town to London
This afternoon you will be privately transferred to Cape Town International Airport, in time for your flight home.
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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
Bay Harbour Market
Bay Harbour Market is situated on the water’s edge in an old fish factory in Hout Bay Harbour. The market boasts more than 100 stalls selling a huge variety of local produce from arts and crafts to fashion, jewellery and authentic South African food.
The Garden at Babylonstoren
Guests are invited to join in the harvesting, pruning, planting or picking of fruit, herbs, nuts, spices and vegetables. Walks span over three kilometres in the garden and the gardeners would love to give you a guided tour every day.
From $3156 per person
Accommodation as listed
Activities as per the itinerary
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.