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.
Boutique South Africa
Best for: Imagine Favourites, Highlights, Spectacular scenery
Experience some of the highlights of the Western Cape with this ten day itinerary. Stay in some beautiful boutique properties and enjoy stunning surrounds as you get stuck in to South African life.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Starting your trip in Cape Town, enjoy this cosmopolitan city and all it has to offer while you stay in a luxurious apartment in the heart of the Gardens. This area of Cape Town is particularly popular due to it's proximity to the popular Kloof Street and Long Street, which are always buzzing and full of life in the evenings. It's central location also makes it easy to access top hot spots like Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront. As you leave Cape Town, you'll head to the Cape Winelands, home to the town of Franschhoek. This quaint little town has the best in wine, wineries and dining and staying in the stunning Angala Boutique Hotel will give you some privacy, tranquility, and seclusion during your stay. For your final three nights, staying in the coastal town of Hermanus, you will enjoy sea air, ocean views and a wealth of activities that will get you out and about and enjoying the great outdoors.
Day 1 : London - Cape Town
Today your holiday begins as you catch your flight from London to Cape Town.
Days 1 - 5 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at More Quarters for 4 nights
On arrival into Cape Town International you will be met by a representative who will privately transfer to you to More Quarters Hotel in the quiet suburbs of the Gardens. You will spend the next 4 nights in a 1 bedroom luxury apartment. This beautiful property is ideally located within easy walking distance of Kloof Street and the bars and restaurants it has to offer.
On your second day in the city your hire car will be delivered to your hotel giving you the chance to head out and explore the city and surrounds. Spend a day driving along the coastal road of Chapman's Peak, enjoy stunning views on this drive as you head to the Cape Peninsula. For the best views of the city catch the cable car to the peak of Table Mountain - don't forget your camera. For foodies, the Cape Town Eats Tour is a must and why not head to the Bay Harbour Market to buy some homemade crafts and goodies to take home.
Days 5 - 8 : Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
Stay at Angala Boutique Hotel & Guest House for 3 nights
Today you will leave your hotel and make your way towards Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. Just outside of Franschhoek is a beautiful eco-property, Angala Boutique Hotel. Set off the main road, this hotel is quiet and tranquil, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Spend your days at Angala relaxing by the eco-pool, or head out in the car into Franschhoek town. Wander the streets and admire the Cape Dutch architecture in town and pop into the local shops, or stop at a bar for a drink. In our opinion, one of the best experiences in Franschhoek is the Franschhoek Tram, with various routes, this tram takes you around some of the best wineries in the area so you can sample some award-winning wines. Alternatively, explore some of the hiking trails and enjoy the scenery of this beautiful part of South Africa
Day 8 : Hermanus, South Africa
Stay at Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Your final stop on this boutique itinerary will be in the coastal town of Hermanus. Drive south to Mosaic Private Sanctuary, nestled on the edge of the Hermanus lagoon. Surrounded by a stretch of water, a stay at this property is the perfect way to end any trip.
You will spend the next three nights here enjoying the verdant scenery that surrounds you. Mosaic can offer a range of relaxing experiences from picnics under the shade of a tree and nature walks to something for the more adventurous like 4x4 beach excursions, kayaking and quad bike trips. Be as active or relaxed as you like and simply enjoy all Mosaic has to offer before you head home.
Day 8 : Cape Town - London
This morning you will leave Hermanus and make your way back to Cape Town International. You will be able to drop off your hire car at the airport before checking in for your flight.
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
Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain
Table Mountain, at 1086 metres above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.
From $3290 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Accommodation as listed
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.