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. Explore the historic KwaZulu-Natal for a truly unique experience of South Africa.
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.
Classic Self-Drive South Africa
Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route
Best for: Self Drive, Culture History, Family
Explore cosmopolitan Cape Town and sample the delights of the beautiful Winelands before embarking on a road trip along the scenic Route 62 and joining the world-renowned Garden Route ending with a malaria-free 'Big Five' safari in the Eastern Cape.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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This classic Garden Route itinerary is a favourite of ours and our guests. Begin with the sights of Cape Town and the delicious produce of the Cape Winelands before self-driving along Route 62 and the Garden Route staying at our favourite hand-picked properties. Your time in South Africa will conclude with an exciting 'Big Five' safari at the malaria-free Shamwari Game Reserve.
Day 1 - 2 : Flight to Cape Town
Your trip starts in London with an overnight flight to Cape Town, you will land in this cosmopolitan city where your adventure will begin.
Days 2 - 5 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at The Trevoyan Guesthouse for 3 nights
On arrival into Cape Town, collect your rental car and make your way into the city to stay at Trevoyan Guesthouse.
Stay for three nights with breakfast included. 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, drive down to the Cape of Good Hope and dine at some of Africa’s finest restaurants- Cape Town has something for everyone.
Days 5 - 7 : The Winelands, South Africa
Stay at Avondrood Guest House for 2 nights
This morning check out of Trevoyan and head into the Cape Winelands to Avondrood Guesthouse. Here you will stay in the charming village of Franschhoek, for two nights with breakfast included.
Spend the day learning the history behind this world-renowned wine region and understanding the wine-making process. Enjoy lunch at one of the region’s premier restaurants, such as La Petite Ferme with its stunning views over the Franschhoek valley or indulge in some wine tasting.
Day 7 - 8 : Near Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Stay at La Plume Guest House for 1 night
After breakfast, drive east along Route 62 to South Africa’s ostrich capital, Oudtshoorn. Stay at La Plume for one night with breakfast included. Spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful area where you could visit the historic Cango Caves. For meerkat enthusiasts, ask to stay at De Zeekoe where meerkat tours depart daily at sunrise.
Days 8 - 11 : Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Stay at Hog Hollow Country Lodge for 3 nights
Today you will drive down to George, officially beginning your Garden Route experience. Driving east you will head through Knysna – the perfect spot for a seafood lunch! We suggest a visit to the Knysna Heads viewpoint. Then make your way past Plettenberg Bay, with its long stretches of beach, to the Crags.
Stay at Imagine Africa favourite, Hog Hollow, for three nights on a bed and breakfast basis which will give you plenty of time to explore this beautiful part of the coastline.
Enjoy the varied selection of activities on offer at Hog Hollow, such as horse riding and forest walks as well as the scenic and adventure activities on offer in the area.
Days 11 - 14 : Eastern Cape, South Africa
Stay at Amakhala Woodbury Lodge for 3 nights
Check out of Hog Hollow this morning and drive further east to the Shamwari Game Reserve. Stay at Lobengula Lodge for three nights with all meals and game drives included.
Days here are spent on safari; your stay includes a range of activities such as game drives, and bush walks, or you could just recline around the communal swimming pool and enjoy some sun while the birds keep you company. Shamwari is a 'Big Five' reserve and has a variety of wildlife and birdlife to be spotted including elephant, lion and even cheetah.
Day 14 - 15 : Flight Home
After a final game drive this morning you will drive to Port Elizabeth. Drop off your rental car and check in for your flight to London via Johannesburg.
When to go
The Garden Route offers visitors a Mediterranean climate, with moderately hot summers and mild to chilly winters. As one of the richest rainfall areas in South Africa, the Garden Route remains lush and green all year-round. Summer is from November to March with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C, especially from December to February. From April, temperatures begin to fall again, with evenings being much colder. From June to December, the southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Kayak & Lilo in Tsitsikamma National Park
Take this two to three hour kayak and lilo adventure in Tsitiskamma National Park where you’ll explore the Storms River Gorge, the tranquil pools and deep caves all in a kayak or whilst balancing on a lilo.
Visit an ostrich farm
Oudtshoorn along the famous Route 62 is the ostrich capital of the world. You can see how the birds are bred as well as the various ways in which ostrich products are fashioned and marketed. If you are lucky you may even get an ostrich hug!
Dine at Babel
A trip to the Winelands is not complete without visiting Babylonstoren and their wonderful restaurant, Babel. Food here is simple but creative and always uses fresh fruit and vegetables from the beautiful gardens. A wonderful spot for lunch!
Robben Island Tour
A short ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is the infamous Robben Island, a cultural must-do when staying in Cape Town, this trip gives an insight into South Africa's difficult history, as well as brilliant views across Cape Towns harbour.
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Monkeyland is a unique primate sanctuary that rehabilitates and frees previously caged primates. All of the monkeys here move about the forest freely and peacefully and allow you to view them as they would be seen in their natural habitat.
Wake up early and visit the nearby habituated meerkat colony at sunrise. Meerkats are part of the 'Shy Five' and this tour allows you to see them in their natural environment as they appear out of their burrow as the sun rises.
From $3532 per person
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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.