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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.
Epic Southern Africa & Falls
South Africa, Namibia, Victoria Falls
Best for: Off the beaten track, Spectacular scenery, Highlights
This epic trip across southern Africa offers some of the highlights of what South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe have to offer. Almost completely self-drive, you'll have the independence to see some of the most incredible African landscapes on offer, find some big game and experience new cultures.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Perfect for those who love a road trip and have some more time to visit multiple African countries, this itinerary is ideal for those wishing for epic landscapes and a complete adventure. We've chosen some stunning areas of South Africa and Namibia where African landscapes seem to go on forever. South Africa offers bustling city life in Cape Town before escaping the city to take on the lesser travelled Northern Cape. From here the trip takes you into Namibia where you can explore the desolate beauty of the landscapes. This itinerary ends at Victoria Falls where you can enjoy one of the seven natural wonders of the world before heading home.
Day 1 : Fly to Cape Town International Airport
Your month-long trip starts in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.
Days 1 - 5 : Oranjezicht, Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at Four Rosmead for 4 nights
This epic trip across southern Africa starts in the Mother City - Cape Town. This cosmopolitan city is teeming with things to do. You will spend your first four nights here exploring the city and surrounds with your hire car. We recommend you spend one of your days taking a drive along the scenic coastal road of Chapman's Peak to the peninsula where you can stop off at towns like Noordhoek, Kalk Bay and Simon's Town. Alternatively, a drive out to the Winelands never disappoints. You will be greeted by beautiful mountainous secenery and lush green vineyards as well as being a foodie heaven with restaurants aplenty with varying cuisines and some of South Africa's best wines. Spend the rest of your time in Cape Town where you can explore the popular V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, the Kirstebosch Botanical Gardens and much more.
Days 5 - 7 : Paternoster, South Africa
Stay at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel for 2 nights
This morning your road trip really begins as you leave Cape Town and head north to the quaint fishing village of Paternoster. This drive should only take around 2-hours and a short detour through West Coast National Park is worth it for the scenery and views alone.
Spend the next two nights in the Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel for complete tranquillity and direct access to the beach. Most rooms face out to the ocean and are large and airy. Two nights here could simply be spent relaxing; otherwise get out and enjoy the fresh air by mountain bike, on one of the hiking trails, or even try your hand at sea kayaking. You won't need to venture far for some delicious food as the Leeto Restaurant onsite offers a range of local seafood to die for.
Days 7 - 9 : Northern Cape, South Africa
Stay at Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm for 2 nights
Today your drive takes you out of the Western Cape to the gateway of the Northern Cape to Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm where you will spend the next two nights. This family-run farm offers genuine Karoo hospitality and a home away from home feeling. You will be welcomed by a magnificent landscape, and if visiting during August and September, by endless colours of perennial fynbos. Spend the next two days in the serene landscapes as you explore the hiking trails of the farm, visit the canyon, waterfall and even take a dip in the rock pool.
Days 9 - 11 : Northern Cape
Stay at Vergelegen Country Guesthouse for 2 nights
Today you have a long drive through the Northern Cape landscapes to reach Vergelegen Guest House, located just outside of Kakamas. Enjoy the ever changing scenery, from mountains and arid landscapes to the Orange River Valley where orange trees and vineyards line the roads. We recommend you spend the next two nights here exploring the area. Head into Augrabies Falls National Park to visit the impressive Augrabies Falls, spend time hiking around the National Park and find the natural hot springs to take a dip. You could even spend one morning soaring high over the falls in a hot air balloon. For wine lovers, visit one of the vineyards to try out some Orange River Valley wines.
Days 11 - 13 : Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Stay at !Xaus Lodge for 2 nights
This morning your journey continues as you drive to the very top of South Africa, to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park where !Xaus Lodge is located. This drive takes you through the Green Kalahari where you will drive through semi-arid landscapes, past salt flats until you eventually reach the rolling red sand dunes of the Kalahari. Your self-drive adventure takes you through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park where you should keep an eye out for some of the game that lives there, including cheetah and the black maned Kalahari lion.
Located in it's own private concession of the park, !Xaus Lodge is located on Dune 91 and overlooks a magnificent salt pan. Each room offers incredible views - don't forget your binoculars. The next two nights here will be spend on game drives, guided walks, a bushman experience and some amazing star gazing.
Days 13 - 15 : Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Stay at Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn for 2 nights
Today your holiday continues into Namibia as you cross the border from South Africa. You will take a long drive to Aus. Located on the edge of the Namib Desert, Aus offers spectacular views across wide open plains and boulder strewn hillsides. Head out on foot to stretch your legs after a long drive on one of the self-guided walks on the farm. Spend time enjoying the beautiful Namibian landscapes, you could also head out on a nature drive to find the Namib wild horses. If you have the time, we also recommend you head to Luderitz to visit the Kolmanskop Ghost Town to learn about the interesting history of this area.
Days 15 - 17 : Sossusvlei, Namibia
Stay at Desert Homestead for 2 nights
Your self-drive adventure continues as you drive north to Sesriem to visit Sossusvlei. You will spend the next two nights in Sesriem, offering plenty of opportunities to explore all this area has to offer. Some things in the area we think are unmissable is the Namib-Naukluft Park, the dunes of Sossusvlei - home to Dead Vlei, and the Sesriem Canyon. The part of Namibia is one of the least populated areas in the country and you can be sure to experience how vast and isolated the area is. This breath-taking landscape is well worth the visit.
Days 17 - 19 : Swakopmund, Namibia
Stay at Namib Guesthouse for 2 nights
Today your drive continues through the Namib-Naukluft National Park to reach Swakopmund where you will spend the next two nights. Swakopmund is the perfect place for thrill seekers. Try your hand at sandboarding, quad biking and even sky-diving. We suggest you head to Walvis Bay to take a catamaran cruise where you could see dolphins, fur seals and marine birds. Or for the more adventurous, head out on a kayaking tour to see the seals.
Days 19 - 21 : Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia
Stay at Camp Kipwe for 2 nights
Continue your journey into Damaraland where the scenery changes from wide, open gravel plains to rocky mountains. You will be staying the next couple of nights in Twyfelfontein where you will be welcomed to the area by huge boulders and stunning scenery. Home to ancient rock art and the famed desert-adapted elephants, this area offers plenty of interesting sites to explore. Spend your evenings enjoying sundowners in front of a spectacular sunset.
Day 21 - 22 : Grootberg, Damaraland, Namibia
Stay at Grootberg Lodge for 1 night
Today you will have a relatively short drive up to the Palmwag Concession where Grootberg is located. Perfect for a stop-off on the way to Etosha, Grootberg Lodge is perched on the edge of the Grootberg Plateau, offering incredible views down into the Klip River Valley. Spend a day here relaxing and taking in the true wilderness of Damaraland. If you want to get out, head out on foot to track some of the endangered black rhino in the area.
Days 22 - 24 : Etosha National Park, Namibia
Stay at Okaukuejo Restcamp for 2 nights
Today your drive takes you to the edge of Etosha where you will stay in the Okaukuejo region on the south-west side of Etosha National Park. Spend the next two nights here overlooking the wildlife-rich Okaukuejo water hole. Take your time to sit and enjoy the view as animals such as elephants, jackals, white lion and black rhino can be seen arriving to drink. This is especially enjoyable during the evenings when floodlights light the water hole and animals are blissfully unaware that you are watching.
Day 24 - 25 : Etosha, Namibia
Stay at Mushara Bush Camp for 1 night
This morning you should set off early to do a full-day self-drive game drive through Etosha National Park to reach your next destination. Take your time to stop off at some of the many watering holes to see what animals you can spot and enjoy the otherwise dry landscapes.
As you leave the park in the east you will reach Mushara, just 10km from the park. You will spend a night here resting after a long day. The evening will be spent enjoying dinner on the veranda followed by the exchange of stories over the camp fire.
Day 25 - 26 : Caprivi, Namibia
Stay at Hakusembe River Lodge for 1 night
This morning you will leave the Etosha area and head towards the Caprivi Strip. Stopping in Rundu and Hakusembe River Lodge for the night, just outside of the Caprivi you will be able to enjoy the start of the change in landscape from semi-arid stretches of desert to the refreshing water of the Okavango River, of which Hakusembe is located.
This lush river oasis offers a convenient stop off before heading into the Caprivi. We recommend some tiger fishing, a trip of the Hakusembe River Queen or simply relax and watch the world go by.
Days 26 - 28 : The Caprivi, Namibia
Stay at River Dance Lodge for 2 nights
Your journey continues right to the edge of the lush and green Caprivi today. The water gives life to the plants, animals and unique ecosystem of the area and offers a completely unique region of Namibia that is rarely visited. We recommend you take to the water in a river cruise where you could spend all afternoon looking out for birds and even larger mammals like crocodiles, hippos, snakes and sometimes even elephant. You also have the opportunity to head out on a game drive into the Mahango and Buffalo National Parks, this is a great chance to spot elephants, buffalo, lion, leopards and much more. Other activities include hiking trails and village tours.
Days 28 - 30 : The Caprivi, Namibia
Stay at Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge for 2 nights
As you head deeper into the Caprivi you will begin to understand why this strip, wedged between Angola, Zambia and Botswana, is full of life with both wildlife and people. Staying at Nkasa Lupala will immerse you into life on the Caprivi and we recommend you make the most of the activities on offer to showcase what this area is all about. Day and night game drives are available, as well as boat cruises and walking safaris.
Days 30 - 32 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Stay at Ilala Lodge for 2 nights
Today your holiday continues as you leave Namibia and head over the border into Botswana where you will leave your hire car at Kasane Airport. From here you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe where you will spend your last two nights.
Staying close to Victoria Falls offers more flexibility for visiting the Falls, which we think is a must during your stay here. Other activities on offer in the area include a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River, a micro-light flight over the falls and even some white water rafting and a bungee jump for the thrill seekers.
Day 32 : Fly home from Victoria Falls
Today your epic trip ends as you are transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your flight home.
When to go
There is no truly perfect time to go for this itinerary as weather varies between each country and even area of country. However, if you are keen to see the flower in bloom in the Northern Cape it is worth starting your trip around August and September. If this is not your priority, this itinerary can be taken any time, but should be dependent on where you're seeking the best weather.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Sandboarding in Namibia
Spend a morning or afternoon sandboarding in the Namib Desert to offers thrill-seekers the ride of your life. Enjoy the surrounding desert scenery as you glide down the dunes.
Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings
Twyfelfontein or 'Doubtful Fountain' has one of the most extensive galleries of rock engravings in the world, as opposed to more common rock paintings the images have been carved into the sandstone and in 2007 became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Activities at Papkuilsfontein
Spend your days exploring and relaxing in the peaceful surrounds of the Papkuilsfontein Farm. With never ending views and lush fauna and flora, the farm is perfect for those who love to get out and about and back to nature.
Visit Augrabies Falls
Visit the Augrabies Falls National Park to experience the impressive Augrabies Falls and to try out some of the hiking trails around the park.
Sandwich Harbour 4x4 tour
The Sandwich Habour Tour allows you to experience the thrill of 4x4 through the dunes to Sandwich Harbour and along the way enjoy the spectacular scenery of where the dunes meet the ocean.
Microlight flight over the Victoria Falls
Experience the majestic Victoria Falls in a truly unique way from the open cockpit of a piloted microlight where you can hear the roar of water right below your feet and see the falls from a whole new perspective.
Dolphin Cruise in Walvis Bay
This popular catamaran cruise is the perfect way to explore the marine and bird life of Walvis Bay. Keep your camera handy to take shots of cheeky dolphins as they follow the boat and leap out of the water.
Pelican Point Kayaking
You will join the seals and dolphins for a paddle at the tip of the remote Pelican Point peninsula. On the 4x4 drive to the kayaking site, you get to see the Walvis Bay wetlands with plenty of birds including flamingos and Pelicans, and the salt mine.
Hike or Climb Table Mountain
Why not do something a bit different during your stay in Cape Town, get outdoors and experience some of the best climbing and hiking in the world? Take a hike or rock climbing trip up Table Mountain whilst taking in the breathtaking views all around you.
Activities at !Xaus Lodge
Spend your time at !Xaus Lodge trying out a range of activities designed to take you out and about exploring the dunes of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, learning about how the bushman once lived in the area and marvelling at the bright night sky.
From $7925 per person
Price is per person sharing
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
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.