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.
Express South Africa
Cape Town & Franschhoek, South Africa
Best for: Honeymoon, Highlights, Self Drive
Framed by the stunning Table Mountain and offering an exciting mix of culture, history and cuisine, Cape Town is a city like no other. Spend time exploring this stunning city before heading to the town of Franschhoek to enjoy some delicious Cape wines.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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With just a two-hour time difference between the UK and South Africa a week break is more than do-able and we think combining Cape Town and the Winelands is a winning combination. Cape Town is a lively and vibrant city where there's something on offer for everyone. Some highlights include the views from the top of Table Mountain, wandering around the Waterfront, brushing up on your history on a Robben Island tour, heading around the Cape Point Peninsula in search of wildlife and beautiful scenery, and of course, some incredible food and drink. Just a short drive away is Franschhoek, located in the Cape Wineland region of South Africa where award-winning wines are on offer and delicious food to compliment them. Mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop with vineyards nestled inbetween, for a truly relaxing and unforgettable stay.
Day 1 : London - Cape Town
Today your holiday begins as you fly from London to Cape Town via Johannesburg.
Days 1 - 5 : Cape Town
Stay at Cape Grace Hotel for 4 nights
Your holiday will begin in Cape Town where you will stay for four nights along the V&A Waterfront in the Cape Grace. This luxurious hotel has everything you could want and is excellently located close to bars, restaurants, shops and markets and a short distance away from central Cape Town.
On your second day you will have a hire car delivered to your hotel to allow you to start exploring this beautiful area. Get out and about in Cape Town, you could head to Seal Island to see these animals squawking at each other as they all try to fit on one small island. Or, how about heading up Table Mountain in a cable car to see unbeatable views of Cape Town. For a relaxing afternoon, why not head to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and take a picnic and enjoy the peaceful surrounds.
Days 5 - 8 : The Winelands, South Africa
Stay at Leeu House for 3 nights
Today you will leave Cape Town and self-drive to the town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. Here you will stay at Leeu House, located on the main street, for the next three nights.
The Winelands is noted for creating some award-winning wines and heading out on the Franschhoek Wine Tram is the perfect way to explore the various wineries and vineyards. Hop on and off throughout the day to sample plenty of wines. Leeu Houses' location means that your days could also be spent wandering the main street of Franschhoek where you can try out some brilliant restaurants and potter around the local shops. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and the beautiful mountains forming a breathtaking backdrop.
Day 8 : Cape Town - London
Today you will drop your hire car off at Cape Town International Airport and fly home via Johannesburg.
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
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world, and thought by many to be the most beautiful garden in Africa. Don't miss out on a visit to this magical treasure of Cape Town.
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.
Seal Island is a small island a short boat ride from Hout Bay that is completely inhabited by seals. The island has become a breeding colony for around 60,000 blubbering Cape Fur Seals clumsily bounding around on a rock around 6km out to sea.
From $2820 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Accommodation as listed
Game 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.