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.
Family Friendly South Africa
Best for: Family, Malaria free, Safari
A wonderfully simple family holiday. Head to the malaria-free Waterberg region, only three hours from Johannesburg, for a week of safari, adventure and relaxation.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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The Waterberg is the ideal location for a family holiday full of adventure and wildlife. Both Ant's Nest and Mhondoro are family friendly and provide a range of activities to keep everyone in the family happy. Mhondoro Game Lodge is perfectly located on the Welgevonden Game Reserve, home to over 50 different mammals and an ideal location to spot the 'Big Five.' Such a diverse range of wildlife means animals are spotted frequently, especially antelope, cheetah, lion and even leopard are seen close by. This simple itinerary allows you to experience the best of the bush whilst staying in some top-rate lodges, an all-rounder in our books.
Day 1 - 2 : London to Johannesburg
Check in for the overnight flight from London to Johannesburg
Days 2 - 5 : Waterberg, South Africa
Stay at Ant's Nest for 3 nights
On arrival into Johannesburg, you will be met and privately transferred (about three hours) to Ant's Nest in the Waterberg region.
Here, you will spend the next three nights with all meals, local drinks, horse riding, game drives and game walks included. Ant’s Nest is one of Imagines firm favourites for families.
There are all the necessary facilities that are ideal for kids, such as the heated swimming pool, a trampoline, sand pits, badminton and volley ball net with a selection of toys and books.
Children are welcome to join their parents for dinner (but special suppers or meal times can also be arranged).
Children of all ages can enjoy safaris at Ant's. They have a selection of ponies catering to both the novice and experienced child rider. Beginners will be led by a competent guide and riding lessons are also available.
They've created specialised kids “bug” and “spoor” walks, although driving in an open 4x4 on game drives is always popular.
Days 5 - 9 : Waterberg
Stay at Mhondoro Game Lodge for 4 nights
This morning you will be collected from Ant's Nest and privately transferred to Mhondoro Game Lodge, taking around 1 hour 15 minutes.
You will spend the next four nights at Mhondoro in a Deluxe Suite with all meals, teas and coffees, soft drinks, local brand beers and hand-selected house wines included, as well as two safari activities per day.
Mhondoro is located in Welgevonden Game Reserve, a perfect safari destination for families, not only is it home to the 'Big Five' but it is malaria-free. You will spend your time tracking magnificent creatures on early morning or late afternoon game drives. Alternatively, a bush walk is the perfect way to experience the bush from a different angle, you will have a highly expeirenced guide who will talk you on an interesting walk where you'll get to learn all about the bush and all the wildlife that resides there.
Day 9 - 10 : Johannesburg to London
Early this afternoon you will be collected from camp and transferred back to Johannesburg Airport to fly overnight to London.
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This is just an idea to inspire you. Now let is make it yours. Call 020 3141 2810 and we will take your budget, favourites & timings and use our expertise to design the perfect holiday unique to you.
When to go
On average, the warmest month in the Waterberg region is January with average temperatures reaching as high as 28°C, with a dry heat throughout the summer months (November to March). The dry periods are from May to September with the coolest and driest month falling in July. November is the wettest month and should be avoided if you dislike too much rain. Generally, visitors can expect sunshine, long afternoons and dry days for the majority of a stay.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Horse Riding in Waterberg
Some of the greatest game viewing you can do is from horseback, being able to canter through the Reserve alongside game is an experience like no other. The horses live out in the bush, allowing game to see them just like any other animal.
Safari Guide Training
To be a responsible and safe safari guide, field guides must master the use of a rifle. At Mhondoro Game Lodge you could now learn some bush and rifle skills during an exciting and adrenaline filled target shooting excursion.
From $3426 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.