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.
Family Friendly South Africa
Waterberg and Cape Town
Best for: Family, First time, Malaria free
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. Then make your way on to Cape Town for some family fun activities- a holidays you and your children will never forget.
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. Finally spend four nights in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town staying in a family favourite location, the V&A waterfront, an area that’s boasts a wealth of restaurants, shops and family friendly activities.
This simple itinerary allows you to experience the best of the bush and Cape Town whilst staying in some top-rate accomodation, an all-rounder in our books.
Day 1 - 2 : Fly 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, South Africa
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 experienced guide who will take you on an interesting walk where you'll get to learn all about the bush and all the wildlife that resides there.
Days 9 - 13 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at Lawhill Luxury Apartments for 4 nights
Finally, you will be transferred back to Johannesburg where you will catch a domestic flight to the vibrant city of Cape Town. Spend four nights based on the V&A waterfront in one of Imagines top selling Cape Town properties which is excellently located close to bars, restaurants, shops and markets and a short distance away from central Cape Town.
Get out and about in Cape Town, you could head to Seal Island to see these animals barking 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.
Day 13 : Fly Home
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.
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
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 $5963 per person
Price is per person based on two adults and two children travelling
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.