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.
Off The Beaten Track South Africa
Northern Cape, South Africa
Best for: Off the beaten track, Spectacular scenery, Walking Trekking
Get off the beaten track in South Africa to explore the vast and uninterrupted landscape and scenery of the lesser visited Northern Cape. Perfect for self-drivers, this trip offers everything from beautiful scenery, blossoming flowers, and even animals.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Starting your adventure in Cape Town you will have a couple of days here at your leisure to explore this beautiful city. Leaving city life behind you will travel north to the sleepy fishing town of Paternoster where you could spend your time relaxing in front of the ocean or getting out and about hiking, cycling or kayaking. As you leave the Western Cape behind you will start to enjoy the dramatic change in landscapes and during August and September, the wonderful fynbos flowers that cover the ground. From here you will drive up to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park where you will head out on game drives and bush walks and interact with the local bushmen. This is the perfect itinerary for someone who has been to South Africa before and wants to explore a whole new area.
Day 1 : London - Cape Town
Today your holiday begins as you catch your flight from London to Cape Town.
Days 1 - 3 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at Cape Cadogan for 2 nights
On landing in Cape Town International Airport you will collect your luggage and head to the arrivals gate where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cape Town where you will spend the next three nights.
Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city where there is always something going on. Discover what Cape Town has to offer by visiting the V&A Waterfront where you will be met by bars, restaurants, and shops. For those seeking incredible views head up Table Mountain in the cable car to see panoramic views of Cape Town and beyond.
Days 3 - 5 : Paternoster, South Africa
Stay at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel for 2 nights
After checking out of your Cape Town hotel you will head north to the fishing village of Paternoster where you will spend the next two nights.
Take your time to drive up to Paternoster, we would recommend taking the route through West Coast National Park where you can enjoy some small wildlife and lovely views of the Langebaan Lagoon.
Paternoster is a quiet fishing town, and Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel is in a perfect location on the edge of town with direct access to the beach and ocean beyond. Offering a barefoot luxury, this property offers guests space to relax as well as the opportunity to get out on foot and bicycle to explore the area. Try some of the fresh fish at Leeto Restaurant.
Days 5 - 8 : Northern Cape, South Africa
Stay at Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm for 3 nights
As you head out of Paternoster you will drive along the coast before heading inland as you leave the Western Cape behind.
Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm is located just outside of a town called Nieuwoudtville. This small town is an extremely popular destination during August and September when tourists descent to enjoy the tens of thousands of species of flowers which bloom in this area. Papkuilsfontein offers guests a place to stay in the heart of this region, where flowers cover the ground and there's plenty of space to get out and explore, especially along one of the picturesque hiking trails.
Days 8 - 10 : Northern Cape
Today you have a long drive up to the town of Kakamas and Vergelegen Country House. Enjoy the changing scenery as the landscape becomes more lush as you reach the Orange River Valley. The Orange River provides a constant water supply to the orange trees and vineyards that line the roads giving it an almost mediterranean feel.
The main attraction in this area is Augrabies Falls National Park, home to the impressive Augrabies Falls. We would recommend spending a morning or afternoon in the National Park to visit the Falls and to try out some of the hiking trails.
Days 10 - 12 : Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Stay at !Xaus Lodge for 2 nights
This morning you will check out and start your journey just after breakfast to head towards the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park where !Xaus Lodge is located. This drive will take you through the town of Upington and into the Green Kalahari. This desert like landscape is much greener than you would expect and you should keep an eye out for sheep, zebra and ostrich. As you get closer to the Kgalagadi you will drive through the rolling red sand dunes and past salt pans until you reach Twee Rivieren (Two Rivers) which is the entry point to the park.
From Twee Rivieren you will enter the park and drive for approximtely 2 hours to the Kamqua picnic site. Keep an eye out for cheetah, lion and plains game that live in the Park. !Xaus Lodge is located in the heart of the Park and is only accessible by passing over 91 red sand dunes.
You will spend the next two nights at this camp where you'll go on day and night game drives, bushman walks and visiting bushman villages, as well as star gazing at the incredible night sky.
Days 12 - 14 : Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Today you will head back over the 91 dunes to get back into the main area of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. From here you will head over to Botswana for your next stop in the Kgalagadi, Ta Shebube Rooiputs. This community run lodge is located in its own private concession within the park on the Botswanan side.
You will spend the next two nights here where you can enjoy panoramic views across the savannah and views of a watering hole from the comfort of camp. You will spend the next couple of days on day and night drives and guided walks, offering plenty of opportunity to explore the Park and find some of the predators like Kalahari black-maned lion.
Day 14 - 15 : Upington, Northern Cape
Stay at African Vineyard for 1 night
Today you will head back out of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park through Twee Rivieren and back towards Upington. For your final night of your Northern Cape adventure you will stay just outside of Upington in a town called Keimos.
This is a beautiful property nestled away in a quiet area. Take some time here to relax after your time on safari. Enjoy the garden and swimming pool, or book yourself in for a spa treatment before your flight home the next day.
Day 15 : Upington - Cape Town - London
Today you will check out of African Vineyard before making your way to Upington in time for your connecting flight back home.
When to go
The Northern Cape is the second largest province in South Africa and it shares its northern border with Namibia. As a result, the area is mostly dry and arid and receives under 400mm of rainfall each year. However, places such as Namaqualand and the Green Kalahari are blessed with a higher concentration of winter rains which means that between July and October, visitors will find the ground covered with beautiful flowering fynbos, for which the region is so well known for. The vast area that the Northern Cape covers means there is varied topography and fluctuating temperatures, during the summer months, day temperatures tend to hover around 35-40°C (95-104°F). In the winter, days remain fairly warm, but temperatures at night can drop significantly.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $3922 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.