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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.
Simply South Africa
Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger
Best for: First time, Imagine Favourites, Safari
This itinerary offers a superb combination of a city break in Cape Town, the stunning mountain and vineyard scenery of the Winelands and safari in the famous Kruger National Park, really allowing you to get under the surface of South Africa’s highlights.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Begin your discovery of South Africa with the lively city of Cape Town, here you can explore this cosmopolitan city, learn about its rich history and absorb its vibrant culture. Your next stop is the stunning Cape Winelands regarded as the gastronomic capital of South Africa - its delights are just waiting to be discovered (and sampled)!
Finally end your South African sojourn with an exciting safari in the Greater Kruger which is home to some of the highest densities of wildlife in the whole of Africa, including the Big 5.
Day 1 : Fly to Cape Town
Days 1 - 4 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at Welgelegen for 3 nights
Fly into Cape Town International Airport and on arrival collect your rental car before driving into central Cape where you will spend the next four nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
A trip up Table Mountain on the revolving cable car is a must. From here the views over the city and Cape Point will entice you to visit other highlights including: Robben Island when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, the attractions of the Cape Peninsula, taking in Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, Boulders Beach and Simon's Town; the spectacular range of beaches from Camps Bay and Clifton to Blouberg. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens also showcase the finest collection of South African plants. With so much to choose from you won't get bored.
Days 4 - 6 : Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
Stay at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa for 2 nights
Today you will drive to Franschhoek in the Winelands - the gastronomic capital of South Africa. You will spend the next two nights staying in a beautiful country house on the outskirts of Franschhoek Village, a fantastic base to explore this region.
The heart of the Winelands lies between the historic towns of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch; however, South Africa’s wine growing region also extends south to Hermanus and north as far as Tulbagh.
The region is full of history - for example, French Calvinist Protestants fled France to escape persecution and founded Franschhoek meaning 'French Corner' in 1688.
The mountainous backdrop enhances the beauty of the region, which prides itself not only on some of South Africa's best wines, but of innovative cuisine.
Days 6 - 9 : Greater Makalali Game Reserve, South Africa
Stay at Garonga Safari Camp for 3 nights
Today you will drive from the Winelands back to Cape Town International Airport where you will drop off your rental car and catch a domestic flight to Hoedspruit, here you will be met by a representative of Garonga Safari Camp and driven to your safari adventure. This transfer is a 4x4 safari in itself so make sure you have your camera close to hand! Spend the following three nights on an exhilarating safari going in search of elephants, rhino, and lions, to name a few! Accommodation is in a luxury en-suite tent, inclusive of all meals, selected beverages and game viewing activities. Activities include game drives, wilderness walks, sleepout and a romantic outdoor bush bath. For a small additional amount, you can also take to the skies for a microlight flight over the reserve.
Today you will drive from the Winelands back to Cape Town International Airport where you will drop off your rental car and catch a domestic flight to Hoedspruit, here you will be met by a representative of Garonga Safari Camp and driven to your safari adventure. This transfer is a 4x4 safari in itself so make sure you have your camera close to hand!
Spend the following three nights on an exhilarating safari going in search of elephants, rhino, and lions, to name a few! Accommodation is in a luxury en-suite tent, inclusive of all meals, selected beverages and game viewing activities. Activities include game drives, wilderness walks, sleepout and a romantic outdoor bush bath. For a small additional amount, you can also take to the skies for a microlight flight over the reserve.
Day 9 : Fly Home
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
Garonga Bush Bath
Enjoy a luxurious bath overlooking the African bush. With a glass of wine in hand, revitalise your mind, body and soul with the surrounding sounds of the bush making the perfectly relaxing end to a day on safari.
Out and about at Babylonstoren
There is so much to explore on the 200 acres of this working farm, get out with the family to wander through the vines or orchards and head up the koppie for a picnic. Or spend an afternoon wine tasting, or simply lounge in a hammock on a warm day.
Cape Point & Peninsula Tour
This full day tour will take you around the beautiful scenic attractions of the Cape Peninsula. From the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, crossing over to Hout Bay and along one of the worlds most breathtaking coastal drives this trip is spectacular.
Garonga Sleep Out
Spend a night out under the stars on Garonga's specially-designed sleep out platform in an intimate, romantic and wild setting. Here you will fall asleep to the sounds of the bush or why not stay up to the sound of lion and leopard calls.
Seeing game on a Game-drive or on a Bush-walk is something special, but to see the Africa plains, animals, lakes, mountains and beautiful landscape from the air is a truly fantastic experience. The chance to see the view from above is spectacular.
Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain
Table Mountain, at 1086 metres above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.
Game Drives in the Makalali Conservancy
Located around an hour west of Kruger National Park, the Makalali Conservancy covers around 22,000 hectares and is completely self-contained, offering an exclusive safari experience in a private reserve which holds a wealth of game.
Lunch at La Petite Ferme
Enjoy stunning views and great food at La Petite Ferme's restaurant, listed as on of the top fifteen 'best value' establishments in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. The cuisine incorporates an influence of international methods and flavours.
From $2768 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.