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.
With beautiful scenery, stunning beaches, outstanding wildlife and a favourable exchange rate, <a style="color: #f2b618;" href="https://www.imaginetravel.com/imagine-africa/holiday-destination/south-africa" target="_blank">South Africa</a> is the perfect setting for an African wedding. Whether for a host of guests or a private affair between just the two of you, here are our Top 3 wedding destinations in South Africa.
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.
South Africa and Falls for Teens
Cape Town, Marakele National Park & Victoria Falls
Best for: Imagine Favourites, Spectacular scenery, Highlights
Experience some of the activity highlights of South Africa and Victoria Falls with this 9-night itinerary that is designed with active older teens in mind. Experience the vast variety of activities in Cape Town, hike the trails of Marataba and stand in the spray of the iconic Victoria Falls.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Starting your trip in Cape Town, enjoy this cosmopolitan city and all it has to offer from visiting the penguins at Boulders Beach to hiking up iconic Table Mountain. Spend three nights in the popular Camps Bay region, home to delicious sea food restaurants, long sandy beaches and with terrific views out over the Atlantic. Next head on to Marataba where you will enjoy Big 5 Safari along with spectacular hikes through the vast wilderness. Finally, head on to Livingstone in Zambia where you can explore the thundering Victoria Falls and the vast array of activities on offer there, such as helicopter flips, micro lighting, and cruises down the mighty Zambezi.
Day 1 : Fly to Cape Town
Today your holiday begins as you catch your flight from London to Cape Town.
Days 1 - 4 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at Camps Bay Retreat for 3 nights
On arrival into Cape Town International you will make your way to the Avis counter where you will collect your hire car. May your way to the stunning Camps Bay Area home to a long stretch of white sandy beach, delicious sea food restaurants and stunning ocean views.
You will have 3 nights to explore this incredible city and having your very own hire car will give you all the freedom you need to head out and explore the city and surrounds. Spend a day driving along the coastal road of Chapman's Peak, enjoy stunning views on this drive as you head to the Cape Peninsula. For the best views of the city catch the cable car to the peak of Table Mountain - don't forget your camera. For foodies, the Cape Town Eats Tour is a must and why not head to the Bay Harbour Market to buy some homemade crafts and goodies to take home.
Days 4 - 7 : Waterberg, South Africa
Stay at Marataba Mountain Lodge for 3 nights
This morning you will drive your hire car back to Cape Town International, before flying on to Johannesburg airport. Here you will be met by a representative who will privately transfer you to Marataba where you will spend the next 3 nights. Marataba is a private reserve based within the Marakele National Park, home to the Big 5, with a healthy population of the endangered black rhino as well as a plethora of bird species. Other unique things to see on this reserve include ancient san rock art, iron age sites as well as a vast collection of hiking trails that can cater to a variety of different fitness levels. There is nothing quite like exploring this stunning wilderness on winding trails that take your through ravines, over rocky outcrops and along streams. When you are not out exploring the fauna and flora of the region on foot, jump aboard the 4x4 game vehicle and enjoy game drives in search of the park’s larger residents.
Days 7 - 10 : Near Victoria Falls, Zambia
Stay at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge for 3 nights
Today you will transfer back to Johannesburg in time for your flight to Livingstone in Zambia, where you will spend 3 nights exploring the world-famous UNESCO world heritage site, Victoria Falls. Of course, you will spend at least one day visiting the “smoke that thunders” standing and getting drenched in the spray of this impressive natural wonder, but there is still a number of exhilarating activities to do during your stay. Walk across the famous Victoria Falls Bridge, take a dip in the famous Devils pool, do a helicopter flip over the falls or maybe even jump aboard a raft and brave the white-water rapids of the mighty Zambezi.
Day 10 : Fly Home
This morning you will leave Hermanus and make your way back to Cape Town International. You will be able to drop off your hire car at the airport before checking in for your flight.
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
Bay Harbour Market
Bay Harbour Market is situated on the water’s edge in an old fish factory in Hout Bay Harbour. The market boasts more than 100 stalls selling a huge variety of local produce from arts and crafts to fashion, jewellery and authentic South African food.
Cape Town Eats Tour
The Cape Town Eats tour is one for the foodies and those wanting to experience the unique flavours of South Africa and the combination of foreign influences on Cape Town's dishes, explaining much of the culture of the rainbow nation.
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.
From $5019 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Accommodation as listed
Car hire in Cape Town
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.