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.
South Africa Honeymoon
Timbavati, South Africa & Mauritius
Best for: Honeymoon, Wildlife, Beach
Combining a safari and some time on the beach makes for an unforgettable honeymoon. Tick off the 'Big Five' and many more as you explore the Timbavati Game Reserve in the Kruger and then unwind on the beach and white sands of Mauritius.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Honeymoons are all about spending time together and making memories that will last a lifetime. We think this itinerary offers just this, from game viewing in the Kruger, to relaxing on the beach in Mauritius, this itinerary has the perfect mix of excitement and relaxation. In the Kruger you'll spend your time searching for game in the bush, either in a vehicle or on foot where the smells and sounds of the bush are like nothing you've experienced before. Safaris can be tiring as you're up early for your first game drive to avoid the hottest parts of the day, so after four days you'll welcome blue seas and white sands and the opportunity to enjoy some sun and simply doing nothing if you wish. We think bush and beach honeymoon combinations offer a truly wonderful trip away with your new spouse.
Day 1 : London - Johannesburg - Hoedspruit
After an overnight flight from London, you will arrive in Johannesburg the morning in time to catch a connecting flight to Hoedspruit Airport in the Kruger.
Days 1 - 5 : Timbavati
Stay at Kambaku River Sands for 4 nights
On arrival into Hoedspruit Airport you will be met by a camp representative and transferred to Kambaku River Sands in the Timbavati Game Reserve. Once in the reserve you will have a game drive on your way to camp - so keep your eyes peeled.
You will spend the next four nights here in a Luxury Suite on a fully inclusive basis spending your mornings and afternoons exploring the bush and seeing what animals you can spot. The Timbavati is an excellent reserve to visit on safari, not only does it have a smaller concentration of camps than some of the other reserves, it also has excellent game viewing. This is a 'Big Five' reserve, so keep an eye out for rhino grazing in the bush or a leopard up a tree, as well as giraffe, plains game and even wild dog.
Aside from some amazing game viewing opportunities in the car and on foot, Kambaku offers some lovely honeymoon experiences. From private dining in the wine cellar to a treatment in the spa, there are plenty of memorable moments to make any honeymoon special.
Day 5 : Hoedspruit - Johannesburg - Mauritius
This morning you will be transferred back to Hoedspruit where you will catch a short flight back to Johannesburg in time for your flight onto Mauritius.
Days 5 - 12 : East Coast, Mauritius
Stay at Constance Belle Mare Plage for 7 nights
On arrival into Mauritius Airport you will be met by a hotel representative who will transfer you to Constance Belle Mare Plage. You will spend the next seven days in this beautiful hotel in a Prestige Room on a half-board basis.
Backing onto a soft white sandy beach and clear blue seas, Constance Belle Mare Plage offers the perfect location to end any honeymoon. During your time at Constance enjoy a range of activities such as diving, snorkelling and golf; or for those romantic moments why not take a candlelit dinner on the beach? Be as active or relaxed as you like and enjoy your honeymoon in paradise.
Day 12 : Mauritius - London
Today you will be transferred back to Mauritius airport for your flight home.
When to go
Game viewing in the Kruger is best during it’s dry, winter months, here the vegetation is sparse, and the animals are easier to spot. The summer months in the Kruger are warmer, with an average temperature of 27°C (81°F) but tend to bring more rainfall, which fills the rivers and waterholes resulting in lush and green vegetation. If travelling in late November and early December, this is a great time to spot newborns. Travelling in the height of summer (December to March) can be extremely hot, with the humid air bringing in afternoon thunderstorms.
Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round heat, although the southeast trade winds help it never to feel too muggy. The summer months are from December to April, when it can nevertheless be extremely humid, and the winter, such as it is, runs from May to November, and is cooler and drier.
The best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December. January and February, the peak cyclone months, are best avoided by water-sports enthusiasts and divers. Cyclones rarely hit Mauritius (although Rodrigues has suffered far more regularly than the mainland) but cyclones way out at sea can bring days of squally rain.
Coastal temperatures range between 25°C and 33°C in summer and between 18°C and 24°C in winter. On the plateau it will be some 5°C cooler.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Guided walk in the Timbavati
Let your expert guide lead you into the bush of the Timbavati Game Reserve as you track game on foot and explore the reserve in a whole new way. Find and learn about some of the smaller insects and animals and the flora and fauna of the area.
Game Drives in the Timbavati
Spanning 53,000 hectares and with a small number of lodges, the Timbavati Game Reserve is one of the most exclusive 'Big Five' safari options. Originally known as the home to the rare white lion, the reserve is now one of the best for overall wildlife.
Watersports in Mauritius
Mauritius is the perfect playground if you're looking for an active holiday. With extensive facilities and loads of activities to choose from, there will be plenty to keep you busy if you're looking to do more than relax.
From $5330 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.