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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.
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 in Bloom
Northern Cape, South Africa
Best for: Spectacular scenery, Self Drive, Walking Trekking
Perfect for self-drivers looking for stunning scenery, incredible flowers and plenty of outdoor activities, this trip offers something completely different from the rest of South Africa.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Starting the trip in Cape Town, you will have complete freedom in what you do, where you go and how far you venture with your hire car. A couple of things we would recommend is Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, going for a hike up Lions Head, and visiting the penguins at Boulders Beach. After a couple of days exploring Cape Town you will head north to the quaint fishing town of Paternoster. Staying right on the sea front you can enjoy tranquil surrounds and to get out to explore the area on foot, mountain bike, or on kayak. As you head further north you will get a real sense of how remote the Northern Cape really is. Take your time to enjoy the changing scenery, from mountain to desert landscapes, and of course, the beautiful fynbos flowers that the area is covered in during August and September.
Day 1 : London - Cape Town
Today your holiday begins as you fly into Cape Town.
Days 1 - 3 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at Cape Cadogan for 2 nights
Today you will land in Cape Town where you will be met at the arrivals gate and privately transferred to your hotel in central Cape Town where you will spend the next two nights. On your first morning, your hire car will be delivered to your hotel ready for you to start exploring.
Cape Town is an incredible city which offers something for everyone. Explore the famous Kloof and Long Streets which is lined with shops and eateries, head up Table Mountain for breathtaking views, or spend an afternoon in Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens enjoying the varied flower and plant life.
Days 3 - 5 : Paternoster, South Africa
Stay at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel for 2 nights
This morning you will check out of your Cape Town hotel and head north to the town of Paternoster. On your way we would recommend taking a leisurely drive through West Coast National Park and stopping off at a view point where you could see all the way back to Table Mountain on a clear day, or down into the Langebaan Lagoon.
You will spend the next two nights relaxing in this boutique hotel where you can enjoy beach and sea views and plenty of outdoor activities. Get out and about to explore the hiking trails, go mountain biking, bird watching, kayaking and much more. Don't forget to try some delicious sea food for which this area is becoming well known for.
Days 5 - 8 : Western Cape, South Africa
Today's drive is incredibly scenic and you should give yourself plenty of time to stop to enjoy the views and take some pictures of the vast landscapes and stunning Cederberg Mountain Range.
Arriving into Bushman's Kloof, you will be able to see just how large this private reserve is. On arrival at the main lodge you will be welcomed by the team and showed to your room where you can begin your stay.
You will spend the next 3 nights trying out some of the many activities on the reserve. Nature drives are a perfect way to explore the far reaches of the reserve, as well as being able to spot some of the many species of antelope that live there. The reserve is perhaps most famous for it's Bushman rock art, with over 200 known sites, guides will be on hand to show you these incredible paintings which were created thousands of years ago.
Days 8 - 11 : Northern Cape, South Africa
Stay at Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm for 3 nights
After checking out of Bushman's Kloof you will head back through the Cederberg Mountain Range to make your way to the quaint farm and guest house Papkuilsfontein. Located at the gateway to the Northern Cape, this property offers unbeatable flower safaris during August and September.
You will spend the next three nights here where you will get plenty of opportunity to explore the farm and flowers either on foot or by vehicle on a guided tour. You will feel completely isolated from the rest of the world as you hike along the trails and reach the canyon and waterfall.
Days 11 - 13 : Northern Cape, South Africa
Stay at Naries Namakwa Retreat for 2 nights
After checking out you will continue further north still through seemingly vast and endless landscapes until you reach the town of Springbok. Here you will turn off towards the Atlantic to reach Naries Namakwa where you will spend the next two nights.
Located in Namaqualand, this area is famed for it's blooming flowers during August and September. Get out and explore the hiking trails in the area during these months to experience the colourful landscapes.
Days 13 - 15 : Northern Cape
Leave Naries Namakwa to head east to the town of Kakamas where you will be staying at Vergelegen Country Guesthouse. On the way we recommend you make a stop at Augrabies Falls National Park to take a short hike to the Falls. During the wet season when the Falls are in full flow, this can be an impressive sight.
Once at Vergelegen you could dine in their delicious restaurant and even go for some wine tasting in the local vineyards of the Orange River Valley. This is also a great spot to take an early morning hot air balloon over Augrabies Falls to get a birds eye view.
Day 15 : Upington - Cape Town - London
Today is the final day of your trip and you will self-drive to Upington Airport where you will drop off your hire car before catching your flight to Cape Town where you will get a connecting flight back to London.
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 August and September, 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
Things to do
Activities at Papkuilsfontein
Spend your days exploring and relaxing in the peaceful surrounds of the Papkuilsfontein Farm. With never ending views and lush fauna and flora, the farm is perfect for those who love to get out and about and back to nature.
Enjoy a scenic drive through Namaqualand and take in the incredible scenery of the Northern Cape. Divided by the Orange River and covering around 440,000 sq km, this area is both vast and beautiful, especially if travelling during the flower season.
From $3426 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.