One of the world’s most beautiful and diverse destinations, South Africa is a land of intoxicating contrasts and experiences. Whether you are looking for the excitement of a Big Five safari; the cosmopolitan cool of Cape Town; the rich history of the KwaZulu Natal battlefields; the dramatic coastal scenery or the gastronomic temptations of The Winelands, prepare to be enamoured and bewitched.
Offering one of the world’s most varied holiday destinations, South Africa is dear to our hearts. We love the natural beauty, the amazing wildlife, the opportunity to experience a diverse range of activities, as well as learning about the country’s rich history and cultural heritage. With direct flights, no jetlag and offering great value for money, we think it’s the perfect destination for honeymooners looking for romantic seclusion, families looking for a malaria-free safari and couples looking for the ultimate road trip.
Our vast experience of living, working and travelling in South Africa, allows us to expertly guide you to your perfect holiday. The diverse and ever-changing landscape makes self-drive the ideal choice for getting around, giving you the freedom and flexibility to properly explore. For spectacular coastal scenery, we’d recommend driving the Garden Route along the southern coast, combined with Route 62, which runs parallel, taking you through a contrasting vista of arid landscapes and mountain passes.
Lovers of wildlife are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a safari. The Kruger area is perfect for spotting the Big Five and has some fantastic private reserves, where you can enjoy a more exclusive safari experience, away from the crowds. Our favourites are Sabi Sands, Thornybush, Timbavati and Makalali. What’s more, there are malaria-free safari options in the Eastern Cape, Madikwe, Waterberg and the Northern Cape, home to black-maned lion. For marine life, head to Hermanus, for land-based whale watching during the southern right whale migration, from June to November. It is also possible to tick off the Marine Big Five here: whale, shark, dolphin, penguin and seal.
Cape Town is a massive draw. A cosmopolitan, cultural melting pot with a strong European influence and crowned by the iconic Table Mountain, we suggest exploring the chic resorts of Camps Bay and Clifton and the sophisticated restaurants and shopping on the V&A Waterfront. Further afield, a trip to Robben Island will deepen your understanding of the apartheid era and Mandela’s struggle for freedom, while a drive down the Cape Peninsula will give you the chance to meet the penguins on Boulders Beach and take a photograph at the Cape of Good Hope.
Wine connoisseurs and foodies, will want to head to The Winelands. Here you can enjoy tasting tours of the world-famous vineyards, the chance to dine in top class restaurants, along with soaking up some of the best examples of Cape Dutch architecture. For those looking to get off the beaten track, we’d recommend heading for the Panorama Region dominated by the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. The Drakensberg Mountains also offer equally stunning natural beauty and are easy to combine with a trip to the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal. The tours in this region are both evocative and moving, not to mention leaving you with a great insight into Zulu culture.
Often seen as the preserve of the business traveller, Johannesburg has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years and now offers a multitude of top end restaurants, hip bars and cafés along with many modern art galleries and boutiques.
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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!