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.
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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.
Waterberg, South Africa
Best for: Riding, Honeymoon, Luxury
Built on the edge of a cliff, with spectacular views across South Africa's unspoilt, malaria-free Waterberg is Ant's Hill. This collection of cottages set around a main lodge offers guests an unforgettable stay whilst providing uniquely flexible safaris.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Situated on a private game reserve within the Waterberg bushveld, Ant's Hill benefits from a diversity of flora and fauna, and, of course, a wide range of wildlife. The area is home to over forty species of game, visitors can expect to find giraffe, white rhino, a range of antelope, buffalo, kudu, eland, wildebeest, zebra, and much, much more. With over 300 species of migrant and resident birds, there's plenty to see. As well as the abundance in game, the Waterberg is a recognised natural heritage site filled with numerous streams, endless views and rolling bushveld hills.
Ant's Hill offers views of the incredible Waterberg all from the comfort of the lodge. With just five cottages, guests can experience an exclusive feel during their stay. Each of the cottages is uniquely designed and offers an individual stay, catering for couples, honeymooners, and even families. The main lodge is a communal space and offers a spacious living and dining area with fireplaces as well as a large veranda and deck overlooking the gorge, making it an excellent location for breakfast or sundowners.
There are five cottages in total, World's View and Hideaway which are superior deluxe cottages offering a luxurious and private stay, both of which are perfect for honeymooners but which can also accommodate families, offering up rooms with deck and veranda views and excellent en-suite facilities with incredible views. Both the Family Cottage and Lookout are deluxe cottages, again overlooking the valley and watering holes with plenty of space for those travelling with children or larger groups. Finally, Eagle's Nest is a superior standard room located above the main lodge with the balcony offering up spectacular views.
Guests can expect family friendly safaris, from game drives to guided walks, as well as pony rides for beginners or children under four, fishing, swimming with horses, mountain biking, archery, rhino tracking and much more. Adults can also benefit from a range of exciting activities much the same as what's on offer for children, but with bush running, massages, and a night sky safari on top.
When to go
On average, the warmest month in the Waterberg region is January with average temperatures reaching as high as 28°C, with a dry heat throughout the summer months (November to March). The dry periods are from May to September with the coolest and driest month falling in July. November is the wettest month and should be avoided if you dislike too much rain. Generally, visitors can expect sunshine, long afternoons and dry days for the majority of a stay.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Night Sky Safari in the Waterberg
Experience the wonders of the night sky like you've never seen before. Spend an evening learning about the African sky, from the moons of Jupiter, and the rings of Venus to the craters in Earth's own moon. This is an unforgettable experience.
Get close to Rhinos at Ant's Hill
Get up really close to Rhino's as they are being fed at Ant's Hill.
Horse Riding in Waterberg
Some of the greatest game viewing you can do is from horseback, being able to canter through the Reserve alongside game is an experience like no other. The horses live out in the bush, allowing game to see them just like any other animal.
Mountain Biking in the Waterberg
For the more active and adventurous traveller, an excellent way to explore the region is by mountain bike. The diverse terrain offers some extreme cycling along with some easier routes. Cycle alongside herds of plains game for an unforgettable experience.