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.
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.
Gondwana Family Lodge
Route 62, South Africa
Sanbona Gondwana Family Lodge is a superb child-friendly safari lodge showcasing the amazing Karoo landscapes of malaria-free ‘Big Five’ Sanbona Reserve. This stylish lodge is ideal to include on a Garden Route self-drive.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Situated in the 54,000-hectare malaria-free Sanbona Private Reserve in the Little Karoo, is Gondwana Lodge. This exclusive retreat resembles a typical thatched Karoo homestead and overlooks Bellair Dam with endless views over the plains and Anysberg Mountains to beyond.
Gondwana’s twelve suites accommodate a maximum of two adults and one child per suite, all with en-suite bathroom facilities, air-conditioning and underfloor heating for comfort all year round, a private mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities. The six ground floor suites include a private deck, while the six upstairs suites offer a private balcony or viewing deck. Gondwana caters for children of all ages with the “kids on safari” program, as well as a children’s playroom with TV and a special child friendly outdoor area. The main lodge facilities include a lounge with a fireplace and satellite TV, a relaxation retreat with two therapy rooms (additional charge) and a steam room, outdoor dining boma, swimming pool with a shallow area, a gift boutique shop and WiFi.
Home to a rehabilitation program to introduce White Lion back into the wild, a stay at Sanbona includes game drives and nature walks, as well as gazing, bird watching and rock art walks, or the freedom to do nothing at all.
When to go
The average temperature along Route 62 varies very little. During the summer months, from November through to March the weather is nice and warm, especially in March, when the weather tends to be at its warmest. The temperature does drop slightly during the winter months and can have highs of 19°C (67°F) and lows of 7°C (45°F), especially during July and August. However, for the most part, Route 62 stays fairly temperate all year.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Sanbona Nature Walks
Take the opportunity to take in your surroundings and discover all Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has to offer from your own two feet. With a variety of nature walks, hiking and wilderness trails available, there's plenty to be explored.
Sanbona Wild Flower Walk
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has about 600 species of plants, most of them flowering between August and September. Go on a walk around the Reserve to see how Sanbona's conservation efforts have made this floral kingdom flourish.
Rock Art in Sanbona
With seven recorded sites of ancient rock art throughout Sanbona, you could spend time exploring these 3,500 year old sites and learn about the Khoi-Khoi people that lived in the area until 100 years ago.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Cape Town, Hermanus and Karoo
This self-drive South Africa itinerary allows you to explore captivating Cape Town, the unique Cape Floral Kingdom in full bloom, some of the best land-based whale watching in the world and ending with a ‘Big Five’ game viewing adventure.