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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.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Gansbaai, South Africa
Best for: First time, Honeymoon, Imagine Favourites
Grootbos is a 5-star luxury lodge located a short distance from Hermanus. A firm Imagine favourite, this lodge offers an excellent nature experience, focused on the southern right whale migration in Walker Bay from June to November.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is located only two hours’ drive from Cape Town and whilst not offering a traditional safari experience, is one of the premier destinations for an ocean safari centred on spotting the Marine ‘Big Five'. Having become one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Grootbos is one of our top recommendations for the ultimate whale watching experience.
Grootbos has accommodation in two lodges – Forest Lodge and Garden Lodge – as well as the Villa which provides luxury accommodation for up to twelve adults with a private guide and vehicle, butler and chef. The eleven suite Garden Lodge is ideal for families or large groups travelling together, with the two bedroom luxury suite a particularly good option. The freestanding suites have en-suite bathrooms, separate lounge area and a private deck offering impressive views across the Cape floral kingdom of fynbos. The main lodge building has a beauty salon as well as children’s entertainment room and communal pool. Children will also enjoy visiting the outdoor play area, home to farm animals including rabbits and ducks. With sixteen suites, Forest Lodge is slightly larger but has a more sophisticated feel making it better suited to couples looking for a romantic escape. Each suite has an en-suite bathroom as well as an additional bathroom, private deck with outside shower and a lounge area while two of the suites have private plunge pools with the main lodge housing a large deck area with infinity pool.
Located on a 2,500-hectare private reserve, Grootbos is able to offer an experience beyond that which you can get by staying in Hermanus. What makes Grootbos exceptional is the range of activities on offer, from land-based whale watching, archaeological cave excursions, beach picnics, flower safaris, birding expeditions, horse riding and even a chance to collect honey from the onsite beehives which are all included. Additional activities in the area include shark cage diving, quad biking and scenic flights where you can get an aerial view of whales breaching in Walker Bay.
When to go
The best time to visit Hermanus is from July to November, and although temperatures may be a little cooler from July to October (from 8°C to 20°C or 46°F to 68°F) this is when the southern right whale migration makes their way around the South African coast. As well as heading out on a boat to see these magnificent animals, land-based whale watching is also possible in the area. Travelling from November to March will bring warmer weather, but unlikely views of the whale migration.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Aerial Whale Watching
For the ultimate whale watching experience over Walker Bay, take a scenic flight in a small aircraft directly over these magnificent creatures as they breach along the South African coast as they migrate for calving along the warmer waters.
Fynbos Flower Safari
The Cape Floral Region has the highest concentration of plant species in the world. Explore the fynbos and ancient gnarled milkwood forest of the Cape with expert guides and find out that South Africa has so much more to offer than you may have realised.
Whale Watching Tour
June and November is prime-time whale watching season, these incredible animals migrate to the Western Cape to calve their young. A boat tour is the best way to get up close to these massive mammals as they breach the water.
Sea Kayaking at Walker Bay
Explore the South African coastline around Hermanus in a kayak where you will be able to get up close and personal with marine life such as cape fur seals, penguins, cormorants, and birdlife while an experienced guide leads you around the bay.
Great White Shark Diving
Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.
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.