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South Africa has fast become one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. 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!
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.
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.
La Petite Ferme
Franschhoek, South Africa
With magnificent views over the Franschhoek valley, La Petite Ferme is a gorgeous boutique wine retreat boasting an award-winning restaurant and winery. La Petite Ferme’s superb service and delightful ambience make it ideal for some relaxed wine sampling.
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On the side of a mountain, overlooking the Franschhoek valley, stand La Petite Ferme Guest Suites, award-winning Restaurant and boutique Winery. The La Petite Ferme rooms, set amongst vineyards on a working wine farm, all boast magnificent views.
There are a variety of suites to suit any traveller, from luxury vineyard and manor house suites to more rustic self catering cottages and lakeside lodges. The Vineyard Suites are situated overlooking a vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc. They’re North West facing, providing long warm afternoons, each with a private plunge pool, and all within a two minute stroll from the reception area and restaurant. The Manor House Suites are situated adjacent to the restaurant, commanding a magnificent view over a vineyard of Merlot. A large swimming pool is shared exclusively by these four rooms. The two rustic self-catering cottages are set amongst vineyards, a mere ten minute stroll from the restaurant. These cottages are suitable for families and facilities include a private plunge pool, wooden fireplace and fully equipped kitchen. And the Lakeside Lodges are set high on the northern slopes of the magnificent Franschhoek Mountains in a beautiful garden that extends upwards into the Cape's unique Fynbos.
Overlooking a trout-filled lake and Franschhoek's charming village below, it is the ideal setting for a relaxing weekend of leisure. Inside the Lodges you will find everything you will require to make your stay comfortable and unforgettable. Cool in summer because of their higher altitude and cosy in winter with ceramic fireplaces and logs at the door. Guests can join the daily wine tour, which guides them through the vineyard to the fermentation cellar and barrel cellar and allows them to sample the wines produced by La Petite Ferme. Based in the Cape Winelands, there are of course many other wineries worth visiting – we particularly recommend the wine tasting and horseback tour offered by Paradise Stables. Reached your wine saturation point? Try goats cheese and chocolate tasting that are also available in the local area. Guests can also partake in mountain biking, golf, tennis, bowls, fly fishing and even paragliding!
When to go
The Winelands are a wonderful year-round destination and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, somewhat like the South of France, which is what makes the area perfect for grape-growing. Summer is the reverse of the Northern hemisphere. The best season visit is September to March when it is hot, sunny and dry. From April to August it cools down with some rain.
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Dine at The Kitima Hotel Restuarant
Visit the Kitima Hotel in Hout Bay for its superb Asian cuisine. Prepared by experienced Thai chefs in a great atmosphere, try their superb sushi.
Shopping on the V&A Waterfront
The V&A waterfront in Cape Town houses over 226 shops and is an excellent place to visit for evening entertainment, shopping, cafés, and al-fresco dining.
Waterford Wine Estate Wine Drive Safari
Waterford Wine Estate, in the heart of Stellenbosch offers a range of tours for visitors, including a Wine Safari Tour in a safari style Land Rover, a Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour and a Reserve Vintage Tasting Tour.
Visit the dramatic Capes
The stunning cliff scenery surrounding Cape Town is part of the dramatic South African coastline. Visit the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas for the beautiful views across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, that meet at the most southern tip of Africa.
Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain
Table Mountain, at 1086 metres above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.
Dine at Babel
A trip to the Winelands is not complete without visiting Babylonstoren. A walk through the gardens is a fantastic experience, time your visit to take advantage of Babel's opening times. Lunch here is not to be missed!
Wine Tasting along the Constantia Wine Route
South Africa is well known for its exquisite Winelands and Constantia was one of the first wine-producing areas in the western cape, dating back to the 1600s, spend a day visiting the areas famous vineyards as you take in the beautiful scenery.
Dine at the Tasting Room
The Tasting Room is one of South Africa's most celebrated fine dining restaurants. Situated in the heart of Franschhoek, at Le Quartier Francais, it is only an hour's drive from central Cape Town.
Le Quartier Lounge Bar
Le Quartier Lounge Bar is a recently opened, stylish cocktail bar at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. Mixologist, Matthew Roberts is quickly making it Franschhoek's evening 'hot spot' with his unique, African-inspired cocktails.
Robben Island Trip
A short ferry ride from the V and A Waterfront in Cape Town is the famous Robben Island, a cultural must-do when staying in Cape Town, this trip gives an insight into South Africa's difficult history, as well as brilliant views across Cape Towns harbour.
Enjoy a scenic, leisurely tour around the wine and gourmet capital of South Africa on the Franschoek Wine Tram, scheduled to be launched this spring!