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.
Greater Makalali Reserve, South Africa
Best for: Family, Honeymoon, Safari
Little Garonga is a very small and intimate safari lodge specialising in ‘slow’ safaris and authentic bush experiences in South Africa’s Makalali Game Reserve. Ideal for families, Little Garonga has seriously great food, and fantastic guides.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Located in the Makalali Conservancy, just west of Kruger National Park, Little Garonga offers guests unforgettable bush experiences including excellent game viewing. This 22,000-hectare reserve offers its visitors rolling hills with incredible views of the bushveld and panoramic views beyond. The conservancy has been working toward conservation efforts to re-establish the natural wildlife of the region and is home to the ‘Big Five’ as well as many more.
Little Garonga is the sister camp to Garonga, with only three suites available, this property has a more intimate feel for those seeking a little more privacy. The Hamleden Suite, a two bedroom villa with its own swimming pool, separate lounge making it perfect for families with small children. The Chiltern and Buckingham Suites are one bedroom suites with en-suite facilities, perfect for honeymooners and couples. The suites boast a lounge and private deck which overlook the surrounding bushveld. All suites are air-conditioned and designed with neutral colours to complement the surroundings.
Garonga’s main focus in camp is for guests to get the best experience they possibly can and specialise in an unhurried and personal wildlife encounter. Guests are welcome to try their hand at the variety of activities on offer, or to simply relax at camp if they desire. Activities include: morning and evening game drives where guests can seek the ‘Big Five’ from the comfort of an open topped game vehicle; a ‘Sleep Out’ on Garonga’s viewing deck allows guests to sleep out under the stars with the sounds of the bush surrounding them from the comfort of a four poster bed; massages are also available with beautiful views overlooking the riverbed, or for those seeking a little more adventure, a microlight or small plane could take you over the Makalali Conservancy where the panoramic views are breathtaking.
When to go
Game viewing in the Kruger is best during it’s dry, winter months, here the vegetation is sparse, and the animals are easier to spot. The summer months in the Kruger are warmer, with an average temperature of 27°C (81°F) but tend to bring more rainfall, which fills the rivers and waterholes resulting in lush and green vegetation. If travelling in late November and early December, this is a great time to spot newborns. Travelling in the height of summer (December to March) can be extremely hot, with the humid air bringing in afternoon thunderstorms.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Garonga Bush Bath
Enjoy a luxurious bath overlooking the African bush. With a glass of wine in hand, revitalise your mind, body and soul with the surrounding sounds of the bush making the perfectly relaxing end to a day on safari.
Walking Safari with Tracking Guides
Bush walking is the closest you get to the essence of the African wilderness. No car engine, no interruptions, just you and nature. With professional guides reading spore on the ground and teaching you the way of the wild this experience is captivating.
Night Drives in the Kruger
Night safaris are something special, with animals out hunting, scavenging and being sneaky, this is when some predators that aren't easily seen in the day could be spotted roaming, hunting and drinking at waterholes.
Garonga Sleep Out
Spend a night out under the stars on Garonga's specially-designed sleep out platform in an intimate, romantic and wild setting. Here you will fall asleep to the sounds of the bush or why not stay up to the sound of lion and leopard calls.
Seeing game on a Game-drive or on a Bush-walk is something special, but to see the Africa plains, animals, lakes, mountains and beautiful landscape from the air is a truly fantastic experience. The chance to see the view from above is spectacular.
Spend the day exploring the magnificent Panorama Route, where the mountainous escarpment of Mpumalanga offers stunning views across some of South Africa's most spectacular scenery, providing some perfect photography opportunities.
Game Drives in the Kruger
Game drives are conducted in early mornings and late afternoons, when wildlife is most active. Late afternoon drives often end with a sundowner drink and driving back to camp with spotlights may mean spotting nocturnal wildlife.
Game Drives in the Makalali Conservancy
Located around an hour west of Kruger National Park, the Makalali Conservancy covers around 22,000 hectares and is completely self-contained, offering an exclusive safari experience in a private reserve which holds a wealth of game.