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.
With beautiful scenery, stunning beaches, outstanding wildlife and a favourable exchange rate, <a style="color: #f2b618;" href="https://www.imaginetravel.com/imagine-africa/holiday-destination/south-africa" target="_blank">South Africa</a> is the perfect setting for an African wedding. Whether for a host of guests or a private affair between just the two of you, here are our Top 3 wedding destinations in South Africa.
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.
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury, Malaria free
Nestled amongst a rocky outcrop in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve is Madikwe Hills, a stylish safari lodge in a malaria-free reserve. Romantic and intimate, Madikwe Hills is a relaxing base for game viewing with a host of wildlife regularly seen.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Madikwe Game Reserve spans 75,000 hectares of land in the north west province of South Africa. Home to elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion as well as over sixty six other types of mammals including the rare African wild dog, cheetah, eland, kudu giraffe and many more. Madikwe Hills is set amongst rocky boulders in the heart of the reserve, giving an excellent vantage point for guests and an excellent location in the heart of the action.
Ten super luxurious suites make up Madikwe Hills, cosy, comfortable and spacious, these suites offer warmth and a peaceful place for guests to unwind and relax. Each suite boasts a living room and fireplace, a master bedroom whose sliding doors allow extensive views over the savannah. A personal plunge pool offers respite on the warmer days while game wanders freely past. En-suite bathrooms are opulent where a large bathtub stands in front of foldaway window doors, an outside shower brings guests even closer to nature. The Honeymoon Suite offers spacious privacy with an outdoor bath for a secluded soak.
Madikwe Hills operates game drives in open Land Rovers with an experienced tracker and guide with optional walking safaris that are led by knowledgeable bush guides. Bush breakfasts and boma dinners can also be arranged for that real African bush dining experience.
When to go
Madikwe generally has two seasons, the rainy season which runs from October to April and the dry season running from May to September. Generally, game viewing is best during the rainy season where there is less vegetation, making the game easier to spot. However, these winter months can be dry and cold, with temperatures dropping to 2°C (35°F) at night and averaging at around 23°C (73°F) during the day. The summer months are much warmer and more humid with temperatures averaging at 30°C (86°F) and most of the rain falling between November and February.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Game Drives in Madikwe
Madikwe is a 'Big Five' safari destination, teeming with wildlife. Whilst on a drive, you should keep an eye out for lion, elephant, black & white rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, spotted & brown hyena, and a whole array of plains game.