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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.
Phinda Vlei Lodge
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury, Safari
Phinda Vlei Lodge is a gracious, elegant safari lodge in KwaZulu-Natal’s Phinda Game Reserve. Phinda Vlei’s private viewing decks and plunge pools make supremely relaxing wildlife-viewing spots, but venture out and the game drives are outstanding.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Phinda Private Game Reserve is the ultimate luxury safari destination in KwaZulu-Natal. In addition to style and luxury, Phinda Private Game Reserve also prides itself on having highly trained guides and trackers to ensure a high quality safari experience. Phinda has seven distinct habitats home to abundant wildlife including Africa's 'Big Five' and over 380 bird species.
Fringing the Reserve’s unique vlei (wetland) system along the edge of the rare sand forest, the sophisticated Vlei Lodge at Phinda is intimately integrated into the surrounding African bush. Gracious and elegant, this charming lodge comprises six thatched suites decorated in a subtle blend of North and West African styles, with hints of Balinese influences. Each suite, complete with luxurious en-suite bathroom, dressing room, private plunge pool and game viewing deck, overlooks the grassy vlei where guests can observe herds of grazing antelope, zebra and a dazzling variety of bird life. The atmosphere is exclusive and personal, with a mixture of understated sophistication and sheer luxury. Relax in private plunge pools and watch the drama of the African wilderness unfold, or unwind in the comfortable sitting area in front of a warm and inviting open fireplace. Savour delicious and innovative Pan African meals, served on the expansive game viewing decks or in a beautiful and remote bush setting, creating lifelong memories.
Each moment brings a new surprise, as manmade barriers melt away and the wonders of the bush are revealed at every turn. Private dining in suite can be arranged, as can more social meals on the dining deck or even on the edge of the vlei. On clear, cold winter nights keep the chill at bay relaxing in front of a roaring fire in the sitting room before retiring to the comfort of a warm bed.
When to go
KwaZulu Natal boasts a sub-tropical climate and tends to enjoy sunshine year-round with hot and humid summers, from November to March and much milder winters (May to September) than the rest of the country. The coastal line is typically blessed with around 300 days of sunshine while the elevation of the Drakensberg makes the temperatures more moderate. During the rainy season, the Drakensberg is likely to have daily thunderstorms and rain.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Phinda Bush Walks
Experience the bush like never before on a guided bush walk. Sights, sounds and smells are completely different when you are immersed within the bush. Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife and diversity of habitats.
Black Rhino Tracking on Foot
Slip on a pair of walking shoes and spend the morning with an expert ranger and tracker to find the rare and endangered black rhino on foot. Follow rhino tracks, recognise rhino middens and scratching posts, and read the signs of the bush in your search.
Turtle Nesting Adventure
Witness the incredible natural ritual of the enormous leatherback and loggerhead turtles as they emerge from the Indian Ocean at Sodwana Bay to lay their eggs in the sand before they head back to the ocean.
Phinda Ocean Safari
Try something different from the typical game drive and take a dip in the Indian Ocean to experience a safari underwater where you could swim alongside dolphins and tropical fish as well as turtles and even whale sharks!
Phinda Rhino Conservation
Join the experts in an exciting day to participate in tracking and notching of a rhino! Witness an experienced veterinary team dart a rhino, notch the sleeping rhino's ear for research and microchip the horn, all for research and security monitoring.
Game Drives in KwaZulu Natal
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.