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.
Best for: Honeymoon, Highlights, Luxury
Billing itself as the most luxurious train in the world, Rovos Rail offers a truly unique experience capturing the romance of a bygone era on a memorable rail journey across South Africa, or further afield to Victoria Falls, Namibia or Tanzania.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Rovos Rail is the perfect way to travel in style across South Africa in wood-panelled carriages which have been refurbished to emulate the bygone era when train travel way king. As you step aboard the train you will be transported back in time for a journey which is rich in romance and grandeur.
The most popular route is between Cape Town and Pretoria (and in reverse), a 1600 kilometre journey traversing the country, which really shows off the diversity of the country from the dramatic Cape, through the harsh Karoo environment to the jacaranda-lined streets of Pretoria. Off-train excursions are offered at Matjiesfontein in the Karoo, a perfectly preserved Victorian village and Kimberley, the home of diamond mining and the Big Hole - the world's largest man-made excavation site. If you are looking for a longer journey there is a meander from Pretoria to Victoria Falls as well as through Namibia or for a real no holds barred experience; all the way to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
The Rovos Rail is one of the most luxurious trains imaginable and has many of the comforts that you would expect in a 5 star hotel with service to match. The train has 36 luxury suites and can carry a maximum of 72 guests at one time. The dining cars date back to pre-1940 and dinner is a formal affair with traditional food and South African wines served. The pullman and deluxe suites have an en suite shower room whilst the royal suites have en suite bathrooms complete with Victorian roll-top bath. There are a number of lounges including a observation carriage and smoking lounge.
When to go
Johannesburg remains fairly mild all year. Summer months run from November to March with average temperatures falling between 11°C and 25°C (52°F - 77°F), while in the winter months temperatures can fall to 4°C but generally lie at around 16°C (40°F - 60°F). The rainy season begins in October and continues through to April. Travellers interested in spending time in the area during the local events and festivals which characterize the culture there will probably find that autumn is the season to head to Johannesburg.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Maboneng & Newtown Tour
This five hour tour of downtown Newtown, Johannesburg's creative and cultural hub, and Maboneng, an urban regeneration success story, takes you on some of the cultural highlights of the city.