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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.
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.
Samara, Karoo Lodge
Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Best for: Wildlife, Family, Culture History
Samara Private Game Reserve is a wonderful place to experience the dramatic rolling landscapes of the Karoo with malaria-free game viewing. The Karoo Lodge is a sympathetically refurbished farmhouse and has ten beautiful suites.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Samara Private Game Reserve is located in the malaria free Eastern Cape. Discover the Africa with vast open plains, spectacular sunsets and starry skies with the Milky Way so close you can almost touch it. Experience the charm of a traditional Colonial homestead surrounded by 70 000 protected acres in the malaria-free Greater Karoo. Luxury Colonial style Karoo cottages and rooms in the restored homestead offer relaxed comfort and style.
Spend your days on safari with experienced rangers and trackers and visit the unspoilt plains of Camdeboo where the majestic cheetah reigns once more and the endangered mountain zebra wander on the endless grassy plains. Free of the restrictions of the 'Big Five' reserves, your professional guide will introduce you to the highly endangered Cheetah, enabling you to participate in an exclusive interaction with these graceful predators. Discover the secrets of Samara as you explore the untouched Plains of Camdeboo that once staged the massive migrations of millions of Springbok. Fossils that predate the dinosaurs and well-preserved Bushman paintings offer a fascinating insight into some of the historical intricacies of our Earth’s past.
Echoing the pulse of the Karoo, the interiors seek to fuse the elegance of luxury colonial style cottages with the untamed beauty of the African bush. Cradled in the softest linen, you can lose yourself in the sleepy rhythms of the land as the tranquil sounds of the Karoo lull you into an idyllic state of relaxation and contentment. Quiet, but not silent, Africa’s voice whispers sweet nothings through the grasses. Unparalleled and humbling experiences await you at Samara. With four of the country’s seven biomes, Samara’s abundant wilderness preserves a complex and diverse ecosystem, providing habitat for over 60 mammal species.
When to go
The Eastern Cape remains a great destination for the family to visit all year, combining Mediterranean and sub-tropical weather, temperatures remain pleasant and rarely reach extremes. The dry season runs from September until March with temperatures falling slightly until August, with midday temperatures reaching around 22°C (72°F).
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Game Drives in Eastern Cape
Included in your stay are morning and evening game drives. You will be guided by informative, professional rangers in open Land Rovers. Here you can explore the abundant wildlife, diverse vegetation and dramatic landscape of the Eastern Cape.
Samara Star Bed Sleepout
Spend one of your nights at Samara in their four-poster star bed in a remote and secluded location and watch as the night sky comes to life before your eyes. In our opinion there is no better way to experience the bush at night.