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.
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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.
Simbambili Game Lodge
Sabi Sands, South Africa
Best for: Wildlife, Safari, Honeymoon
Simbambili Game Lodge is an intimate and stylish safari lodge in the northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa. Simbambili offers exceptional wildlife viewing with knowledgeable guides, and an air of relaxed sophistication.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Simbambili Game Lodge is an excellent luxury safari lodge in the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve. With stylishly designed rooms and views out across the bush, Simbambili accommodates you in refined safari style. With a maximum of 16 guests accommodated in seven suites and one luxury suite set inconspicuously among the knobthorn and jackalberry trees that line the Manyeleti River, Simbambili provides an intimate and personal experience of the African bush. The eight Moroccan-styled suites all have spacious bedrooms with large floor-to-ceiling windows that can be drawn back during the day so that you can walk out and enjoy your private deck and plunge pool. The impressive en-suite bathrooms have unique 'half egg' baths, double basins and an indoor and outdoor shower.
The staff is excellent and extremely friendly, and the cuisine skilfully prepared. After freshening up in your suite, join fellow guests for a delicious dinner at the small boma. It’s a great opportunity to share experiences and wonder about what the next day has in store. In between game drives, you can pamper yourself with a rejuvenating spa treatment at Simbambili’s Amani spa, artfully blended with the natural environment and offering ensuring total privacy and tranquility. You can choose the enchanting stilted spa chalet with its wall of glass doors, or have a treatment in the unique open-air spa sala, both of which afford uninterrupted views of the magical African bushveld.
Simbambili is in the northern part of the Sabi Sands which has exceptional wildlife viewing, and is famed for its regular leopard sightings and abundance of general game species as well as extraordinary bird life. Activities at Simbambili include morning and evening safaris in open Land Rovers conducted by experienced rangers and game walks are encouraged for the more adventurous.
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
South African Honeymoon Offer
Book your South African honeymoon and enjoy 50% discount for the one guest at select Thornybush properties in the Kruger. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
*All offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact our team for more information.
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.
Game Drives in the Sabi Sands
Head out in the world famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve which is thought to be one of the most game rich areas on the continent. Keep your eyes peeled for the 'Big Five', specifically the magnificent leopard for which it is particularly well-known for.
Bush Dining in the Kruger
Breakfast, picnics and fine romantic dinners enjoyed with just the company of nature and wildlfie in the African bush is another unforgettable special experience everyone should add to their to-do list.
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.