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.
Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa
Best for: Walking safari, Honeymoon, Safari
Tanda Tula Safari Camp is an intimate tented safari camp located in the Timbavati Reserve in South Africa’s Greater Kruger. Tanda Tula offers stylish comfortable tents, an infinity pool and amazing cuisine along with all that incredible wildlife viewing.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Tanda Tula Safari Camp is the epitome of under-canvas luxury. Situated in the Timbavati Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Tanda Tula offers excellent game viewing opportunities, top-notch guiding, and luxurious tented accommodation. For the more adventurous you can even sleep under the African night sky!
Tanda Tula has twelve luxury East African style tents, all with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and romantic Victorian style baths. Each tent also has its own private wooden deck overlooking the dry riverbed. The infinity pool overlooks a large watering hole which is frequently visited by a variety of African wildlife, including the 'Big Five'. Guests can expect a high standard of cuisine at Tanda Tula with delicious meals being served in a variety of venues from romantic dinners on your private deck to lively evenings in the traditional open-air boma.
Safaris are conducted either on foot or in open-sided game-viewing vehicles seating only seven guests, allowing clear communication with rangers and trackers. For the more adventurous an overnight walking safari provides an opportunity for nature lovers and adventure seekers to experience the beautiful African wildlife on foot and up close, and to sleep under the stars, exactly as the early explorers did. The Star Beds at Tanda Tula offers an incredible night out under the stars at Machaton Hide, overlooking the spectacular watering hole on the banks of the Machaton riverbed. After an evening game drive, guests will be taken out to the hide with a delicious packed picnic dinner.
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
Honeymoon Offer at Tanda Tula
Enjoy your honeymoon at Tanda Tula Safari Camp for three nights or more from April to December 2020 and one partner receives 50% off a stay, also including a complimentary private dinner. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
*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.
Night Drives in the Timbavati
Game drives at night are both thrilling and interesting, you get to see a whole different side of the bush and variety of animals you won't see during the daytime. Although harder to spot some of the wildlife, it's all the more rewarding when you do.
Guided walk in the Timbavati
Let your expert guide lead you into the bush of the Timbavati Game Reserve as you track game on foot and explore the reserve in a whole new way. Find and learn about some of the smaller insects and animals and the flora and fauna of the area.
Game Drives in the Timbavati
Spanning 53,000 hectares and with a small number of lodges, the Timbavati Game Reserve is one of the most exclusive 'Big Five' safari options. Originally known as the home to the rare white lion, the reserve is now one of the best for overall wildlife.
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.