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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!
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.
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 compact itinerary is ideal for those searching for scenic countryside and history of South Africa, as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer. The cosy lodges provide a homely and intimate stay.
The Bay Hotel
Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Best for: Beach, Culture History, Honeymoon
The Bay Hotel is superbly positioned directly opposite popular Camps Bay beach with an equally impressive backdrop in the form of the Twelve Apostles. This is the place to see and be seen and is home to the exclusive Sandy B Private Beach Club.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
The Bay Hotel was Cape Town's first beach hotel, a claim that remains largely unchallenged to this day. With the air of a laid-back beach bar you have to remind yourself that you are only a stone's throw from one of the world's most iconic cities. Located on the main strip in the sophisticated Atlantic Seaboard neighbourhood of Camps Bay, you have the pick of some of Cape Town's chicest cocktail bars.
The main draw of staying at The Bay Hotel is the ocean front location which is fostered through the hotel's prestigious Sandy B club which is exclusive to hotel guests over the age of 18 with a champagne bar and prime vantage point to watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean. There are four swimming pools to choose from as well as a spa, gym and hair salon on site as well as tennis and squash courts to use nearby. Echoing the beach resort theme, there are four bars and restaurants to choose from for a constantly changing atmosphere.
The Bay Hotel has a total of 78 rooms of which six are suites; all with views either of the mountain or over the ocean. All rooms are en-suite and many have either a balcony or patio with views of the mountain, sea or swimming pools.
When to go
Cape Town is a year-round destination, with its driest months running from November through to February where skies are generally clear and the sun is shining, and temperatures range from 15°C to 35°C (59°F to 95°F). The winter months run from May to August, the weather is cooler, at around 7°C to 18°C (45°F to 65°F), with the wettest month being June with around 93mm of rain falling and the odd thunderstorm making an appearance.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Bay Harbour Market
Bay Harbour Market is situated on the water’s edge in an old fish factory in Hout Bay Harbour. The market boasts more than 100 stalls selling a huge variety of local produce from arts and crafts to fashion, jewellery and authentic South African food.
Hike up Lion's Head
The 1-2 hour hike up and down Lion's Head in Cape Town is an easy hike for the walking-fit. Day or after-sunset hikes give you fantastic views over Cape Town, Table Mountain, Atlantic and Camps Bay areas.
Quirky Cape Peninsula
Spend the day speeding around the Cape Peninsula in a vintage WWII side-car! Wind your way along the coastal roads towards the Peninsula towns and beaches where shops, restaurants and wildlife await for an unforgettable day.
Horseriding on Noordhoek Beach
For a unique day out in Cape Town, take a horseback ride along the five-mile long, picturesque Noordhoek Beach. Noordhoek is the longest beach in Cape Town and has spectacular views of Table Mountain and the Chapman's Peak.
Active City & Table Mountain
This active tour of Table Mountain and Cape Town is the perfect excursion for those who love to get up and go on an active exploration. From hiking and cycling, to walking around this vibrant city, you're sure to see all it has to offer.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world, and thought by many to be the most beautiful garden in Africa. Don't miss out on a visit to this magical treasure of Cape Town.
Cape Town Eats Tour
The Cape Town Eats tour is one for the foodies and those wanting to experience the unique flavours of South Africa and the combination of foreign influences on Cape Town's dishes, explaining much of the culture of the rainbow nation.
Surf & Peninsula Tour
Spend a morning surfing off Muizenberg Beach in the warmer False Bay waters, followed by an afternoon tour of the beautifully scenic Cape Peninsula where penguins are aplenty and the ocean seems to stretch on forever.
Cape Point & Peninsula Tour
This full day tour will take you around the beautiful scenic attractions of the Cape Peninsula. From the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, crossing over to Hout Bay and along one of the worlds most breathtaking coastal drives this trip is spectacular.
Classic Car Hire in Cape Town
There are a number of classic cars available to hire in Cape Town. What better way to spend the day than heading off to the Winelands for lunch, or cruising along the cape and up over the mountains in Porshe 356 Speedster or Alpha Romeo Spider?!
Harley Davidson in Cape Town
Is there a cooler way to explore the Cape and wider South Africa than hiring a Harley-Davidson and winding your way along the coastal roads or through the mountainous Winelands? Hire a Harley for a day or two and cruise around the cape.
Penguins at Boulders Beach
There are few places on earth where you can enjoy an experience quite like this. Get up close to the breeding colony of penguins at Boulders Beach on False bay and share their stretch of sand, or even paddle into the sea to swim with them.
Whale Watching Tour
June and November is prime-time whale watching season, these incredible animals migrate to the Western Cape to calve their young. A boat tour is the best way to get up close to these massive mammals as they breach the water.
Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain
Table Mountain, at 1086 metres above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.
Dine at The Kitima Hotel Restuarant
Visit the Kitima Hotel in Hout Bay for its superb Asian cuisine, prepared by experienced Thai chefs in a great atmosphere. We recommend you try their superb sushi.
Great White Shark Diving
Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.
Uthando Community Projects Tour
Uthando South Africa is an award winning charity in Cape Town that aims to support a range of community projects from art in schools, dancing and music lessons, animal clinics and a space for the older generation to get together for group projects.
Seal Island is a small island a short boat ride from Hout Bay that is completely inhabited by seals. The island has become a breeding colony for around 60,000 blubbering Cape Fur Seals clumsily bounding around on a rock around 6km out to sea.
Hike or Climb Table Mountain
Why not do something a bit different during your stay in Cape Town, get outdoors and experience some of the best climbing and hiking in the world? Take a hike or rock climbing trip up Table Mountain whilst taking in the breathtaking views all around you.
Robben Island Tour
A short ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is the infamous Robben Island, a cultural must-do when staying in Cape Town, this trip gives an insight into South Africa's difficult history, as well as brilliant views across Cape Towns harbour.
Wine Tasting along the Constantia Wine Route
South Africa is well known for its exquisite Winelands and Constantia was one of the first wine-producing areas in the western cape, dating back to the 1600s, spend a day visiting the areas famous vineyards as you take in the beautiful scenery.
Dine at the Test Kitchen
Frequently hailed as one of the best restaurants in South Africa, The Test Kitchen is an award winning restaurant that combines high quality ingredients with a creative flair which means it is often fully booked weeks in advance.