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.
The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa
Knysna, South Africa
Best for: Family, Highlights, Spa
Located on Thesen Island in the scenic Knysna Lagoon is The Turbine Boutique Hotel. A restored power station, this boutique hotel combines luxury and character to make it an exceptional stay with stunning panoramic views of the waterfront and beyond.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Once an old power station, the Turbine Boutique Hotel is the product of a design project to bring the old building into the twenty-first century. Now a unique boutique hotel, the Turbine has been restored and much of the original building work remains, creating a blend between the functional and industrial fabric of the building, adding to the overall charm of the property.
Just twenty-six suites make up the accommodation, seventeen Standard Rooms, seven Luxury Rooms, a Honeymoon Suite and a self-catering Lagoon Suite. The Luxury Rooms are available for those seeking a little more space and comfort as well as amazing views of the surrounding mountains and Knysna Heads from the balcony. The Honeymoon Suite is one-of-a-kind, it is completely private and epitomises romance with its classic design and spacious en-suite. The Lagoon Suite is situated a short distance from the main hotel and is ideal for families looking to self-cater, it maintains comfort and luxury whilst being secluded enough to offer a quiet retreat while still being able to reach the main hotel facilities. Each room has been individually designed, all are en-suite with separate baths and showers and his and hers basins. All Suites have been designed to let in plenty of natural light, have large comfortable beds as well as all of the modern amenities needed for a comfortable stay.
Set in the sheltered Knysna lagoon, The Turbine is surrounded by water on three sides creating a marina atmosphere unlike that found in other areas of the Garden Route. Watersports are aplenty along this patch of coastline with the Turbine happy to arrange anything from boating, kayaking to rock and surf fishing. Visitors during the months from July to November could be lucky enough to view Southern Right and Humback whales migrating from Antarctica towards the warmer waters off South Africa. Knysna itself is a short walk from The Turbine, the small town boasts a great selection of restaurants and bars, and forest hiking and walking trails, as well as the fantastic beaches of Plettenberg a short drive away.
When to go
The Garden Route offers visitors a Mediterranean climate, with moderately hot summers and mild to chilly winters. As one of the richest rainfall areas in South Africa, the Garden Route remains lush and green all year-round. Summer is from November to March with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C, especially from December to February. From April, temperatures begin to fall again, with evenings being much colder. From June to December, the southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Kayak & Lilo in Tsitsikamma National Park
Take this two to three hour kayak and lilo adventure in Tsitiskamma National Park where you’ll explore the Storms River Gorge, the tranquil pools and deep caves all in a kayak or whilst balancing on a lilo.
Dine at Emily Moon
Book a table and spend an evening at Emily Moon. This restaurant offers delicious meals and is situated just outside of the hustle and bustle of Plettenberg Bay with fantastic views over the river and the mountains in the distance.
Fynbos Flower Safari
The Cape Floral Region has the highest concentration of plant species in the world. Explore the fynbos and ancient gnarled milkwood forest of the Cape with expert guides and find out that South Africa has so much more to offer than you may have realised.
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the Southern Cape and is in the perfect location for anyone who wants to experience a one day, big game viewing experience along the Garden Route.
Robberg Peninsula Walk
Take a walk along the Robberg Peninsula, an outcrop of land on the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Visit the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay and learn about the conservation efforts and rehabilitation work to help ensure the continuity of various endemic species. From a diverse variety of animals, both land and marine based.
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Monkeyland is a unique primate sanctuary that rehabilitates and frees previously caged primates. All of the monkeys here move about the forest freely and peacefully and allow you to view them as they would be seen in their natural habitat.