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.
Tuningi Safari Lodge
Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa
Best for: Family, Luxury, Malaria free
Tuningi Safari Lodge is a rustic, intimate safari lodge in South Africa’s malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Friendly and relaxed, Tuningi is all about personal service and makes a lovely base for wildlife enthusiasts in pursuit of Madikwe's ‘Big Five’.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
The malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve if the fifth largest game reserve and is the perfect location for families seeking a ‘Big Five’ thrill away from the crowds of the Kruger. Frequently hailed as one of the best conservation areas in Africa, this reserve offers its guests an unforgettable safari experience.
Tuningi Safari Lodge is a luxury accommodation offering comfort and style with it’s ‘Colonial African chic’ design and incredible safari experience available for the whole family. With only four Luxury Suites and two Family Suites, the lodge offers exclusivity and privacy as it can only accommodate sixteen guests at any time. Each Luxury Suite is spacious and beautifully decorated, designed to create a space with large retractable window doors where guests can enjoy comfort while remaining close to nature and the surrounding bush. A comfortable lounge area and fireplace also allows guests to relax in warmth on cooler evenings, with air-conditioning during the warmer months. Guests can also enjoy a large en-suite bathroom with spectacular views as well as an outside rock shower. The Family Suites are designed for families with children of all ages, while in keeping with the features and design of the Luxury Suites, the Family Suites are made up of two en-suite double bedrooms joined by the dining area and a kitchenette. A deck also offers unsurpassed views across the bush.
All guests have access to the main lodge, with its chic colonial Africa vibe, sumptuous lounge, spacious dining room and well-stocked bar. An impressive rim flow pool overlooks a watering hole and a sweeping wooden deck leading to an intimate boma area interlinks all the areas, where guests can sit beside a blazing log fire after an exciting day’s game viewing and enjoy exquisite food prepared by Tuningi’s executive chef.
Tuningi is one of the few lodges in a ‘Big Five’ reserve that caters for children of all ages, with children over the age of five being able to join their parents on a game drive, while children under the age of five will be taken on short ‘kiddies bumbles.’ Other activities include treasure hunts, t-shirt painting, clay building and bush memory games. Tuningi is not only a beautiful and luxurious lodge with remarkable safari experiences, but a welcoming retreat where guests are made to feel like one of the family, while the team of superbly professional and passionate staff are eager to please and will go to great lengths to ensure you have an outstanding safari experience.
When to go
KwaZulu Natal boasts a sub-tropical climate and tends to enjoy sunshine year-round with hot and humid summers, from November to March and much milder winters (May to September) than the rest of the country. The coastal line is typically blessed with around 300 days of sunshine while the elevation of the Drakensberg makes the temperatures more moderate. During the rainy season, the Drakensberg is likely to have daily thunderstorms and rain.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Families in Madikwe
At Madikwe Safari Lodge there are a host of activities for kids to experience the magic of the bush. The Eco House is an educational centre for kids to paint, draw, model, learn about the bush, plenty to keep them entertained for hours!
Game Drives in Madikwe
Madikwe is a 'Big Five' safari destination, teeming with wildlife. Whilst on a drive, you should keep an eye out for lion, elephant, black & white rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, spotted & brown hyena, and a whole array of plains game.
Guided Bush Walks in Madikwe
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.