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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.
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.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Located on the 91st dune within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, !Xaus Lodge sits on raised decks with a magnificent view overlooking a huge salt pan. This community run lodge offers complete seclusion in a beautiful park in South Africa.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a semi-arid desert which sits across both Botswana and South Africa, remote but beautiful, the landscape consists of rolling red sand dunes and is peppered with salt pans. This landscape might not be what you would expect from a desert, as there is still lots of greenery and life that is able to survive here. !Xaus Lodge is located deep within the park, on the 91st dune, the last part only accessible by 4x4. As a result the lodge receives limited luxuries of modern life; water is salted and hard and must go through a reverse osmosis process to become drinkable, electricity is generated in the mornings and evenings only and there is no phone, WiFi, or television signals that reach this part of the world.
Although this may not appeal to every guest, the lodge offers a respite from technology where guests can instead focus on the beautiful surroundings. The lodge itself is a Fair Trade Tourism destination, and its location in the tranquil desert surrounds offers spectacular scenic views and a feel of total isolation. An active involvement in the Bushman community in the area gives guests the opportunity to interact with both communities that own the lodge and the chance for a unique bushman experience. Sleeping 24 guests in total, the lodge also has a central lodge which includes a lounge, craft shop, dining room, and central viewing deck with a swimming pool and Lapa. It is important to note that although chalets are not air-conditioned, traditional methods are used to keep the buildings cool.
The biggest selling point of !Xaus and it's wonderful location are the type of activities on offer. Guests are invited to meet the Bushman people and to interact with them. Game activities in this area have a completely exclusive feel and guests could head out on a morning walk with a guide and tracker to learn about plants, desert life and to study animal spoor. Afternoons will probably be spend in a game vehicle to explore the vast desert landscape and to try and find some of the animals that live there. Furthermore, with virtually no light pollution, star gazing in the evening is a sight like no other.
When to go
The dry and arid nature of the desert means that days are generally warm throughout the year, with the hottest days falling in the summer months, between November and March. Temperatures can reach highs of 40°C (104°F) and lows of 19°C (66°F) during these summer months, however the weather is humid and there are also higher chances of rain, especially in February. The winter months run from June to August and the weather stays dry, and temperatures are cooler. With highs of 25°C (77°F) during the day and below 10°C (50°F) during the evenings, you will need to wrap up and wear layers for early mornings and evenings.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Activities at !Xaus Lodge
Spend your time at !Xaus Lodge trying out a range of activities designed to take you out and about exploring the dunes of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, learning about how the bushman once lived in the area and marvelling at the bright night sky.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Northern Cape, South Africa
Get off the beaten track in South Africa to explore the vast and uninterrupted landscape and scenery of the lesser visited Northern Cape. Perfect for self-drivers, this trip offers everything from beautiful scenery, blossoming flowers, and even animals.
South Africa, Namibia, Victoria Falls
This epic trip across southern Africa offers some of the highlights of what South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe have to offer. Almost completely self-drive, you'll have the independence to see some of the most incredible African landscapes on offer, find some big game and experience new cultures.