Sometimes called “a world in one country” South Africa has it all.
The Rovos Rail steam train will carry you in style across the Great Karoo past flat topped Table Mountain into Cape Town. The Garden Route takes you from Cape Town through vintage wine country, along a dramatic coastline to see whales, nature reserves and beaches. Heading east, the majestic Drakensberg Mountains run all the way from the Kingdom of Lesotho past Rorke’s Drift battlefield, north towards the rich wildlife areas of the Kruger and Limpopo. You could spend a month in here and only begin to explore this vast land and understand its fascinating culture.
South Africa Safari Holidays
You are spoilt for choice in places to stay, ranging from the Mount Nelson which has proudly watched over Cape Town for 150 years, to hundreds of delightful owner run country hotels, to some of the most luxurious lodges on the continent. You are never at a loss for things to do touring wine country and Zulu war battle sites, world class golf, riding, whale watching, exciting safaris, and enjoying panoramic scenery. You will probably put on a few pounds as you make your way between delightful restaurants striving to out do each other for new heights of excellence.
With its great variety, it combines well with a trip in nearby countries or head to the North East of the country for some of the finest South African Safaris around. Many people combine a week in the Cape with a week in Botswana or Namibia to indulge in the luxury of the two countries. You may like the idea of a journey from the Cape to Victoria Falls, or even from the Cape to Cairo, combining the treasures of ancient Egypt with South Africa safaris and a week in Cape Town and the Winelands.
It is a vast country with several regions of interest in all corners of the magnificent country, from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Durban and the safari parks of the North East, all offer some of the most luxurious holidays available in the whole of Africa.
The Cape Royale hotel located right next to Table Mountain in Cape Town is a popular location for holiday makers looking for a bit of luxury and usually as part of a South Africa safari package that includes a stay at the Cape Royale. Other local options include Mount Nelson and Beaumont House.
Generally it is usually a destination for those people looking for a mix of wildlife and town experiences, those people looking for nightlife, bars and restaurants in a lively town but to also experience the thrilling culture. South Africa safaris are usually accompanied by a luxury location in one of the major towns, Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban.
South Africa has two main climatic zones. The Cape and Garden Route have a climate similar to the Mediterranean or southern California (but southern hemisphere) with warm mainly dry weather from late November to early April and cooler unpredictable weather at other times of year. The northern and eastern areas – Madikwe, the Kruger and KwaZulu Natal have warm weather with occasional downpours from November to March and cooler mainly dry weather at other times of year. Within this framework there are regional variations so be sure to call us to discuss the ideal locations for when you wish to travel.
Christmas through to the New Year is always very busy in the Cape and Garden Route as this is when South Africa families take their holidays as well as large number of tourists. If you want to combine time in the Cape from November to March with a safari, Botswana is an ideal choice as the weather there at that time is usually drier than in the Kruger.
It may seem a sweeping generalisation, particularly for somewhere with a 1,500 mile long coastline, but South Africa is not a primary destination for a beach holiday. Call us to discuss possible beach combinations which include idyllic Mozambican islands, Mauritius and the Seychelles.
South Africa is 11 hours flying time from London and there is a wide choice of overnight flights direct to both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Johannesburg is a hub airport with excellent direct flights to most other African capital cities. So on arrival in the morning you can usually connect conveniently to another destination which does not have direct London flights, such as Namibia, Victoria Falls Botswana or Mozambique. A visa is not required for most European/North American citizens. There is a good regional air network between the main cities within the country and it is considered safe and practicable to self-drive, particularly around the Cape and Garden Route and parts of KwaZulu Natal.
It has many attractions with some superb wildlife reserves, including the continent’s main malaria free locations. The Drakensberg Mountains and other ranges provide marvellous walking, the diving is outstanding off the KwaZulu Natal coastline and there is a rich history and culture also in KwaZulu Natal. The country has many superb golf courses, attractive towns and cities and superbly hospitable country house hotels, especially in the Cape where the dining experience can be world class.
Please consult your medical doctor for information about vaccinations and protection from malaria.
"Well, what can I say about our trip - PERFECT! would sum it up, but not close to how incredible our 2 weeks away really were... From arriving at our lodge on safari through to the wine region and onto Cape Town - each one was filled with incredible people who made our trip a true "lifetime" event"
Grant Cuthill, UK
"We thought South Africa was amazing, we loved the scenery, the people and the accommodation not to mention the food. We had a brilliant time and we have vowed to return and explore more."
Janice and Paul Jobling, UK
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The Glorious Cape
Delightful country house hotels, superb restaurants, warm hospitality and breathtaking scenery. Whale watching, caged shark diving, championship golf courses and sun-drenched vineyards. Steam into Cape Town aboard the luxurious Rovos Rail train on one of the world’s classic rail journeys across the Great Karoo. We can arrange an unforgettable week in the Cape after your luxury safari. Or stay for two weeks in high summer in January and February when it’s cold and dark in Europe.
Malaria Free Safaris
South Africa offers the Africa’s best malaria free safaris. After a week in Cape Town and the winelands, Shamwari and Kwandwe in the Eastern Cape are a great place to find the Big Five staying in sumptuous comfort. For a wilder malaria free safari head to Kwandwe near the Botswana border. From luxurious Jamala Madikwe you can seek out rhinoceros leopard and elephant on the dry savannah plains among sand rivers and big volcanic hills.
Battlefields Mountains and Deserted Beaches
KwaZulu Natal is South Africa’s undiscovered tropical treasure house. It was the setting for heroic battles between English, Boers and Zulus. You can walk around the Rorke’s Drift Mission House where a handful of Welsh Guards held off thousands of Zulu warriors after the Isandlwana massacre. In sight of the battlefields are the towering Drakensberg mountains and further north are magnificent game reserves. Further east the Kwazulu Natal coastline from Durban to the Mozambique border is a series of spectacular beaches fringed by tropical reefs, surrounded by rich forest.
A World in One Country
Is what South African’s proudly call their country. You could spend months here and still feel that you’ve only touched the surface. A number of our clients have so fallen in love with South Africa that they’ve bought property there and some have made it their home.
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Our Favourite Experiences
These are just a few experiences you can enjoy on your South Africa safari. Contact us now to plan your perfect holiday.