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South Africa

South Africa is a land of outstanding natural beauty. The size of France and Spain combined it boasts an excellent infrastructure, enabling easy travel around the country. And a chance to take in the many types of terrain and scenery that can be found here. [See South Africa itinerary ideas]

Cape Town sits at the foot of flat-topped Table Mountain; ride the cable car to the top of the mountain on clear days for panoramic views. The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is where it all happens, with free entertainment, restaurants and bars plying their trade. Boat trips can be taken from here to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held. Go shark diving with Great Whites off the cape or bungee jump above the Bloukrans River.

Outside of Cape Town, head to Hermanus to watch whales migrate and breed, or settle down in towns such as Paarl and Stellenbosch in the heart of the Winelands to sample celebrated varieties from the 106 cellars in the region.

Follow the Garden Route along the south coast to see some exceptional coastline, excellent beaches and rugged coves. Nature reserves for dolphins and primates as well as bird watching sites act as further distractions.

The best wildlife watching though is in the Kruger National Park, which is the size of Wales and home to the Big Five and countless other creatures. With accommodation to suit all budgets and the greatest diversity of wildlife on the continent, it's one of Africa's great wildlife reserves.

Alternatively, head into the mountains and hike amidst the peaks and plunging valleys of the Drakensburg, listen to the silence in the Karoo, settle back on the warm sands of KwaZulu-Natal, visit the diamond mines in Kimberley and watch the stark landscape of Namaqualand burst into bloom during springtime.

WEXAS Travel brochure for South Africa

South Africa

Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.


When to go

The seasons in South Africa are a reversal of those in the Northern Hemisphere, with winter at its height in July and August. This is the best time to view South Africa's wildlife; with dry conditions forcing animals to congregate around water sources in National Parks, making them easier to spot. This is when whale watching is easiest too.

Cape Town and the Garden Route are best visited during the warmer summer months (December and January) when temperatures average 25-30°C. During winter, temperatures plummet, overnight frosts are common, as is snow in mountainous areas and the Cape Town region.

Be aware that South African summers are prone to sudden and very heavy storms, and when driving in these conditions reduced visibility can make it necessary to pull over for a time.

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Essential Experiences

We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.


Practical Information

Capital - Pretoria

Size - 1.2 million sq km

Language - South Africa has 11 official languages. The most commonly spoken is isiZulu at 22.7%. English is widely understood, being the language of business and the media, but many people speak variations of African and Dutch languages in the privacy of their homes. 13.5% speak Afrikaans (including 60% of white South Africans), 16% is isiXhosa, 8% Setswana and 7.6% Sesotho, with the other official languages spoken by less than 5% of the population.

Population - 51.7 million (2011)

Religion - The South African constitution provides for freedom of religion.  79.7% of South Africans are Christian, with 11.1% specifically Zion Christian, while 8.2% follow Pentecostalism, 7.1% are Catholic, 6.7% Dutch Reformed and 46.6% follow another Christian faith. 15% of South Africans follow no religion at all, and 4.7% declared themselves followers of another religion, with large Muslim communities in some areas.

Currency - 1 South African Rand = 100 cents

Time zone - GMT + 2 hours

Flight time from the UK - Direct flights from London 11.5 hours (Johannesburg/Pretoria) to 12.5 hours (Cape Town).

Festivals

January - Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, typically held on New Year's Day, the city's longest-running parade kicks off the New Year in style. Historically it was held on 02 January, the one day Cape slaves were given off in the year. A flamboyant collection of performers dance and sing their way through the city centre, drawing thousands of spectators every year.

February - FNB Dance Umbrella, contemporary dance festival featuring new works from South African and African choreographers and international artists, held in Johannesburg.

March - Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour, the largest individually timed bike race in the world takes place along the coast, starting at Cape Town.

March - Cape Town International Jazz Festival, hugely popular, with international and local artists taking part.

April - Klein Kagroo Nationale Kunstefees, largest Afrikaans art and culture festival, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.

April - Two Oceans Marathon, billed as the worlds most beautiful marathon, run out of Cape Town.

April - Splashy Fen Music Festival, four days of music and fun on a farm in Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal with the beautiful Drakensberg acting as a scenic backdrop.

May - Good Food and Wine Show, Cape Town.

June - National Arts Festival is the largest arts and culture festival in Africa, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

July - Kynasta Oyster Festival, ten days of events along the Garden Route in the Western Cape.

August - Oppikoppi Bushveld Festival, a music festival held in Northam, North West Province, rocking the bundu (bushland) for four days and four nights.

September - Cape Town Comedy Festival.

November/March - Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, held on the botanical garden lawns at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town.

December - Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival, three days of comparing and contrasting the finest local Cap Classiques with some of the best French champagne, in the pretty Franschhoek Wine Valley.

Visas

Please note that entry requirements and visa regulations can change often and at short notice. We can provide general information about the passport and visa requirements for your trip and this information may be included after the itinerary section of your quotation. Your specific passport and visa requirements and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Neither we nor the principal(s) or supplier(s) accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Please call your WEXAS specialist if you wish to discuss entry requirements.

Passport requirements

Passports must be valid for the duration of you stay. If you are visiting another country or countries en route to or from South Africa, be sure to check any further entry requirements.

Money

The South African rand is divided into 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200; coins in denominations of  5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5.

Traveller's cheques (in hard currencies) can be easily exchanged in banks (these tend to close at 3.30pm during the week and 11am on Saturdays), bureaux de change and in some hotels. ATMs can be found countrywide, and all major credit cards are accepted. It's worth being aware that you can't purchase fuel on a credit card.

Regions [13]

Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in South Africa, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.

Kruger & Surrounds

Kruger National Park is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world and is home to more animals than any other reserve in South Africa. The Kruger Game Reserves offer prestigious lodges and game viewing and plenty of free roaming wildlife - leapord and the Big …

Kwazulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal offers a great mix of historical, cultural and natural attractions, with majestic mountains, World Heritage sites and plenty to keep you entertained. The Battlefield Route around Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift offers an insight into the Anglo-Zulu and …

Luxury trains

Let the train take the strain and roll through dramatic landscapes and extraordinary scenery aboard one of South Africa's luxury trains, including the Blue Train and Rovos Rail.

Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is a land of wide open spaces, wild flowers, the world's most important diamond mining towns and South Africa's famous black-maned lions. The province is charaterised by the vast arid plains of the Kalahari and and the brilliant displays of wild …

Northwest Province

The vast, semi-arid Kalahari and bushveld habitats of the Northwest Province, near the border with Botswana, were the scene of the world's largest game translocation exercise: Operation Phoenix.

Route 62 & The Karoo

Route 62 is a scenic tourist route running 850 km along South Africa's East Coast, from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

Western Cape

The Western Cape is perhaps South Africa's most popular region. Discover world-class wines on the world's longest wine route, enjoy wonderful whale watching in coastal Hermanus, relaxing in captivating Cape Town, and experience the brilliant and varied landscapes of the …

Winelands

The scenic Cape Winelands is one of the most popular areas of South Africa.


Itinerary ideas [51]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in South Africa. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.

Black spots and white pearls

Special offer From £2895 pp incl. flights
Safari Wildlife Natural world

This week-long luxury 'bush and beach' combination begins with three nights at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. Phinda was the first Big Five reserve in the …

South Africa Safari & City Break

Special offer From £2045 pp incl. flights
Safari City Wildlife

This eight-day, tailor-made South African city and safari adventure combines the magic of the Kruger National Park with a four-night stay at the luxurious Four …

Wild beasts and beaches of South Africa

Special offer From £2499 pp incl. flights
Beach Natural world Safari

Referred to as 'Seven World's of Wonder, the pristine landscapes of the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve are home to no less than seven unique ecosystems, …

Cape Town & Winelands Experience

Special offer From £1245 pp incl. flights
Self-drive City Beach

South Africa's Southern Cape is a staggeringly beautiful region with an abundance of star attractions including some of the world's finest vineyards and …

In the footsteps of Mandela

From £1899 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Self-drive

2014 is a poignant year for South Africa, marking both the 50th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's incarceration on Robben Island, and the 20th anniversary of his …

African safari & Mozambique beach break

Safari Beach Wildlife

South Africa, home to the fabled Big Five of leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino, offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world, and combining …

Wildlife of KwaZulu-Natal

From £2799 pp incl. flights
Wildlife Natural world Activity & adventure

KwaZulu-Natal is surely South Africa's most dramatic and varied province, changing with altitude from its gorgeous Indian Ocean beaches through wetlands and …

Best of Zambia & South Africa

Natural world Wildlife Rail journey

"Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight" is the often-quoted note that David Livingstone made when he first clapped eyes on …

Ultimate Kruger Safari

Special offer From £4399 pp incl. flights
Wildlife Safari

Kruger National Park is the standard-bearer for conservation in Africa - 20,000 square kilometres of bush and savannah home to all the Big Five and an army of …

Kalahari, Cape & Coast

Special offer From £3899 pp incl. flights
Wildlife Natural world Spa

South Africa is a spectacular country in terms of its culture, cuisine, landscapes and, most famously, its wildlife. This 11-day tailor-made South African …

Madikwe & the Cape 8-day tailor-made tour

Special offer From £2199 pp incl. flights
History & culture Wildlife City

Easily reached from South Africa's capital Johannesburg and one of the few reserves in southern Africa that's malaria free, the Madikwe Game Reserve borders …

The Cape, wine & whales 11-day tailor-made self-drive

Wildlife History & culture City

From June to November the clifftops around Hermanus offer the best land-based whale-watching in the world, as southern right whales come to raise their calves …

Garden Route & Klein Karoo 9-day escorted tour

From £1669 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Beach City

Stretching from Mossel Bay in the west to Tsitsikamma in the east, the 300km coastline known as the Garden Route is something of a show home for South African …

Luxury Cape Town & Kruger Safari

Spa Natural world Wildlife

This great value tour is a perfect short introduction to South Africa, or simply an indulgent break. The itinerary takes in one of the most beautiful parts of …

South Africa with Red Carnation Hotels

Self-drive Spa Activity & adventure

An exceptional hotel will often form the basis of an exceptional holiday and Red Carnation’s three South African hotels will not disappoint. Set in …

Cape Town, Hermanus and Kruger

Wildlife Natural world City

This 10 day luxury self-drive tour starts in the picturesque region of Cape Town before enjoying a spot of whale-watching in the pretty town of Hermanus. From …

andBeyond Twin-Centre Kruger Safari

Special offer From £4199 pp incl. flights
Wildlife Natural world Activity & adventure

South Africa is rightly renowned for its incredible wildlife and the Kruger National Park in the northeast of the country has a deserved reputation as one of …

The Fairest Cape

Special offer From £2399 pp incl. flights
Food & wine Rail journey Spa

This 12-day luxury tour starts on the world renowned Garden Route before taking in the Cape Winelands and the Constantia Valley wine region on the Cape …

KwaZulu-Natal Discovery Self-Drive

From £1995 pp incl. flights
Self-drive History & culture Beach

The South African province of KwaZulu-Natal is perhaps the most dramatic and varied in the country, and with Durban so well served by international flights, it …

Western Cape, Panorama Route & Safari

City Beach Food & wine

This tailor-made 13 day self-drive holiday takes in the natural beauty of Cape Town & the Cape Winelands before flying to Mpumalanga province to explore this …

Cape Town, Winelands & Safari

Special offer From £2471 pp incl. flights
Natural world Beach Safari

This 10-day luxury tour starts in the picturesque city of Cape Town, before heading off to sample the delights of the Cape Winelands. From the scenic Cape, head …

South Africa cultural experiences

A collection South Africa cultural tours in Johannesburg and Cape Town visiting townships, musuems, charities, and the famous Robben Island Prison.

Cape of Good Hope Hike

Sure, you could see South Africa from the back of a 4x4 on a safari, but there’s nothing like the feel of Table Mountain under your feet as you hike to the …

South African Family Adventure

Choosing the right trip for your family is tough. South Africa makes it ridiculously easy. Looking for a scenic drive? Check out the wonders along the fabled …

Kruger, Falls & Botswana Safari

It's never too late to experience an authentic African safari - especially if it's right in the heart of some of Africa's most famous parks and wildlife …

Cape and Namibia Adventure

From the cosmopolitan streets of Cape Town to the desert and lunar scenery of Namibia, witness the diversity of southwestern Africa on this 12-day nature …

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure

This 18-day journey through four African countries hits the highlights and is perfect for the adventurer who wants to discover the region’s diversity. Explore …

Kruger Encompassed

If you’re not familiar with the Kruger area, you definitely won’t forget it after this. This 7-day South African safari includes visits to a …

Cape Town & Kruger Encompassed

Savvy travellers know that a genuine African wildlife safari experience need not be all sweat and struggle. We built this trip for adventurers who want to get …

Highlights of South Africa, Zambia & Botswana

If watching nature shows on TV has gotten a little stale, try getting up close with the wildlife of Southern Africa instead. With a maximum group size of 9, …

Kruger, Cape Town & Falls

The perfect African adventure for those who want to experience all of the region’s diverse pleasures authentically and comfortably, this 13-day trip has it …

Kruger & Falls

Enjoy a quick taste of southern Africa’s characteristic highlights on this brief-yet-comprehensive trip to South Africa and Zambia. It begins with a safari …

Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest

Stretched across nearly 2.5 million hectares of wild South African frontier and home to over 600 species of mammals and birds, Kruger National Park is massive …

Cape Town to Joburg Adventure

Like action, adventure and wildlife documentaries? Then you’re going to flat-out love this trip. The itinerary reads like a special double-issue of your …

Cape & Dunes Overland

Journey from the city streets of Cape Town to the desert of Namibia and experience the diversity of Africa on this classic adventure—Namibia is one of the …

Joburg to Nairobi Overland

Connecting two major hubs, this overland journey will take you from Johannesburg to Nairobi and into the stunning wilderness of the six countries that lie in …

Southern Africa Encompassed

When it comes to raw, in-your-face wildness, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe are incredible—and from the vantage of our rugged overland …

Botswana and Falls Adventure

This trip offers a fully immersive, unyieldingly African experience in a compact 8-day package. Soak up the wildlife and vibrant colours and scenery of Zambia, …

Kruger Camping Safari

Short and to the point, if you're already in Joburg or simply hungry for a taste of South Africa's exceptional wildlife and culture, this 4-day safari adventure …

Kruger & Swazi Overland

In Africa, the cultural exchange rate is always favourable. This eye-opening journey into South Africa and Swaziland promises ample face time with the …

South Africa & Swazi Quest

The unvarnished grandeur of South Africa is on display in this comprehensive exploration of one of the continent’s most diverse and fascinating destinations. …

South Africa Discoverer

Explore South Africa's fascinating cultural diversity on this exciting journey through the 'Rainbow Nation'. Chase stunning views through Tsitsikamma National …

Dunes, Deltas & Falls

If you want to soak up the colours, culture and scenery of this incredible region, this is the ultimate expedition to southwestern Africa. Experience game …

Cape Town to Nairobi

Marvel at the world's highest sand dunes, float through the Okavango in a dug-out mokoro canoe and meet the San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert on this …

Mozambique, Kruger & Swazi Discoverer

Want to tell a better travel story at your next dinner party? Tell ‘em about the time you went to southeast Africa. Nature is front-and-centre on this 14-day …

Ultimate Africa

Spanning eight countries, this journey is full of diverse cultures, abundant wildlife, spectacular landscapes, stunning beaches and loads of adventure. Track …

Places to stay [37]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in South Africa. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in South Africa, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.

Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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Wildlife Natural world Activity & adventure

This malaria-free "Big-5" private Game Reserve is situated 80kms from Port Elizabeth airport, at the end (or beginning) of South Africa’s prestigious Garden …

Four Rosmead, South Africa

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

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Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

City History & culture Natural world

Intimate eight-bedroom boutique hotel situated on the slopes of Table Mountain and within walking distance of Green Market Square and Kloof Street, in the …

Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

City Food & wine Romance

Without a doubt one of the most famous and iconic hotels in Cape Town, Mount Nelson is set on the lower slopes of Table Mountain and within nine acres of lush …

Phinda Game Reserve, South Africa

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

Set in the prestigious Hluhluwe National Park, just over three hours drive from Durban, Phinda Private Game Reserve comprises 17,500 hectares of prime …

The Twelve Apostles, South Africa

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

Situated beneath the majestic Table Mountain and facing the Atlantic ocean, The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is just minutes from the elegant Camps Bay beach and …

Cape Grace V&A Waterfront, South Africa

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

With a classically inspired exterior and graceful elegance within, the Cape Grace is a 5-star hotel offering warm, personalised hospitality – a perennial …

Kensington Place, Cape Town

Considered one of the coolest 5-star boutique hotels in Cape Town, the exclusive Kensington Place is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, in a quiet …

The Marine Hotel, South Africa

With its unique location right on the cliffs at Hermanus, the 5-star Marine Hotel boasts 42 rooms and suites and spectacular views across Walker Bay, home to …

Bushmans Kloof, Cederberg Mountains

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is an award-winning wilderness reserve and wellness retreat nestled deep in the Cederberg Mountains, just …

Phinda Mountain Lodge

Described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’, Phinda Private Game Reserve, just a three-hour drive from Durban, comprises seven distinct habitats, spread over …

andBeyond Exeter River Lodge

Tucked away on the banks of the Sand River in the prestigious Sabi Sand Game Reserve, andBeyond Exeter River Lodge shares unfenced borders with Kruger National …

The Plettenberg Hotel, South Africa

Set on a dramatic rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay, this luxurious manor house offers spectacular views of the Indian Ocean framed by distant mountains and has …

Grande Roche, South Africa

Dating back to the 18th century, the immaculately restored Grande Roche is centred on a working vineyard and offers 29 luxury suites and six executive rooms, …

River Manor Boutique Hotel, Winelands

Bestowed with National Monument status, River Manor comprises two historical houses set in an oak-lined avenue just a two-minute stroll from the restaurants, …

Franschhoek Country House & Villas

Franschhoek Country House & Villas is located in the heart of the Cape Winelands, 1km from the village centre of Franschhoek. The original Franschhoek Country …

Cellars Hohenort, Cape Town

Surrounded by immaculate gardens, this charming property has an enviable position in the heart of the Constantia Valley on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. …

Taj Cape Town, South Africa

This five star hotel is ideally situated in the historic city centre, perfect for those wanting to discover authentic Cape Town.

Radisson Blu Waterfront, Cape Town

With its unique location right by the Atlantic Ocean and within walking distance from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the recently renovated Radisson Blu …

Mont Rochelle Hotel

The Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards is located in the village of Franschhoek in the heart of the Cape Winelands. This working wine farm produces …

Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort, Mpumalanga

Offering a mixture of stylish suites and villas in the heart of South Africa's Mpumalanga region, Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort provides its guests with a …

Isibindi Zulu Lodge, Zululand

Surrounded by the rugged beauty and abundant wildlife of South Africa's Zululand, Isibindi Zulu Lodge is a triumph in terms of both its location and style, as …

The Oyster Box, South Africa

Originally built in 1947, the Oyster Box is said to be a favourite haunt of the Zulu King. The hotel re-opened its doors in October 2009 after an extensive …

Cleopatra Farmhouse, South Africa

Set in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is ideal as a restful refuge, offering personalised service, picturesque mountain …

andBeyond Dulini Lodge

andBeyond Dulini Lodge is situated on the banks of the Mabrak River in the world famous Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve which shares unfenced borders with the …

andBeyond Leadwood Lodge

Situated on a wooded bank of the Sand River, Leadwood's four suites offer solitude and serenity. Fully sized private plunge pools and outdoor showers soothe and …

andBeyond Kirkman’s Camp, South Africa

Set within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and sharing unfenced borders with the prestigious Kruger National Park, Kirkman’s Camp was originally built in the early …

Ngala Safari Lodge, South Africa

Sharing an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, Ngala Safari Lodge offers an intimate wildlife experience to see incredible animals such as lions, …

andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp

Set on the banks of the seasonal Timbavati River, andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp has just six romantic tented suites on raised platforms with private wooden decks …

Rocktail Beach Camp, Maputaland

Rocktail Beach Camp lies in the lush, tropical shade of the Maputaland Coastal Forest. With the World Heritage-listed Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore …

Steenberg Hotel

The Steenberg Hotel is nestled in the Constantia Valley wine-making region, considered one of South Africa's finest, just a 20-minute drive from the heart of …

Tswalu, Northern Cape, South Africa

Tswalu Kalahari is the largest private game reserve in South Africa and covers an area of over 100,000 hectares. Tswalu makes conservation its absolute priority …

The Bay Hotel, Cape Town

The recently refurbished Bay Hotel is Cape Town’s only 5-star beach hotel, located in the stylish suburb of Camps Bay. On your doorstep are some of the finest …

Shumbalala Game Lodge, Kruger Nat Park

Shumbalala Game Lodge is situated in the heart of the Thornybush Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Set under shady African trees lining the seasonal …

Pumba Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Close to Port Elizabeth, Pumba is equipped with two intimate lodges (the Water Lodge and Msenge Bush Lodge), each boasting their own touch of opulence. In …

Cybele Forest Lodge & Spa

Cybele Forest Lodge is located 420km east of Johannesburg, between White River and Hazyview. The lodge is a charming old farmhouse with a wide veranda where you …

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Nature Reserve, with its two 5-star lodges and luxury Villa, is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills overlooking the …

Lairds Lodge, South Africa

Ideally-located along the world famous Garden Route, this luxurious country house is set on a 24 acre estate and offers direct access to stunning beaches, …

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