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South Africa holidays and safaris

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 brochure

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 0797.

Kruger National Park

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. Explore picturesque vineyards along the world's longest wine route, enjoy wonderful whale watching in the pretty coastal town of Hermanus, discover historic sites, fantastic restaurants and tredy beachside …

Winelands tours

Magnificent mountain and valley scenery, world-class vineyards and restaurants, inviting luxury accommodation, historic charm and warm, friendly locals combine to make the Cape Winelands a must on any tailor-made South Africa holiday.


Itinerary ideas [29]

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 0797.

Twin Centre Kruger Safari

Special offer From £3,295 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure Honeymoon Natural world

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 …

Cape, Wine & Whales

Special offer From £1,945 pp incl. flights
City Food & wine History & culture

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 …

Black spots and white pearls

Special offer From £3,345 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure Beach Honeymoon

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 …

Botswana safari and Cape Town with Belmond

Special offer From £4,495 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Luxury travel

Botswana is often referred to as the ultimate and most luxurious safari destination in Africa. Perhaps its greatest treasure is the Okavango Delta, a lush oasis …

Cape, Winelands & Kruger Safari

Special offer From £3,095 pp incl. flights
Beach Luxury travel Natural world

This 12-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 …

Johannesburg, Madikwe and the Cape

Special offer From £2,895 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Natural world

This 11-day tailor-made tour combines a luxury safari in the Madikwe, one of South Africa's most game-rich reserves with a boutique stay in iconic Cape Town, …

Wild beasts and beaches of South Africa

Special offer From £2,695 pp incl. flights
Beach Luxury travel Natural world

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, …

Ultimate Kruger Safari

Special offer From £5,295 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure Honeymoon Luxury travel

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 …

African safari & Mozambique beach break

Special offer From £4,395 pp incl. flights
Beach History & culture Honeymoon

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 …

Kruger, Cape & Kalahari

Special offer From £5,595 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure Honeymoon Luxury travel

South Africa is a spectacular country in terms of its culture, cuisine, landscapes and, most famously, its wildlife.

Classic Cape, Blue Train and Safari

Special offer From £3,295 pp incl. flights
City Luxury travel Natural world

An unforgettable 15-day South African adventure combining Cape Town and the Winelands, the luxurious Blue Train and a Big Five safari

Best of South Africa

From £4,095 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Food & wine

If you've any doubt as to why South Africa draws more visitors than anywhere else in Sub-Saharan Africa, the incredible diversity of this 21-day tailor-made …

Makakatana Wetlands Extension

From £375 pp
Beach Off-The-Beaten-Track Relaxation

A three-day self drive package that fits perfectly as an extension to a KwaZulu-Natal self-drive.

KwaZulu-Natal Discovery Self-Drive

From £2,445 pp incl. flights
Beach History & culture Luxury travel

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 …

Wildlife of KwaZulu-Natal

From £3,595 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure Beach Honeymoon

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

Thonga Beach Break

From £595 pp
Beach Off-The-Beaten-Track

A superb four-day extension to a holiday in KwaZulu-Natal's attractive Maputaland Coast, with superb activities available

Garden Route & Klein Karoo 9-day escorted tour

From £1,695 pp incl. flights
Beach City Escorted tour

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 …

Wine and wildlife of the Western Cape

From £1,595 pp incl. flights
City Food & wine History & culture

Combine the captivating culture and award-winning wines of Cape Town and Stellenbosch with the wilderness and wildlife of the Sanbona Private Game Reserve on …

Rovos Rail and Johannesburg extension

From £1,145 pp
History & culture Rail journey Relaxation

A fantastic four-day luxury tailor-made railway journey from Cape Town to Johannesburg with Rovos Rail

Panorama Route & Johannesburg

From £475 pp
Relaxation

A three-day Panorama Route extension that ties in neatly before or after a Kruger National Park safari

Best of Zambia & South Africa

From £3,595 pp incl. flights
City Luxury travel Natural world

"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 …

Cape Town Extension

From £745 pp
Beach City History & culture

A five-day extension package exploring the vibrant city of Cape Town to add on to a Kruger National Park safari

Blue Train, South Africa

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Luxury travel Rail journey

Sleek, elegant and ultra-comfortable, the Blue Train cossets passengers in all the luxury and service of a 5-star hotel.

Rovos Rail, South Africa

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Luxury travel Rail journey

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class rail journeys. Recapture the romance and atmosphere …

Places to stay [97]

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 0797.

Great Fish River Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

£££££
Activity adventure Natural world Safari

The Kwandwe landscape is dominated by thousands of animal species, including the ‘Big Five’, alongside an array of plants, floras and fauna upon valley …

Oude Werf Hotel, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands

£££££
Food & wine History & culture Spa

The surrounding location of Oude Werf Hotel offers an array of leisure and sightseeing experiences. Some include museums and historic sites, art and craft …

Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands

£££££
Activity adventure Food & wine Natural world

Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Le Quartier Francais is an ideal base to explore the Western Cape. Set in secluded gardens, and just off the main …

Long Lee Manor, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

£££££
Natural world Safari Wildlife

This five-star lodge glowers over the South African savannah, overlooking sweeping plains to the Bushmans River, allowing guests to view panoramic views of the …

Grootbos, Hermanus, Whale Coast

£££££
Activity adventure Natural world Wildlife

Situated only two hours by car from Cape Town and 30minutes from Hermanus, Grootbos Lodge is centred in the heart of Cape’s sea, floral and wildlife …

Amakhala Safari Lodge, Eastern Cape

£££££
Activity adventure Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

Unwind in the lush African bushveld for complete relaxation in an undisturbed retreat for regeneration and peace.

The Marine Hermanus, Whale Coast

£££££
Activity adventure Beach Spa

Situated right on the seafront, The Marine Hermanus Hotel offers one of the most beautiful and natural landscapes. Perched on top of cliffs overlooking Walker …

Chitwa Chitwa, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Safari

The luxury lodge is situated on one of the largest lakes of the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.

Taj Cape Town, South Africa

Luxury travel

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

Motswari Game Lodge, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

£££££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

Motswari Private Game Reserve is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the heart of South Africa's iconic Greater Kruger National Park. The reserve …

Birkenhead House Hotel, Hermanus

£££££
Activity adventure Beach History & culture

Birkenhead Hotel steals an enviable location with easy access to the beach and breath-taking ocean views.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town

£££££
Beach Honeymoon Luxury travel

Part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection and situated upon Cape Town's most famous route in the midst of Table Mountain at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean

Rhino Ridge Lodge, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

£££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

The Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge holds four stars to its name and is the first private safari lodge to be situated within the reserve. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game …

Cleopatra’s Mountain Farmhouse, KwaZulu-Natal

£££££
History & culture Natural world Wildlife

Fully experience rural South Africa, hiking in the mountains that burst with flora, and swimming in mountain pools, untouched by human habitation

The Peech, Johannesburg

£££££
City Family Independent tour

A contemporary, edgy and Afrocentric hotel ideally located in the vibrant city centre of Johannesburg

Isibindi Zulu Lodge, Battlefields, Kwazulu-Natal

£££££
Activity adventure Natural world Safari

Located a stone’s throw away from the historical battlefields of Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana, Zulu Lodge is situated amongst diverse landscapes ranging from …

The Michelangelo, Johannesburg

£££££
City Luxury travel Spa

Known as a retreat within the square’s bustle, the Renaissance-style hotel is recognised for its excellent location

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, …

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

£££££
City Food & wine Honeymoon

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 …

Singita Ebony Lodge. Sabi Sand Game Reserve

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

As the original Singita Lodge, Ebony stands amongst enormous trees along the banks of Sand River in the heart of South Africa’s ‘big cat country’.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, Johannesburg

£££££
City Food & wine Spa

Conveniently situated in Sandton, Fairlawns is an award-winning boutique hotel providing the perfect balance of tranquility and proximity

Shumbalala Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger

£££££
Activity adventure Natural world Safari

Situated on the banks of the seasonal Monwana River, Shumbalala Lodge offers an oasis of luxury and comfort in the African Bushveld.

The Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg

£££££
Activity adventure History & culture Luxury travel

Spread over ten landscaped acres in Johannesburg’s neighbourhood of Sandhurst, The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa is an exclusive retreat

Simbambili Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

£££££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

Simbambili offers majestic vistas, splendour of nature and pristine wilderness. Spanning across 14000 hectares, the reserve is an ideal escape for those wishing …

Kanonkop House, Knysna, Garden Route

£££££
Activity adventure City Golf

Kanonkop House, perched on the edge of a vast forest, offers breath-taking views of the Knysna lagoon and giant sandstone cliffs.

Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

£££££
Activity adventure Luxury travel Natural world

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 …

Singita Lebombo, Kruger National Park

£££££££
Luxury travel Natural world Safari

Situated on 33,000 acres, the exclusive Singita Kruger National Park is one of the most incredible territories in the park, home to four different eco-zones and …

Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa

£££££££
Activity adventure Family Luxury travel

Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the richly diverse 76 000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve and it is formed by three sophisticated and intimate …

Thonga Beach Lodge, Maputuland, KwaZulu-Natal

£££££
Activity adventure Beach Natural world

The lodge is the ideal place to explore coastal forests, grasslands, bush, lakes and nearby sandy beaches.

Queen Victoria Hotel, Cape Town

£££££
City Luxury travel Safari

The surrounding areas boast some of the finest retail outlets and designer stores, restaurants, craft markets, cinemas, boat cruises to Robben Island and …

Madikwe Kopano Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

£££££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

Kopano lodge boasts exceptional privacy, perfect for romantic getaways and honeymoons as well as Big Five safaris

Ellerman House, Cape Town

£££££
History & culture Luxury travel Spa

Located ten minutes from the heart of Cape Town, the one-and-a-half acre property boasts spectacular landscapes of the Atlantic Coastline and Robben Island

Madikwe Dithaba Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

£££££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

Dithaba Lodge is located in the eastern region of Madikwe Game Reserve upon the mountain, offering incredible views of the plains.

Fugitive’s Drift Lodge, Kwazulu-Natal

£££££
Natural world Safari Sports & activities

The spectacular property overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift, within a 5000 acre Natural Heritage Site.

Madikwe Lelapa Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

£££££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

Lelapa offers a family-orientated safari with specialised rangers and facilities for young naturalists.

Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape Town

£££££
City Food & wine History & culture

Situated in the heart of Cape Town's buzzing V&A Waterfront, the Victoria & Alfred Hotel occupies a prime spot for exploring the many attractions of South …

Molori Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

£££££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

Situated within the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa on the border of Botswana, the secluded lodge ensures privacy and luxury

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, Cedarberg Mountains

£££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is an award-winning property nestled deep in the Cederberg Mountains, just a few hours drive from Cape …

Babylonstoren, Paarl, Cape Winelands

£££££
Activity adventure Food & wine History & culture

The historic university town of Stellenbosch, renowned for its wine route, history and culture is a mere 20 minute drive, and must-see destination-Franschhoek- …

Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn

£££££
Food & wine Natural world Relaxation

One of the finest establishments in the region, the quaint country house is surrounded by picturesque gardens located on the towns edge.

Franschhoek Country House & Villas

Luxury travel

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

Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge, White River

£££££
Natural world Relaxation Spa

Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge is situated on the White River Country Estate and overlooks the first green of the 18-hole championship White River Golf Course.

Grande Roche Hotel, Paarl, Cape Winelands

£££££
Food & wine Off-The-Beaten-Track Relaxation

Perfect for those looking to escape the tourist-congested Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

Cape Grace V&A Waterfront, South Africa

£££££
City Luxury travel Spa

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

Mountain Lodge, Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Phinda Mountain Lodge owns a prime, stunning mountain-top location, majestically positioned with breath-taking views of the surrounding landscapes.

Singita Boulders Lodge. Sabi Sand Game Reserve

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Boulders Lodge is an inviting oasis situated in a privately owned game reserve in the Sabi Sand Reserve.

Forest Lodge, Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Set in a rare and beautiful sand forest, the dense canopy ensures privacy and a calming atmosphere of Zulu Zen. Located between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the …

Dulini Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Safari

Adopting a unique, colonial ‘out of Africa’ feel, the lodge ensures a traditional safari holiday as African wildlife moves freely, ensuring excellent game …

Vlei Lodge, Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

£££££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

An intimate and personal safari experience, perched on the edge of a forest overlooking an open meadow and watering hole.

Thornybush River Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Overlooking the Monwana River, Thornybush River Lodge offers unrivalled game viewing and sweeping vistas over the savannah and popular watering hole.

Zuka Lodge, Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Overlooking a popular waterhole, Zuka Lodge offers the best big five safari in KwaZulu-Natal, and home to unique wildlife and marine diversity said to rival the …

Dwyka Tented Lodge, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

£££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

A secluded and luxury lodge, situated in the scenic Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Dwyka Tented Lodge is located in the horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine, …

Rock Lodge, Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Against cliff face and overlooking a lush valley, Rock Lodge appears to be a small private castle. Located between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St …

Pumba Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Luxury travel Safari Wildlife

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 …

Homestead, Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Offering the best big five safari in KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda is a large reserve spanning over 22,000 hectares and home two seven unique ecosystems.

Makanyi, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Located in open, acacia woodlands, the stunning safari and surrounding Makanyi area offers a wealth of interesting and exciting things to do

Hog Hollow Country Lodge, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

£££££
Activity adventure Beach Natural world

Set on the edge of an indigenous forest, Hog Hollow Country Lodge is within easy reach of the beaches, shops and restaurants of Plettenberg Bay, yet offers …

Ngala Tented Camp, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

With the ‘Big Five’ habituating the landscape, this safari lodge is located in the centre of a game rich country. Guests are invited to embark upon exciting …

The Plettenberg, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

£££££
Beach Natural world Relaxation

Situated in the heart of Plettenburg Bay and upon the rocky headland of one of South Africa’s most spectacular beach towns, the Plettenburg is the ultimate …

Franschhoek Country House and Villas, Cape Winelands

£££££
Food & wine Luxury travel Mountains

Located on the outskirts of Franschheok Village, it is the ideal base to indulge in fine wines and world class cuisine.

Tsala Treetop Lodge, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

£££££
Beach Relaxation

Set amidst treetops of an old, indigenous forest, the hideaway is adventurous and romantic, situated on the Garden Route between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay

Villa Lobengula, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

£££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Relaxation

Tucked away in the Valley Bushveld, allow your soul to rejuvenate and rest in this intimate lodge, offering an authentic African experience.

131 on Herbert Baker, Pretoria

£££££
Activity adventure History & culture Spa

The hotel is closely situated to Groenkloof Nature Reserve, a popular location for mountain bikers, hikers and horse riding enthusiasts. 131 on Herbert Baker is …

Oyster Box, KwaZulu-Natal

£££££
Beach City Luxury travel

Situated on the Indian Ocean’s edge and overlooking the iconic lighthouse of Umhlanga, the 5-star graded Oyster Box is a classy, charming and intimate hotel.

Makakatana Bay Lodge, Richards Bay

£££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

The only privately owned safari lodge set on the banks of Lake St Lucia, Makakatana Bay Lodge is a four-star property, benefitting from the unspoiled wilderness …

The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, Cape Town

£££££
Food & wine History & culture Spa

A historical and beautiful country escape, the Cellars-Hohenort location acts as central point, from which a diverse range of activities can be explored: Cape …

Rocktail Beach Camp, Richards Bay

£££££
Activity adventure Family Natural world

Found within World Heritage Site iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Rocktail Beach Camp is situated amongst wetlands, sandy beaches, woodlands and forested dunes, …

Four Rosmead Boutique Guest House, Cape Town

£££££
History & culture Mountains Spa

The exclusive Four Rosmead enjoys panoramic views of the mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hill, Table Bay and the city. The Boutique Guest House is a great choice …

Exeter River Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

£££££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

The luxurious safari lodge, Exeter River lodge is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve under a leafy evergreen thicket, ebony trees and …

Eagles Crag Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

£££££
Natural world Safari Wildlife

Nestled in lush valley, Eagles Crag Lodge is located within the 25,000-hectare Shamwari Game Reserve, 45 minutes by road from Port Elizabeth. Surrounded by …

Leadwood Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

£££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Safari

Ideally located in the Exeter Private Game Reserve, in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Leadwood Lodge is nestled against a well wooded bank, offering luxury and …

Cape Cadogan, Cape Town

£££££
Beach History & culture Luxury travel

Sited away from tourist congestion, a wide variety of boutiques, restaurants and bars reside within the neighbourhood

Selati Lodge, Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Selati Lodge is set along a historic railway, previously used to transport gold in the 1870s and offers guests an exciting insight into the African bush and its …

Bayethe Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

£££££
Natural world Safari Wildlife

Bayethe Lodge is a great stop-in location for anyone travelling the Garden Route. Nestled along a riverbed within the African Bush, Bayethe Lodge is framed by …

Earth Lodge, Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Almost invisible from its surroundings-located in a slope in the earth, Earth lodge is a safari haven, described as the most environmentally friendly lodge in …

Riverdene Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

£££££
Luxury travel Natural world Safari

This lodge has a welcoming atmosphere and warmth, becoming a place where families are always at home and where guests become friends.

Narina Lodge, Kruger National Park

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Participate in morning and evening game drives, offering the chance to spot wildlife including rhino, leopard, various species of antelope and elephant, along …

Majeka House, Stellenbosch

£££££
Food & wine Natural world Spa

Located in the historic Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch, around 45 minutes by car from Cape Town, Majeka House offers guests a luxury boutique retreat in …

Tswalu, Northern Cape, South Africa

Luxury travel

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 …

Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape Town, Western Cape

£££££
City History & culture Luxury travel

The surrounding areas boast some of the finest retail outlets and designer stores, restaurants, craft markets, cinemas, boat cruises to Robben Island and …

Ivory Lodge, Lion Sands, Kruger National Park

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Ivory Lodge, situated on the banks of Sabi River in Lion Sands, the southern part of Kruger National Park is the only private reserve with access to both Sabie …

Cathedral Peak Hotel, Drakensberg Mountains

£££££
Activity adventure Natural world Relaxation

A picturesque mountain resort nestled in the unspoiled surroundings of the Drakensberg Mountain range, a World Heritage Site renowned for its natural beauty.

River Lodge, Lion Sands, Kruger National Park

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Enjoy morning and evening game drives, offering the chance to spot wildlife in what is arguably Africa’s most pristine Big 5 territory,or join in bush walks, …

La Plume Guest House, Oudtshoorn

£££££
Activity adventure Natural world Relaxation

An unexpected oasis and a palace of indulgence, enjoy tranquil surroundings as you unwind in an intimate hotel overlooking the Swarthberg mountains.

Cliff Lodge, Ulusaba, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Safari

A picture-perfect place to unwind and relax, and also observe the Big Five in the perfect balance of nature and nurture.

Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel, Paternoster

£££££
Natural world Relaxation

An unspoiled ocean getaway on the shores of the pristine fishing village of Paternoster with superb birdwatching, biking, hiking nad kayaking on offer.

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 …

Views Boutique Hotel, Wilderness Garden Route

£££££
Beach Natural world Relaxation

Nestled atop the dunes, Views Boutique Hotel is an idyllic and ideal base to explore the Garden Route.

Rock Lodge, Ulusaba, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

£££££££
Activity adventure Natural world Safari

Arguably offering the most amazing views over the South African Bushveld, Rock Lodge is situated on hilltop, displaying uninterrupted landscape views. Set upon …

Lairds Lodge Country Estate, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

£££££
Activity adventure Beach Natural world

Located along the Garden Route, explore endless beaches and local markets in the one of the most picturesque regions of South Africa.

Safari Lodge, Ulusaba, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

£££££££
Activity adventure Escorted tour Natural world

Safari Lodge provides the ultimate feeling of adventure, created with rope swing bridges and tree houses, guests are promised an unforgettable stay.

Mont Rochelle Hotel

£££££
Activity adventure History & culture Luxury travel

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 …

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Twin Centre Kruger Safari

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Cape, Wine & Whales

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City Food & wine History & culture
Save up to £250 per couple on Superior option
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Black spots and white pearls

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Activity adventure Beach Honeymoon
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Botswana safari and Cape Town with Belmond

From £4,495 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Luxury travel
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Cape, Winelands & Kruger Safari

From £3,095 pp incl. flights
Beach Luxury travel Natural world
Includes free night - save up to £110 per couple
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Johannesburg, Madikwe and the Cape

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City History & culture Natural world
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Wild beasts and beaches of South Africa

From £2,695 pp incl. flights
Beach Luxury travel Natural world
Stay 6 Pay 5 nights & SAVE UP TO £230 per couple
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Ultimate Kruger Safari

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African safari & Mozambique beach break

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Beach History & culture Honeymoon
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Kruger, Cape & Kalahari

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Classic Cape, Blue Train and Safari

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