Tailor-made holidays and safaris to South Africa
From its golden, sub-tropical beaches and pulsating cities to the iconic wildlife of its savannah and bushveld interior, South Africa is a land of outstanding natural beauty and cultural diversity.
In the shadow of Table Mountain’s mist-shrouded plateau, dynamic Cape Town’s rich mix of cultures, cuisines and landscapes provides a spectacular introduction to a country aptly nicknamed ‘The Rainbow Nation’. Linger for a few days, just to take it all in, before swapping city life for the Cape Wineland’s bucolic charms. Then, choose your path along the Garden Route, perhaps stopping to watch whales play in the surf off Hermanus, or heading north to the mountainous Klein Karoo before taking in stunning coastal panoramas and pretty seaside towns en route to the Eastern Cape’s Big Five game reserves.
Wildlife takes centre stage again in the magnificent Kruger National Park, a region of winding rivers, deep gorges and open plains host to a plethora of winged, whiskered, toothed and tusked creatures. Here, at some of the continent’s most luxurious safari lodges, it’s possible to escape the crowds while enjoying everything from private plunge pool soaks to spa indulgences and gourmet dining, all interspersed with ranger-led bush walks and thrilling 4wd game drives.
Finally, watch as the stark landscapes of Namaqualand burst into bloom before exploring the rugged beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains and the compelling history of the Zulu Battlefields. And to round it all off? Laze on KwaZulu-Natal’s idyllic coastal stretch where swaying palms frame golden sands and the shimmering blue of the Indian Ocean. And, it’s all just a stone’s throw from neighbouring Mozambique.
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Experience disparate cultures while travelling from the bleak but beautiful Skeleton Coast to the Gold Coast as you follow the trading routes of Henry the Navigator along Africa's west coast. Along the way, you'll enjoy all the luxuries you'd expect from a Silversea Expeditions voyage.
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Combining South Africa's city and coast with a luxury Botswana river cruise on the wildlife-rich Chobe River and a journey aboard the opulent Rovos Rail, this tour is the perfect introduction to Southern Africa. We've even included a stay at that most impressive of natural wonders – Victoria Falls.
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This is the ultimate introduction to South Africa. A spectacular drive along the Garden Route's rolling greenery and coastal beauty will see you link Cape Town’s beachside charms with the country’s finest vineyards and whale watching spectacles before ending with an all-inclusive Big Five safari.
Turn out from Cape Town’s welcoming charms, golden-sand beaches and iconic skyline to taste your way through South Africa’s finest vineyards in the endlessly rolling Winelands before discovering the world’s best land-based whale watching in Hermanus.
Starting with the infectious energy of Cape Town, let spectacularly scenic roads bring you off the beaten track to the dolphin-fronted fishing villages of the South African West Coast. Then, end with a luxury safari getaway to enjoy gourmet full board, spa treatments and hikes to hidden bush art.
What our clients say about our South Africa holidays
The Wexas staff member who dealt with my trip to Johannesburg was knowledgeable, helpful and efficient. I was particularly impressed when he asked me if he could call me back because he wanted to check the location of the hotel we were discussing in relation to the Wanderers cricket ground. He checked, rang me back in five minutes by which time he had both checked the location and found out that the hotel would provide transport to the ground. And the hotel that he recommended was excellent in quality and service-and I am sure that I would not have otherwise found it. Great service, as usual from Wexas.
I have travelled with Wexas and Debbie had planned my itinerary which outweighed my expectations. I arranged my trip to South Africa and again she had tailored my holiday to suit my needs as a single traveller. I have always found Debbie to be very helpful she has the personal touch which I find reassuring and a great sense of humour and adventure. Looking forward to booking my next trip with her and Wexas Travel
Alison Nicolle, who has arranged all my trips to South Africa since 2009, worked particularly tirelessly on my behalf this year, when my chosen itinerary turned out to be a nightmare in terms of finding the right accommodation at the right time. Her expertise is second to none, and I can't thank her enough.
Right from my initial contact with Wexas I have received absolutely wonderful attention and service. Any queries I had were dealt with very quickly and efficiently. I would highly recommend Wexas to everyone.
Uncharacteristically, I didn't plan this holiday myself, but put my trust in Wexas. It was a good decision and both the itinerary and accommodation proved ideal.
This was a fantastic holiday and everything went like clockwork, we were away for almost 5 weeks and enjoyed every minute - thank you.
William B W
I have already praised Alison! Her advice was spot on. Everything exceeded expectation.
Very efficient and reliable service. No hitches or glitches!
I cannot fault the service and our holiday was amazing
Top places to stay in South Africa
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 gardens, just minutes from the fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Cape Town’s stunning beaches.
The luxurious safari lodge, Dulini River lodge is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve under a leafy evergreen thicket, ebony trees and upon the banks of the seasonal Sand River.
Positioned within a precinct of heritage buildings the prime hotel location boast some of the finest retail outlets and designer stores, restaurants, craft markets and cinemas alongside boat cruises to Robben Island and entertainment in the amphitheatre.
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Where to go in South Africa
Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route provide rich culture, spectacular landscapes and incredible cuisine, while the great wildlife reserves of Kruger National Park, the Eastern Cape and Northwest Province offer Big Five game drives and some of Africa’s finest luxury safari lodges.
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 including the Big Five.
Cape Town is the most visited city on the African continent, popular for its natural beauty, diverse cultural and heritage sites, fine wine and dining options and a host of outdoor and adventure activities.
South Africa's Garden Route passes through many lovely towns on its way from Cape Town to Knysna. For many, Plett is the epitome of the Garden Route, with white sands, clear waters, forest-clad mountains and fabulous seafood within easy reach.
What to do in South Africa
Whether you’re seeking the Big Five on a wildlife safari, looking to lounge in a five-star hotel in glittering Cape Town, heading for a tasting at an esteemed wine lodge or something else entirely, we can help you find the perfect South African holiday.
From beaches to safaris, wine tours to luxury lodges, these holidays offer you a selection of fine honeymoons sure to provide a lifetime of memories.
Take to the road and discover South Africa for yourself. Get up close and personal with the wildlife, cruise along the coastlines and discover a unique culture all at your own pace.
Renowned for its abundance of wildlife, South Africa is the ideal destination to experience a Safari holiday like no other. Go in search of the Big Five at any one of the spectacular national parks and game reserves, including Kruger, Sabi Sand and Phinda.
When to go to South Africa
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 …
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