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SOUTH AFRICA
The heart of Africa
South Africa
Sunny Rainbow of Diversity
South Africa
A sunny rainbow of diversity

South Africa 

From the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape, and all the mountains, forests, coastlines and plains in-between, to the roaming wildlife of the Kruger National Park, South Africa is a land of contrasts. Being one of the best Big Five regions on the continent, the finest safari is to be found in the reserves adjacent to the Kruger National Park – the Sabi Sands and Timbavati. Or the popular malaria-free areas in the Eastern Cape.  

Most South Africa holidays will include Cape Town, one of the most exciting cities on the planet. An hour’s drive from the Mother City lie the Winelands, home to breathtaking scenery, endless vineyards and award-winning restaurants. 

 

South Africa is an untapped wonderland of unforgettable experiences and the ideal destination for creating unforgettable memories.
 

Top South Africa stays

  • Singita Boulders & Ebony

  • Londolozi Private Granite Suites

  • Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

  • Jock Main Lodge

  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

  • Royal Malewane & Africa House

  • Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

  • Tswalu Tarkuni & The Motse

  • Molori

  • Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

  • Dwyka Tented Lodge

  • Sanbona Explorer Camp

  • Tilney Manor

  • Ellerman House

  • Cape Grace Hotel & Spa

  • Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa

  • La Residence

  • ​The Silo Hotel

  • Tintswalo Atlantic

  • One&Only Cape Town 

  • Belmond Mount Nelson

  • The Cellars-Hohenort

  • Leeu Estates

  • Le Quartier Francais

  • Leeu House

  • Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

  • Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

  • The Oyster Box Hotel

  • Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Forest Lodge

  • Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Garden Lodge

  • Fancourt Hotel
     

Special Journeys, Game Reserves and Excursions of South Africa

 

Luxury Rail Journeys
Take a journey with Rovos Rail, known as the most luxurious train in the world. Step aboard one of the restored classic wood-panelled coaches and enjoy a luxurious 5* journey through breath-taking landscapes. 
Journeys include: Cape Town to Pretoria and vice versa; Durban Safari; Victoria Falls; Golf Safari; African Collage; Namibia Safari; Dar es Salaam and other special packages. Or hire Rovos Rail privately and go wherever there is a railway line in Southern Africa. 
Or take a trip on the Blue Train, and explore the landscapes from the comfort and luxury of Africa’s “Blue Jewel”. Enjoy luxury accommodation fit for royalty, with amazing features and amenities.   

Private Luxury Game Reserves
Sabi Sand Game Reserve; Timbavati Private Game Reserve; Kruger National Park; Madikwe Game Reserve; Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve or Eastern Cape Game Reserves. The Kruger and legendary Sabi Sands are the home of South Africa’s finest “Big Five”, but the country’s malaria free reserves cater well for families. 

Stand in Mandela’s cell on Robben Island
Departing Nelson Mandela Gateway, a boat takes you to Robben Island where the prison museum includes tours, conducted by former inmates. It is particularly fascinating to see the cell where Nelson Mandela spent much of his incarceration. 

View the city from the top of Table Mountain
No trip to Cape Town is complete without a trip to Table Mountain either on foot with a guide, or by hopping on into the cable car that travels up and down the mountain’s side. On a clear day the view extends across Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula. 

Sample our award-winning wines in the scenic Winelands
The Winelands is a beautifully scenic area around an hour’s drive from Cape Town, with gently rolling green vineyards blanketing the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys. The Constantia Wine Route is a 20-minute drive from Cape Town and home to the country’s oldest wine estate: Groot Constantia. A mere one hour’s drive from Cape Town lie the valleys and mountains which have become synonymous with some of the world's finest wines. Spectacular mountain scenery, fine hotels and guest houses, 300 years of wine making history and many of the country’s top restaurants combine to make the Cape Winelands into a much-desired destination. 

Whale watching from the clifftops of Hermanus
Built along the beautiful shores and cliffs of Walker Bay, Hermanus has grown from a small seaside resort town to become possibly the best-known place for whale watching in the world. The migrating southern right whales use the calm waters and steep shores of False Bay and Walker Bay as sheltered locations to calve and rest up before heading south towards Antarctica with their young. The whales can be seen between the months of June and October in this area. 

 

Sunny facts about South Africa 

 

  • South Africa is blessed with over 2’500 km of coastline to explore crossing two oceans

  • Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world and one of the planet's 12 main energy centres, radiating magnetic, electric or spiritual energy and has more than 2,200 species of plants, 70 percent of which are endemic. 

  • There are more than 1 500 plant species on Table Mountain in Cape Town alone. This represents more floral species than the whole of the United Kingdom.

  • The meandering 850km road through Cape Winelands is world’s longest wine route. Route 62 runs between Cape Town, Constantia to Port Elizabeth, via Oudtshoorn and the Garden Route, embracing 350 years of wine making as it passes classic Cape-Dutch homesteads, green mountains, 200 cellars and miles and miles of vines.

  • A South African fish migration is so huge it can be seen from space. Between May and July every year millions of small silver fish travel in vast shoals from the cold waters off South Africa’s Cape Point up to the coastlines of the northern Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal. This annual event is called the Sardine Run. The shoals are so big – 15km long, 3.5km wide and up to 40m deep – they can be seen by satellite. In their wake come hundreds of birds, sharks, whales, dolphins, all eager to feast.

  • South Africa is the largest producer of platinum in the world. In 2014 it produced 110,000kg, more than four times the amount of the next biggest producer, Russia.

  • South Africa is full of record-breaking animals. It’s where you’ll find the largest land mammal (elephant), the largest bird (ostrich), the tallest animal (giraffe), the largest fish (whale shark), the largest reptile (leatherback turtle), the fastest land mammal (cheetah) and the largest antelope (eland).

  • South Africa is five times the size of Japan and three times the size of Texas.

  • South Africa is home to eight world heritage sites

  • The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is one of eight in the country. It's the world's richest hominin site, home to around 40% of the world's human ancestor fossils.