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With rugged beaches, chic cities, and vast national parks, South Africa captures Africa's best in one location.
South Africa is one of Africa's most diverse holiday destinations; it is here that you can experience big game safaris in Kruger National Park, wine tasting tours in Cape Winelands, and coastal adventures along the Western Cape, including spotting the “Marine Big Five” (whales, sharks, seals, penguins, and dolphins). Most luxury holidays to South Africa will begin in Cape Town, a European-style city best known for its art galleries, boutique shopping, and trendy nightlife, as well as its easy access to the spectacular Table Mountain and rugged Cape Peninsula.
Beautiful beaches, scenic Winelands, historic towns and rocky cliff vistas await visitors in the Western Cape. Hermanus, on South Africa's southern coast, offers a range of adventurous activities, such as trekking the lush green slopes of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve and enjoying some of the greatest whale-watching opportunities in the country. A self-drive trip along the famed Garden Route is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive tour of South Africa; explore the Knysna lagoon on a boat cruise before travelling to the Wilderness National Park, an area of great natural beauty situated within the Garden Route National Park, ideal for hiking and birding.
If you are looking for a traditional safari experience, the Kruger National Park is one of the continent's largest and best-rated parks, home to a wealth of unique fauna and flora, including the “Big Five”, vast elephant populations, and the endangered black rhino. With a variety of luxury lodges located in private game reserves, our South Africa safaris are luxurious and exclusive, featuring guided walking safaris, night game drives and crowd-free, un-fenced wildlife viewing.
From luxury hotels in Cape Town to self-drive adventures across the Garden Route, our luxury South Africa holidays are tailor-made to suit you. Whether you're looking for a culturally immersive city escape to Cape Town, a classic family safari holiday in Kruger National Park, or a romantic South Africa honeymoon in the Cape Winelands, our expert Africa specialists are on hand to personally design your dream trip and answer any questions you may have. If you’re looking to combine your luxury holiday with a tropical beach escape, we recommend pairing South Africa with either Mauritius or Mozambique.
The best time to visit South Africa is between May to September, with dry and cooler weather providing ideal conditions for game viewing in the Kruger National Park. For Cape whale-watching opportunities, the best time to visit is between August and November.
It’s often forgotten that South Africa offers an incredible safari experience that can rival that of Kenya and Tanzania.
No two safaris are the same, so be sure to set aside plenty of time to visit the world-famous Kruger National Park to get up close and personal with Africa’s most iconic wildlife. Not only are you likely to see the Big Five (elephants, lions, rhinoceros, cape buffalo and leopards), but you’ll also get a chance to spot many more animals including zebras, wild dogs and hippos.
The V&A waterfront harbour is a popular destination in Cape Town that offers plenty of ways to spend your time in South Africa’s capital city.
Hop aboard a catamaran for a cruise around the bay to nearby ecological sites, get some serious shopping done at the harbours’s many boutiques and well-known stores, and indulge in some of the finest food in the city at one of the spectacular award-winning restaurants. V&A Waterfront is easy to get to and also houses a few luxury hotels for those who wish to stay within the bustle of the harbour.
Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain covered in emerald greenery that overlooks Cape Town and promises absolutely breathtaking views from the summit.
Adventurous traveller and hikers will love climbing this incredible mountain, but don’t feel like you have to be a pro to make it to the top as there’s a dedicated cable car service that’ll happily do the hard work for you. The best time to reach the summit is just before sunset so you can catch the sun as it dips behind the waters edge and the lights of the city as they come alive.
With many luxury hotels setting up shop along the pristine, rugged coastline of South Africa’s Garden Route, it’s now easier than ever to get out of the capital and explore the beauty of this spectacular region.
The Garden Route is a 300 km stretch of south-western coastline in South Africa that boasts beautiful emerald hillsides, dramatic cliff faces and practically untouched beaches that offer a refreshing change from the bustle of Cape Town. If you seek adventure beyond the safari, definitely set aside some time to experience the natural beauty of the Garden Route.
Boulders Beach is the only place in the world where you get the chance to see the African penguin in it’s natural habitat!
This beautiful beach is not only home to pristine clear waters and soft golden sands, but also to 2,000-3,000 waddling African penguins. Although it’s not recommended to feed the penguins, you’ll definitely get the chance to get up close and photograph them as they play in the waters and walk along the beachfront. The beach is also great for swimming, climbing and exploring as there’s plenty of granite boulders and rock pools to enjoy.
Coveted as one of the finest train journeys in the world, the Blue Train travels across South Africa and promises the height of luxury paired with the beautiful passing landscapes that can be viewed from the carriage window.
Harnessing the age-old power of steam and boasting carriage interiors imbued with luxurious velvet furnishings and polished wood, The Blue Train promises an unforgettable experience that calls back to the explorer era of Africa. Take in uninterrupted views of the South African landscape as it passes by, and if you need anything at all, just let your personal butler take care of everything.
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Best Time To Travel:
November - February
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