South Africa

With an exceptional variety of climate, landscapes and culture, South Africa is often described as ‘the whole world in a single country’.

One could easily spend a month in South Africa without even scratching the surface, there is so much to see and do. For many it's the wonders of safari that draw you here, while for others it is the allure of Cape Town with its wonderful coastline, winelands and mountains. To make the most of this phenomenal country we recommend combining a few different areas.

Safari in South Africa is fantastic. The best known areas are found in the Northern & Eastern game reserves such as the Kruger, Madikwe and Sabi Sands. There are few better places in Africa to see the Big 5. South Africa is also one of the only places in Africa to offer malaria-free safari, making it a fantastic destination for families with children.

Holidays to South Africa will often include a few days spent in Cape Town - widely regarded as one of the most exciting cities on the planet. Set between the awe-inspiring Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town has a number of exquisite restaurants, luxury hotels and plenty to keep you busy. From paragliding at sunset over Lions Head to swimming with jackass penguins, you’ll wish you never had to leave.

Just an hour east from central Cape Town, the stunning valleys of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and further across to Paarl, Montagu and Robertson make up what’s known as the ‘Winelands’. Offering world class lodging and dining alongside some of the finest New World wines, the area has become a destination in itself.

Stretching 300km east from Mossel Bay down to Storms River in the Eastern Cape, the Garden Route is a spectacular coastal region of South Africa with breathtaking scenery and a whole host of activities on offer. From kayaking, cycling, caving to coastal walks and whale-watching boat trips, you could easily spend a week exploring this fascinating region.

There is no other place in the world where you can enjoy your morning coffee while watching penguins, spend the afternoon admiring a mother cheetah playing with her cubs, dine out in the wild with the roars of distant lions accompanying your South African wine, before spending the night watching turtles nesting on the beach.

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Romantic South Africa & Mozambique
Romance, wildlife, nights under the stars and pure relaxation are in order for this ultimate luxury itinerary.

Romantic South Africa & Mozambique

From £14371 per person
15 Nights
4 Locations

Romance, wildlife, nights under the stars and pure relaxation are in order for this ultimate luxury itinerary.

South Africa & Zimbabwe: Connoisseur Classic
Western Cape, Sabi Sand Game Reserve & Victoria Falls

South Africa & Zimbabwe: Connoisseur Classic

From £7558 per person
10 Nights
3 Locations

​This 10-night itinerary is perfect for the experienced traveller who is keen to experience some of the most revered properties in Southe...

South Africa: Sublime KwaZulu-Natal
Battlefield Tours, Safari & Beach

South Africa: Sublime KwaZulu-Natal

From £6226 per person
13 Nights
3 Locations

This brilliant 13-night itinerary explores the best of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa

Escape + Explore: Cape Peninsula Wet & Wild Adventure
Discover Cape Town with the phenomenal Escape + Explore

Escape + Explore: Cape Peninsula Wet & Wild Adventure

From £210 per person
Private Day Tour

Cape Town has so many incredible activities and places to visit it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin…

Escape + Explore: Grape Escape
Discover the Cape Winelands with the phenomenal Escape + Explore

Escape + Explore: Grape Escape

From £210 per person
Private Day Tour

The winelands is home to a huge number of estates and farms. Our friends over at Escape+Explore will make sure you don't miss out on the ...

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“From receiving the beautiful family brochure to the regular contact from both Toby and James to check in, we knew it was going to be something extremely special.”

Phoebe J | South Africa

Time your visit with South Africa’s Weather

Having such a diverse climate, South Africa is a fantastic country to visit all year round - it just depends on what you want to see.

With its typical Southern Hemisphere climate, the best time to visit Cape Town and the Winelands is in the summer between November and March.

The safari regions in the north traditionally experience summer showers between November and February, this can however be the best time for birding. The best time to visit for superb big game viewing is during the winter months between May and September.

To combine a visit to both areas, the best time to visit is during one of the shoulder seasons between Apr/May or Sep/Oct.

If you plan to whale-watch, the best time to visit South Africa would be between July and November during their annual migration from Antarctica to Mozambique. Peak calving season is during July and August.

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Belmond Mount Nelson
Cape Town
Hotel
Tennis Court
Spa Treatments

Belmond Mount Nelson

Luxury Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel
Cape Town
Boutique Hotel
Bonamy Favourite

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

Luxury Boutique Hotel in Cape Town

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Ellerman House
Cape Town
Boutique Hotel
Relais & Châteaux

Ellerman House

Prestigious Relais & Châteaux hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

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Tintswalo Atlantic
Cape Town
Boutique Hotel
Bonamy Favourite
Ultimate Romance

Tintswalo Atlantic

Secluded luxury hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

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Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop
Garden Route
Beach Lodge
Bonamy Favourite

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop

Stunning beach lodge in South Africa's De Hoop Nature Reserve

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Cheetah Plains
Greater Kruger
Luxury Lodge
Electric Vehicles

Cheetah Plains

Luxurious group of exclusive-use lodges in South Africa's Sabi Sand Game Reserve

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Londolozi Private Granite Suites
Greater Kruger
Luxury Lodge
Ultimate Romance
Relais & Châteaux

Londolozi Private Granite Suites

Londolozi's smallest and most intimate camp

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Londolozi Tree Camp
Greater Kruger
Luxury Lodge
Bonamy Favourite
Relais & Châteaux

Londolozi Tree Camp

Exquisite lodge nestled in a leadwood tree canopy in South Africa's Sabi Sands

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Makanyi Lodge
Greater Kruger
Luxury Lodge
Photographic Vehicle

Makanyi Lodge

Luxury lodge in South Africa's Makanyi Private Game Lodge

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Ngala Treehouse
Greater Kruger
Luxury Lodge
Star Bed

Ngala Treehouse

Treehouse in Ngala Private Game Reserve, South Africa

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Pafuri Tented Camp
Greater Kruger
Bush Camp
Hiking Trails

Pafuri Tented Camp

Tented Camp near the Lanner Gorge, the most northerly section of the Kruger National Park

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Phinda Homestead
KwaZulu-Natal
Luxury Lodge
Pangolin Tracking
Exclusive Use

Phinda Homestead

Luxury sole-use property in Phinda Private Game Reserve

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Phinda Mountain Lodge
KwaZulu-Natal
Luxury Lodge
Pangolin Tracking
Hiking Trails

Phinda Mountain Lodge

Fantastic Luxury Lodge found in the south of Phinda Private Game Reserve

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Phinda Rock Lodge
KwaZulu-Natal
Luxury Lodge
Bonamy Favourite
Pangolin Tracking

Phinda Rock Lodge

Luxury lodge set into a cliff face overlooking the Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa

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Thonga Beach Lodge
KwaZulu-Natal
Beach Lodge
Scuba Diving

Thonga Beach Lodge

Luxury lodge on pristine shores of the Maputuland Coast, South Africa

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Three Tree Hill Lodge
KwaZulu-Natal
Bush Lodge
Bonamy Favourite
Horse Riding

Three Tree Hill Lodge

Homely, family-run lodge near the Drakensburg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve
Luxury Lodge
Spa Treatments

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Luxury game lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

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Tswalu - The Motse
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Luxury Lodge
Pangolin Tracking
Big Cats

Tswalu - The Motse

Luxury lodge located in South Africa's largest private game reserve - Tswalu

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Tswalu Tarkuni
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Luxury Lodge
Pangolin Tracking
Exclusive Use

Tswalu Tarkuni

Exclusive-use homestead with 5 individual suites

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La Clé des Montagnes
Winelands
Boutique Hotel
Exclusive Use

La Clé des Montagnes

A collection of stylish rooms and suites across a working vineyard in the centre of Franschhoek

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