South Africa

 

South Africa is truly a ‘world in one country’ with something for everyone, from wine tasting in the Cape to wildlife in the Kruger.

South Africa

Travellers here have a bewildering range of holiday options available to them and we are expert in guiding you through the possibilities and, after lengthy discussion with you, preparing a holiday itinerary that reflects all your interests and aspirations.

It may be as simple as a few days relaxation in one of the chic boutique hotels that Cape Town is becoming famous for, or a longer holiday combining scuba diving in the Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve with a Zulu War battlefield tour in Natal and a riding safari in the Waterberg.

Safari

The Kruger is a world famous National Park with possibly the most sybaritic safari camps and lodges in Africa, as well as some of the finest game viewing.

In private reserves bordering the Kruger, you find safari lodges such as Londolozi and Singita whose names are bywords for exclusivity and luxury, but there are lodges that share this excellent game viewing (which often includes the ‘Big Five’ of lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), with less expensive accommodation.

Whilst the game is the big draw in this area, Mpumulanga is stunning with natural phenomena such as Blyde River Canyon and Pilgrim’s Rest.

There are many other excellent game reserves in South Africa, some malaria free such as Madikwe National Park, near the Botswana border northwest of Johannesburg, and Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth, which has the highest concentration of elephants anywhere in Africa. These are very popular with families, and combine well with some of the many and varied holiday activities available in South Africa.

This is merely to scratch the surface in a country where every year redundant ranch land is being returned to wildlife conservation.

Cape Town and the Cape

This beautiful city has an elegant and relaxed style and is perennially popular, with a range of world class hotels to rival any European capital, and a better climate!

With the dramatic and unmistakeable backdrop of Table Mountain and fashionable beaches, Cape Town can be a destination in itself or a wonderful end to a Southern African safari.

The Cape provided the springboard for the early settlers’ colonisation and there are numerous reminders in the historic Cape Dutch architecture and world famous wine estates of Constantia, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

Cape Town is also the start of the Garden Route which runs east along the coast to Port Elizabeth. It passes through Hermanus, where you can see great white sharks, cape fur seals and southern right whales with their calves in the calm waters of Walker Bay, and on to George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, the playground of the Western Cape.

This area is best explored by hire car and we will arrange for you to stay in luxurious coastal hideaways renowned for their outstanding cuisine.

Kwazulu Natal

From the towering Drakensbergs Mountains to the golden beaches of Rocktail Bay, Natal has extraordinary diversity.

Wonderful mountain inns, spellbinding accounts of Zulu and Boer War battles, dramatic scenery and several different coastal and inland game reserves and National Parks can all be enjoyed in South Africa’s smallest province.

 

Images courtesy: Ellerman House, Ngala, Singita Boulders