South Africa

Why Choose South Africa?

South Africa is one of our most popular destinations and perfect for tailor-made safari holidays and honeymoons. It is huge and diverse with a great climate and offers the perfect combination and blend of culture, safari, beach and adventure.

South Africa has it all, from Cape Town, Table Mountain and the magnificent Drakensbergs, to Kruger National Park and Kwa-ZuluNatal. This country has a deep history with its Zulu battlefields and apartheid legacy; a vibrant culture, abundant wildlife and magnificent landscapes; the hospitality and guiding are second to none; food and wine is locally grown to satisfy the most discerning palates; there is adventure to be found on both land and sea.

The wonderful climate, especially between December and April, draws people to Cape Province where one can enjoy the famous Cape Town attractions of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Robben Island. Hire a car and self-drive around 'The Winelands' in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek and enjoy the warm hospitality, food and wine, then travel on to the beaches and activities along the Garden Route. Or take one of the many walking tours in areas as diverse as the Kruger or Drakensbergs.

Where is South Africa?

South Africa is a country located on the southern tip of the African continent. The Atlantic Ocean lies to the west and the Indian Ocean to the south and east. It is bordered by its northern neighbours which include Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

 

South Africa combines well with...

A self-drive holiday between Namibia and the Cape;

A safari in Botswana or Zimbabwe;

A tropical island beach stay in Mozambique.

South Africa Highlights

South Africa is comprised of nine provinces each with its own unique blend of cultures, colours, landscapes, flora, fauna and climates. Combine a safari in the Kruger Park with fascinating battlefield tours in Kwa-ZuluNatal, the Kingdom of the Zulus, where history was made during the Anglo Zulu and Boer Wars.

South Africa is a brilliant country to take a family holiday with its treasure chest of cultures, animals and adventure! Romantic honeymoons are very special in South Africa with its blend of barefoot luxury, rest and relaxation along its palm-fringed beaches combined with exciting safari adventures. The perfect choice for special time spent together with unforgettable memories. 

Take a riding safari in the astonishingly beautiful Waterberg reserve or catch a brown trout in the crystal water running off the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains, a World Heritage Site.

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The Garden Route

The world-renowned Garden Route is a compact stretch of Cape coastline that lies between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The Garden Route encompasses some of South Africa's most beautiful beaches, buzzing seaside towns, mountain hideaways, dappled forests and retirement estates and the easy-to-navigate roads and short driving distances make it a long-time favourite for a self-drive holiday.

While the Garden Route road is extremely scenic, it is the hidden destinations on its side roads that are the secret of this region. Stop off at Knysna on the coast, famous for its oyster festival and extensive lagoon or head inland to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. This malaria-free region is a paradise for nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Go whale-watching and watch dolphins surf the waves near Plettenberg Bay or explore the Garden Route National Park where evergreen temperate forests merge with rocky beaches and lagoons beg to be explored by canoe.

The mild year round climate and vast selection of activities on offer including whale-watching, hiking, ostrich riding, golfing, swimming, bungee jumping and more make this a perfect family holiday destination.

The Eastern Cape

South Africa's diverse Eastern Cape province is renowned for its spectacular coastline with long stretches of unspoilt sandy beaches, rocky coves, secluded lagoons and towering cliffs. The beauty of this 'Wild Coast' can be explored on foot, by 4x4 or horseback and the clear waters lend themselves perfectly to a range of water-based activities including fishing, snorkelling and diving.

The Eastern Cape is a hikers' paradise, its rolling hills and valleys offer incredible views of the dramatic coastline, jagged cliffs, sheltered bays and wild beaches. Seaside villages offer ideal accommodation for an unforgettable family holiday.

The Eastern Cape boasts an outstanding selection of private concessions and award winning private game reserves and lodges including Shamwari and Amakhala. The malaria free environment offers an ideal location for a family safari to go in search of the Big 5!

When to visit South Africa

There are no hard and fast rules concerning the weather. Conditions can vary enormously from year to year and from region to region. Sometimes the rains don’t come, sometimes there are showers at the most unexpected times of year. This is a very rough guide to the seasons and weather conditions you might expect to encounter. If you would like to discuss the conditions in more detail, please call us and we will be pleased to help.