South Africa is an extremely diverse and beautiful country. It offers a range of spectacular scenery including: lush vegetation, fabulous coastlines, towering mountains, shimmering deserts and glorious beaches; the choices are endless.
Some of the most sophisticated and stylish lodges can be found in South Africa. Whether immersing yourself in the nation's cultural richness, touring the cosmopolitan cities or sampling world class cuisine and wine, South Africa extends a warm welcome to everyone.
If you fancy a truly adventurous night in South Africa, you can sleep under the stars in a magnificent treehouse, with all the added comforts of a safari lodge, just with no walls!
You will have dinner in your treehouse, go to sleep listening to the sounds of the bush and feeling totally at one with nature.
You will then wake up as the sun rises with the dawn chorus ready for breakfast in the bush.
If you want to explore Table Mountain via a more adventurous route, you will not only have brilliant views but also an adventurous climb.
Steep rocky trails wind up the front of the mountain to a series of short vertical faces, followed by a series of ledges that swing from views over Cape Town to vistas of Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles.
Strong walkers have the option to continue to the highest point at Maclear’s Beacon before returning to traverse the western table to go down on the cable car.
South Africa offers the most beautiful vineyards and The Rocksure Club can offer you an insight into the world of winemaking with expert guides.
Stroll through the vines, learning about farming methods and techniques. Take an intimate wine-tasting and cellar tour and possibly meet the driving force behind the estate. If lucky, our behind-the-scenes experience could include grape picking or barrel tastings.
Drive through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads, starting off in Stellenbosch, followed by Franschhoek, which is widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa. You can see magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture where you can do wine tasting, coupled with a chocolate and pudding tasting at a variety of renowned wine estates.
South Africa offers fabulous whale watching from approximately June to October, when the 60 foot long Southern Right Whales come to breed and calve. Also around these waters are good numbers of Bryde’s Whales and Humpback Whales.
There aren’t many places in the world where you can spot whales in the sea, from the air and also on land, sometimes not more than 30 metres from the coast.
As well as whale watching, in the same areas you can also spot sharks, penguins and dolphins in their natural habitat.
While malaria is present in some safari destinations in South Africa, there are enough Big 5 (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard & buffalo) malaria-free safari areas available, which are especially good for families.
Madikwe Private Game Reserve is completely malaria-free and is one of the largest reserves in South Africa and is home to the Big 5 plus a thriving population of the rare African wild dog.
In the Eastern Cape, Addo Elephant Park offers malaria-free safaris and is home to a large population of elephants. There are also various private game reserves in this area offering malaria free safaris.
Fugitives’ Drift is renowned for its battlefield tours to all the Anglo-Zulu War battle sites in the region and the tours are one of the most memorable experiences in South Africa. They are led by expert, passionate guides who are superb story tellers and bring the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift to life.
You will learn of the bravery of the Zulu army which defeated the British Army at the Battle of Isandlwana and at sunset you will listen to the famous story of Rorke’s Drift, where 139 British soldiers were attacked by 4,000 Zulu warriors. This was a British victory which saw the award of more Victoria Crosses than in any other battle in history.
Uthando South Africa is our chosen charity in South Africa and serves as an umbrella for a wide range of highly effective community projects. In order to showcase these and also to offer a glimpse into the work being done to uplift the disadvantaged in South Africa, they offer daily scheduled excursions visiting the sprawling townships around Cape Town, with particular emphasis on visiting at least three of the social development projects being funded through Uthando.
The projects include agriculture and food gardens, animal welfare, human development through arts/culture and sport, children and educare, drug and alcohol abuse, education, the elderly, farmworkers and rural development, HIV / AIDS, housing / shelter, nutrition, prisoner rehabilitation, skills development and empowerment, sustainable economic development and unemployment.
Please contact your Destination Specialist for more information on +44 (0) 1993 824198
Stay in Cape Town, in Constantia, South Africa’s first and oldest wine region for 3 nights, followed by 2 nights in the fertile Franschhoek Wine Valley - food and wine heartland of South Africa - ending up in Hermanus to explore the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley for 2 nights.
Please note: that pre- and post-extensions are available within Africa for this Event, please contact us to find out more.
Experience a tour of the scenic Cape through the lens and learn about the art of photography as you go. This day tour is suitable for all levels of photographer from novice to professional, you will be accompanied by a skilled photo guide who will assist you with capturing some superb images and teach you a few new skills along the way.
Each tour is customized for the individual and your guide will know ‘where and when’ to capture the best pictures. Some sample itineraries include a classic Peninsula Tour including the fabulous technicolour bathing boxes at Muizenberg beach, the working fishing harbour and antique shops at Kalk Bay as well as the breath-taking Chapman’s Peak coastal drive.
A unique township and Winelands option visits the Imizamo Yethu Township in Hout Bay where you’ll enjoy a guided walk through the community introducing you to some of its characters while visiting the community centre, library and local craft market filled with amazing items made from recycling.
Kirstenbosch is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world and is located against the eastern slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain. As well as fabulous trees, flowers and plants, there are also wonderful sculptures dotted around the gardens. There are always interesting flowers and plants year round at Kirstensbosch and every season has its' charm, however the best time to visit is in spring and early summer which is August to November time. You can either visit by yourselves if you are self-driving, or an organised tour with a guide can be arranged.
For lunch visit the Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (one of Liam Tomlinson's four restaurants). Chef Ivor Jones (former head chef at The Test Kitchen) is in charge with his able team, concocts imaginative dishes, whose flavours will stick in your mind long after you’ve taken your last bite. Booking in advance is necessary for this popular restauarant.
A unique private or scheduled tour, visiting two world-renowned conservation centres which are successfully helping to preserve injured and endangered birds and animals.
Depart from your hotel and drive to the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre near Hoedspruit, which has appeared on Animal Planet on several occasions. Let their experts take you around the centre where some of the animals and birds might be handled - depending on their condition. Learn about the rehabilitation techniques and treatment of injured, poisoned and abandoned animals & birds of prey.
Depart Moholoholo and transfer to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. On arrival, a lunch stop will be made before the educational tour of the breeding and research station during which you can view, from close up, rare, endangered species such as the African Wild Dog and Cheetahs.
Terry McCann, or the “Otter Man” as he’s been dubbed locally, grew up along the wild and wonderful Cape Point shores and has been tracking and protecting Wild Cape Clawless Otters for almost 35 years.
He does this to ensure his ‘little otter friends’ are safe from pollution, trapping, urban development or harassment by uncaring humans. His walks are all about sharing the delicate balance of nature in Cape Point with you, learning about the fascinating and elusive otters, and also the other wild creatures in the reserve.
Duration: 1-2 hours. Price includes a full day Cape Peninsula tour.
The Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is in an eye-catching building. This public, not-for-profit contemporary art museum which is a partnership between the V&A and Jochen Zeitz, collects, researches, preserves and exhibits twenty-first century African art. This exquisite space houses a diverse range of contemporary African art spread out over nine floors. (Please note it is closed on Tuesdays).
Have lunch at Harbour House, where the specialty is seafood. Think game fish crudo, crispy prawns and white fish goujons. Have sushi with friends upstairs or share a lavish seafood platter with a glass of local wine.
After lunch, spend some time shopping at the nearby Watershed, which is the home of South African design and is located in the heart of the V & A Waterfront. It offers a beautiful indoor market with over 150 stands with handmade crafts made by local artisans, ranging from textiles, to ceramics, furniture to jewellery, toys to fashion etc.
Visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum, to see the magnificent collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles and auto memorabilia on display which are all in mint condition, housing more than 100 years of motoring history. The specific automobiles selected for display are alternated to keep things interesting, making return visits a must.
Our top tip is to go for a chauffeured vintage car ride on the L’Ormarins Estate and if you book 2-3 days in advance, you will be emailed a selection of motors from which to choose your ride!
Either beforehand or afterwards, have lunch or dinner at La Petite Colombe (not included). Everything about this 54-seater restaurant oozes timeless elegance - from the background music to the pared-down yet sumptuous interiors. In summer months, the foldout doors reveal a sunny patio for lingering lunches, while a toasty central fireplace warms the room in winter.
Transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.
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