Situated at the tip of the African continent and surrounded by two oceans, South Africa boasts breathtaking scenery, quaint coastal villages and cosmopolitan cities. In one trip to South Africa, you can stand in the desert, climb a mountain and relax on a sandy beach backed by tropical forest. Add to this, a truly exhilarating Big Five South African safari, some of the best wine in the world, and a fascinating cultural heritage to discover and you have a destination that is perfect for the entire family.
SOUTH AFRICA highlights
• Spend a few days exploring the stunning city of Cape Town
• Stand in Mandela’s cell on Robben Island
• Toast the sunset from the flat top of Table Mountain – one of the most spiritual places on earth.
•Visit the gently rolling green vineyards blanketing the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys to sample the food and wines of the Winelands.
• Between June and October, travel to Hermanus where the cliffs drop steeply into the the ocean, and the whales come to within 30 metres from the shore.
•Spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park which offers outstanding South African safari.
•Safari in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve where you have the greatest likelihood of seeing leopard in South Africa.
Discover the empty beaches of the remote and wild Elephant Coast. Between December and February if you want to catch a glimpse of the turtles making their annual migration to nest on the beaches.
WHEN TO GO
May to November
7 + Nights
SOUTH AFRICAN RAND
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makanyia Private game lodge
belmond mount nelson hotel
cape grace hotel
Fairlawns boutique hotel & spa
one & only cape town
Le quartier francais
strandloper oCean lodge
Looking for an unspoiled ocean getaway? The Strandloper Ocean Hotel, one of our favourite little finds in South Africa, is an airy seaside escape that exudes beachy minimalism. The 14 rooms are a fusion of beach style and contemporary luxury and each has its own terrace or private courtyard that open out onto breathtaking views. Paternoster is a seafood and lobster Mecca and the hotel creates inspired cuisine with a local and organic slant. Visit the hotel website.
a birkenhead house
Perched on a cliff top in Hermanus, Birkenhead House provides a haven of luxury for those travelling along the Garden Route. This boutique hotel offers 11 beautiful rooms and accommodates guests in the utmost luxury. Hermanus is also well-known as being one of the best places on the Western Cape for whale watching in season. It is often possible to sit on the terrace and watch the whales in the sea in front of Birkenhead House. Visit the hotel website.
bartholomeus Klip farmhouse
Bartholomeus Klip is a restored Victorian homestead on a wheat and sheep farm, an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town. The main farmhouse has only four luxury rooms and a suite, so exclusivity is guaranteed. Highlights of a stay are game drives through the nature reserve. Visit the hotel website.
Widely known as Cape Town’s hidden gem, Tintswalo Atlantic is a 5 star, award-winning boutique lodge nestled at the base of the ocean-facing Table Mountain National Park. Sitting at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, the lodge is perched on a pebbled beach and enjoys panoramic views of the picturesque Hout Bay harbour, the dramatic Sentinel mountain peak, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Visit the hotel website.
Inhale the tranquillity of this award-winning lodge, only 168 miles from Cape Town. Surrounded by timeless beauty that exudes a mystical energy, the reserve offers a wilderness experience of healing and well-being. A sanctuary to more than 130 Bushman rock art sites, the retreat allows guests to interact freely with nature and participate in exhilarating outdoor adventures. Visit the hotel website.
What Our clients Are Saying
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“We made it to our camp in Botswana. Already encountered as we were driving to our camp, a leopard, baboons, African Buffalo’s, jackal, impalas,….Had a wonderful dinner, fish for me and game meat for Marc with a sky full of stars. Five star dining. Great wines, Porto for dessert and Amarula to complete our evening.”
“After a few more amazing trips you’ve planned for us and just back from Morocco, it’s time to update this review. Actually, not much has changed. You’re still a 5 star trip planner and, if anything, it’s even more apparent now how much you care about researching amazing places for us to go, things for us to do and hotels for us to stay at. These trips are definitely not “run of the mill” and you put so much work into making sure they’re perfect for us and not cookie cutter trips. You care about making sure we’re absolutely happy with everything, available to help while we’re traveling and do a wonderful job. Please keep it up! We can’t wait for our next trip.made it to our camp in.”
“Our trip to Morocco was great and definitely exceeded my expectations. All the hotels were fabulous and the staff extremely helpful. The Branson retreat (Kabash Tamadot, Atlas Mountains) was amazing! I’d go back there in a flash. It was my favourite part of the trip. I always recommend you to friends and will be in touch again soon, to plan our next adventure.”
“We are so lucky to have had this extraordinary adventure on the other side of the globe Africa. Thank you to Marie-France Gravel of Bespoke Travel Design, for planning this trip of a lifetime for us!”
Looking to extend your trip?
A holiday or safari in South Africa combines well with beach time in Mozambique or Mauritius, or safari in neighboring Botswana or Namibia.