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South Africa

A young lioness playing in the Kruger Private Reserves A young lioness playing in the Kruger Private Reserves
Great white shark in Gansbaai, Whale Route Great white shark in Gansbaai, Whale Route
Aerial view of Robben Island with Cape Town in the distance Aerial view of Robben Island with Cape Town in the distance
A  large bull rhino in Madikwe Game Reserve, Northern Regions A large bull rhino in Madikwe Game Reserve, Northern Regions
Fastest animal on 4 legs - Garden Route Safari area Fastest animal on 4 legs - Garden Route Safari area
The cloud topping  Drakensberg Mountains of Kwa Zulu Natal The cloud topping Drakensberg Mountains of Kwa Zulu Natal
The Knysna Choo-Choo on the scenic Garden Route The Knysna Choo-Choo on the scenic Garden Route
Camps Bay Coastline - Cape Town Beaches Camps Bay Coastline - Cape Town Beaches
Incredible array of aquatic life - KZN North coast Incredible array of aquatic life - KZN North coast
The tip of the iceberg - whale watching on the Whale Route The tip of the iceberg - whale watching on the Whale Route
African sunsets have a timeless magic about them African sunsets have a timeless magic about them
A chacma baoon and her baby near False Bay, Cape Peninsula A chacma baoon and her baby near False Bay, Cape Peninsula

The Rainbow Nation - a world in one country

Resting at the tip of the African continent, South Africa is a country rich in diversity. As a tourist destination South Africa truly does cater for all. The variety in the landscapes, the cultures and even the cities opens up a wealth of experiences to suit everyone’s tastes.

South Africa’s prime tourist attraction is without doubt its magnificent wildlife heritage which is easily accessible due to the largely first world infrastructure. South Africa ranks 3rd in the world for overall species diversity. The most famous of its national parks is the Kruger National Park, while the Madikwe, Waterberg and Garden Route game reservesare the only malaria free Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo) safari destinations in the world.

South Africa’s incredible scenic beauty has also put it on the map as a ‘must see’ destination. The city of Cape Town hardly needs an introduction - it is consistently rated as one of the top five vacation destinations in the world - it combines beautifully as a safari add on (and allows you to view the Big Six - whales included!), but has enough to offer visitors as a destination in itself. Blue Flag beaches, Table Mountain, the Winelands and the ever famous Cape Point are just some of the attractions to sample in The Cape.

Resting at the tip of the African continent, South Africa is a country rich in diversity. As a tourist destination South Africa truly does cater for all. The variety in the landscapes, the cultures and even the cities opens up a wealth of experiences to suit everyone’s tastes.

South Africa’s prime tourist attraction is without doubt its magnificent wildlife heritage which is easily accessible due to the largely first world infrastructure. South Africa ranks 3rd in the world for overall species diversity. The most famous of its national parks is the Kruger National Park, while the Madikwe, Waterberg and Garden Route game reservesare the only malaria free Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo) safari destinations in the world.

South Africa’s incredible scenic beauty has also put it on the map as a ‘must see’ destination. The city of Cape Town hardly needs an introduction - it is consistently rated as one of the top five vacation destinations in the world - it combines beautifully as a safari add on (and allows you to view the Big Six - whales included!), but has enough to offer visitors as a destination in itself. Blue Flag beaches, Table Mountain, the Winelands and the ever famous Cape Point are just some of the attractions to sample in The Cape.

The Garden Route – know to locals as South Africa’s Garden of Eden - is famed for its natural beauty with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lapping up against huge cliffs topped with ancient indigenous forests, seaside villages and winding rivers fed by expansive inland lakes. Self Drive safaris are the way to go in this area – wind your way along Route 62 where you can go spelunking in the Cango Caves, or trundle along the Coastal Route before relaxing at one of the luxury malaria free game reserves in the Garden Route Safari area.

Kwa Zulu Natalis a cultural haven and the original home of the Zulu tribe. It has a special rugged beauty, lorded over by the towering peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains, and boasts one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world, located in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park which is a World Heritage Site. This beauty contrasts starkly with the violent history of the area - the Battlefields are the site of many a bloody confrontation and are steeped in the history of the Anglo-Boer and the Anglo-Zulu wars.

The Northern Regions of South Africa are home to Johannesburg – South Africa’s largest city and the OR Tambo International Airport where most visitors to South Africa will arrive. The nearby Madikwe and Waterberg Game Reserves are both malaria free, and the Kruger National Park and the surrounding Private Game Reserves, like the Sabi Sands, are a mere forty five minute flight away.

Overall South Africa is a very accessible country to visit. There are a host of different tour and safari options, from fly-in safaris to self-drive, all of which combine excellently with exciting activities so contact any one of our Travel Experts and ask them for some pointers on how best to go about planning your holiday.

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Cape Town »

Clifton Beach with the Twelve Apostles in the distance

Known as the 'Mother City', Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With over 150km (93 miles) of dazzling white sand beaches, framed by spectacular mountain ranges and cliffs, this is one of the best city based destinations you could wish for. The city itself is a cosmopolitan, stylishly attractive metropolis filled with a wonderful mix of culture, top restaurants and friendly laid back locals  - a testament to the relaxed beach lifestyle they all seem to live. Cape Town is a perfect add on to any safari, and it even has enough to offer as a destination in itself - no wonder it is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 cities in the world to visit.

Kruger National Park »

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The Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sands and the surrounding Private Game Reserves make up South Africa's premiere safari area. Rangers will take you on safari in an open top 4x4, bringing you within feet of Africa's legendary Big Five. The Kruger area is famous for its incredible species diversity and the Sabi Sands Reserve is a must for leopard lovers. Luxury safari accmmodation comes complete with private viewing decks overlooking waterholes, plunge pools, exclusive villas, gourmet chefs, collections of vintage wines and exciting bush dinners, sundowners in the wilds and nights under the stars.

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Our Favourite Accommodation in South Africa

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Royal Malewane »

The joys of a bygone era await you at Royal Malewane, situated on a private reserve within the greater Kruger Area. Accommodating only 20 guests in the utmost colonial splendour, Royal Malewane is an exclusive getaway for those who value privacy, personalised service and the best game viewing.

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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge »

The international award winning Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is an ultra luxurious, yet simple and uncluttered safari lodge. The lodge offers overriding exclusivity with complete privacy, where each suite is operated as a private villa and your recluse is arguably the world’s finest suite.

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Birkenhead House »

Perched high on the cliffs of Hermanus, overlooking the whale watchers’ paradise of Walker Bay, is the regal and elite Birkenhead House. Accommodating guests in the utmost luxury, this is the perfect destination for those seeking the pinnacle of seaside living

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Madikwe Hills »

Traversing over 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is situated on a hill, in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, the lodge offers visitors the utmost in luxury and hospitality.

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Shamwari Bayethe Lodge »

Shamwari Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in a luxury tented safari experience. Absorb the pulse of the African bush from the viewing deck, framed by riverine trees and overlooking river pools. Early game drives as well as guided walks and bird watching are all part of this magnificent experience.

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Kensington Place »

Kensington Place is a small yet elegant and exclusive Cape Town boutique hotel, surrounded by lush quiet gardens and an intimate pool. The interiors have an unmistakable modern feel with African touches. Each room is luxuriously appointed with all the amenities one would expect from a 5 star hotel.

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Rovos Rail »

Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for it’s truly world class travel experiences. Step aboard the wood panelled coaches, classically remodelled and refurbished to mint condition and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied African scenery imaginable unfolds.

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Thonga Beach Lodge »

Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the KwaZulu-Natal coast. This 24-bed lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. The lodge offers luxury accommodation, delicious meals and one of the best dive sites in South Africa.

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