Luxury South African holidays promise wildlife, culture and extraordinary gastronomy. 'A world in one country' is how the southernmost country on the African continent is often described. There are vast windswept deserts with honey-coloured dunes, sun-drenched, vineyard-covered mountains and pulsating, vibrant cities.

Safari holidays in South Africa are without par, there are multiple game reserves and luxury safari lodges to choose from: Kruger, Samara, Madikwe or Kwazulu Natal where hippo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, meerkats, wild dogs, kudu, hyena and ostrich can be spotted. Malaria-free regions make South Africa a good choice for a family safari â€" Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is excellent â€" before a few days on the beach at Plettenberg or Walker Bay. For a special family occasion, consider a private house with ocean views, or deep in the bush.

For the gastronomically curious, a gourmet holiday in South Africa delivers in spades. Indeed, the regions of Constancia, Franschhoek and Hemel-en-Aarde are increasingly recognised for their spectacular foodie offerings, alongside the world class vineyards of the winelands.

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The colonial-influenced Western Cape is not only known for its Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture, but also as the beginning of the glorious Garden Route. It stretches over one hundred and twenty-five miles of staggering coastline, starting at Mossel Bay and extending all the way to the Eastern Cape. Bordered by pine forests and fragrant fynbos bushes and punctuated with gorges, pristine sandy beaches and rocky coves, this is nature at its most exquisite.

Whether you wish to discover the battlefields at Rorke’s Drift, the Big Five on safari in Kruger National Park, the vintages of Stellenbosch, rhino conservation projects in KwazuluNatal or follow in Mandela's footsteps, our luxury holidays to South Africa can be crafted to suit.

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  • AfricaSouth Africa-FlightTimes icon
    Flight time from London
    11 - 11.5 hours
  • TimeZone icon
    Time Zone
    UTC +3
  • Currency icon
    Currency
    South African Rand
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    Best Time to go
    North: May - September; South: October - April
  • Temperature icon
    Average Temperature
    17°C - 28°C

Featured Holidays to South Africa

South Africa Family Holiday

13 Days
from £3,645
per person
Riding at Grootbos South Africa
A wonderful family holiday that includes penguin-spotting on the beaches around Cape Town, whale and Great White Shark watching at Walker Bay and an incredible safari in the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.

South Africa in Style

12 Days
from £10,255
per person
The pool area at Tswalu Motse South Africa
One of the finest safaris in Africa, experience the luxurious Singita Boulders in the Big Five Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Twswalu in the Kalahari, where you will encounter the Black Rhino and black-maned lion.

Off the Beaten Track in South Africa

19 Days
from £8,960
per person
A lioness in Africa South Africa
Explore the remote beaches, forests and lagoons of Plettenberg Bay, track cheetah on foot at the Samara Private Game Reserve, and listen to tales of historic Zulu Battles at Rorke's Drift.

Safari and Spa Adventure

12 Days
from £8,780
per person
The deck at Phinda Rock Lodge South Africa
Relax, re-energise and detoxify with daily therapies and treatments at Karkloof Safari Spa before enjoying your world-class safari at Phinda Game Reserve.

Featured Luxury Lodges in South Africa

Jamala Madikwe

£££££
A bedroom at Jamala Madikwe Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Nestled within the Madikwe Game Reserve Jamala Madikwe is designed with distinctive flair, filled with eccentric African furnishings set against the beauty of the savannah.

La Residence Villas

£££££
The surrounding area of La Residence Franschhoek, South Africa

Close to the village of Franschhoek, French influence is still evident in the attention to gastronomic detail and the abundance of excellent vineyards.

Featured Luxury Villas in South Africa

Morukuru Ocean House

4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 8
Price on request
The exterior of Morukuru Ocean House Overberg, South Africa

Watch the whales pass through on their way to the Overberg Bay while enjoying an outstanding meal created by the professional chef on the outdoor dining terrace of this spectacular ocean facing house.

Leobo The Observatory

4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 9
Price on request
The exteriors and surroundings of Leobo the Observatory, South Africa Vaalwater, South Africa

Tucked away in the Palala Valley, delighting in the adventures of quad biking, riding safaris or spa treatments by day and curling up on super-sized sofas next to a roaring fire by night as the sun sets.

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Africa Specialist

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  • "From the very outset you clearly understood us as a couple, the sort of hotels in which we would be comfortable and very importantly, the most appropriate safari experience for ‘first timers’. You planned our holiday brilliantly. "

    A.H. - South Africa
  • "We found that you were good at reading exactly the sort of experience we were looking for and the arrangements made were seamless.  Everything was well organised and all accommodation was superb. "

    R.B. - South Africa
  • "It was a totally wonderful experience and we loved every minute. Thanks for all your inspiration and effort... Idyllic would be the word."

    K.G. - South Africa
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