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.
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.