Discover Exceptional Safaris And Cultural Experiences On A Self Drive Holiday
South Africa is one of the world’s greatest destinations and Cape Town, with its snowy peaks, excellent surf, vibrant nightlife and semi-desert wildlife, is the country’s coastal showcase. From hedonists to hikers, the modern to the historical, wild wineries to urban townships, the city welcomes all.
Robben Island didn’t always offer a warm welcome. The prison, which held former president Nelson Mandela for 27 years, acts as a reminder of South Africa’s political complexities; worth a visit to absorb the history and to see brilliant views of Cape Town and Table Mountain.
The latter has spectacular views of its own. Ascent is easy via cable car, but for those wishing to walk, the fairly flat hike is worth the effort and the reward for reaching its horizontal summit is a stunning panorama of the city, Atlantic Ocean and the rest of Africa.
Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s most accessible and varied wildlife parks. Residing in its two million hectares are the ‘Big Five’ (buffaloes, rhinos, elephants, leopards and lions) and a safari tour is the best chance of seeing them. Visitors are also likely to come face to face with the park’s other residents: giraffes, cheetahs and hippos.
Along the coast there is more to see; take the Garden Route where lush mountainside forests give way to white sands and warm water, and head to Plettenberg Bay for whale watching. Whether on the savanna or sea, mountain or vineyard, South Africa is a destination that’s all about diversity.
Check the exciting regions and itineraries we offer you below.
Gateway To Your South African Holiday Experience
Cape Town is renowned for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Situated at the base of Table Mountain, it is the capital city of the Western Cape. A Cape Town holiday promises history, natural beauty and excitement of a cosmopolitan lifestyle. In this ‘Mother City’, there is such a diversity of attractions and activities to keep you entertained. Offering fantastic views of the city, Table Mountain dominates the skyline. For natural surroundings there are gardens, beaches and vineyards all close by. Cape Town is steeped in history and many of the museums and monuments have much to tell. For a cosmopolitan and lively experience, visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and craft markets.
In and Around, there are many areas of this fascinating city that you can visit, each offering something different.
City Bowl: Known as the ‘Heart of Cape Town’, there is a fantastic vibe with a range of restaurants, stalls and street life. Don’t miss out on taking a cable car to the top of Table Mountain for fantastic views of the city. In addition, the museums, galleries and other historical buildings offer plenty of interesting venues to visit.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront: Fast becoming ‘the’ place to visit. With a multitude of shops selling international and local brands, plus restaurants, bars and entertainment, there is something for everyone. A wide range of accommodation makes the Waterfront an ideal place to stay.
Camps Bay: The Bay has one of the best beaches in the Cape Town region combined with an impressive backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Many cafés, bars and restaurants line the beachfront – a great location to view fantastic sunsets.
Sea Point: Situated just outside central Cape Town with amazing views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. The beachfront promenade is a focal point for locals and tourists.
Durban is known locally as the sunshine state, and for good reason. With sandy beaches and a year-round warm climate, it is the perfect escape at the end of any South African adventure.
Durban has a sophisticated, cosmopolitan feel with restaurants, entertainment and shopping from modern to traditional arts and crafts on the beachfront.
Affectionately known as Jo’burg or Jozi, Johannesburg is one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in South Africa. With its many theatres, museums, fantastic food culture and large shopping malls, there is plenty on offer for the many visitors that flock to this cosmopolitan metropolis each year.
Get a feel for South Africa’s turbulent but colourful past by visiting Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum. There is the chance to experience life inside Number Four, the prison inside the Old Fort, which once held Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and the students of the 1976 Soweto Uprising.
Soweto, the ‘South West Township’, sprawls seemingly endlessly from Johannesburg and appears as a bright, graffitied, tin-roofed village. A tour of South Africa’s most infamous neighbourhood brings the area alive. As one of the most important districts in the country, trips offer the chance to visit the locations of secret underground meetings and walk the streets of nation-defining riots.
A mere 50km away, Pretoria is South Africa’s administrative capital and Gauteng’s second major city. With leafy parks, grand architecture and a more leisurely pace of life. Its jacaranda-lined streets which bloom violet in season, and tours of the Kruger Museum and Church Square, plus the stately beauty of the Union Buildings will delight.
There is plenty of life beyond the bustle of the city, and although the Big Five are in reach, it will be the peace of the bush that offers the biggest contrast. Spend the day seeking out rhinos before retreating to your 5-star luxury lodge, unwinding with a jacuzzi and a sundowner with just the quiet murmur of the surrounding bush to lull you to sleep.
Ancient Forests, Mountain Scenery And Outstanding Coastal Views Make The Garden Route A Must See
The garden route is one of the ‘must-sees’ for most visitors to South Africa, and with good reason. Within just 300km, stretching from Mossel Bay to just beyond Plettenberg, there is a range of beautiful landscapes, boasting stunning countryside, mountainous backdrops, coastal views and an abundance of wildlife. The coast is dotted with superb beaches, while inland you’ll find picturesque lagoons and lakes, rolling hills and the mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges. The ancient indigenous forests that line the coast offer fantastic hiking and bird-watching, with an impressive 250 species to be found, whilst the idyllic towns of Knysna, Wilderness and Plettenberg Bay are great bases for exploring the area.
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The picturesque towns along the Garden Route offer a variety of accommodation.
George: George is known as the starting point of the Garden Route, if travelling east. This town offers beautiful scenery, surrounded by the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean.
Knysna: In many ways Knysna is at the heart of the Garden Route. Nestled on the banks of a stunning estuary, it is surrounded by forests, lakes and beaches. The town offers craft shops, flea markets and a waterfront with restaurants renowned for their oysters.
Plettenberg Bay: Surrounded by miles of unspoilt beaches, this destination is situated in one of the most beautiful bays in Southern Africa. The town has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and offers fine restaurants. A trip to Monkeyland or Elephant Park allows you to get close to wildlife.
Port Elizabeth: Port Elizabeth is the largest city on the coast between Cape Town and Durban. It can be the start or end point for visitors wishing to travel along the Garden Route or to venture into one of the game reserves. It is also a holiday destination in itself, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a climate that delivers a great deal of sunshine.
Is The Largest And Probably Best Known Safari Park In Africa
Kruger National Park Offers The Perfect Self-Drive Safari Experience
Situated along the Mozambique border and covering close to 2 million hectares, Kruger National Park is the most well-known, and one of the largest parks in Africa. A number of private reserves run along the western border – with no fences between the national park and the private reserves, wildlife roam freely across the area, providing you with the ultimate safari experience in South Africa.
Kruger National Park is ideal for self-drive safaris, with entry gates situated in key areas, smooth roads and accommodation strategically positioned around the park. When you choose one of the many private game reserves, game drives are operated with a game ranger.
Accommodation in the private game reserves is usually of a very high standard.
On the east coast of South Africa, this fascinating region offers warm weather all year round. You will experience a great mixture of adventure, big game, stunning beaches, magnificent landscapes and a rich culture and heritage. KwaZulu-Natal is the only province with a surviving monarchy known as the Zulu Kingdom, it is steeped in history and culture, with the battlefields of yesteryear brought to life by historians.
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Durban: The province’s largest city, has a sophisticated, cosmopolitan feel with restaurants, entertainment and shopping from modern to traditional arts and crafts on the beachfront. The city also has a calmer side with beautiful botanical gardens and sun drenched beaches.
Drakensberg – Ukhahlamba: On the western edge of the province is the world heritage site of the Drakensberg mountain range. A treat for outdoor enthusiasts, the mountain range includes Amphitheatre, Cathedral Peak and Giants Castle.
Elephant Coast: Situated on the northeastern side of the province, the Elephant Coast stretches 220km long and 70km wide. The stunning landscape consists of beach, bushveld, mountain and the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, which is a world heritage site. The area offers a wide range of safari options including the ‘big 5’ wildlife safari, birding safari, ocean safari and cultural safari, plus many more.
Zululand and Battlefields: The heart of KwaZulu-Natal. Visitors to this area gain a real insight into the culture and the traditional tribal villages. The battlefield region of the Zulu Kingdom is a land of natural beauty, steeped in history.
The Kingdom of Swaziland may be the smallest in the southern hemisphere, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of Africa’s biggest adventures.
On four wheels is the best way to discover the beauty of Swaziland. North of Mbabane, the road to Luve is known as Pine Valley. From a distance, the granite heights of ‘Bald Rock’ dominate the landscape and the green vale, while up-close the Black Umbeluzi River shows itself with dramatic waterfalls.
Antelopes and zebras run among the rugged rolling hills of the Malolotja Nature Reserve, so whether you choose a walking safari, tree top canopy tour or mountain bike to see the splendour, it remains one of the few remaining places on earth to catch sight of the endangered black rhino in the wild.
The Malolotja Falls are here too. The 89-metre spectacle is the largest waterfall in Swaziland and a must see while visiting the park. For visitors after even more water-based excitement, there is the chance to tame the wild white rapids of the Great Usutu River with a raft.
Tradition is still a prominent feature of this proud nation. In the Royal Valley at Lobamba, witness the Umhlanga dance, where 40,000 girls cut reeds in offering to the queen mother. The celebration – high in energy, loud in voice and bright in colour – lasts for eight days and is the cultural event of the year.
Those after a memento will be well served with vibrant, handmade arts and crafts, which are on sale at the country’s local markets. For visitors wishing to unwind, the Kingdom boasts a little luxury too. First-class spa resorts offer massages, treatments and thermal springs, while 18-hole championship golf courses and even casinos mean that you’re never short of adventure in the Royal Valley.
A short distance from Cape Town are the Winelands, South Africa’s premier wine producing region. The stunning scenery, historic towns and beautiful vineyards all help to make this a great place to relax and enjoy the sights at a leisurely pace.
Nestled between towering mountains lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley, considered to be the food and wine heartland of the region, where leading wines are developed and top chefs create international cuisine. Stellenbosch is one of the oldest towns in the country and is a perfect base to explore the Winelands.
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Not far away from Cape Town you will find Constantia Valley which features forests, stately homes and vineyards. Home to some of the Cape’s oldest wine routes, it is an idyllic location in which to enjoy the wines. There is also a range of interesting walks and hikes. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are not far away and are home to a wide diversity of Cape flora.
Stellenbosch: The oldest town in the country after Cape Town, it is one of the most scenic areas to visit in South Africa. Offering a variety of accommodation, Stellenbosch is an ideal base from which to explore the Winelands. The small town is packed with history for visitors to discover, plus excellent restaurants and warm South African hospitality.
Franschhoek: Known as the food and wine heartland of the country, fine wines are produced all around and world-class cuisine is available in the wide range of restaurants. In addition to this, Franschhoek offers breathtaking scenery and a town that is packed with wonderful arts and crafts, antique shops and galleries.
Paarl: As with most of the towns in the Winelands area, Paarl has a historic charm, culture and heritage. A great destination if you are looking to experience natural beauty. The area offers breathtaking scenery with many cycling and nature trails as well as Paarl Mountain.
We are pleased to introduce Hazyview to our programme for those wishing to visit the Kruger National Park. Near the Paul Kruger Gate, Hazyview derives its name from the summer haze that envelopes the low bush land.
From here it is straightforward to drive into the park and view game. The closest gate to Kruger is only 10 kilometres away (Phabeni Gate) and the Kruger’s most popular gate, Paul Kruger Gate is only 45 kilometres away.
We also offer varied options for escorted safaris which start from Hazyview. Other activities on offer include hot-air ballooning, quad biking, abseiling and river rafting.
There is a good choice of restaurants, shops and bars in Hazyview.
Sun City is a unique, premier holiday resort, offering an abundance of entertainment and a range of accommodation to suite many holiday needs. Situated in the North West Province, the resort lies, within a dormant volcano, surrounded by the Pilanesburg Game Reserve. It offers many attractions including two world-class golf courses, Lost City Water Park, Valley of the Waves, plus a wide range of entertainment and restaurants nearby. Whether you are looking for an active holiday, a safari adventure, or just want to unwind at the beach, Sun City offers all of this and more.
Pretoria is known as the Jacaranda City because during October and November the streets are lined with the beautiful purple blossom-bedecked trees. It is a quiet city with many gracious old houses and buildings and fascinating museums.
Although much more sedate than its neighbour, Johannesburg, Pretoria is a beautiful city with plenty to do and see and a large variety of restaurants.
The Western Cape, with its splendid scenery, has long been a magnet for visitors to South Africa. This is where you will find the Cape Winelands and a beautiful stretch of coastline. Most visitors list Table Mountain, Robben Island (where the late Nelson Mandela was incarcerated) and a visit to the Cape of Good Hope, at the tip of the Cape Peninsula, as priorities. The province is one of the country’s most beautiful, attracting the lion’s share of foreign tourists. It is a region of majestic mountains, colourful patchworks of farmland set in lovely valleys, long beaches, and further inland, the wide-open landscape of the semi desert, Karoo. Two oceans meet on the coast of the Western Cape: the cold Atlantic Ocean is in the west, while the warmer Indian Ocean lies on the southern coast. The plankton-rich cold Benguela current flows along the west coast and is considered to be one of the world’s richest fishing grounds.Share this tour