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Luxury South Africa holidays

A country full of rich and diverse landscapes teeming with wildlife and home to fascinating cultures, it’s easy to see why South Africa holidays are high on most bucket lists. Visit Cape Town, the “Mother City” of Africa, to take in the cosmopolitan streets, book a guided safari in Kruger National Park to get up close to Africa’s big animals or simply relax on one of the golden beaches. 

The Indian and Atlantic Oceans rest on either side of Cape Town’s peninsula, offering you a choice of beaches. The Atlantic Ocean beaches have more hours of sunshine and stunning sunsets, chic and fashionable bars and restaurants and calm waters protected from the south easterly wind. The Indian Ocean is warmer by three to four degrees, with laid back beaches perfect for families.

Couples will love the relaxed feel of holidays in South Africa which combine with many opportunities to explore. See South Africa’s Big 5 – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos and rhinos – or take an iconic train journey from Johannesburg down to Cape Town. If you love to explore changing landscapes you will enjoy driving along the famous Garden Route. 

Luxury holidays to South Africa

South Africa is famous for its fine wines, excellent cuisine and exotic safaris, making this the ideal destination for a luxury holiday. From luxurious Bedouin style tents on safari to the ultimate in five star hotels, our handpicked selection of accommodation ensures you are well catered for.

Foodies and wine lovers will love the winelands, which are home to world famous vineyards and acclaimed restaurants. Three of the country’s top 10 restaurants are located in Stellenbosch, where you can try a range of different fine dining options. The Garden Route is famous for its spectacular ever-changing landscapes with mountains to one side and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean on the other. Cape Town is known as Africa’s most cosmopolitan city and is a must on any luxury holiday in South Africa, with chic bars and gourmet restaurants in the V&A Waterfront area.

Highlights of South Africa and Mauritius

16 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • See some of Africa’s extraordinary wildlife, including the Big 5
  • Explore the iconic city of Cape Town
  • Book optional wine tasting tours or boat trips to Robben Island
  • Spend your days shaded by palm trees on the powdery white sands of Mauritius’ beaches
From £5695 per person

The Best of South Africa Self Drive

15 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Explore the iconic city of Cape Town and its many attractions
  • Taste delicious wines in South Africa’s top vineyards
  • Explore pretty seaside towns along the Garden Route
  • See some of Africa’s famous wildlife on one of two spectacular private game reserves
From £3295 per person

South Africa Rovos Journey

15 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Visit South Africa’s Greater Kruger and discover its diverse wildlife
  • Take an iconic rail journey through the landscapes of South Africa
  • Try some of the world’s most exquisite wines
  • Explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town
From £5695 per person

Southern Africa Safari Discovery

16 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Enjoy sundowner drinks as you cruise on the Mighty Zambezi river
  • Be overawed by the power and magnificence of Victoria Falls
  • Go in search of the Big 5 – on unparalleled safaris by boat and car
  • Experience the most cosmopolitan city in Africa
From £6595 per person

South Africa Family Adventure

15 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Experience the Cape’s amazing marine wilderness and wildlife
  • Get up close to African penguins on the beach in Simonstown
  • Explore the sophisticated and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town
  • Visit South Africa’s malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve and take exciting safaris in open vehicles
From £4249 per person
Our pick of the top hotels in South Africa
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Leeu House Hotel

South Africa, Franschhoek
Experience the best of Franschhoek, with luxury hospitality, chic interiors decorated with local art, gourmet cuisine and an extensive wine list. This boutique hotel has 12 rooms with views over the winelands and a cottage for those requiring more privacy. If you want to fully relax there is also an onsite spa. 

One&Only Cape Town

South Africa, Cape Town
A fantastic location on the V&A Waterfront and striking, modern interiors with luxury facilities and elegant finishing touches make this the ideal place to relax or explore. A private spa island and world class cuisine add the finishing touches. 

Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

South Africa, Kruger National Park
Voted in the National Geographic’s top Unique Lodges of the World, each of Sabi Sabi’s lodges is located in the heart of the bush. Explore the incredible surrounding landscapes with two game drives per day and a bush walk to help you appreciate the minutiae of this unique natural ecosystem. 

The Table Bay Hotel

South Africa, Cape Town
In the heart of the V&A Waterside area, Table Bay is an iconic hotel boasting historic architecture and world class standards in service, dining and amenities. Enjoy views of Table Mountain or the Atlantic Ocean from your room and the ultimate in five star luxury. 

Dulini Lodge, Sabi Sands Game Reserve

South Africa, Kruger National Park
Shaded by ancient native trees and with Kruger National Park bordering one side and views over Mabrak River to the other, Dulini Lodge is a relaxing lodge in the heart of the wilderness. Chic, luxury interiors combine with natural exteriors and thatched roofs to offer a natural feel with all the amenities you need. 

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

South Africa, Sandton
A boutique five star hotel set in stunning landscaped gardens Fairlawns provides intimate, personal service. Each of the rooms is individually decorated in Eastern or French style with modern amenities, while there are three restaurants to choose from, as well as a champagne bar. The spa is ideal for those wanting to relax with a treatment or massage. 
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Flight Information

Flights from London to Cape Town take around 12 hours. Flights from London to Johannesburg are just over 11 hours. 

When to go

South Africa is a year round holiday destination. The summer months, from November to February, are warm and dry in the Western Cape (including Cape Town). July to November are the best months for whale watching. The dry season from May to September is ideal for sighting big game as animals congregate around the water holes and rivers. 

Visa Information

No Visa is required if you’re visiting South Africa for up to 90 days. 

Tipping

It is customary to tip in South Africa. 10% is usual in restaurants, while we recommend tipping R2-R5 in car parks and petrol stations. Tips for housekeeping, tour guides and porters are up to your discretion, but we recommend offering something. 

Introduction to languages

English and Afrikaans are widely spoken in South Africa, and most people will speak English in the cities and tourist attractions. There are eleven official languages and Zulu is the most widely spoken. 

Clothing

There are no clothing regulations to adhere to in South Africa, however many safari guides recommend wearing neutral colours such as green, beige and brown. This will help you blend into the landscape and get closer to the wildlife. 

Events and festivals

The Wine Harvest Festival is held in Stellenbosch in February every year. This three day festival celebrates the country’s wine, food and culture and includes stalls for local food and wine producers, bars serving the best local varieties, live music and activities for children. 

The National Arts Festival hosts the best of South Africa’s artists, photographers, ballet, theatre, music and much more. Running more than 2000 performances over 11 days in Grahamstown it’s the largest arts festival in Africa. 

South Africa is well known for its delicious varieties of oysters and there’s no better place to try them than at the Oyster Festival in Knysna. Running at the beginning of July there are parties, fashion shows, live concerts, kids’ activities, multisport challenges and lots of oysters. 

Nelson Mandela Day is held annually on the 18th July. Remembering the former South African president’s impact, it’s celebrated throughout the world but nowhere more than in his home country. The aim of the celebration is to work for 67 minutes for Mandela and do something to improve your community. 

 

 

 

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