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South Africa

Offering unforgettable experiences, South Africa is a country that really does have it all; sun, sea, and the adventures of a lifetime. With the perfect combination of world-class cosmopolitan sprawls and untamed natural expanses, South Africa has something to offer any traveler. What’s more, the diverse landscapes of the country boast countless luxury hotels, resorts, and exhilarating safari lodges.

At a glance

Luxury establishments can be found all over the port city capital of Cape Town, where you can board a cable car to climb to the top of Table Mountain which towers above. Equally impressive is sprawling Johannesburg, a true hub of cosmopolitan living and the country’s economic powerhouse.

Many travelers flock to South Africa for the unique array of wildlife encounters on offer. A thirst for adventure can easily be quenched through one of South Africa’s magical and iconic safari trips. It’s on a safari that you will catch views of the incredible ‘Big 5’ game and more, including hippos, giraffes and rhinos.

South Africa is a country of great beauty and diversity, and it is also home to a number of luxury travel destinations that offer the ultimate in relaxation and indulgence. From the lush greenery of the Garden Route to the golden sands and crashing waves of the Eastern Cape, South Africa has something for everyone.

Whether you want to stay in a grand hotel, a secluded villa, or a private safari lodge, you will find a range of accommodation options to suit your needs. From wine tastings and golfing to safari drives and beach-hopping, South Africa has a range of high, and low-adrenaline activities to keep you entertained. So why not treat yourself to a luxurious vacation in this amazing country?

LGBT rights in South Africa

Homosexuality is regarded as a complex issue in much of Africa, but in South Africa it’s far easier. South Africa is the unofficial gay capital of Africa and you’ll find Africa’s biggest LGBTQ+ community in Cape Town.


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Sabi Sabi Game Reserve and Mauritius
Sabi Sabi Game Reserve and Mauritius

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Experience ultimate luxury with this combination trip of a three-day safari in South Africa followed by six days of relaxation in Mauritius. Sabi Sabi is a private game reserve in South Africa bordering the famous Kruger National Park. On your...

Boutique Cape Town and Wine Region
Boutique Cape Town and Wine Region

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The itinerary is perfect if you’re looking for a more boutique experience of South Africa staying in two of the country’s finest boutique hotels. Spending five days at the luxurious and small Kensington Place on the slopes of Table Mountain,...

Gay Group Trip: South Africa Explorer
Gay Group Trip: South Africa Explorer

Group Trip Departs: • 30th September 2023 • 12th October 2023 • 23rd December 2023 • 3rd February 2024 • 16th February 2024

Join a gay group trip and set out on a South African safari. You’ll discover the vibrant wildlife of Kruger National Park, the bustling streets of Cape Town with its abundant nightlife as well as spending a night in Johannesburg. Enjoy...

Ultimate Luxury: South Africa
Ultimate Luxury: South Africa

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This itinerary is the pinnacle of luxury when it comes to visiting South Africa and the surrounding region. With time in the country’s most exciting cities and sprawling natural landscapes, you’ll be able to appreciate South Africa’s unique cultural and...

Gay Group Trip: South African Safari, Winelands & Victoria Falls
Gay Group Trip: South African Safari, Winelands & Victoria Falls

Group Trip Departs: • 10th November 2023 • 22nd November 2023

Join a luxury tour of South Africa with a group of gay travellers and see the highlights. You set out on a 4-day safari at the stunning Lion Sands Private Game Reserve. With an open bar and gourmet meals to...

South African Garden Route and Safari
South African Garden Route and Safari

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A bucket list itinerary, this is the ultimate in South African adventure taking in Cape Town, the winelands, the garden route and a once in a lifetime safari experience at a game reserve. You’ll have the chance to take in...

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"There's no better way to appreciate the natural world than by taking part in a South African safari. You'll have the chance to see the Big Five whilst never compromising when it comes to luxury. "

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"The cosmopolitan hub of Cape Town is often overlooked as a fantastic travel destination. It has a palpably vibrant character and a flourishing food scene. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to experience something completely different. "

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Featured Experiences in South Africa

Table Mountain
Table Mountain

Before visiting Table Mountain, get acquainted with its unique geography, history, and culture – all of which will help you make the most out of your unforgettable visit. The history and geography of Table Mountain Table Mountain has a long...

The Franschhoek Wine Tram
The Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a great way to explore the stunning Franschhoek wine country and its lush vineyards. Hop aboard this hop-on, hop-off tram and enjoy the scenic journey as you travel from each estate, tasting some of the...

The Winelands
The Winelands

Whether you come for the renowned wines, stunning rolling hills and quaint country villages, or the opportunity to uncover hidden gems and surprises, there is something for everyone in the picturesque settings of South Africa’s winelands region. The main regions...

Robben Island
Robben Island

This remarkable spot off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa has played an important role in world history and continues to be a powerful symbol of justice, resilience, and hope. Robben Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located...

Destination: South Africa

Destination: South Africa

Travel Information

South Africa is a diverse country which offers a wide range of holiday choices. From a South African safari to sampling fine South African wines in the vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the country offers something for everyone.

Most people start in Cape Town where you can visit the iconic Table Mountain and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for eighteen years of his incarceration. With beautiful beaches and stunning views, the city is a cosmopolitan haven.

Then pick up a car and head into the winelands to spend a few nights in quaint accommodation ensuring you sample the finest South African wine from the very vineyards in which they are produced.

Driving the Garden Route is also a popular South African holiday idea. With its incredible coastal vistas, it’s impossible not to be seduced by the stunning natural beauty. Enjoy South African wildlife, beaches and beautiful lakes and lagoons alongside majestic mountain landscapes that make the Garden Route a bucket-list experience.

No South African holiday would be complete without experiencing a traditional South African safari and game drive. The sheer range of South African wildlife on offer means that finding a quaint resort to enjoy a your favourite cocktail as the sun sets is not optional, it’s a must.

Things To Do In South Africa

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is a South African landmark, rich with history and majestic views. It’s estimated to be over 300 million years old, making this range of mountains one of Earth’s oldest mountain formations. Table Mountain boasts unique opportunities for hikers and sightseers, as well as special places held sacred by native tribes for centuries. Visitors to the area are able to experience the cultural heritage that has been embedded in these ancient grounds.

Robben Island

Robben Island, which is located off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay, South Africa and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a rich history. During apartheid, it served as an infamous prison for political prisoners including Nelson Mandella. Even today remains from old prisons and forts are still visible on the island. Robben Island has now been converted into an educational center and memorial to honor those who fought against apartheid.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park in South Africa is renowned for its incredible wildlife safaris. Covering nearly 19,000 square kilometers, Kruger is home to an abundance of animals from lions and cheetahs to giraffes and zebras. With such a diverse range of species, visitors have the chance to see the Big Five as well as hippos and a multitude of birds.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a must-do for anyone visiting South Africa’s Franschhoek region. On this tour, you’ll get to enjoy the beautiful scenery from the comfort and convenience of an open-air tram. Relax and savor the views as you ride along historic roads and travel to various wineries. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning traveler, the Franschhoek Wine Tram provides a great way to explore without having to worry about driving.

Cape Winelands

South Africa’s winelands provide a luxurious atmosphere capable of fulfilling the expectations of visitors in search of the finer things in life.

Located in Western Cape, this region offers scenic vineyards and outstanding winemakers. One such area is the quaint town of Franschhoek, famous for its wine tram and known for its French history-inspired ambiance and array of dining opportunities coupled with fine wine. The valley here also envelops more than 40 wineries accompanied by guest houses and spa services for an extra leisurely experience.

Another spot worth visiting is Stellenbosch, well-known for housing South Africa’s oldest vineyards and boasting picturesque oak trees down its streets. Accommodations resembling villas or grand houses can be found while participating in one of the city’s many tours or events among its award-winning wines.

For relaxation away from viticulture (the cultivation of grapevines if you haven’t heard that word before!), travelers may take advantage of hiking trails up the nearby mountains, golfing at championship courses, or reflecting at museums between sips of wine. Boasting both luxury and tangible experiences ideal for any kind trips, South Africa’s winelands are a must visit destination that shouldn’t be missed.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg, nicknamed Joburg or Jozi, is a major metropolis located in South Africa. From bustling neighborhoods to awe-inspiring skyscrapers, Johannesburg offers an exciting range of opportunities for travelers – whether it’s exploring the city’s culture and history or indulging in its bustling nightlife. No matter what your interests may be, this dynamic city has something for everyone!

Johannesburg is a unique city full of exciting neighborhoods to explore. Visit the trendy Maboneng Precinct where you can appreciate street art, sip delicious drinks in hipster cafes, and enjoy cultural events. Then head to Newtown to see two of Johannesburg’s most important cultural institutions – Museum Africa and the Market Theatre.

Located in South Africa’s Gauteng Province, Soweto is a vibrant township known for its historical connections to the anti-apartheid movement. Initially established as a housing settlement for black African people during the apartheid era, today it has evolved into one of Johannesburg’s most popular tourist destinations.

Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, is a mecca for food lovers. Local restaurants serve up a wide array of cuisines ranging from traditional African dishes to international fare. A truly unique experience would be indulging in a braai, a South African style of barbecuing.

Kruger National Park

If you’re planning a South Africa luxury vacation, then Kruger National Park should definitely be on your itinerary. Located in the northeastern part of the country, Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and buffalos).

There are a number of ways to experience the Kruger National Park on a luxury vacation. One option is to stay at one of the park’s luxurious safari lodges, which offer comfortable and stylish accommodations, gourmet meals, and spa treatments.

From your lodge, you can go on guided game drives to spot the park’s wildlife, or take part in other activities such as guided walks and cultural tours. Relax in the day by your property’s pool and wrap yourself up in a good book.

Another option is to take a hot air balloon ride over the park, which offers breathtaking views of the landscape and its inhabitants. There are also a number of luxury camps located within the park, which offer a more intimate and exclusive safari experience.

In addition to game drives and other safari activities, properties at Kruger National Park also offer a range of other attractions for luxury vacationers to enjoy. These include visits to local villages, where you can learn about the culture and way of life of the park’s communities, and golfing at one of the region’s championship courses. Overall, the Kruger National Park is a must-visit destination for anyone planning a South Africa luxury vacation.

  • January

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    The weather is lovely; afternoons are around 26°C/79°F and the skies are mostly blue. It still rains occasionally, but usually not for long.

  • February

    15°C - 30°C

    The weather is lovely; afternoons are around 26°C/79°F and the skies are mostly blue. It still rains occasionally, but usually not for long.

  • March

    15°C - 25°C

    It cools down at the end of summer. The average high in April is 23°C/73°F and it drops to about 12°C/54°F at night. Rainfall and cloudy conditions increase, but there are still many lovely days.

  • April

    15°C - 25°C

    It cools down at the end of summer. The average high in April is 23°C/73°F and it drops to about 12°C/54°F at night. Rainfall and cloudy conditions increase, but there are still many lovely days.

  • May

    10°C - 20°C

    Rainfall increases with the start of winter. It cools down to an average of 20°C/68°F in the afternoon.

  • June

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    There is regular rainfall and cloudy skies are common. Mornings are usually around 8°C/46°F and afternoons around 18°C/64°F.

  • July

    10°C - 20°C

    There is regular rainfall and cloudy skies are common. Mornings are usually around 8°C/46°F and afternoons around 18°C/64°F.

  • August

    10°C - 20°C

    There is regular rainfall and cloudy skies are common. Mornings are usually around 8°C/46°F and afternoons around 18°C/64°F.

  • September

    10°C - 20°C

    Cloudy conditions are common, but daytime temperatures increase gradually at the end of winter. Afternoons reach temperatures of around 19°C/66°F.

  • October

    15°C - 25°C

    The average afternoon temperature in October is a pleasant 24°C/75°F. Most days are sunny and it only rains sporadically.

  • November

    15°C - 25°C

    The average afternoon temperature in November is a pleasant 24°C/75°F. Most days are sunny and it only rains sporadically.

  • December

    15°C - 30°C

    The weather is lovely; afternoons are around 26°C/79°F and the skies are mostly blue. It still rains occasionally, but usually not for long.

Fly to either Cape Town or Johannesburg direct from a number of international airports. You’ll also find flights for an onward journey to places such as Mauritius.

To get to South Africa from the UK, travellers have a few options. The most common way to travel is by air, with several major airlines offering direct flights from London to major cities in South Africa such as Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight from London to Johannesburg takes approximately 11 hours, and flights to Cape Town take around 12 hours.

There are also indirect flights available, which may involve a layover in another city. In addition to commercial flights, there are also a number of luxury private jet companies that offer flights to South Africa.

To get to South Africa from the US, travelers also have the option of flying directly to major cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight from New York to Johannesburg takes around 17 hours, and flights from Los Angeles to Johannesburg take around 15 hours. As with travel from the UK, there are also indirect flights and private jet options available.

It is important to note that travelers from both the UK and the US will need a valid passport and potentially a visa in order to enter South Africa. It is recommended to check with the South African embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information on entry requirements.

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