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Experience the full variety of South Africa
South Africa Holidays
Our Essential South Africa itinerary perfectly demonstrates just how wonderfully varied South Africa is – and how easy it is to travel around. In just 13 days, driving on excellent roads in your own hire car, you’ll be able to explore all the highlights of the beautiful coastal city of Cape Town, tour the rugged Cape Peninsula and dawdle through the historic Winelands. You’ll be able to loop through the semi-arid Klein Karoo, then immerse yourself in the forests, lagoons and ocean resorts of the Garden Route before rounding off your trip on safari in one of the Eastern Cape’s game reserves.
And that’s just one suggestion. Our Travel Specialists are brimming with other ideas – from luxury train journeys between Cape Town and Pretoria to game drives and bush walks in a private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park. With Johannesburg lying at the hub of air travel in the region, we can also tailor make a trip combining South Africa with Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia or St Helena.
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About Southern Africa
Around five hours drive from Cape Town, Mossel Bay marks the start of the Garden Route – a 200km stretch of sublime ocean vistas, glorious beaches, wildlife-rich lagoons and forests and a string of trendy resorts, including Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Small wonder it’s on the wish list of most visitors to South Africa. Nip over the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges and you can contrast the verdant Garden Route with the arid Little Karoo.
Eastern Cape Game Reserves
Drive the Garden Route and keep heading west and you’ll arrive in Port Elizabeth – springboard to the malaria-free game reserves of the Eastern Cape. One of the finest is Amakhala where the Big Five safaris, luxurious accommodation and outstanding guiding are second to none.
Kruger National Park
Easily reached by a 2hr flight or 4½hr drive from Johannesburg, Kruger is one of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations. Home to over 140 species of mammal, including elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo, the national park covers 19,485 sq km. Neighbouring private reserves, like Sabi Sand, provide a more intimate experience.
About Southern Africa (continued)
Sitting pretty between Table Mountain and the ocean, Cape Town is not only a wonderful city to spend a few days, but it’s also a perfect base for exploring several nearby attractions. From eating out at the Waterfront, chilling on Clifton’s beaches, taking a boat trip to Robben Island and riding the cable car up Table Mountain to visiting Kirstenbosch gardens, wine tasting in Constantia and touring the Cape Peninsula, you’ll be amazed how quickly you fill your days.
Try to allow a full day for touring the Cape Peninsula. Highlights include the colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach, cliff-hugging Chapman’s Peak Drive and the wild seascapes of Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.
A short drive inland from Cape Town you’ll find the old colonial towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, founded in the 17th century by the Dutch and French Huguenots. Along with Paarl, they form the core of the Winelands – South Africa’s culinary centrepiece.