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Great guides elevate safaris to a higher level - it's their knowledge, experience and desire to learn from every fresh adventure in the wilderness. Just ask our guests who were on a family safari near Kruger Park when their guide spotted a sun-bleached giraffe skeleton. Cue a memorable couple of hours assembling the giant jigsaw. We fear natural history lessons back at school may struggle to compete.


Sounds spontaneous and fascinating? Try this. Other guests emailed us about watching in awe as a pack of wild dog hunted down their prey at Lion Sands private reserve. But it was a mere aperitif. The radio suddenly crackled: conservationists had just darted a huge white rhino not far away. The guests spent several hours with the sleeping, two-tonne giant; a unique opportunity to touch its soft skin and hooves while its horn was redacted - to save it from poachers.

The brilliant guides behind these experiences are part of our superbly connected South African team that has been offering luxury safaris for over four decades. Along with seamless connections to surrounding countries and 24-hour emergency contact, we can arrange exclusive insider access including a gourmet Cape Town tour with Bruce Robertson, the famous chef dubbed the 'Afro-gastronaut', and a Robben Island visit with Christo Brand, the guard who befriended Nelson Mandela during his long incarceration.

Book a South Africa safari with Abercrombie & Kent and you'll witness the prolific wildlife of Kruger and the adjacent private reserves such as Sabi Sands and Manyeleti, along with the famous Umfolozi and Hluhluwe game parks. Alternatively for a malaria-free encounter with raw nature, there's the Eastern Cape - haunt of the Big Five - and Waterberg, a hotspot for family safaris.

But your A&K classic South Africa holiday is about more than wildlife. Far more. There's spectacular cosmopolitan Cape Town with its beaches, stunning peninsula and nearby winelands, where fine vino is served with mountain views and historic Cape Dutch architecture. Head east along the picture perfect Garden Route to reach some of the world's best surfing beaches, or keep going to KwaZulu Natal for Anglo-Zulu battlefields, and superb hiking and fishing in the Drakensberg Mountains. It's diverse, beautiful, and with A&K, it's all possible.

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Useful info

Best time to be there

October to May is the best time to visit the Cape. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.

Fly to

Cape Town/Johannesburg

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes/10 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate if arriving or in transit for more than 12 hours from an endemic area.

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South Africa Offers

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Suggested itineraries in South Africa


Highlights of South Africa

from £2,995

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The Battlefields

from £2,115

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Quintessential South Africa

from £4,995

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In The Footsteps Of Mandela


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South African Family Safari

from £6,110

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Cape Town & Garden Route

from £2,998

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Cape, Kalahari & Kruger

from £6,715

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Small Luxury Group Journeys - South Africa & Victoria Falls

from £3,755

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Cape Town and Winelands

from £2,240

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Deluxe South African Safari

from £9,976

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A Family Sojourn to South Africa

from £4,215

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Connections South Africa: Wildlife, Winelands and Cape Town

from £3,876

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Suggested accommodation in South Africa

Cape Grace Hotel

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront                     

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Kurland

 

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Singita Ebony Lodge

Singita Private Game Reserve                     

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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Tswalu Game Reserve                             

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Fugitives' Drift Lodge

Fugitives' Drift                                 

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Birkenhead House

Hermanus                                         

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Our top South Africa offers

Desroches View (O)

Desroches, Seychelles & Kings Camp, South Africa

Bush & Beach Villa Combo
Stay 4 nights at the private Waterbuck Villa in the colonial Kings Camp, followed by 6 nights on the idyllic Desroches Island. From £7,920 per person, based on 6 people travelling together this is the perfect escape for a family or small group of friends. International flights, transfers, full board accommodation and safari game drives while at Kings Camp.Valid for travel now until the 15th December 2014. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

SPEAK TO A TRAVEL CONSULTANT ON 0845 485 1558

One&Only Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town

One free night
Stay at the fabulous One&Only Cape Town for 4 nights and only pay for 3 nights. A superb offer to spend time in beautiful Cape Town and enjoy this city and all it has to offer. Valid for travel from now until the 19th December 2014. Subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

SPEAK TO A TRAVEL CONSULTANT ON 0845 485 1558


The Outpost, activity walk

The Best of Kruger, South Africa

Kruger in Summer
Treat yourself to a South African safari, staying at three incredible lodges within the legendary Kruger National Park. 3 nights at The Outpost, 2 nights at Kings Camp Private Game Reserve and 2 nights at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve costs from £3,950 per person, including flights, full board accommodation and game drives. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

SPEAK TO A TRAVEL CONSULTANT ON 0845 485 1558

Kalahari Desert

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa

Stay 4 & fly for free
Adults staying for 4 nights or more at Motse Camp will receive return flights from Cape Town or Johannesburg to the Lodge free of charge. There is a 50% reduction on the children's flights when travelling with parents. Valid for travel from the 1st January - 31st December 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

SPEAK TO A TRAVEL CONSULTANT ON 0845 485 1558


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Ben, Robin, Sara, Chris, Charlotte and Jo - have intimate knowledge of every African camp, hotel and resort and are experts in designing the perfect holiday.

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