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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 to a selection of sought after restaurants in Cape Town.

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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Stay at the One&Only Cape Town for four nights and pay for just three. Offer valid until 18th December 2015, excluding Christmas and New Year. Save up to £425 per person, based on a one-bedroom Island Suite. Available on all room categories. Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.


Suggested itineraries in South Africa

Classic South Africa

Nights: 13 | from £3,005

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Discover the Rainbow Nation’s many beautiful and varied cultural, historical and natural sites from Robben Island to the luscious winelands and the Kariega Game Reserve.

Quintessential South Africa

Nights: 14 | from £5,365

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This South African adventure combines unbeatable game viewing in Kruger, the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town and the whale watchers' paradise of Hermanus.

Cape, Kalahari & Kruger

Nights: 11 | from £6,705

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This adventure highlights the very best of South Africa, discovering Cape Town and enjoying evening game drives, balloon rides and private dinners in Tswalu Kalahari

Africa: Across a Continent by Private Jet

Nights: 18 | from £51,230

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An 18 night adventure through stark Ethiopia, verdant Uganda and the sweeping Serengeti to Victoria Falls, Botswana, the Namibian dunes and cosmopolitan Cape Town.

Highlights of South Africa

Nights: 13 | from £2,995

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The Rainbow Nation has it all: flamboyant cultures, dramatic scenery, diverse wildlife and an easy-going atmosphere for you to experience on your 13 night holiday.

The Battlefields

Nights: 6 | from £2,315

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A fascinating 6 night historical trip visiting the Battlefields of Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift and The Battle of Spioenkop lead by historians.

Connections -South Africa: Cape Town, Kruger & Victoria Falls

Nights: 12 | from £5,899

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South Africa: Cape Town, Kruger & Victoria Falls Visiting Cape Town, Kruger National Park And Victoria Falls

Family Connections - South Africa: A Family Safari

Nights: 12 | from £7,045

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Visiting Cape Town, Kruger National Park And Victoria Falls

South African Family Safari

Nights: 13 | from £4,215

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A family adventure combining the freedom of self drive through South Africa, exploring the winelands, the Garden Route and looking for the 'big 5' on safari.

Cape Town & Garden Route

Nights: 8 | from £2,998

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This 8 night South African trip, driving coastal roads and exploring Cape Town and Walker Bay, makes for an adventurous and comfortable trip.

Cape Town and Winelands

Nights: 7 | from £2,240

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A week-long adventure travelling from Cape Town into the famous winelands of Franschhoek with its Cape Dutch architecture and fabulous gastronomic scene.

Suggested accommodation in South Africa

Cape Grace Hotel

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront                     

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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


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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


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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