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Following the discovery of gold in 1886, the birth of Johannesburg began. In recent years, downtown Johannesburg has undergone a rejuvenation programme,
with gleaming skyscrapers contrasting with local markets. In order to get a better understanding of South Africa's apartheid era, a visit to Soweto is a must on any visit to Johannesburg. Home to over two million people, excursions will take you to some of the places that changed the future of South Africa.

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. Known as the 'Jacaranda City', the tree-lined avenues are transformed in a vision of mauve
during the spring. It is also the starting place for some of the greatest and most luxurious train journeys in the world - The Blue Train and Rovos Rail.



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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic South Africa

Nights: 13 | from £5,750pp

The Rainbow Nation has it all: mountain highs, wild (and wildlife rich) seas, endless savannah filled with game and an easy-going atmosphere. In two weeks... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Botswana: Safari in Style 2017

Nights: 9 | from £7,515pp

Discover the magical Okavango Delta combined with the mighty Victoria Falls, making this trip an unforgettable experience Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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South African Family Safari

Nights: 13 | from £4,215pp

Cape Town, the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape are the perfect combination for a family-friendly African adventure. Including the outdoorsy delights... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Family Holidays

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Highlights of South Africa

Nights: 13 | from £3,279pp

This journey of the Rainbow Nation takes in Cape Town and the Winelands, the spectacular coastline of the Garden Route and culminates with a safari in... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail 2017

Nights: 14 | from £9,885pp

From cosmopolitan Cape Town to thundering Victoria Falls to the extraordinary Okavango Delta, experience the best of Southern Africa in one spectacular... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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131 Herbert Baker

This exquisite boutique hotel is grandly situated on the famous Herbert Baker Street in Pretoria. The hotel boasts breath taking views of the city whilst... Find out more

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Once a private home, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is a delightful grand retreat away from the busy city. The atmosphere is designed to be elegant... Find out more

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Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

After a major refurbishment, Johannesburg's most famous hotel, has re-opened as Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff. There are 117 spacious guest rooms,... Find out more

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Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport

The InterContinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport has drawn its inspiration from the African continent, capturing the culture and spirit of Africa through... Find out more

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Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa

The interior of the hotel is an elegant fusion of contemporary design with traditional African flare. Aside from relaxing by the pool, working out in... Find out more

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Sanctuary Makanyane, South Africa

South Africa

Prices from £2,080pp saving up to £300pp for 6 nights
Stay four nights at Sanctuary Makanyane and only pay for three nights. Priced from £2,080pp includes four nights accommodation on a full board basis with safari activities, internal flights to Madikwe and international overnight flights from the UK. Valid for travel between 4th January 2016 to the 10th December 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Safari & Wildlife

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Winelands and Wildlife

South Africa

Complimentary Half Board
Stay a minimum of two nights at Mont Rochelle combined with a minimum three night stay at Ulusaba and receive a complimentary upgrade to Half Board at Mont Rochelle. Valid for travel from now until the 21st December 2016. Terms and conditions apply.

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Kay, Ben Harrison, Ben Oxley-Brown, Robin, Sara, Chris, Charlotte and Jo - are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every African hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout Africa, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in Africa in our Travel Blog pages.

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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.

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Cape Town/Johannesburg

flying time

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

time difference

GMT +2 hours

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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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