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It’s hard to think of a country on Earth more diverse than South Africa. Capping off the enormous, epic continent that shares its name, the contrasts are as different as delta and desert. The arid Kalahari is as barren as it comes, while the verdant region of KwaZulu Natal could be New Zealand, it’s so lushly green. This vibrant country has something for everyone, whether you’re seeking culture, wildlife, cuisine or adventure. What’s more, with its temperate climate and reputation for long sunny days, not to mention a weak rand, there has never been a better time to travel to South Africa.
EXQUISITE WINES & CULINARY GREATS
A culinary melting pot of African, European and Asian influences, South African cuisine will tantalise the most discerning of taste buds. Enjoy fresh seafood at a cliff top restaurant whilst watching the playful antics of dolphins and the breaching of whales. Explore the historic towns of the Winelands with quaint chocolate shops and delicatessens before heading into the vineyards on a guided tour... by bike, horse or aboard the Franschhoek Wine Tram. Durban has a large Indian community and sampling a bunny chow (a large bread roll, hollowed out and filled with a delicious curry) is a must. Even on safari, you’ll be amazed at the quality of food, and there is nothing more magical than a traditional braai (BBQ) in a lantern lit boma, accompanied by the sounds of the bush.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Looking for an active holiday? Look no further. South Africa offers a variety of adventures and activities which embrace the countries natural attributes, from mountains to desert, savannah to the sea. From hiking and climbing (there are more than 900 routes up Table Mountain alone), to game viewing in the bush and marine spotting off the coast, this is a country as diverse as it is beautiful. Cape Point unfurls like ribbon, winding along the coast, with rocky bluffs to one side and the pounding surf below, and the beaches along the Garden Route are stunning - great sandy swathes lapped by gin-clear waters. Swim or surf to your hearts content, or take to horseback for an exhilarating ride over the dunes and trails. Welcome to South Africa.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Whether on land or at sea, you’ll be overwhelmed by the diversity of wildlife experiences in South Africa. Take morning and evening game drives to go in search of lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, some of which can be found in malaria free areas, ideal for families with young children. With almost 3000kms of coastline, you can also look for the ‘marine five’ – dolphins, seals, penguins, sharks and whales. At Hermanus you can literally sit on the cliffs, or even the terrace outside your hotel, and watch the surprisingly graceful acrobatics as southern right whales breach right in front of you. You’re often so close to the action you can actually hear their haunting calls.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY & FASCINATING HISTORY
With eleven official languages, South Africa is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Learn more about your ancestors at The Cradle of Humankind Heritage Site where fossil findings have led to extensive human evolutionary studies dating back two million years. Historians can guide you through the Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal where the Anglo Zulu and Boer wars were fought. Follow in the footsteps of Mandela with a visit to Robben Island off Cape Town and learn more South Africa’s 20th Century history with a visit to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.
DESIGN & ARTISANS
After celebrating World Design Capital status in 2014, Cape Town has also been chosen as the site of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Opening in 2016, it will be the largest museum of contemporary art on the African continent and is set to rival Tate Modern in London and MoMa in New York. Maboneng is a vibrant urban development on the east side of Johannesburg. The former warehouses have been regenerated and are now home to thriving artisans and regular music events.
THE LURE OF THE OPEN ROAD
South Africa has an excellent road structure enabling you to explore much of the country at your own pace, and behind your own wheel. The most popular journey is the Garden Route which hugs the coastline from Cape Town through to Port Elizabeth with inland forests and mountains to explore. Further afield, drive through Namaqualand and the Northern Cape – you’ll be rewarded with beautiful scenery any time of year, but between mid- September and October you’ll find yourself cruising between carpets of wildflowers.
Classic South Africa
Nights: 13 | from £5,750
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 you can combine the magnificent city of Cape Town, with a classic road trip and a first-class safari.
Cape, Kalahari & Kruger
Nights: 12 | from £6,450
Experience the diversity of South Africa in high style, in less than two weeks. Combine lively and lovely Cape Town with an exclusive Kalahari wilderness stay and the Big Five wild-life of super Sabi Sands.
Nights: 5 | from £2,150
KwaZulu-Natal is both naturally spectacular and historically fascinating. In the company of experts, explore infamous battlefields – such as Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift – as well as exploring the wildlife-filled wilderness..
South Africa Family Safari
Nights: 13 | from £4,215
Cape Town, the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape are the perfect combination for a family-friendly African adventure. Including the outdoorsy delights of the city and a malaria-free game reserve – where you can see the Big Five – this wild, well-paced road trip ticks all the boxes.
Highlights of South Africa
Nights: 13 | from £3,399
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 the Kruger National Park.
Luxury Small Group Journey - Botswana: Safari in Style 2016
Nights: 11 | from £8,025
Visiting Johannesburg, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and Livingstone
Luxury Small Group Journeys - South Africa and Victoria Falls
Nights: 8 | from £6,495
Journey across South Africa's varied landscapes, experiencing vibrant Cape Town and stunning Cape Point, game drives in a private reserve bordering Kruger National Park and a tour of jaw-dropping Victoria Falls.
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