South Africa has everything from spellbinding scenery and cosmopolitan towns to gourmet cuisine and world-class wines; the wildlife is simply the icing on the cake. If you begin in Cape Town, continue through the Winelands and then on to the Garden Route, maybe after stopping off in Hermanus for some whale-watching if it’s July to October.
Why not also include a five-star rail journey and then finish up with a safari - several of the lodges are malaria-free and most offer sightings of the Big Five.
From the cosmopolitan buzz of Cape Town to the faded grandeur of Mozambique, Southern Africa has it all. A trip to this continent is always a very personal one - a pick-and-mix of different scenic and wildlife experiences that transform into a very satisfying whole. Lack of space prevents us from doing full justice to the world-class properties in this region, but we hope this sneak peek will entice you to pick up the phone and discuss your own tailor-made trip with our African specialists …
HOW TO GET THERE
Your holiday will begin with a British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight from Heathrow to either Johannesburg or Cape Town – the flying time about 11 hours, although as there is only a 1 hour time difference there’s no tedious jet lag. You can also two-centre the country with Dubai (flying Emirates), The Seychelles (Air Seychelles) and Mauritius (Air Mauritius).
Cape Town is renowned for its pristine beaches and excellent restaurants and superb local wines. Visit the Cape’s oldest wine estate, picturesque Groot Constantia, which retains many of its original Cape Dutch buildings, or take a trip to the spectacular Winelands with at least six wine routes to explore.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park is flagship of South African National Parks. Home to the Big Five, at nearly 2 million hectares it is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms.