Enjoy stunning wildlife, iconic city-scapes and delicious food and wineSouth Africa simply has it all
South Africa is the place to go on a wildlife safari, with lions, buffalos, elephants, rhinos and other exotic animals roaming the picturesque landscapes.
Luxury South African holidays can also take you to the bustling cities of Cape Town or Johannesburg, offering an experience like no other.
Safaris and outdoor adventures
South Africa has numerous national parks and reserves where you can see wild animals. Stay in first class lodges and camps where you can wake up to the sounds of birds and animals, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine.
Although the chance to see elephants and big cats is a major draw, a luxury safari in South Africa can offer much more. You’ll be able to see a vast array of birds, as well as unique reptiles such as leopard tortoises, while the oceans teem with seals, whales and sharks.
A safari can be experienced on the back of a 4x4 truck, or you can walk with a guide along the many trails. Perhaps the greatest place for safaris is Kruger National Park, which has over 137 species of animals and more than 500 species of birds.
For the even more adventurous, South Africa is the perfect place for rock climbing, diving, surfing, paragliding and bungee jumping.
Legislative capital Cape Town is where varied cultures come together. Table Mountain park features the famous flat-topped mountain that overlooks the city. The park is a great place to hike, bike and abseil amidst beautiful scenery.
Cape Town was designated a World Design capital in 2014, which is no surprise since the city is home to a variety of museums and art galleries. The brightly painted facades of the Bo-Kaap, the bathing chalets of Muizenberg, the Afro décor in the restaurants and the striking street art also demonstrate the talent of the city’s artists and designers.
Cape Town’s surrounding areas offer plenty to explore too. Spend some time relaxing in the Winelands, or head to Hermanus to spot whales.
Johannesburg is the vibrant heart of South Africa. It’s a modern, expanding city with new and exciting buildings constantly popping up.
Despite its eye to the future, there are many reminders of South Africa’s past in the city. Liliesleaf Farm was the secret quarters of the ANC from 1961 to 1963, and Nelson Mandela was once captured there. History buffs can also visit the Old Fort at Constitution Hill, which dates back to 1892 and was once a notorious prison.
An hour’s ride from Cape Town will take you to the Winelands, where some of the best wine in South Africa is produced. There have been European settlers in the Winelands since the 17th century and you can see various examples of historic buildings in the area.
A holiday with a difference
Luxury safari holidays in South Africa are perfect for people who want to get back to nature and see some amazing wildlife. You can also visit Cape Town and Johannesburg to get to know the modern cities and discover the fascinating art, culture, cuisine and music. Contact us today to find out more.
where to stay
Our specialists are experts at putting together complex holidays and can help you to tailor-make your perfect trip. Below is a selection of the hotels we love in the region, but it is by no means exhaustive, so do please give us a call on 01244 322770 and we can help you to create the trip of your dreams, complete with the hotels and experiences that are perfect for you.
Summerfields Rose Retreat & SpaFrom...
Ideally situated near the Kruger National Park, Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa is an outstanding choice for an exceptional holiday in South Africa.
Rovos RailFrom...If you long for an African adventure that combines luxury travel with pristine beaches, amazing animal safaris and vibrant cities, then Rovos Rail could make your holiday dreams come true.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness RetreatFrom...Bushmans Kloof is a luxurious and unique wilderness reserve and wellness retreat located on the foothills of the Cederberg Mountain.
Fugitive's Drift Lodge And Guest HouseFrom...Fugitives Drift is a spectacular, one-off property that is steeped in local history. Set within a site totalling 5,000 acres, the hotel overlooks Rorke’s and Isandlwana’s Drift, site of the famous Anglo-Zulu War.
12 Apostles Hotel & SpaFrom...Escape to a holiday destination with a difference. The 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa sits above the Atlantic Ocean and offers magnificent views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles.
Tsala Treetop LodgeFrom...High above an ancient indigenous forest, Tsala Treetop Lodge and Villas brings you closer to nature right from the start. The earthy, rich colours and textures of African culture harmonise with the western world to bring you a truly unique experience.
The Silo HotelFrom...A highly unusual example of industrial architecture, the old grain silo has been remodelled by British designer Thomas Heatherwick. Situated on top of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, this fantastic construction is a real destination hotel.
The Plettenberg HotelFrom...If you are looking for a seaside escape with breathtaking views of the ocean, endless pristine beaches and a place where whales and dolphin pods play happily in the surf, then look no further than The Plettenberg.
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We have been using Azure to arrange our holidays for over 12 years. Every year usually twice a year, sometimes more, we rely on the experienced team at Chester to provide expert information on our chosen destinations. Be it a return to our established favorites in Barbados and Dubai or a new and exiting destination chosen from Azures brochure it is always handled in a friendly and competent manner. The small details are not missed such as do we need late check out or early arrival, which can make such a difference after sometimes long hours travelling. For us using Azure takes the uncertainty out of booking holidays.
We have been booking our holidays through Azure for 10 years and we can thoroughly recommend them. The Azure team arrange amazing holidays, well chosen destinations and hotels with a tailored itinerary that runs like clockwork with so many wonderful extras, it really takes the time and stress out of planning. When the weather has disrupted our journeys, their 24 hour service has provided us with 5* rescues! Nothing is too much trouble for Azure staff and the same goes for all the staff we have met on our Azure holidays which really are out of this world. We continue to recommend your company and all your wonderful team and look forward to our next holiday with you.
Well we are back in the UK after an amazing trip for a very special birthday and must thank Azure in Chester and Jayne O'Gorman for organising everything after we won the auction bid for this trip with SeaDream Yacht Club at Valerie's Summer Ball last year! We had the trip of a lifetime, met amazing people, visited fabulous places and befriended the superb crew aboard SeaDream I. We couldn't fault a single thing onboard - just amazing and hope we can meet the crew again at some future date! I even cried when i had to leave! Well done Azure and Jayne O'Gorman.
My first experience with Azure was when they came to my rescue when my family and I were stranded abroad on holiday without accommodation, their professionalism and ability to make things happen at very very short notice was second to none. They were very knowledgeable and were able to utilise their many relationships within the industry to get things resolved for me within an hour. I can't praise them enough for rescuing my family's holiday and making it a truly memorable time. Since then the team always do their best to make my holidays the best they can possibly be based on their own vast travel knowledge and experiences. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them and wouldn't use anyone else for luxurious travel.
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