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South Africa is a wonderfully diverse country with a rich landscape and mix of cultures that make it the perfect year round destination. It has much to offer, modern cosmopolitan cities, rugged mountain ranges, the beautifully green winelands, deserted beaches and a natural abundance of wildlife.

The excellent road network means that it is also a popular destination for a self-drive holiday. Many people spend a few nights in Cape Town, with its breathtaking backdrop of Table Mountain, before collecting a car and driving out to the winelands. Many of the vineyards offer wine tasting tours and you can picnic in the wonderfully picturesque setting of these estates before sampling the renowned hospitality at one of the Cape Dutch boutique hotels. From here you can head east along the spectacular Garden Route with its long sandy beaches, expansive bays and indigenous forested mountains. If you have the time to carry on you reach the Eastern Cape, which is now famous for a growing number of high quality games reserves surrounding Port Elizabeth. The area is malarial free which has added to the popularity of parks such as Addo and the private game reserve, Shamwari.

Beyond this you reach the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains in the KwaZulu-Natal province. This region is home to the famous battlefields of Isandlwana and Rourke’s Drift which are brought to life by the military historians who will guide you through the bloody battles between the British and both the Zulu Warriors and the Boers. This area also has great beaches and divers should head to Thonga Beach where dolphins, sharks and whales are often sighted.

If you are after big game then South Africa is one the best places in Africa to see it. Sightings are reliable, the guides are very well trained and there is a wide choice of accommodation, from simple self–catering lodges and family friendly camps to some of Africa’s most exclusive safari lodges. Many people will have heard of Kruger and the adjoining Sabi Sand game reserve but there are now game reserves throughout the country that all merit considering, be it for their non–malarial status, their proximity to the Garden Route or the unique landscape they offer. With so much choice many people opt to spend a few nights at different camps, each one offering its own unique safari experience, be it a night under the stars in a remote tree house, sundowners overlooking the Sabi river or getting up close and personal with a few hours on foot. The great thing about going to South Africa is that there is so much else to do when you are there that you can easily incorporate your safari as part of a longer trip. We have included some examples here, but please call us to discuss different options as the choice can be bewildering and many of us have first–hand experience of the reserves.

A SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR YOU TO USE AS A GUIDE

A 12 night trip to South Africa including cosmopolitan Cape Town, the scenic winelands and a four night safari in Kruger tracking the Big Five.
Day 1: Overnight flight from the UK to Cape Town.
Day 2-5: Arrive Cape Town and transfer to the Bay Hotel, Camps Bay for a 4 night stay. Visit Robben Island, go up Table Mountain, visit the various bays down to Cape Point and spend time in the Waterfront area.
Day 6-7: Transfer to Franshoek in the winelands for 2 nights at Mont Rochelle.
Day 8-11: Early morning transfer to Cape Town Airport for flight to Skukuza on the edge of Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. Stay 4 nights in Sabi Sands at Mala Mala Main Camp (or a combination of game reserves).
Day 12: Transfer to Skukuza for flight back to Johannesburg and overnight flight back to UK.
Day 13: Arrive back in UK early morning.
Price from £3323 per person using British Airways and South African Airlines economy flights.

Many customers choose to hire a car rather than be transferred. You may also want to add on a beach extension to Mauritius or Mozambique.
 
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