A destination like no other; South Africa is a diverse land rich in heritage, stunning natural scenery and a fascinating wildlife. Discover the sophisticated side of this glorious country.
Wildlife & Safari
With rolling savannahs where the Big Five roaming free, this is the place to experience a game drive. Nothing beats the thrill of your first glimpse of these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Get up close (although not too close!) to lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and other amazing creatures as they go about their business. Many private game reserves allow guests to get involved with their conservation efforts; at Shamwari guests can visit rescued big cats at the Born Free Foundation. As evening falls, dine by outside lantern light; a romantic experience intensified by the incredible sweep of stars above and the sounds of the bush at night.
Consistently ranked amongst the world’s top cities, Cape Town combines natural beauty, cosmopolitan lifestyle and cultural history. Ascend Table Mountain by cable car early in the morning and watch the mists rise over the sprawling city below. Swim with penguins at Boulders Beach or indulge in a spot of retail therapy in the V&A Waterfront’s designer shopping malls.
Eating & Drinking in the Winelands
Situated in the rolling Winelands, about an hour north of Cape Town, the pretty French-influenced town of Franschoek is considered the gourmet capital of South Africa with over 30 wine cellars and a clutch of award-winning restaurants. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais offers an African-inspired tasting menu where you will hear, see, smell and taste the story of many local ingredients – venison, waterblommetjies, mebos, sour fig, baobab, buchu and more – masterfully plated by the chef and beautifully presented by the charming service staff.
Where to stay
Safari needn’t mean roughing it. South Africa’s game reserves offer a variety of luxurious lodges and 5-star tented camps where you’ll truly experience the bush environs, without sacrificing creature comforts like air-conditioning, hot showers, a Cognac before bed and even private plunge pools. The elegantly restored Riverdene Lodge in the malaria-free Shamwari Game Reserve provides a colonial African experience with traditional touches and bright, contemporary rooms. But the big attractions here are the unrivalled activities and opportunities for wildlife viewing including game drives, family safaris and visits to the animal rehabilitation centre.
In Cape Town, the stylish One&Only resort brings an unprecedented level of luxury to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with stunning views to Table Mountain and the harbour.
When to go
There’s always a good time to visit South Africa – May to September is when you’ll see the best of the wildlife, while Cape Town’s warm weather early in the year is the perfect antidote to the UK winter.