Holiday in South Africa
South Africa is a varied and exciting holiday destination, with something to offer everybody. Whatever your interests and requirements a holiday can be designed to ensure you get the most out of your South Africa holiday or tour.
Safari holidays in South Africa
South Africa is home to one of the largest and most famous Game Reserves in the world – The Kruger National Park. Encompassing an area of 7,332 square miles it also runs over the borders with Mozambique and Zimbabwe to create the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. The Big Five game are all found here – Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Elephant – and it boasts more species of mammals than any other African Park (147). To visit the Kruger you can either stay in the rest houses and camp sites of SANParks (The government organization South Africa national Parks) or stay in one of the many private lodges and camps that operate concessions in and around the Kruger. many of these are luxurious, offering intimate surroundings, excellent service and cuisine and superb game viewing.
It is also possible to safari in other National Parks. The Pilensberg National Park near to Sun City, some two hours from Johannesberg offers good viewing, as does the Addo National Park in the Cape which now offers the Big 7 – adding sharks and whales to the original five.
There are also several excellent Private Game reserves both in the Eastern and Western Cape with can be added to a visit to Cape Town and /or the Garden Route. Both Kariega and Shamwari offer a range of accommodation and safari packages to suit most budgets and requirements.
The Garden Route
The Garden Route is perhaps the most famous self-drive holiday in Africa, and one of the most famous in thew whole world. The trip usually starts in Port Elizabeth and finishes in Cape Town, following a spectacular stretch of coastline hemmed with mountains. The rain fall this generates makes the vegetation and forests green and lush, the spring time resulting in a beautiful display of wild flowers.
Plettenberg Bay is a popular stopping off point, a long sweeping bay from which you can take boats – big, small, fast ,slow – out onto the Indian Ocean to look for pods of dolphin and schools of whales.
Knysna is the main stopping point, a pretty waterside town with large lagoon, small parks and forests and a wealth of day trips. The sandstone ‘Heads” stand at the mouth of the lagoon, while behind the town there is 80,000 hectares of forest known for its diverse flora and forest elephants. For those keen on cuisine its also famous for its local oysters.
Hermanus is another small, picturesque town, overlooking a large bay from the top of small cliffs. Its a famous place for whale spotting, theb local waters being a popular place for Southern Right whales to nurse their young calfs. The town even has a crier who rings his bell whenever they surface, allowing you to concentrate on the excellent cakes in the numerous cafes!
The Garden Route makes for a fantastic South African holiday, and if you don’t want to self-drive, we can organise a guided tour either as a private departure or as part of a group.
It need little introduction. Cape Town is a city everybody should visit, its location being one of the most spectacular in the world. Nestling on the lower slopes of Table Mountain the city spills into the harbour area with the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a development of restaurants, shops and museums that makes a great place to idle away a day or two. From here you can get the ferry out on a sightseeing tour to Robbin Island, the infamous prison island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for so long.
A trip up the rotating cable car to the top of Table Mountain is another must, with stunning views not only down over the city and the northern beaches, but also down to the peninsularto the Cape of Good Hope.
It is possible to visit the Cape of Good Hope on a day trip and possible to climb up to the lighthouse there. Its also possible to go to the winelands and visit some of the beautiful wine estates that produce many excellent wines. Franshoek is an excellent place to visit and stay to sample some of the best ones.
Whether you wish to self-drive or have a driver-guide, use internal flights or combine your trip with other Southern African destinations, call our specialists on 01603 283 517 and let them advise you on the best way to see the things you want to see.