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Hiking to the summit of Table Mountain with a local guide, cycling between vineyards to sip on the finest wines, driving along winding ocean roads, observing a lion pride just a few steps from your vehicle… South Africa’s breadth of experiences means no two days are the same. But our specialists can take you even further, into the country’s wildest corners, along dazzling beaches known only by locals, and through varied neighbourhoods to meet the people who give the country its soul.

The trip we design for you will revolve around whatever interests you most. You might spend a day exploring the Cape Peninsula with a private guide whose own passions match yours, be it nature, surfing, family adventures, or food. Or, if South Africa’s history compels you, we could arrange for you to visit the Battlefields area with guides whose retellings will bring past events to life.

Another way to explore South Africa is through tasting its food, and a walking tour of Cape Town’s multicultural eateries will highlight just how diverse the country is. And, if your ideal trip involves encountering wildlife in its natural habitat, we can plan a safari in a private reserve bordering the Kruger, where any tree could be hiding a snoozing leopard and elephant families quench their thirst right in front of your camp.

However you like to explore, we can help you uncover South Africa’s many layers through experiences that add a deeper meaning to your trip and help you rediscover your passions — or even reveal new ones.

Rediscover South Africa

Trip ideas for your South Africa escape

Our South Africa trip ideas showcase the routes our specialists love to take whenever they visit. But we’ll help you find your own path on a bespoke trip filled with experiences that match your interests, from wildlife to food and drink.

South Africa stays that we love

From luxury safari lodges to boutique city guesthouses, our collection of South Africa stays is as varied as the country itself. Having tried and tested each one, our specialists can recommend the best options for you.  

  • Orchard Cottage, Boschendal, Franschhoek

    Boschendal

    Set in the Drakenstein Valley, Boschendal is a working farm and vineyard, with exclusive boutique cottage accommodation onsite.

  • Homestead at Bushmans Kloof

    Bushmans Kloof

    Located on one of South Africa’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bushmans Kloof is a multi award-winning private lodge set on a vast natural estate; home to one of the greatest concentrations of San rock art anywhere in Africa.

  • Garden Lodge, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

    Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

    Located just south of Hermanus, Grootbos is a wonderful place to visit to experience and learn about the remarkable flora and fauna of the region. The lodge is a great base for walks or horse rides.

  • Luxury villa, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

    Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

    Bush Lodge enjoys a stunning location and the discreet placing of the suites gives an intimacy and exclusivity that belies the relatively large number of suites.

  • The Oyster Box, Umhlanga Rocks

    The Oyster Box

    The Oyster Box is set right on the beachfront at Umhlanga in the shadow of a lighthouse. The dramatic setting is complemented by Mediterranean-style architecture of gently sloping roofs and arched gables.

  • The Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town

    The Twelve Apostles

    This is a luxurious hotel and the attention to detail in the decor and the service are absolutely excellent, while the location is superb. The hotel itself is elegant, relaxed and a firm Audley favourite.

More inspiration for your South Africa trip

We know South Africa inside out, so to help inspire your trip, we’ve shared our highlights and specialist tips in dedicated travel guides and blogs. Have a read and let your ideas take shape.

  • Rock formations in the Cederberg Mountains

    Culture, history & wilderness: South Africa beyond safari and wine

    Cuisine in Cape Town, countryside walks in the Cederberg Mountains, and 19th-century history in KwaZulu-Natal — specialist Robin shares how you can explore the many sides of South Africa beyond safari and wine by delving into its culture, history, and wilderness.

  • Franschhoek, the Cape Winelands

    5 ways to experience The Cape region and Winelands

    Hike to Table Mountain’s summit, sea kayak to see African penguins and sample the best food and drink of the Winelands with local guides. We share five of the best ways to experience South Africa’s Cape region.

  • Table Mountain, South Africa

    5 active experiences in South Africa

    While South Africa is renowned for its food, wine, and wildlife, there’s also plenty to do if you prefer a more active trip. Our specialists share five experiences that get you moving while still enjoying.

  • White rhino, Eastern Cape

    South Africa safaris: our guide to the parks & reserves

    South Africa offers some of the continent's premier wildlife destinations, such as the private reserves of the famous Greater Kruger Park. The country is also home to the largest number of places where you have an opportunity to see the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo).

South Africa in pictures

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