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South Africa travel guides

South Africa travel guides

Our specialists share their knowledge of South Africa

Those who travel to South Africa are truly spoiled for choice. A vacation here can cover the scenic, patchwork vineyards of the Cape, the crashing surf of the coast, an exciting Big Five safari, and the historic Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal. With such a wealth of experiences to choose from, our South Africa travel guides are an invaluable reference for those looking to tailor their visit to specific interests. Read about our specialists’ advice whether planning your honeymoon or a self-drive tour, and start planning your own custom journey.

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Ideas for how to explore South Africa

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for South Africa. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

Leopard in South Africa
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Grand tour of South Africa

South Africa has so many highlights that many people choose to revisit. However, if you would like to experience all of the main attractions in one trip, you can do so as part of a grand tour. Our specialists will help you make the most of your time in South Africa.

Three Tree Hill, The Battlefields
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Activity vacations in South Africa

From great white shark cage diving and whale watching, to exploring caves and a stroll around a beautiful vineyard, there's plenty our Country Specialists can recommend if you would like to plan a tailor-made vacation to South Africa that's full of activities.


Lion Cub, Private Game Reserve
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Madikwe and the North

The swath of country stretching from the Kruger Park in the east to the Botswana border in the west is known as Madikwe & The North. It is home to some of South Africa's most dramatic scenery, Johannesburg and Pretoria and the remote Madikwe Game Reserve.

Grapes
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Wine regions of South Africa

Within easy driving distance of Cape Town are the valleys of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, also known as the Winelands. If you enjoy a nice Merlot or Chardonnay, our specialists can help you to plan a trip that includes a visit to this area of South Africa.

Isandlwana tour from Isibindi Zulu Lodge
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KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal has many of South Africa’s greatest attractions crammed into one province: Durban, green rolling countryside, the Drakensberg Mountains and the Battlefields, an area containing legendary military sites such as Spioenkop, Blood River, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.


Cheetah in Kruger Park
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Kruger and safaris

As the name suggests, this region is home to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and this is where you'll be able to spot the Big Five on safari. The area is also home to some fantastic lodges and you'll be spoiled for choice when deciding where to spend a night or two.

Cape Town, South Africa
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What to do in Cape Town

Cape Town is a fantastic, cosmopolitan city with a superb location under Table Mountain. Any trip to South Africa is likely to include a few days here and our specialists can advise you on the many things you can see and do in this iconic city.

San Rock Art guide, Bushmans Kloof
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The Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is the most sparsely populated province of South Africa. It encompasses Namaqualand, famous for its spring flowers; the red sand desert of the Kalahari with its black-maned lions; and the Cederberg Mountains, the last haven of the Bushmen, or San.


Rovos Rail
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Train journeys in South Africa

Watch the scenery unfold as the clackety-clack of rail tracks pass beneath you. A trip on the famous Blue Train or Rovos Rail in South Africa are two of the great train journeys of the world.

La Motte wine house in Franschhoek
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Wine tours of South Africa

South Africa's wine is world-renowned and there are a number of tours you can include in a tailor-made trip of South Africa that allow you to sample these tasty tipples. Our specialists are able to recommend suitable vineyards for you to explore based on your own taste.

Self-drive to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens,Cape Town
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The Garden Route & Eastern Cape

The Garden Route is a compact stretch of coastline with steep dunes, lonely beaches and crashing surf. The Eastern Cape goes up to the border with KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho, and contains a number of excellent game reserves. This region is ideally suited to a self-drive trip.


Table Mountain South Africa
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The Cape Region & Winelands

The Cape Region is the perfect introduction to South Africa with places such as Cape Town, the Winelands and Walker Bay, where you can see migrating whales. Equally famous is the Garden Route, a scenic stretch of coastline some 185 miles long.

Franschhoek, South Africa
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Luxury vacations in South Africa

Spot the Big Five from your own plunge pool, embark on a tour of Cape Town's harbor aboard a private yacht, or hire your own photographer guide to improve your photography skills, we've plenty of ideas for making sure your tailor-made trip in South Africa is truly luxurious.

White rhino, Eastern Cape
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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).


Franschhoek, South Africa
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Honeymoons in South Africa

For intrepid couples with a sense of adventure, South Africa can be an ideal fit for a honeymoon. South Africa specialist, Toby, discusses the country’s best experiences for honeymooners, from Big Five safaris to wine tasting and scaling Table Mountain.

Table Mountain South Africa
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What to do in South Africa: our highlights

From the vibrant capital city, Cape Town, to the world-famous Kruger National Park, home of the Big Five, South Africa is a land of exciting contrasts. Our specialists can help plan your ideal first visit to this African giant.

Self-driving in the Kruger National Park
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Self-driving in South Africa

With well-maintained roads and little traffic, a self-drive trip is a flexible way to explore South Africa's southern coast. Country specialist, Toby, selects his favorite drive, taking in the Garden Route, South Africa’s Winelands and finishing with time on safari.


White Rhino
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Family vacations & safaris in South Africa

From sunny beaches to remarkable whale watching and child-friendly safaris, South Africa offers a huge variety of experiences for families of all ages. Our South Africa specialist Toby explains how to get the most of your time in the country.