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Tailormade South Africa

A Tailormade holiday to South Africa provides incredible wildlife-spotting, world-renowned wineries and award-winning restaurants situated within iconic landscapes. 

The ‘Mother City’, Cape Town, is dominated by the flat-topped Table Mountain, with Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head and Signal Hill to the west. Dipping from the mountain’s slopes are Cape Town’s largest mansions, as well as beautiful the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Trendy bars and upmarket shops attract thousands of holidaymakers to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, while the infamous Robben Island prison - where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years - can be seen in the distance. Few other destinations can offer mountain hiking, lazing on a beach and tasting world-class wines all in one places. 

Wildlife lovers will delight in everything South Africa has to offer. Cycling and trekking trails can be found in the lofty mountains and rolling plains of the Karoo National Park, or explore rugged coastlines, beautiful beaches and forests in Tsitsikamma in the Garden Route National Park. Head to Knysna for forest walks and stunning views over the surrounding bays. The Eastern Cape has a collection of privately owned game reserves where you can go in search of wildlife in malaria-free areas. While in the north, Kruger National Park and surrounding game reserves are home to the Big Five and over 500 species of bird. 

A holiday to South Africa offers affordable luxury from quaint, boutique bed and breakfasts to elegantly converted Dutch mansions, and tented safari camps to exclusive lodges. There is something to suit all tastes. 

For something special, take the luxurious Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria. The journey takes one and a half days, passing the wine region, through the Karoo and across vast flat plains. The train, has been operating since 1923, offers fine dining and butler service, providing a unique train experience. 

Book an Explore Tailormade holiday to South Africa and we will create a bespoke itinerary for you, based around what you want to see and do. Get in touch with our trip advisors at Explore or request a brochure to find out more. 


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Winelands

Sip award-winning wines in stunning estates, then take in Cape Dutch architecture along the tree-lined boulevards in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franshhoek. Visit between January and April to include a harvest festival at one of the wineries. 

Self-driving holidays

With well-maintained, scenic routes, a self-drive holiday is a fantastic way to see the South Africa at your own pace.

Kruger National Park

One of the best places in Africa to spot the Big Five - African elephants, rhinoceroses, buffalo, leopards and lions. 

Cape Town

Stroll along the waterfront, take a cable-car up Table Mountain and head over to the Cape Peninsula to visit to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. 

Guesthouses

South Africa has a wonderful selection of accommodation options. Cosy and friendly, bed and breakfasts are a lovely way to meet welcoming locals. 

Knysna

Knysna is a magical place to visit at any time of the year, with great hiking routes and the possibility to see whales from the shore. Visit in July to include the Oyster Festival, ten days of events, activities, great wine and fantastic fresh oysters.

Meet Sarah Phelps, Regional Specialist for South Africa 

“South Africa is renowned for its natural beauty and diversity. The iconic Cape Town followed by a drive along the stunning Garden Route is a popular choice for first time visitors, followed by a safari in either the Eastern Cape Game Reserves or Kruger National Park. Throughout South Africa, the standard of accommodation is high, the food is fabulous and the variety of wines is outstanding. My personal highlights include a trip to Robben Island, with its historical connection to Nelson Mandela. I went straight home and read A Long Walk to Freedom. I also loved a tour of Cape Peninsula with its stunning coastal scenery going down to the Cape of Good Hope and taking in the adorable penguins at Boulders Beach. I would say that South Africa has something to offer for everyone and with the current exchange rate it also represents great value for money.” 

South Africa has around 20 national parks and just as many private game reserves and concessions, there's plenty of choice for your safari trip. The Eastern Cape is a malaria-free area with many good value private game reserves. These are generally fenced to manage the distribution of wildlife. If it is your first-time on safari or you're travelling with children, this can be a good option, as the wildlife is much easier to spot.

In Amakhala Game Reserve it is possible to go on a walking safari, whereas Addo Elephant National Park is home to the densest population of elephants in the world. At the nearby Shamwari Game Reserve, it is possible to see the Big Seven - lions, buffalo, leopards, elephants, rhinoceroses, southern right whales and great white sharks.

The more famous of South Africa's game reserves is Kruger National Park, one of the most prolific animal habitats in the country. Kruger is a whopping 21500 sq km of unfenced land, so game can easily travel between the smaller parks, including Tmbavati and Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This does make it harder to spot wildlife than in the Eastern Cape, but gives a more authentic safari experience and the best places in the country to see the Big Five African animals. 

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