South Africa: The Best Of

One of our favourite destinations, we thought it was about time we put together our very own highlights reel of South Africa; all with a signature Black Tomato twist. Naturally, you’ll begin your ultimate South African adventure in style as you come into Hoedspruit Airport to be transferred on to the Royal Malewane, situated on a private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. This luxurious hotel offers personalised game drives, so you can choose exactly which of your favourite animals you want to be searching for. For a more intimate experience, explore on foot with a guide and come eye to eye with an elusive leopard or the awe-inspiring elephant. We told you this was no ordinary safari.

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Onto Johannesburg where you’ll have the chance to explore the rhino and lion park nearby and dive into the buzz of the city. Visit the Apartheid Museum, a moving journey through South Africa’s turbulent past, or Constitution Hill, on the site of the Old Fort prison complex and discover a place that’s part courtroom, part museum and part art gallery.

All Aboard

Next, we’ll have you hopping on the Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town, so sit back and absorb the stunning landscapes as you meander through dramatic mountains and past spectacular beaches. The Blue Train really is the epitome of luxury and you’ll be treated to a beautiful suite with its own tub or shower and two lounges which serve high tea and are perfect for a post-dinner cocktail or cognac. Before you know it you’ll be in Cape Town – and wishing the daily commute back home was just as good.  Take a half day city tour and explore sights such as Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Auwal Mosque. Scale the iconic table mountains and enjoy the panoramic views at the top. These views are nothing short of phenomenal.

Whale watching

Where better to whale watch than from the comfort of your own beautiful hotel? From Cape Town we’re whisking you off to Birkenhead House, in the seaside town of Hermanus. The cliffside location gives the hotel a unique, refreshing vibe as you relax with a massage whilst overlooking the ocean. You’ll also be able to view the majestic Southern Right Whales up close from the hotel’s spectacularly positioned swimming pool as they frolic in the waves nearby.

Close Encounters

We’ve got quite the adrenaline-pumping experience for you after you’ve settled in at Birkenhead House. Cage diving with Great White Sharks is a thrill, and we promise you, not at all life-threatening. Kept in a secure cage (phew), you’ll anchor in Shark Alley, just off Dyer Island and dive in. The thrilling part of this encounter is that you’ll see the Great White in a different light as it swims past gracefully without a care in the world; not always the dangerous killer.

Wander the wine lands

We think after all that adrenaline; you’ll be in need of some serious relaxation. So, we’re taking you to La Residence in the Franschhoek valley where there are vineyards and plum orchards in abundance. In this serene environment, we’ve organised for you to truly go back to nature and embark on a wine tasting tour on horseback. For four hours you’ll be riding over the striking mountain scenery, forests and vineyards where you’ll pause to enjoy some of the best wines South Africa has to offer. This tour includes stop-offs at our favourite estates, the Rickety Bridge Winery and Mont Rochelle, where the friendly staff will talk you through the brewing process and you’ll get a taster, too.

The Big Five

Your trip will finish at Thanda Private Game Reserve in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, a destination brimming with a diverse range of animal species and authentic African culture. The hotel offers luxury African safaris at dawn and late afternoon with the aim of getting you a sight of the Big Five: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. On the private reserve, there’s even the remarkable chance of glimpsing the endangered black rhino, as well as cheetahs and hyenas. The sight of any of these animals will be the perfect way to end this ultimate South African adventure.

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