Tessa Robinson

South Africa Travel Expert

A place that offers a different experience every time you visit, South Africa somehow captures all the mind-blowing diversity of Africa in one country. So, why not combine winelands with wide open plains and beachcombing penguins with contemporary art scenes? Why not paraglide over the cape, Segway through vineyards and horse ride alongside gazelles? A luxury tour of South Africa is unlike any other.

Tessa Robinson

South Africa Travel Expert

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South Africa Highlights

Africa’s crown jewel, South Africa has the landscapes, vibrant cities, world class wine, and that indomitable, adventurous African spirit to make it as colourful as it is wild and as diverse as it is unique. What will you discover?

WHY SOUTH AFRICA STANDS OUT

Across its vast wilderness, cove-studded beaches, and subwaypolitan cities, South Africa embodies a little bit of everything that you can experience on the wider African continent. It’s also a huge center for experiencing luxury vacations and unforgettable honeymoons, from whale watching to wine drinking, and everything in between. A luxury vacation in South Africa is always going to be an unforgettable one.

UNKNOWN DURBAN

A South African honeymoon is becoming increasingly popular among newlyweds. This isn’t surprising, considering the enormous diversity of what the country has to offer (regardless of the time of year). You can soak up the glamor of Cape Town and its miraculous beaches, head for an eye-opening luxury safari tour, or enjoy the unparalleled views of South Africa’s natural parks. For something different, historical Durban wears its cultural influences on its sleeve – from Africa to India, offering giddy combinations of mouthwatering Zulu barbeque, one of the largest and most fascinating markets in Africa, and some of the swankiest cosmopolitan bars in this part of the world.

DRINKING IT UP

Even a passing familiarity with South Africa means you’ll know all about its fame as a destination for wine and the vineyards on which it depends. Luxury vacations in the country wouldn’t be complete without taking in the beautiful Chapman’s Peak Drive, which bends, yaws, and carves into the country’s cliffs before depositing visitors at the Delaire Graff Wine Estate – the perfect base from which to hit up pastoral, sun-soaked Franschhoek, where we can hook you up with private vineyard and tasting tours. Tranquil, soporific terrain sets a very different scene from the wilderness of safari country, or the capricious streets of Cape Town.

MOVED BY THE METROPOLIS

South Africa’s cities offer unparalleled access to some of the freshest, most happening, and innovative restaurants, hotels, galleries, and venues the world over. From Thomas Heatherwick’s thudding, 100-gallery packed mega museum, the Zietz-Mocaa, to Cape Town’s bohemian Woodstock district (a magnet for trendy craft brew bars and pop-up restaurants), there is a true diversity of urban options for a luxury South African vacation, before heading out into the wild, or hitting the beach.

SEEKING OUT SAFARI

The spear-tip shaped country’s wild coast is the ideal setting for adventure vacations in South Africa, offering unparalleled opportunities for experiencing the great outdoors, especially if you’ve got your eye on an adventurous honeymoon in South Africa. The country offers unparalleled opportunities to experience luxury safari tours, heading by horseback rides and 4×4 drives. Many travelers head into the Hermanus area, which comes as close to paradise as we know – with the sandy shores of Walker Bay and the fairy-tale forests that surround it.

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Africa’s crown jewel, South Africa has the landscapes, vibrant cities, world class wine, and that indomitable, adventurous African spirit to make it as colourful as it is wild and as diverse as it is unique. What will you discover?

WHERE TO STAY

South Africa has established itself as a byword for enviable luxury and cool-as-ice glamor. Whether you stay in its cities, along its staggering coastlines, or in the wild heart of its amazing interiors, there are a plethora of world-class spots to stay in during your luxury South African vacation. We’re talking everything from a wine estate to the top floor of a brand new modern art museum. It’s heady stuff.

LIVING IT UP IN CAPE TOWN

While South Africa is famed for its jaw-dropping natural beauty – and the world-class, luxury hotels that give access to these experiences – the country’s cities also offer some truly sumptuous hotels. We often say that Cape Town is perhaps the most beautifully situated city in the world. Here, framed by monolithic mountains that truly take the breath away, you can experience the old world glamor of Ellerman House; a luxury, boutique space with eye-opening views of the Atlantic, coupled with a fascinatingly arty edge. Talking of art, the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) plays host to its own top-tier hotel, The Silo. This is possibly the city’s most exclusive place to stay, with a towering view over the trendy V&A Waterfront.

RESIDENCES IN THE WINELANDS

South Africa’s winelands offer a resplendent backdrop of rolling hills, monumental mountains, and mouth-watering vines of grape. After tasting the local wares, you’ll find the Delaire Graff estate – nestled between nearby, majestic mountains, and offering gorgeous rolling views and luxurious, world-class hospitality. If all you want is to escape the urban oasis of Cape Town itself, then La Mont estate is only an hour’s drive away. This elegant, 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard sits in what is known as the ‘French Corner’ of the cape. The proof is in its locally grown wine.

UNBEATEN ZZZOLOGY

For something a little different, the country also plays host to a stellar array of safari lodges – the ideal places in which to soak up the natural world, combining zoology with world-class ZZZology. The splendorous Dulini Lodge – beneath the shade of ancient ebony and leadwood trees – is a true haven of tranquil, riverside relaxation, where you can drink in its eye-opening sunsets while having to lift barely a finger to watch nature wander by. Otherwise, there is the awe-inspiring allure of the Singita lodges, where safari is connected closely with sustainability and conservation strategies. Limited guest numbers add to the sense of inspiring exclusivity and peace. It’s really just you and the animals. You will of course have your own bed.

  • Population Population 50,709,528
  • Capital Capital Pretoria
  • Language Language Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English
  • Currency Currency South African Rand
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT+2 | ET+7
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Once you've explored Cape Town, head up the west coast to the lesser known coastal delights of the Western Cape - such as the sleepy fishing village of Paternoster"

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