Ever shared a private moment with an endangered black rhino?
In the wake of Apartheid (which ended only in 1994), South Africa has emerged as a bright, diverse and incredibly modern country – as well as one of the best safari destinations in the entire continent (whether that’s in Kruger or KwaZulu-Natal). Our trips to this spectacular country are designed to show off its often jaw-dropping diversity and to look after you and your needs at every turn, in true Black Tomato style. The bars and restaurants of vibrant Cape Town. Horse-riding through the forests and mountains of Mpumalanga. Embarking on a photo tour of the Blyde River Canyon, and whale-watching in the easygoing cliffside town of Hermanus. And we’ve not even mentioned a guided trek for black rhino in Thanda game reserve. We could go on (except for the word count).
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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.
Whilst many honeymooners soak up the glamor of Cape Town and its miraculous beaches, head for eye-opening luxury safari tours, 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.
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 tours.
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.
The spear-tip shaped country’s wild coast is the ideal setting for adventure vacations in South Africa, especially if you’ve got your eye on an adventurous honeymoon in South Africa. 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. The country also offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors and its wild inhabitants on luxury safari tours on 4×4 drives and horseback rides.
No other city in the world has this much range.
Beneath the grey-blue flanks of Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town – – remains a cool-as-ice city of culture, history and cuisine. The V&A Waterfront (crowned by the Zeitz MOCAA art gallery) is a headliner, as is the proximity of some truly incredible wildlife experiences (Kirstenbosch botanical garden, mountain hikes, and penguin-watching at nearby Boulder’s Bay). In a word: vibrant.
The winelands of Franschhoek
It’s been 300 years since the Huguenots brought their grapes here.
As one of the world’s leading producers of wine, the region of Franschhoek – all pale blue hills and 18th-century Cape Dutch architecture – is South Africa’s beating heart. We’ll curate private cellar visits, sommelier-led tastings, and horse-back journeys through some of our favorite wineries, including Rickety Bridge and Mont Rochelle, where we’ve been sending travelers since 2005. In a word: charming.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
You can’t say “South African safari” without Sabi Sands.
For sightings of the Big 5+, including rare black rhino and leopards, Sabi Sands – bounded by the Sable River and Kruger National Park – remains a major bucket-list item amongst safari connoisseurs. Its privacy, and the astounding quality of the private lodges, offer a more intimate wildlife experience than in larger parks. In a word: rare.
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