The South African peninsula is so vast, with such variety of landscapes, flora and fauna, you might not know where to begin. So we have created the ultimate trip, by region, for you to make sure you get a taste of everything. Take the opportunity to see the Big Five, watch whales on the cape, and sip some of the world’s finest wines in Franschhoek. Our itinerary combines the buzz of the city with the tranquillity of the South African countryside, all in the most luxurious accommodations to ensure that this trip will be simply unforgettable.
Re-visit the past in Gauteng
Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you’ll be taken out to Tintswalo at Waterfall to relax after your journey. Close enough to the city to visit, but far enough away to fully immerse yourself in South Africa, Tintswalo at Waterfall is a luxury experience not to miss.From here a city tour will be organized to follow in the footsteps of the world icon Nelson Mandela, as well as allowing for ample time to use the excellent spa facilities and explore the grounds of this beautiful hotel.Read more
Spot the Big Five in Kwa-Zulu-Natal
A short flight away lie the open plains of Phinda Private Game Reserve where the action begins. After your private transfer flight, you will waste no time in donning those khakis and experiencing your first game drive of the trip, with plenty of opportunity to spot the Big Five. The various &Beyond Phinda lodges within reserve ensure that you are in the most comfortable setting, all the while feeling a part of the natural surroundings. In fact it is so eco-sensitive that you will frequently find animals grazing around the grounds – the elephants sometimes come to drink from the pool. Two days at Phinda will ensure that you can experience a morning and an afternoon or evening game drive, and of course that all important braai (South African barbecue) at the reserve’s traditional Boma (outdoor grill).
A surfer’s paradise: the Eastern Cape
From the wild waters of the St.Lucia estuary to the bustling coastal town of Uhmlanga, enjoy the colonial charm of the Oyster Box Hotel and be sure to take part in some of the activities on offer such as deep sea fishing or scuba diving.
A short flight away in Port Elizabeth you will be brought to the Riverdene Lodge on the Shamwari Game Reserve where you can lounge about in the landscaped gardens, spot yet more wildlife and learn about conservation too.
Wine country and whale-watching on the Western Cape
The breath-taking views of the garden route and a stop at the Kurland Hotel in the lavish Plettenberg Bay are the ideal way to continue your journey to Cape Town.
From the stylish One & Only Hotel, in Cape Town, you will soak in the buzz of the V&A waterfront – don’t miss the eclectic Test Kitchen, voted one of the world’s top 50 – along with trips to Table Mountain and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Other key attractions on the Western Cape include wine-tasting in the Stellenbosch valley and whale watching in Hermanus before returning to Johannesburg for your round trip home, no doubt with some golden memories.