Welcome to Back in Africa. The best of Southern African travel holidays. Brought to you in a treasure trove of hand-picked gems that are a little different, a lot more special.
The stuff that “Feel Good” travel is made of.
Of course, there are apples and oranges and, well … lemons. And we’re doing our utmost to keep you well away from these.
We’d like to make sure your stay is right up there with the peaches.
You want to know that you’ll find your little corner of paradise when you get here. And not end up in a disappointing, grubby little lodge where no one seems to care a fig.
So dig in and enjoy our special offerings. We’ve searched high and low to find these rare pearls so that we can share them with you.
And we know you’re going to love them, too.
No matter where in the world you may roam, there’s just nothing better than being … back in Africa. – Anon
Our Best 11 South African Travel Holidays
It’s often said that South Africa is a world in one country. True story.
We’re lucky enough to live in one of the most spectacular countries in the world.
South Africa has it all: from pristine beaches to craggy towering mountains to snow to semi-desert to majestic wildlife.
We are abundantly blessed with a melting pot of cultures, an extraordinary history and fascinating people.
Which is why putting together a short-list of our favourites is not an easy task. But if we’re forced into a corner, we’d have to say:
1. Cape Town
Always on the Top 10 list of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town is the Mother City of South Africa. Wedged between the sparkling Atlantic and iconic Table Mountain, this city is home and playground to locals and visitors alike.
Tired of Cape Town? Then you must be tired of life!
2. Kruger National Park
Kruger is South Africa’s National Wildlife Park Jewel. The Greater Kruger area spans almost 2 million hectares .
There are private concessions inside Kruger Park itself and in the many private reserves that share unfenced borders with Kruger. Here’s where you’ll find a range of safari lodges for all tastes and budgets, from affordable to the last-word in ultimate luxury and personal service.
Kruger has more variety and diversity of animals, birds, reptiles and fauna than any other wildlife sanctuary on earth.
3. Cape Winelands u0026amp; Stellenbosch
Beautiful Cape Dutch architecture and picturesque vineyards nestle against a backdrop of imposing mountain ranges. It’s picture perfect.
Enjoy some of the world’s most superb wines and wonderful cuisine however you’d prefer – by car, by bike, by rail or by tram.
4. The Drakensberg u0026amp; Winterton
Endless views, challenging hikes and breathtaking mountain passes.
These majestic Dragon Mountains sweep from north to south along South Africa’s eastern sectors, separating the highlands plateau from the sloping, grassy escarpment leading down to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
5. The Garden Route u0026amp; Knysna
Indigenous forests, heath and heather, fynbos forever and lilies of untold variety stud these verdant fields.
This region takes in the Tsitsikamma Mountains, Storms River Mouth, Nature’s Valley, Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of Knysna and the city of George. It ends at Mossel Bay with its Mediterranean climate and north-facing beaches. It’s veritable sight for sore eyes with many a surprise around each twist and turn.
6. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Where the ancient Kalahari Desert merges with Botswana’s wilderness, the Kgalagadi’s golden grasses rise from burnt orange sands.
Here, black-maned lions are king and the scimitar horns of gemsbok pierce the cerulean skies.
7. Blyde River Canyon
This is the main attraction in the Panorama Route’s pageantry. The Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga Province is the largest ‘green’ canyon in the world.
It has some of the highest, sheerest cliffs of any canyon on Earth, reaching spectacular depths of 1,383 metres (4,537 ft).
8. iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
Formerly known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso stretches 280 km along South Africa’s eastern coastline, from Kosi Bay to the north on Mozambique’s border to St Lucia in the south.
Encompassing beaches, marshlands, lakes, wildlife areas and a whole lot more, It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
9. Robben Island
About 7 km offshore from Cape Town and visible from parts of the city, Robben Island is a former prison.
Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned here for 18 of his 27 years’ of incarceration. Today, it’s a national and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Steeped in history, the interior of the KwaZulu-Natal Province was the scene of many a fierce and bloody battle between Anglo and Boer, Zulu and Settler.
Many monuments stand as stark reminders. Battlefields tours of the various areas are especially popular with Brits and those whose relatives fought and even died here.
Haunting names like Fugitives’ Drift, Isandlwana and The Battle of Blood River pepper the tales retold.