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South Africa

Mark and David's verdict:

The aptly-called Rainbow Nation offers a spectrum of different experiences including beaches, game reserves, indigenous heritage, cities and handsome winelands, all readily savoured on a single trip. With overnight flights in both directions and no jet lag, South Africa is also remarkably easy.

Recommended tour operator: Mahlatini


Mahlatini says

South Africa’s Cape has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday. The beaches are pristine, the food is superb and the landscapes breathtaking. The region has a number of sumptuous boutique hotels where friendly service, fine dining and great wines are guaranteed. To top it all off, you can experience the thrill of a safari – in malaria-free areas.

  • Natural wonders
  • Self-drive options
  • Tailor made private tours

Our knowledgeable South Africa experts can tailor-make a range of trips for you, but one of the most popular is our two-week Cape Town and Malaria-Free Safari holiday. From Table Mountain and Robben Island to a chance to see the Big Five in the Marataba Safari Lodge, it’s a fabulous mix of city, wildlife and wilderness.

On our Cape and Kwazulu Natal holiday, we add in a stay at the iconic Oyster Box Hotel on Durban’s beaches as well as time in Cape Town and the Phinda Private Game Reserve.

South Africa works well for a fly-drive holiday – it’s hard to beat this Cape Town, Winelands and Garden Route self-drive fortnight which does what it says on the tin, with a malaria-free safari in the eastern Cape thrown in.

Push the boat out on this luxurious Cape Town, Winelands and Kruger Explorer – you’ll stay in the finest hotels and game lodges with a private driver to ensure all you need to do is relax and enjoy.

It’s easy to add on a stay in one of the Indian Ocean destinations for some beachfront R&R. South Africa and Mauritius work really well – check out our Cape Town, Kruger and Mauritius holiday, for example, or this Culture, Wine and Watersports combo.

For pure romance and indulgence, we recommend this Cape Town, Kruger and Seychelles trip. Wow!

Explore our full range of suggested South Africa itineraries for more insight and inspiration.

* See the company review of Mahlatini.


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