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South Africa

Our 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

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Mahlatini says

South Africa’s Western Cape is one of the country’s most popular destinations and boasts pristine beaches, one of the world’s most exciting cities, culinary delights and breath-taking landscapes.

  • Diverse experiences
  • Self-drive options
  • Year-round destination

The region has a selection of new and established luxury accommodation, perfectly located in some of the most beautiful and iconic areas of South Africa. To top it all off, you can easily combine a Western Cape experience with the thrill of a safari or an idyllic Indian Ocean island escape.

We are one of the few tour operators with a base in both the UK and South Africa and a host of native team members – we know the real South Africa better than most. Our multi-award winning team can tailor-make your perfect trip and some of our sample itineraries can be a good place to start inspiring your next journey.

One of our favourite itineraries for first time visitors is the classic Cape Town, Winelands and Kruger safari adventure featuring cosmopolitan city delights in Cape Town, indulgence in the Winelands and a Big 5 safari in the Kruger region. It’s the perfect multi-stop trip to discover South Africa’s highlights.

For families wanting to explore the Western Cape, this luxury Cape Town, Garden Route and family safari holiday offers unforgettable experiences for all ages.

For a truly indulgent, romantic adventure or honeymoon our Cape Town, Winelands and Kruger trip, staying at some of the most luxurious and iconic accommodations in the region, is ideal.

For those revisiting South Africa and looking for a more offthe-beaten track safari adventure, look to this itinerary which offers Cape Town, Indian Ocean beaches in Durban and a fabulous Big 5 safari in Phinda Private Game Reserve. This trip has it all.

South Africa works well for an exploring holiday and this Cape Town, Winelands and Garden Route self-drive route offers scenic landscapes and exquisite accommodation.

If you want to make the most of your long-haul journey and combine your time in South Africa with an Indian Ocean beach adventure, look no further than this luxury Cape Town, Kruger and Seychelles holiday, for example, or classic Western Cape and Mauritius twin-centre.

Discover more South Africa itineraries to inspire your tailormade South Africa journey.

* See the company review of Mahlatini.

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