South Africa saw some brutal fighting during the Boer and Zulu Wars and it’s fascinating to tour the battlefields and find out more. Rob Caskie’s description of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift is a moving experience, to put it mildly.
Ra, Original Traveller
South Africa is an exhilarating and often spectacularly beautiful destination, sometimes described as 'a world in one country' because it has everything from deserts and forests to savannahs and mountains, beaches and islands, game reserves and vibrant cities. We'll help you pick and choose where to go and what to do on a truly original tailor made holiday.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Cape Town is the ideal place from which to begin an exploration of the south, starting with its own attractions of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Robben Island.
- The wildlife - our favourite spots include Kruger Park and KwaZulu-Natal, better known as the kingdom of the Zulus.
- The Western Cape is a mecca for wine and food enthusiasts; makers and chefs take a serious approach to producing the best and a very relaxed approach to entertaining.
- South Africa is the only country in Africa where you can go on safari without taking malaria pills; perfect for families (and babymooners!).
- You'll barely cross a time zone, making a week-long luxury holiday (or even a long weekend in Cape Town) absolutely do-able due to zero jetlag.
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The rumours are true… South Africa really is one of the most, (bold statement alert) if not the most stunning and varied countries on the planet. It is a country to suit all luxury travellers.
There are few better places to see Africa's wildlife or enjoy excellent restaurants and local wine, beaches, sports of all descriptions, whale-watching, flowers, diamonds, train journeys... the list goes on.
Did you know
- In 1905 the world's largest diamond, the Cullinan, was found in South Africa
- It was Africa's first country to host the Football World Cup in 2010
- The country has 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu
- It has the highest bungee jump in the world, at 710ft
- It is the second largest exporter of fruit in the world
- It is rated number three in the world for providing safe, drinkable tap water
The team at Original Travel has travelled the length and breadth of South Africa in search of luxury holiday perfection, staying at the best lodges and trying out the best activities (and wines). Our favourites include the Kruger Park and adjoining private game reserves, which are easily combined with those in KwaZulu-Natal, the kingdom of the Zulus, where some of the fiercest battles of both the Anglo Zulu and the Boer Wars took place under the peaks of the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains.
Cape Province, stretching the length of the southern coast, has a marvellous Mediterranean climate at is most agreeable for luxury holidays between December and April. Its capital, Cape Town, is the ideal place from which to begin an exploration of the south starting with its own attractions of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Robben Island, then along the Wine Route and further still into the Great Karoo or east via the Garden Route.
South Africa is a great destination for couples, solo travellers or families (owing mainly to it being malaria free). The safari experiences, which are somewhat overlooked compared to other African counterparts, exhibit wide varieties of wild game and stunning landscapes, especially in the likes of the Eastern Cape and Sabi Sands game reserve. However if you are short on time and fancy a quick getaway, Cape Town and the Winelands are ideal for a long weekend of wine, walking and whales. At risk of sounding like a broken record, South Africa can cater for all, making it a perfect destination for a tailor made experience.