Our South Africa Travel Blogs

Over the years the Original Travel team and fellow travellers has been to South Africa a fair few times. We pride ourselves on our unparalleled knowledge of the destinations we send our clients, so take a look at what all the hypes about in South Africa in our travel blogs:

A Room With A View

We may have shamelessly stolen E.M. Forster's title but fear not, we're not embarking upon a literary critique of 20th Century English society (that's next week). We've instead been pondering the very best views from some simply spectacular hotel rooms across the planet… a guaranteed bestseller, you'll agree. And whether you're jetting off in search of a great holiday adventure or simply looking forward to some much deserved R&R, nothing says 'holiday' quite like luxuriating in the new surroundings of your hotel room and gazing out on the scenery you'll soon be exploring. Our team of experts has scoured the globe one panoramic vista at a time (tough gig) and compiled a list of our very favourite spots…

Use it or Lose it

It's that time of year again: the time when you realise that Christmas is just 78 short days away but you haven't actually managed to take all of your annual holiday allowance. Something must be done (hint: that's where we come in). Surveys keep coming out claiming that us Brits remain stubbornly resistant to taking our full holiday allowances. The double whammy is that we get fewer days than most of our Euro-chums and yet still take, on average, only 77% of our entitled leave. So we're giving you an ultimatum: use it or lose it. And if you do use it, we've very handily come up with some destination inspiration…

Best Honeymoon Destinations in Africa

There is no doubt that Africa is a sought after destination for honeymooners. Whilst weddings are a once in a lifetime celebration, the honeymoon could be considered an investment and Africa provides the goods. Epic landscapes, experiential safaris, fascinating culture and some seriously slick camps, the continent is as three-dimensional as it is complex to navigate, especially when the stakes are high. Which country? Which camp? What route? The mind boggles.

Our Top Six Cities Around the World

When asked to picture their perfect holiday, many people's minds immediately hit the beach; warm white sand between the toes, sparkling azure waters and someone rather good-looking fanning you with a large palm leaf. And who are we to deny such glories? But here at Original Travel we're also partial to something a little more… rousing. That is to say we love a good city. Oh yes, we rub our hands together in veritable glee at the prospect of bustling markets, burgeoning foodie scenes, street art, botanical gardens, booming nightlife and incredible architecture. And whether you're in need of a short sharp hit of culture with a classic weekend city break or are exploring as part of a longer trip, we've got the inside track (and a network of concierge contacts), to ensure the ultimate city adventure…

Family Africa: Where to Take the Kids this Summer

Time away with the family is a precious commodity and making sure you find a destination with the perfect blend of relaxation (for tired parents) and fun activities (for curious kids) can be (understatement alert) something of a challenge. Well, that's where we come in and if you're looking for a family getaway this summer then you should look no further than the wonder-continent that is Africa. A place of tremendous beauty, culture, adventure and wildlife, we could wax lyrical all day long about the glories of Africa but unfortunately there simply aren't enough superlatives. But here we go, our favourite African adventures for families this summer…

Five of our Favourite Cool Combos

Question: what do the following have in common? Gin & tonic, Rodney & Del Boy, Andy Murray & Wimbledon (and while we're on the subject, strawberries & cream), bacon & eggs and finally, a nice strong wind & Donald Trump's hair. Yes, you got it; they're all cool combos, and the same principles apply to travel as well - some destination double acts just work. With our own cool combination of insider intel on the latest flight routes and knowledge of where's hot right now (in both senses of the word), we present the following perfect pairings...

Parlez-vous Anglais?

Consider the English-speaking world. Don't panic - this isn't going to be some misty-eyed paean to the age of Empire, when Britannia ruled the waves, and the sun never set, etc; but if you think about the places that speak English as their first language, they make for a pretty spectacular wish list of destinations. Visiting places like Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and the US of A means scenery, culture, wildlife, food and fun for sure, but there's another - less obvious, but no less important - reason to go.

The Best African Safaris in 2016

Anyone with an iota of interest in wildlife will doubtless have an African safari on their travel to-do list. It is, after all, a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to see nature in its rawest and most beautiful form; never failing to impress even the most hardened travel nut.

Christmas Getaways: Time To Start Planning

Talk of Christmas already?!? Before you think we've gone all Argos on you, the majority of great festive season holiday spots do get booked up well in advance and as travel guardian angels we naturally only want the best for you. So, if the thought of doing one of Nigella's coke soaked hams (now, now) is not on the agenda this year then why not think about jetting off to pastures new? Whether you want to embrace yuletide traditions or get away from them, here's a little selection for you.

Africa's Next 'Big Three' Safari Lodges

With three pioneering new safari lodges opening this summer, wildlife and adventure is very much on the Original Travel agenda this season. So here is a round up the newest safari hot-spots for the 2015 season.

Adventure in South Africa: Our Favourite Activities

After a whistle stop tour of the Waterberg, Cape Town and the Winelands I am just catching my breath and reflecting on the experiences I packed into eight glorious days in South Africa. For anyone looking to inject some adventure into a holiday, South Africa is the destination for you.

Five Ultimate African Safari Experiences

The Swahili word safari, meaning long journey, was first introduced into the English language in the nineteenth century. Fast forward to 2015 and the term has come to represent a whole raft of bucket list experiences, from walking safaris to canoeing, horse riding and even flying. Discovering wildlife from giraffe to lion, lemur to leopard and everything in between. While a safari holiday may represent a significant investment, it is a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to see nature in its rawest and most beautiful form; never failing to impress even the most hardened travel nut. Speaking of travel nuts the Original Travel Africa team have compiled their own ultimate safari experiences, from their favourite parks and reserves to the very best guides, lodges, activities and beaches to combine with, just to whet your appetite…

Our Top 10 Hotels for a Luxury Safari Holiday

Anyone with an interest in wildlife, habitats and adventure will have a safari on their bucket list. Whether you're in search of the big five in Africa, evoking memories of the jungle book in India or seeking exotic wildlife in Latin America, we know the very best luxury hotels, camps and lodges to stay in. Here are our top 10 hotels for a safari holiday:

The Best Family Holidays

From adventurous safaris and relaxing in the sun to fun in the snow and exciting city breaks, here are, in our opinion, the best family holidays.

Africa: a Continent in Crisis?

Let's be honest, it's been something of an annus horribilis for Africa. Kenya, Mali and Algeria (and others) face ongoing security concerns and the Ebola virus has dominated headlines, while the Oscar Pistorius trial became another negative media circus, all making 2014 a year Africa would like to forget in a hurry.

The World on Sale

So what's up? It's more a question of what's down, and particularly against the Pound, thanks to a resurgent British economy. The rest will inevitably catch up (we're good sports like that) so the exchange rate bonanza won't last, but in the meantime there are bargains to be had. The World's on sale - get shopping!

Which African Safari Are You?

African safaris are not, in our humble opinion, marmite scenarios; rather something absolutely everyone should try and will, undoubtedly, love. Even if you're a seasoned safari-pro, there's still more to try and if you've never done it before, there's no time like the present. So, what type of safari animal are you?

Our Top 3 Non-Safari African Adventures

We say Africa, you think safari right? Wrong! A safari holiday may be the first thing to spring to mind when imagining Africa but it's not all there is to this fabulously diverse continent. As such, we've picked our top 3 places to visit for a non-safari adventure in Africa...

Experience True Bliss with an African Honeymoon

Beautiful beaches? Tick. Uber-romantic and remote lodges? Tick. Super-spoiling service and the potential for post-wedding pampering? Tick. The chance for a bit of adventure should the mood take you? Tick. On the face of it Africa has a lot going for it as a potential honeymoon destination, and it gets better. There's something for honeymooners in every month of the year, be their nuptials while nervously praying for clear skies in June or winter weddings in deep snow. So given you can consider African honeymoons at any time of year, where would we recommend? Starting at the continent's tip, South Africa has the alluring combination of Africa's' slickest city, Cape Town, with the beautiful and bounteous Winelands in easy reach and some seriously bling safari lodges to boot.

Holidays for Couples in Africa

Luxury holidays in Africa aren't hard to come by - and the continent has many idyllic places to offer for those couples searching for an ultimate bespoke romantic holiday. These are Africa consultant Millie's favourite tailor made trips best suited to couples...

Christmas Holiday Destinations for Celebrations with a Twist!

Whilst Christmas isn't celebrated everywhere, those countries getting in to the festive swing of things have surprisingly different traditions, customs, and even dates of merriment. Here's a quick look at some of our favourite Christmas holiday destinations, both around the globe and a little closer to home!

Top 5 Toddler Holidays For Your Little Terrors!

Lydia Gard is a freelance writer specialising in luxury family travel, since having two boys she is determined to find truly luxurious places that celebrate rather than simply tolerate young families. In her first of 6 blogs Lydia talks us through the her top 5 toddler holidays...

Portraying The Real South Africa

An African wildlife conservationist by trade and artist by passion, bronze animalia sculptor Bruce Little grew up on a farm in the Drakensburg mountains in South Africa. His memories of childhood instilled in him a great love of the African outdoors and nature, and it was his experiences of the African bush that led to his ardor for sculpting...

Romantic Escapes: Love is in the air…

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so what better way to spoil your partner rotten than with one of our luxury romantic escapes? Whether it's a hot-balloon ride through the Atlas Mountains or a luxury ski retreat at the wilderness Whitepods, we can tailor make a holiday perfect for your needs. Take a look through our top five valentine breaks for some inspiration.

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