Luxury Holidays in South Africa

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 to South Africa.

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.

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 to the fact that many parts are 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.

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South Africa is one of the classic Big Five safari destinations for good reason, and is home to a fantastic variety of wildlife and game reserves suitable for a wide range of safari-goers. From family-friendly safaris to honeymooners looking for a romantic and private experience to those with specialist safari interests such as photography and birding, South Africa has it all.

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Sample the World-Class Cuisine

Head to Franschhoek, one of the world's leading gastronomic capitals, for excellent restaurants, the most beautiful fresh seafood and award-winning local wines. Franschhoek is also home to some of the world's most-loved New World wines so spend a day exploring a couple of the beautiful wine estates.

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A Private Guided Tour of Cape Town

Cape Town is one of Africa's most cosmopolitan cities; an exciting mix of European and African influences. The city has an intriguing and unique blend of culture, cuisine and architecture which is best explored on a private guided tour, and we have a little black book filled with the best guides in the business.

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The Winelands and Cape
Cape Town
Eastern Cape
Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands
Madikwe & The Waterberg
The Winelands and Cape
Cape Town
Eastern Cape
Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands
Madikwe & The Waterberg
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Kirstenbosch Gardens
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Head off the beaten track and uncover some little-known gems
Concert at Kirstenbosch Gardens

Enjoy a concert at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town's historic botanical gardens set on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The concerts take place every Sunday between November and April and are a casual affair lasting a couple of hours in the early evening. Listen to music performed by both local and international acts while enjoying the beautiful surroundings and indulging in a delicious picnic.

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A Note on Price

South Africa’s USP is the sheer variety of experiences it offers (from food and drink to diving to safari), which makes it tricky to provide guide prices. A luxury holiday combining Cape Town and the Winelands could cost around £2,000 per person, while upgrading to the best hotels and combining that with a top end safari could add a few thousand to the bill.

Itinerary Suggestions

Eastern Cape Family Escape

9 Days

From £2,925pp

Land & Marine Big Five

12 Days

From £11,340pp