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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.

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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The Winelands and Cape
Cape Town
Eastern Cape
KwaZulu-Natal
Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands
Madikwe & The Waterberg
The Winelands and Cape
Cape Town
Eastern Cape
KwaZulu-Natal
Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands
Madikwe & The Waterberg
Best time
Low season
Off season
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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.

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