South Africa

South Africa, the Rainbow Nation, truly offers something for every traveler: incredible wildlife, world-class accommodation, friendly people, buzzing cities and delectable food and wine.  Experiencing South Africa first-hand is the only way to truly appreciate this great nation.

I remember seeing the landscape from the plane on that first trip and falling in love with South Africa before we even landed. I knew it was a place I would return to many, many times in my life. I feel a deep connection to South Africa and its people.  It occupies a very special place in my heart.”

Highlights

See and do:

  • Search for the Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, cape buffalo) on safari in the Kruger National Park
  • Enjoy wine tasting in the Cape Winelands
  • Visit Robben Island prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years as a political prisoner
  • Shop and dine at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
  • Ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain

Pairs well with:

  • With Johannesburg as the gateway to all of Southern Africa, South Africa pairs well with any country in the region.

South Africa set the bar for the luxury safari experience.  Here, the luxury safari accommodations lack no creature comfort (like air conditioning, private plunge pools, spas, etc.), and offer personalized service that is difficult to match.  The Greater Kruger National Park, Madikwe and Phinda regions of South Africa also offer the best chance to see the elusive Big Five, making South Africa an ideal safari destination for both first-time safari goers and returning guests alike.

Cape Town is a must-see destination when visiting South Africa.  It is unlike any other city in the world. The iconic Table Mountain provides both the perfect backdrop for stunning scenery and a great place to start explorating with a cable car ride to the top.  Nestled into the side of Table Mountain, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is bustling with shops and restaurants galore. Many Cape Town restaurants appear on “World’s Best” lists are receiving international acclaim. As an added bonus, much of the food here is locally grown, making fine dining in the Cape a fantastic value for money.

Drive out of the heart of Cape Town and visitors can sip wine in the picturesque Cape Winelands, try the canopy walk at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, see the African penguins at Boulders Beach, and visit the most Southwestern point of the Africa continent at the Cape of Good Hope, just to name a few of the highlights of this fantastic destination!

Trip Inspirations

Bush Adventure + Bustling Cape Town

11-Day Safari + Cape Town Luxury

Embark on an unforgettable 11-day trip featuring the very best of South Africa. Experience six nights on safari in two private game reserves before embarking on an exploration of the bustling city of Cape Town. Photograph iconic animals and breathtaking scenery, taste your way through world-renowned restaurants and indulge yourself in luxury. This itinerary expertly balances exploration and relaxation for the trip of a lifetime.

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Travel Blog

An Introduction to the Big Five

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Safari Options in South Africa’s Greater Kruger Ecosystem

I recently returned from a two-week trip to South Africa. We flew into Johannesburg and spent some time in Cape Town and the Winelands; but for the majority of the trip, I was in the Greater Kruger ecosystem. While here, my colleague Elle and I enjoyed a variety of accommodations and some incredible animal sightings. Read more…

Staying Fit on Safari

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