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South Africa

South Africa is a world in one country, offering endless stretches of coastline, safaris, mountains, and adventure activities that’ll help you discover aspects of yourself you never knew existed.

South Africa

Southern Africa

South Africa

The Rainbow Nation of South Africa’s landscapes are as diverse as its people, and a visit to this picturesque country promises an enticing and soul-enriching experience like no other.  From the raw, subtropical coast of KwaZulu-Natal to the breathtaking Garden Route, the vast Karoo to cultural crucible cities of South Africa, there’s a little something here for every kind of traveler.

Located at the southernmost tip of Africa, the ever-changing landscapes, statuesque mountain ranges, pristine beaches, lush Winelands, and spectacular wilderness areas within South Africa are where travelers from all walks of life come to find themselves.

In a sense, South Africa is a world in one country, offering endless stretches of coastline, safaris, mountains, and adventure activities that’ll help you discover aspects of yourself you never knew existed.

The bustling cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg offer a taste of glitz and glam, while the remote villages along South Africa’s coastline take you back to a place that time forgot. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a place where hippos, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, and leopards inhabit and rule the land.

Ready to explore the country’s rich history, natural beauty, and unsurpassed cultural diversity? Here’s where to experience it all!

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Cape Whale Coast

Southern Africa, South Africa

Flanked by towering mountains and caressed by the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Whale Coast is renowned for its whale sightings. Lovingly referred to as heaven on earth, this pristine stretch of South Africa’s coastline trails from Rooiels in the west to Quoin Point in the East, encompassing the towns of Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford, and Gansbaai…

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Cape Whale Coast

Flanked by towering mountains and caressed by the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Whale Coast is renowned for its whale sightings. Lovingly referred to as heaven on earth, this pristine stretch of South Africa’s coastline trails from Rooiels in the west to Quoin Point in the East, encompassing the towns of Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford, and Gansbaai. Each village, farm, river, bay, and cove within the area is filled with its own special magic. But the Whale Coast is about so much more than just whales!

In Betty’s Bay, you have the opportunity of getting up close and personal with a unique colony of African Penguins that call the old Waaygat Whaling Station at Stony Point home. There’s also the Kogelberg Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching from Gordon’s Bay to the Bot River Vlei at Kleinmond. And if gold is your cup of tea, the Arabella Hotel and Spa in Kleinmond has an 18-hole masterpiece, with the 18th hole voted the best finishing hole in South Africa.

Cape Town

Southern Africa, South Africa

With two oceans at its feet and the majestic Table Mountain at its heart, Cape Town isn’t called the Tavern of the Seas without good reason. With an eclectic mix of old and new, the city of Cape Town offers the perfect blend of sleek skyscrapers and colonial castles.

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Cape Town

With two oceans at its feet and the majestic Table Mountain at its heart, Cape Town isn’t called the Tavern of the Seas without good reason. With an eclectic mix of old and new, the city of Cape Town offers the perfect blend of sleek skyscrapers and colonial castles.

No visit to Cape Town would be complete without visiting the surrounding vine-carpeted valleys that spawn award-winning wine and excellent produce. But just as worthy are Cape Town’s art galleries, hip bars, and design-savvy shops.

From the in-your-face beauty of the craggy mountain range dropping into the glittering sea, the landscapes surrounding the mountain decorated in delicate florals, and the pristine white beaches lapped by the chilly Atlantic Ocean, you can never overstate the case for exploring Cape Town.

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek
and the Cape Winelands

Southern Africa, South Africa

Graced with awe-inspiring views of vaulting rocky hills, the Cape Winelands is a scenic treasure. Considered South Africa’s culinary capital, the Winelands is home to three of its top ten restaurants.

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Stellenbosch, Franschhoek,
and the Cape Winelands

Graced with awe-inspiring views of vaulting rocky hills, the Cape Winelands is a scenic treasure. Considered South Africa’s culinary capital, the Winelands is home to three of its top ten restaurants.

The Dutch-colonial towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek paint a clear picture of the Western Cape’s multicultural history. In contrast, the variety of cheese farms and vineyards surrounding the towns will have you experiencing what it’s like when luxury meets natural beauty.

Cape Floristic Region

Southern Africa, South Africa

Even though it is the smallest of the world’s six recognized floristic kingdoms, the Cape Floristic Region has been recognized as one of the most unique places in terms of diversity, density, and a number of endemic species of plants. As one of the “hottest hotspots” …

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Cape Floristic Region

Even though it is the smallest of the world’s six recognized floristic kingdoms, the Cape Floristic Region has been recognized as one of the most unique places in terms of diversity, density, and a number of endemic species of plants. As one of the “hottest hotspots” in the world, this region is renowned for its ongoing ecological, biological, and evolutionary processes.

Encompassing 13 protected area clusters across more than 1 million hectares of land, this protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site offers natural magic and a wonderland for nature lovers.

Garden Route

Southern Africa, South Africa

Trailing along the Western Cape Coast, the Garden Route is one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets boasting everything from lush mountain ranges to golden beaches. With its indigenous forests and quaint towns, this isn’t just one of the country’s most scenic regions…

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Garden Route

Trailing along the Western Cape Coast, the Garden Route is one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets boasting everything from lush mountain ranges to golden beaches. With its indigenous forests and quaint towns, this isn’t just one of the country’s most scenic regions but also offers many soul-awakening activities for adventurous travelers.

The glorious 300-kilometer stretch of coastline runs from Mossel Bay’s small town to the mouth of the Storms River, sweeping past outstanding natural beauty along the way. From savoring fresh oysters to watching southern right whales at play, the Garden Route offers a multitude of exciting options.

Bushman's Kloof Wilderness

Southern Africa, South Africa

Up high in the Cedarberg Mountains of the Western Cape lies Bushman’s Kloof, an unusual but enticing wilderness reserve. Within this generally harsh and barren landscape, you’ll discover an island of greenery and the comforts associated with Chateaux accreditation. As a member of National Geographic’s…

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Bushman's Kloof Wilderness

Up high in the Cedarberg Mountains of the Western Cape lies Bushman’s Kloof, an unusual but enticing wilderness reserve. Within this generally harsh and barren landscape, you’ll discover an island of greenery and the comforts associated with Chateaux accreditation. As a member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Bushman’s Kloof offers more than just multiple restaurants, swimming pools, a shop, and a superb spa: it’s probably most famous for its early rock art.

Guests can explore 12 of the more than 100 rock art sites where the San bushmen that roamed this region between two and ten thousand years ago illustrated their thoughts and ideas. Although the African continent is well known for its widespread rock art, it is here where you’ll find the finest examples of rock art painting in all of southern Africa.

Tswalu Game Reserve

Southern Africa, South Africa

As South Africa’s largest private game reserve, Tswalu is a stark yet  captivating desert region boasting a textured terrain of open savannah and sandy dunes. The reserve’s name means “waterless place” or “great thirst”, but miraculously, it’s home to an impressive collection of wild inhabitants.

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Tswalu Game Reserve

As South Africa’s largest private game reserve, Tswalu is a stark yet captivating desert region boasting a textured terrain of open savannah and sandy dunes. The reserve’s name means “waterless place” or “great thirst”, but miraculously, it’s home to an impressive collection of wild inhabitants. A visit to the reserve promises sightings of zebra, giraffe, oryx, and eland. And if you’re lucky, you might get to lay your eyes on the white rhino and the desert black rhino. Guests also can view cheetah and Kalahari lions, a breed of lions renowned for their black manes.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Southern Africa, South Africa

Shamwari – translating to “my friend” in Shona – is one of the Eastern Cape’s most luxurious private game reserves. It’s home to the Big 5 and accommodates guests in one of 7 lodges or the explorer camp, each of which provides a distinct experience. 

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Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Shamwari – translating to “my friend” in Shona – is one of the Eastern Cape’s most luxurious private game reserves. It’s home to the Big 5 and accommodates guests in one of 7 lodges or the explorer camp, each of which provides a distinct experience. The reserve’s back-to-nature appeal promises exclusive tranquility in a location abundant teeming with wildlife and breathtaking flora.

Kwandwe Game Reserve

Southern Africa, South Africa

Located in the heart of the unspoiled Eastern Cape province, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a world-class Big Five safari destination. Comprising of 22,000 hectares of private wilderness stretching either side of the Great Fish River, this reserve is renowned for its understated luxury and rich diversity of wildlife.

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Kwandwe Game Reserve

Located in the heart of the unspoiled Eastern Cape province, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a world-class Big Five safari destination. Comprising of 22,000 hectares of private wilderness stretching either side of the Great Fish River, this reserve is renowned for its understated luxury and rich diversity of wildlife.

The African Dream is within reach at Kwandwe. With six luxurious safari lodges, villas, and camps, guests are treated to tranquility, a connection with the natural world, and distinctive charm.

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Southern Africa, South Africa

Like most luxury game reserves in South Africa, Phinda is home to the Big Five and is best-known for its close-up sightings of the elusive cheetah and rare black rhino. The reserve stretches across 28,555 hectares of land traversing across seven distinct habitats, which is why it is known as the “Seven Worlds of Wonder”.

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Phinda Private Game Reserve​

Like most luxury game reserves in South Africa, Phinda is home to the Big Five and is best-known for its close-up sightings of the elusive cheetah and rare black rhino. The reserve stretches across 28,555 hectares of land traversing across seven distinct habitats, which is why it is known as the “Seven Worlds of Wonder”. From woodland to grassland, wetland, and forest, Phinda offers a little something of everything, including mountain ranges, rivers, marshes, and pans. The plethora of incredible adventures available at Phinda ensures that guests can enjoy life-changing experiences while exploring South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

Thanda Private Game Reserve

Southern Africa, South Africa

Committed to environmental conservation, Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve is a world of wilderness and wildlife. In the local Zulu language, Thanda translates to “love”, and that’s exactly what guests can expect to feel after visiting this luxurious game reserve in KwaZulu Natal.

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Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve

Committed to environmental conservation, Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve is a world of wilderness and wildlife. In the local Zulu language, Thanda translates to “love”, and that’s exactly what guests can expect to feel after visiting this luxurious game reserve in KwaZulu Natal. Set on 14,000 hectares of breathtaking landscapes, Thanda Safari is one of the world’s leading luxury lodges.

As a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Thanda Safari offers accommodation in exquisite bush suites, a private bush retreat villa, and the Thanda Tented camp for an authentic yet elegant safari experience. Big Five encounters are the aim of Thanda wildlife excursions as guests are treated to superior service and an authentic Africa wilderness experience.

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Southern Africa, South Africa

Ulusaba means “place of little fear”, perfectly suited for the location of this game reserve. Sir Richard Branson’s 52-square mile reserve lies within the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, on the border of the unfenced Kruger National Park. 

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Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Ulusaba means “place of little fear”, perfectly suited for the location of this game reserve. Sir Richard Branson’s 52-square mile reserve lies within the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, on the border of the unfenced Kruger National Park. Not surprisingly, this reserve and its three distinct lodges offer luxury amid the wilderness. Travelers visiting this beautiful, wildlife-teeming reserve will be treated to pure safari enthrallment.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Southern Africa, South Africa

Located next to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve is best known for its intimate wildlife encounters, more specifically, leopard viewing. The reserve offers accommodation across a range of luxury lodges that cater to every taste.

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Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Located next to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve is best known for its intimate wildlife encounters, more specifically, leopard viewing. The reserve offers accommodation across a range of luxury lodges that cater to every taste.

Travelers looking for premium quality and attention to detail will find it all within Sabi Sands. From rim-flow pools to waterfall showers, fluffy percale linen beds, to gourmet cuisine with lantern-lit dinners beneath the stars, Sabi Sands is the place of African Dreams.

Thornybush Game Reserve

Southern Africa, South Africa

Consisting of a collection of luxury lodges within the wilderness areas of Sabi Sands and Thornybush Nature Reserve, Thornybush Luxury Game Reserve offers guests unsurpassed safari experiences blended with just the right amount of elegance and sophistication. 

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Thornybush Game Reserve

Consisting of a collection of luxury lodges within the wilderness areas of Sabi Sands and Thornybush Nature Reserve, Thornybush Luxury Game Reserve offers guests unsurpassed safari experiences blended with just the right amount of elegance and sophistication. Thanks to its Big Five encounter opportunities and sheer diversity of wildlife, this is one of the leading destinations in the Greater Kruger Park area.

Offering out-of-the-ordinary safari experiences, Thornybush focuses on more than just the luxury accommodation element: they also bring social and wildlife activities onboard to complete an African wilderness experience.

Kruger National Park

Southern Africa, South Africa

The world-renowned Kruger National Park spans across the majority of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. It’s the country’s largest game reserve and one of the planet’s finest wildlife sanctuaries.

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Kruger National Park

The world-renowned Kruger National Park spans across the majority of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. It’s the country’s largest game reserve and one of the planet’s finest wildlife sanctuaries. Covering almost two million hectares of unfenced wilderness, the Kruger is home to more mammal species than any other reserve in the world.

Ngala Private Game Reserve

Southern Africa, South Africa

As the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park, Ngala has exclusive traversing rights over 14,700 hectares of game-rich wilderness.

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Ngala Private Game Reserve

As the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park, Ngala has exclusive traversing rights over 14,700 hectares of game-rich wilderness. Offering an intimate touch of the African safari experience, Ngala is renowned for its close-up game sighting.

Welgevonden Game Reserve

Southern Africa, South Africa

Comprising 37,000 hectares of diverse landscapes and geology, Welgevonden Game Reserve is nestled in the heart of the Waterberg’s rich ecosystem. 

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Welgevonden Game Reserve

Comprising 37,000 hectares of diverse landscapes and geology, Welgevonden Game Reserve is nestled in the heart of the Waterberg’s rich ecosystem. The reserve is one of the most accessible premier wilderness reserves within South Africa and offers spectacular, luxurious accommodation across various lodges within the reserve.

From the fabulous food and superb dining to the adventurous activities and breathtaking vistas offered at Welgevonden, the sky is the limit in this little corner of Limpopo heaven. Home to over 50 mammal species, including the Big Five, the reserve is teeming with wildlife and renowned for its close animal encounters.

Madikwe Game Reserve

Southern Africa, South Africa

Located near the Botswana border, Madikwe Game Reserve offers a full range of South African safari experiences. Here, in the 76,000-hectare reserve, bushveld and semi-arid Kalahari come together to house the Super Seven, adding cheetah and endangered African wild dog to the already famous Big Five.

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Madikwe Game Reserve

Located near the Botswana border, Madikwe Game Reserve offers a full range of South African safari experiences. Here, in the 76,000-hectare reserve, bushveld and semi-arid Kalahari come together to house the Super Seven, adding cheetah and endangered African wild dog to the already famous Big Five.

Home to the world’s largest translocation exercise – Operation Phoenix – the reserve has successfully introduced more than 8,000 animals to the reserve since 1991. The reserve’s low-lying plains of woodland and grassland are teeming with wildlife, and for those eager to explore the area, there are more than 20 lodges within the reserve to pick and choose from.

Pilanesberg National Park

Southern Africa, South Africa

Pilanesberg National Park is possibly one of South Africa’s most accessible game reserves. Nestled between the Kalahari and Lowveld, this region is known for its Big Five populations and plethora of accommodation to suit every taste. The park is set within an ancient volcano crater, formed 1.2 billion years ago by overflowing magma.

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Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve

Pilanesberg National Park is possibly one of South Africa’s most accessible game reserves. Nestled between the Kalahari and Lowveld, this region is known for its Big Five populations and plethora of accommodation to suit every taste. The park is set within an ancient volcano crater, formed 1.2 billion years ago by overflowing magma.

Some of the most spectacular scenery within the entire park can be experienced in the Mankwe Dam region. The reserve’s largest water body is the perfect place to spot the animals that stopover on the grasslands bordering the dam. Pilanesberg is the ideal destination for those seeking ultimate luxury. Polished jewels in the crown of the reserve promise world-class, five-star accommodation in the wild, unspoiled purity of nature.

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