South Africa is the perfect holiday destination for anyone wanting to combine safari, city and beach. The variety within the country is unrivalled and with excellent accessibility and top-level service no matter where you go, we could not recommend a South African holiday more.
South Africa Safari Holidays
The main question people ask when planning to go on safari in South Africa is whether to go to the Kruger National Park or to visit the private game reserves. There are both pros and cons, however if you’re after the ultimate luxury experience then the private reserves should be your choice. For a detailed comparison between the two please, see our blog here.
Home to the Big 5, the majority of South Africa’s safaris will tick off most things on your wish list. What you should also realise is that a safari in South Africa isn’t just localised to the Kruger area. Located on the Eastern coast is a private reserve we love called Phinda, run by &Beyond. The game viewing here is unbelievable and due to the diversity of the habitats, guests are often ‘wowed’ by incredible sightings of all the Big 5 plus cheetah. The accommodation is some of the best in South Africa and the option of taking part in a ‘conservation experience’ makes &Beyond’s Phinda a truly unique destination.
Beach Holidays in South Africa
Unlike the warm waters that lap the coast lines of Zanzibar, South Africa’s best beach destinations are in Cape Town. The water may be chillier than you would find further North, yet this shouldn’t put you off from visiting. For those who enjoy stunning scenery, adventure and the glamour of city life then Cape Town is perfect. There are beautiful mountain roads that will guide you to the famous penguin colony of Simon’s Town and take you to the dizzying heights of Table Mountain. For those who wish to stay in the centre of it all, the Cape Grace Hotel is located on the V&A waterfront, providing beautiful views into the harbour and giving perfect access for attractions such as the aquarium, Robben Island and the numerous museums, bars and restaurants.
Family holidays in South Africa
South Africa is one of the best destinations for a family holiday. With plenty of activities to entertain the children in Cape Town, there are also many safari lodges which cater for children and extremely well suited for families to stay. Tswalu in the Kalahari region is the ultimate luxury lodge and prides itself on the rare and magical animals that inhabit the area. It is the family focus however, that really makes it stand out from the rest. A ‘Junior Ranger’ programme is used to introduce first-time safari children. This programme encompasses many bush activities and passed on a strong conservation ethos that will hopefully inspire a generation of future conservationists. As well as the Ranger Programme, Tswalu offers a vast array of activities including horse-riding, walking safaris and sleep-outs. This makes it a perfect destination for any occasion.