4 ways to experience the best of South Africa
A nation of exceptional natural beauty with a rich cultural heritage, South Africa is one of the most remarkable destinations on earth. A wonderland with a rolling panorama of forests, rugged mountains, lush green pastures and golden beaches, this enchanting country boasts some of the most spectacular wildlife in the world. With so much to explore in one country, it’s only logical you’ll never want to leave. Read on below for our top 4 picks on how you can discover the delights of South Africa.
The dynamic gateway cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town offer visitors a wealth of sites and attractions.
is a historical and cultural treasure trove. People from every corner of South Africa converge on the City of Gold and the cultural mix makes Johannesburg a hip, cosmopolitan city with a vibrant social scene. History buffs will appreciate the famous Apartheid Museum, as well as Nelson Mandela’s former residence which now serves as the Mandela House Museum. For those in search of a bit of luxury, head to Sandton, Johannesburg’s most exclusive neighbourhood where you’ll find plenty of luxury hotels, excellent shopping and exciting nightlife.
Stunning coastline and dramatic Table Mountain provide the perfect backdrop to elegant and sophisticated Cape Town
. Once you’ve soaked up the scenery there is plenty more to explore including markets, wine tastings and the unmissable Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years.
For the ultimate family experience, Sun City Resort has more than 100 activities on offer and guests have complimentary entry to the Valley of the Waves, a thrilling water park with thrill slides, wave pool and lazy river. Sun City is also one of the places in South Africa where you are able to do a Hot Air Balloon Safari over the Big Five - elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion and leopard. Pilanesberg Nature Reserve is also malaria-free making it perfect for families with young children.
The Palace of the Lost City
is our favourite place to stay, featuring luxuriously appointed rooms, royal hospitality and the intricately decorated Grand Pool, which will impress the whole family.
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
A safari tops the ‘must-do’ list for most visitors to South Africa. One of our top picks is Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
. Celebrating 40 years of excellence, Sabi Sabi has evolved, protected and respected the wilderness in its care – providing guests with a “luxury home in the bush” offering incomparable luxury at each of its four 5-star lodges.
Situated in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, integrated with the greater Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi is blessed with an astonishing variety of habitat and wildlife. Exciting morning and evening open vehicle safaris, as well as environmental awareness walking safaris, are led by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers.
Sabi Sabi offers four separate luxurious, all-suite, award-winning lodges with distinct characteristics and themes of “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. “Yesterday” is encapsulated by the romance of Africa’s great safari era at Selati Camp- a favourite for honeymooners, while “Today” is reflected in the contemporary lodges of Bush Lodge and Little Bush Camp with “Tomorrow” evident in the ground-breaking design and effortless chic of Earth Lodge.
RIDE THE RAILS
Whether you are a train buff or just looking for a luxurious way to take in the stunning landscape of South Africa, The Blue Train
is one of the world’s great train journeys.
Kings and presidents have indulged on this incomparable, iconic five-star hotel-on-wheels. Its very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service. The route of The Blue Train takes guests through some of South Africa’s most stunning countryside while guests savour exquisite meals freshly prepared on board by top chefs. Meals are complemented by fine South African wines and around-the-clock personal butlers see to guests’ every need.
The Blue Train travels smoothly on an air-cushion suspension system throughout its 39 hour/2 night journey from Cape Town to Pretoria (or vice versa) with reduced speed in the evening allowing guests a peaceful night’s sleep.
On-board entertainment includes a 24 channel entertainment system, GPS and a driver’s eye view camera showing the countryside ahead. Both northbound and southbound departures offer a two-and-a-half hour excursion in Kimberly.
The Blue Train is a unique, luxury travel experience offering seamless and superior service.
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