South Africa

Spot the Big Five on a Kruger National Park safari, road trip along the world-famous Garden Route or experience ultimate luxury onboard the Rovos Rail and discover how to live again.

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The southernmost country of the African continent, South Africa captivates with its jaw-dropping landscapes, prolific wildlife, and once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

Carving through the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the South African coastline is a breathtaking series of surf-whipped escarpment and turquoise bays. Inland, giraffes stride through rolling grasslands, leopards stalk lofty plateaus and skies are pierced with staggering mountain ranges and modern cityscapes.

Beyond the contrasting topography, ‘The Rainbow Nation’ is enriched by a kaleidoscope of cultures, each contributing to the country’s unique identity. From ancestral Nguni communities to sports-mad Afrikaners, the shared warmth and charisma of South Africa’s people spills across the provinces.

Known by locals as Jo’burg, Johannesburg is a popular starting point for guided tours and safaris. Before you set off, spend a few days exploring this ever-evolving metropolis. Visit the thought-provoking Apartheid Museum and the historic Soweto township or check out Melrose Arch for an upscale shopping and dining experience.

Basking in the majesty of Table Mountain, Cape Town is packed with spectacular panoramas. Hike or cable car to the famous flat-topped peak for 360-degree vistas or take in views with a glass of wine at the V&A Waterfront. Atlantic waves welcome penguins to Boulders Beach and the Camps Bay promenade bustles with trendsetting locals. When it comes to day trips, the nearby Cape Winelands make for a memorable sipping safari while Gansbaai offers the dive of a lifetime in Great White Shark-infested waters (cage included!).

The balmy Indian Ocean beats against Durban’s Golden Mile, a vast stretch of sand that thrills with world-class surf breaks. For a change of pace, adventure out to the Valley of 1000 Hills or iSimangaliso Wetland Park, where wildlife meets excellent snorkelling. Spot wallowing crocs and hippos on a St Lucia Estuary cruise or swim with colourful fish in Cape Vidal’s clear waters.

An African safari is on every nature-lovers hit-list, and the world-renowned Kruger National Park is one of the best places to spot the Big Five. A short flight or four-hour drive from Jo’burg will see you in the heart of unrivalled wilderness, and private reserves like Sabi Sands offer all-inclusive luxury at their finest.

In South Africa, travellers drawn in by their dream experience leave with more than a tick off their bucket list. Here, memories are made in the moments between the itinerary: stumbling across a Springbok game in a local sports bar, gathering around the Braai with new-found friends or the first sip of Amarula after a sunset game drive.

While you don’t need to venture far beyond the city limits to encounter breathtaking scenes, a cross-country journey by road, rail or guided tour will reveal the hidden beauty of South Africa’s far-flung reaches.

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