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Come face-to-face with the wildest inhabitants of the Kariega private game reserve.

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Be wrapped around by epic landscapes in the Mhondoro game reserve.

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Just because you are on safari, it doesn't mean you need to scrimp on luxury...take that deep bubble bath under the starry skies at Mhondoro

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If your watering hole is looking a bit dry and dusty... come for a dip in Mhondoro's pool!

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Learn about the fascinating traditions of communities that surround Phinda, and find out how to support them through the Africa Foundation.

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When the aloe vera plant flowers, birds and insects come down from the Drackenberg Mountains to drink its sweet nectar.

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Discover the incredible fauna and flora at Grootbos, a stunning nature reserve that's nestled between the land and the sea.

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Charter a boat from Hermanus Bay to watch dolphins play in the sea.

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Hermanus Bay is one of the best places on the planet to whale-watch. See the huge mammals breach in the water, just metres from the beach.

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Overlooked by Table Mountain and surrounded by super yachts, Cape Grace has a supreme Waterfront location.

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Enjoy uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean from luxurious guesthouse Cape View Clifton.

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View the awe-inspiring sight of a mist-swirled Table Mountain from the comfort of the One and Only Cape Town.

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Keep your camera ready to capture unforgettable moments from your safari at Kartiega.

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Admire the beautiful symmetry of nature at the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape.

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The gardeners ensure that the mountains of fresh produce from Babylonstoren's garden make it to the kitchen in time for dinner! 

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Enjoy the good life at Babylonstoren - a historic Cape Dutch Farm that celebrates wellbeing.

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Horse ride around the Boer War battlefields around Spioenkop.

 

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Enjoy extraordinary sights from the comfort of Tanda Tula Safari Camp as you merge into your natural surroundings.

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Discover one of South Africa's most unspoilt beach wilderness retreats at Thonga Beach Lodge.

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Incredibly diverse vistas of bird and marine life are commonplace in this area where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean collide.

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Take a hike through the pristine Milkwood forests and the fynbos-clad landscapes of the Grootbos

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Marvel at the jaw-dropping panoramic views from Grootbos nature reserve.

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The rugged and remote landscape of the Eastern Cape will become your home during your luxurious tented safari at Settler’s Drift.

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The view from the farm owned by Ampersand's MD, James Jayasundera, in the ravishing South African Winelands.

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Experience the tranquillity of a safari by boat through the dramatic river valleys of the Kariega.

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Be ready for anything to happen on safari - watch these rhinos charge out of the bush at Kwandwe game reserve.

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Night skies in the Kalahari Desert are not easily forgotten. Kick back around the campfire at Tswalu Kalaha and watch as a thousand stars appear.

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At Tswalu, lantern-lit romantic dinners come replete with a telescope for stargazing.

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Here is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to sleep under a canopy of stars at Tswalu in the isolated and starkly-beautiful Kalahari Desert.

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With skilled guides and trackers, you could get up close to these magnificent beasts on a big game safari in 110,000-hectare game reserve, Tswalu.

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Take a slower pace on a horseback safari and admire the rolling savannah against the Korannaberg Mountains in the Kalahari Desert.

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Fingers crossed you catch sight of the captivating Caracal in the Kalahari Desert.

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The deep reds of the Kalahari Desert will stay with you long after you've left.

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This is the ultimate beach pad - Birkenhead House is slick and sophisticated with stunning views over Hermanus Bay.

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Slip off your shoes and be revitalised by fresh air, white sand and a gorgeous seascape at Hermanus Bay.

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Enjoy the solitude of 2500 hectares of nature reserve by horseback in the wilderness of the Grootbos.

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Discover more about fynbos and other unique vegetation whilst enjoying the sweep of Walker Bay.

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Take to the sea on a marine safari to admire colonies of endangered African penguins on Dyer Island.

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Enjoy a chilled glass of Chenin Blanc and watch as stars pinprick the sky at luxurious Mhondoro game reserve.

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The suites at five-star Dulini River Lodge are the height of secluded luxury and romance. 

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At Dulini Leadwood Lodge, expect high-quality modern African cuisine, beautifully presented.

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One of Mhondoro's highlights is the underground viewing platform at the watering hole, accessed by tunnel from the lodge.

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If you're lucky, you might see the solitary leopard, the second largest of African's cats, on safari in the mighty Kruger National Park.

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Exclusive Singita Boulders Camp offers a refined stay in the heart of the private Sabi Sands game reserve.

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The interiors at Singita Boulders Lodge are made from local wood and stone, which merge seamlessly into the raw natural beauty outside, offering a truly immersive experience.

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Soak up the tranquil views of the Drakenstein Valley at Boschendal, the oldest wine estate in South Africa.

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Backed by the red mountains of the Waterberg , Marataba Marakele Safari Lodge blends smoothly into the stunning African landscape.

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As the setting sun gives the Waterberg Mountains a deep glow, look out for animals, like this rhino, coming for a drink at the watering hole.

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The elegant, long-necked giraffe is always a beautiful sight on safari in the Waterberg Bisophere  - an area of savannah over 14,500 kms.

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A brooding elephant waits at the watering hole for the storm to break, providing a fantastic photo opportunity for visitors at the Waterberg Biosphere.

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Wild beasts do not come more handsome than this tree-lounging leopard.

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The luxurious eco-suite tents at Marataba offer a window of solitude to contemplate the majestic Waterberg Mountains.  

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Sip a Gin and Tonic aboard a unhurried cruise along the Python Dam whilst keeping an eye out for hippos and rhinos at the water's edge.

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Morning! A hippo pops up to say hello at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

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Thrillingly close encounters with elephants and other wildlife make a stay at Dulini River Lodge extra special.

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Cutting edge eco-design juxtaposes with the raw beauty of the African wilderness at Singita Lebombo Lodge.

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Stay in the exclusive-use Singita Castleton Lodge for a rustic farmhouse ambiance with the addition of a pool, gym, spa and wine cellar.

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You never forget the first time you hear a lion roar. Enjoy this incredible moment at height-of-luxury Singita Sweni Lodge.

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Discover Luxury South Africa Holidays

Welcome to South Africa, a land of colossal contrasts and eye watering beauty. On a luxury South Africa tour, be prepared to be completely over awed by this epic country which gives you thronging cosmopolitan cities, incredible game viewing, an unbeatable food and wine scene, and world class beaches. It is a country that gets under your skin, enticing you back time and time again.

For most travellers, it is the promise of seeing the astonishing wildlife on a luxury safari that draws them to this magnificent country. From the deep ruby red of the Kalahari desert sand dunes to the vast Kruger National Park you will be able to go in search of the Big Five, watch the fight for survival play out and bring home memories of the dusty shake of a lion's mane on an epic South African safari. But wildlife holidays needn’t be restricted to land, when the migrating whales come into Walker Bay in Hermanus you'll witness the 80-tonne mammals breaching and slapping the water with their vast tails, whilst you enjoy the show from the shoreline. Below the surface of the gin clear Indian Ocean on the South and East Coast there are some fantastic diving spots where coral gardens shimmer as resident turtles, rays and sharks swim by.  

Natural beauty is ever present in South Africa, and at every turn you'll be amazed by its diversity; the fiery colours of the plains at sunrise or sunset, the white of the squeaky soft beaches of the Eastern Cape and the green forested hills of the pretty Garden Route. High up on the Drakensberg mountain range you can absorb mind expanding vistas before hiking through its rocky spires, rolling forests and mist-drenched waterfalls.

South Africa is a land of diverse and rich heritage too, wrapped around a civilisation spanning 2,000 years, as seen by the San Bushmen rock paintings in the Western Cape, the Zulu villages in KwaZulu Natal and the Dutch colonial architecture scattered throughout the Winelands. These days, the cities are a melting pot of culture – a place to view and buy African art and artefacts, enjoy live music or sample fantastic seafood in top quality restaurants, of course, accompanied by not-to-be-missed South African wines.

Of course, your South African holiday would not be complete without the finest selection of boutique hotels, luxury safari lodges and traditional Dutch farmsteads. Sometimes though, it's the little details that will remain with you – an alfresco shower under the stars, the pause when you watch a thick column of driver ants cross your safari path, or the taste of a smooth Pinotage to accompany your beach braai. Quite simply, a luxury holiday to South Africa is an epic adventure, and you won't want to leave.


Our suggested tours in South Africa

Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to the Western Cape

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10 days from £5,890

Let us whisk you away to the glorious sunshine of the African summer. The ravishing Cape Winelands are at their...

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Classic South Africa: A Wildlife & Wine Lovers' Tour

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17 days from £6,660

If you want to soak up the most spectacular stretch of South Africa’s coastline and spot the Big Five in...

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South Africa in Style: Cape, Kalahari & Safari

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15 days from £7,975

When you visualise South Africa, do you dream of epic star-filled skies, charming colonial heritage and unparalleled game spotting –...

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Best-of-the-Best South Africa: A Short but Exquisite Tour

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10 days from £7,475

Being short on time doesn't mean you have to miss out on the best of the best. This itinerary showcases...

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Gourmet South Africa: Cape, Winelands and Garden Route

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16 days from £4,100

One of the best ways to get to know South Africa is by sampling its local specialities and remarkable wines...

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South Africa with the Kids: A Zero Jet Lag Family Holiday

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13 days from £3,870

Exploring the world through children’s eyes can be a magical experience and South Africa is an absolutely fantastic family holiday...

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Starlit South Africa: The Dream Luxury Honeymoon

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15 days from £5,155

Your honeymoon: where memories that last a lifetime are made and the trip that has to be nothing short of...

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Self-drive South Africa: Luxury Lodgings, Stunning Coastlines & An Epic Road Trip

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12 days from £2,105

Experience all the romance and adventure of an epic road trip, whilst staying in the lap of luxury as you...

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A blockbuster journey through Southern Africa’s sizzling hotspots – Cape Town, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls

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15 days from £5,857 (including all international flights)

Ever dreamt of climbing Table Mountain or gliding through the Okavango on a mekoro or drinking Earl Grey tea overlooking...

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Whales, Dunes, Shipwrecks & Wildlife – From Namibia’s Bush, Desert & Skeleton Coast to South Africa’s Garden Route & Cape Town

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15 days from £10,241 (including international flights)

Take a spectacular coastal expedition beginning in Namibia at the greatest dunes on Earth in Sossusvlei and ending along the...

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Sand, Sea, Waterfalls & Wildlife – An epic 18-day holiday to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique

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18 days from £10,244 (including all international flights)

If you have time on your hands and are seeking an unforgettable African adventure which leaves no stone unturned, look...

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An African Extravaganza – A 24-day luxury tour of Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

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24 days from £13,385 (including international flights)

This once-in-a-lifetime holiday is a celebration of Africa’s most prized hotspots. A sweeping journey from the highest dunes in Africa...

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Some of our favourite hotels in South Africa

The Cellars-Hohenort  ,
Cape Town

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Over nine acres of manicured gardens surround The Cellars-Hohenort, set outside Cape Town in the historic Constantia Valley. Owner Liz...

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Marataba Marakele ,
Waterberg Area

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Marataba Marakele’s setting will live in your memory for a long time. Placed at the Waterberg Mountains, this family-fun camp...

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Drostdy Hotel ,
Eastern Cape

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The Drostdy is one of the best-kept secrets in South Africa. A three-hour transfer from Port Elizabeth airport, this 48-room...

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Singita Ebony Lodge ,
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

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Singita Ebony Lodge is a strikingly contemporary adaptation of the classic safari lodge, mingling tented camp and bush lodge style....

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Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

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Lying just a scenic three hour drive away from Cape Town, lies the beautiful De Hoop Game Reserve. The Lekkerwater Beach Lodge...

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Mhondoro Game Lodge ,
Waterberg Area

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Mhondoro Game Lodge is an idyllic private game lodge in Welgevonden Game Reserve, a malaria-free reserve in Limpopo. Ideally located...

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Some of our favourite places of interest in South Africa

The Garden Route

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The glorious natural beauty of the Garden Route is a 200-kilometre slender stretch of attractive forest-backed coastline. Beginning in Mossel...

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Pretoria

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Just 50 km north of Johannesburg, in the northern part of Gauteng Province, lies Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital. Pretoria is a...

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Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

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For unrivalled game viewing, in particular the traditional, much sought after ‘Big 5’ safari, there is nowhere better than the...

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Hermanus

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The small town of Hermanus, east of Cape Town on the southern coast, is predominantly known for its amazing whale-watching....

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KwaZulu-Natal

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KwaZulu-Natal, in eastern South Africa, is a spectacular region that showcases a microcosm of what makes South Africa such an...

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Eastern Cape

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The spectacular shoreline of the Eastern Cape, known as the Wild Coast, runs east from Port Elizabeth, and is one...

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- Jaime Benitez, South India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
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- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
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Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
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