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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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South Africa Phinda Andbeyond Hluhluwe Kwazulu Natal South Africa 9

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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South Africa Three Trees At Spioenkop Kwazulu Natal South Africa 2

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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South Africa Birkenhead House Hermanus South Africa 3

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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South Africa Cape Grace Cape Town South Africa 3

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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South Africa Samara Eastern Cape South Africa 7

Sundowner at Samara: rest and reflect before your nightly game drive begins.

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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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South Africa Babylonstoren Winelands South Africa 2

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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At Babylonstoren, meals are presented like works of art using produce from its plentiful garden.

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South Africa Three Trees At Spioenkop Kwazulu Natal South Africa 3

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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A lantern-lit bespoke dining experience in the wilds of the Kruger National Park is a highlight of a stay at Tanda Tula Safari Camp.

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South Africa Thonga Beach Lodge Kwazulu Natal South Africa 4

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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South Africa James Jayasunderas Farm Simonsberg

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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South Africa Kwandwe Easterm Cape South Africa 16

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

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Experience unparalleled luxury and service at Kwandwe, located in the pristine wilderness of the Eastern Cape.

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Bring relaxation to another level by enjoying an African Wood massage on your private veranda overlooking the thicket-clad valleys of Kwandwe.

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Have your binoculars at the ready as South Africa is a bird-lover's paradise. Look out for this beautiful Uropean Rolain at the 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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Be sure to make time to enjoy the peace and stillness that the Kalahari Desert offers.

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South Africa Birkenhead House Hermanus South Africa 2

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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South Africa Singita Boulders Lodge Kruger South Africa 6

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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South Africa Singita Boulders Lodge Kruger South Africa

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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What could be more perfect than to sit and simply absorb the serene views of South Africa's Winelands, perhaps with a glass of award-winning Shiraz and Sauvingnion Blanc in hand.

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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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South Africa Singita Lebombo Lodge Kruger 2

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

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South Africa Singita Castleton Lodge Kruger South Africa

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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South Africa Singita Sweni Lodge Kruger 2

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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South Africa: When to go

South Africa is a year-round destination and the weather is largely defined by the locations you visit. South Africa's seasons run in reverse to the Northern Hemisphere, therefore the summer months are from mid-September to early May, peaking from mid-November to late January when the temperatures reach their hottest. This is peak season and local schools, universities and some businesses often shut for the summer holidays. The summer rains also bring wonderful thunderstorms in the in the mid to northern regions of the country.

February is often touted as the most popular month to travel as temperatures are still warm and rain has not arrived in the Cape. The winter months from mid-May to early September are not as cold as Europe, however this time of year is the rainy season in the Cape.

The weather in the country plays a vital role when deciding on your holiday.  The vastness of South Africa means that thought has to go into your planning to maximise the experience, for example, the best time to see game is from May to August as the parched earth makes it easier to see animals. The whale watching season times with their migration from around July to October.

South Africa is an overnight flight directly from London to Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town. The duration of the flight is 11 - 11.5 hours.

These international airports are hubs for domestic flights as well as flights to neighbouring countries. British Airways and Virgin operate direct flights into all these airports.

South Africa does not require visas for UK passport holders.

Please note: The immigration rules for minors are still in effect. South Africa has strict rules and documentation requirements for minors travelling into the country. Please check the following website for more details and updates on the visa requirements:

Please contact your GP or travel health specialist to check what vaccinations you require. A yellow fever certificate is required if arriving (or in transit for more than 12 hours) from an endemic area.

Approximately 11 hours 30 minutes’ direct flight from London.

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