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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Places of interest

South Africa is a vibrant, multi-faceted destination that holds an enviable position for any discerning traveller. It is vast in size, with a great diversity of landscapes and ecosystems, and offers a staggering array of attractions, all of which can be enjoyed in one ultra-luxurious holiday. The thriving Mother City, Cape Town, is a popular starting point, with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, presided over by striking Table Mountain. A little further afield you'll find the iconic wineries, bordered by the meandering, diverse and oh-so pretty Garden Route, pocketed by white sandy coves. In the north east, enjoy solitude amongst the red sands and stark vistas of the Kalahari Desert or track wildly beautiful animals and the Big Five under a thousand-starred sky in the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Ampersand’s South Africa specialists love speaking about the delights on offer in this diverse and spectacular country and creating bespoke itineraries to maximise your time in South Africa. Wherever you choose, the impact South Africa is truly astonishing and will linger with you long after you leave – it is a destination you will definitely want to visit more than once!

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Cape Town

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Radiant and sunny almost all year round, Cape Town is one of the most scenic seaside cities on earth. At...

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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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Franschhoek & The Winelands

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Just a short hop from Cape Town, venturing into the ‘uplands’, you'll find yourself in the heart of South Africa’s superb wine...

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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. The season...

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Johannesburg

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Affectionately known as ‘The City of Gold’, at first glance this sprawling city may seem utterly impenetrable to a visitor....

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Kalahari

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The very word Kalahari, meaning ‘thirsty land’, summons up visions of a sun baked desert, a stark landscape strewn with...

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Kruger National Park

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Not only is the Kruger National Park the most famous game reserve in all of Africa, it is probably one...

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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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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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The Garden Route

The Garden Route South Africa

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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Waterberg Area

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If you're interested in the future of game viewing in South Africa you might want to visit this forward-thinking reserve,...

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West Coast

Bushmans Kloof Cedeberg West Coast South Africa 4

South Africa’s West Coast is a local secret, often overlooked by tourists in favour of the lure of the Garden...

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Client Testimonials

I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had dealings with. Everything – from the individual care and attention in helping to plan the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round.
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, 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
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
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!
- Leslie Siben, 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!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
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.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India

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A pleasure palace built in the 1700s, the location for Octopussy and many a love story, @tajlakepalace is so magical, you can’t quite believe your eyes
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Welcome to the gateway to #Asia! #Singapore is the perfect stop over destination 🇸🇬
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A colourful city packed full of contrast and a variety of ethnic districts ready to be explored!
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#LittleIndia, originally a division of colonial Singapore. Today a vibrant district with a mix of Hindu and Chinese Temples and The House of Tan Teng Niah - one of the last surviving Chinese villas in the Indian enclave
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If you'd like a taste of #India and #Singapore on your way to #Asia, get in touch to start planning your multicultural trip!
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As you travel through #Cambodia’s countryside you’re bound to come across some friendly faces like these! 🧡
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If you’d like to go off the beaten track in this wonderful country and meet some lovely locals along the way, then please get in touch!
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A team of Ampersander's have officially landed in #Rajasthan. First stop, the Capital - #Jaipur 💗
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Also known as the Pink City because of its trademark colour throughout, its hard to miss a picture perfect moment in front of one of Jaipur's landmark doorways.
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'Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever' 🙏
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Today, 2nd October 2019, marks 150 years of celebrating Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. The celebration of Gandhi Jayanti is observed in India as a national holiday, where ceremonies and tributes are conducted across the nation.
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#SriLanka has just been awarded the title of #WorldsBestIsland by @travelandleisure 🇱🇰
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We couldn’t be happier that this spirited country is getting the recognition it deserves!
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🇮🇳Reminiscent of a French village, with its bright Mediterranean architecture and flower-laden balconies, it’s no surprise that #Pondicherry (or #Pondi) is nicknamed the ‘Indian Côte d’Azur’ 🇫🇷
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Beautiful #Bhutan has topped the @lonelyplanet #BestinTravel list as the top country to visit in 2020 🇧🇹🐉
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Soaring mountains are blanketed with evergreen forests and dotted with Buddhist temples, valleys are sliced by glacial rivers and the piney air is delicious and clean.
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It is already the world’s only carbon-negative country, and the kingdom is set to become the first fully organic nation by 2020, so it’s only going to get more beautiful 🏔 ✨
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Travel to with us to Bhutan & discover its extraordinary natural beauty.
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