Southern Africa, Tailor-made:
'Luxury is in the experience'

We love luxury and style at Ampersand Travel, but we also love to engage with our destination. If that means the odd bumpy road or a bit of glamping in order to see something truly special, that's fine by us. Most of our clients agree (they know that luxury isn't far away, after all), and for those that don't, we are happy to arrange super-luxe holidays from start to finish.

James Jayasundera

Founder and Managing Director of Ampersand Travel


South Africa Photo Gallery

Take a visual journey through what we consider to be some of South Africa’s unmissable highlights.

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Top 10 Sleep-Outs

Forgo the luxury mod-cons and a roof over your head for an unforgettable night under a blanket of brilliant African stars in an open-air bed. Wildly romantic and thrilling, watch the sun set and the moon rise as the stars light up the sky, waking at sunrise to the sound of birdsong. From the squeaky-soft shores of Mozambique to the burnt orange vistas of the Kalahari, here are Ampersand’s Top 10 Sleep-Outs in Southern Africa.

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Cape, Kalahari and Safari

When you visualise South Africa, do you dream of epic star-filled skies, charming colonial heritage and unparalleled game spotting – but done in exclusive style and the height of comfort? For those who like the best of the best, with plenty of flair, this itinerary will not disappoint. Experience chic and sunny Cape Town, the ravishing Winelands and the best of South African game spotting whilst enjoying unsurpassed luxury.

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Southern Africa's Sizzling Hotspots

Ever dreamt of climbing Table Mountain or gliding through the Okavango on a mekoro or drinking Earl Grey tea overlooking the spectacular Victoria Falls? Our fabulous new 15-night tour takes you from thrilling Cape Town in South Africa, to Botswana’s wildlife-rich Okavango Delta and ends at one of the greatest spectacles on Earth and one of the seven wonders of the World, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

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    Ampersand, The Bespoke Luxury Travel Experts

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    At Ampersand we believe that “luxury is in the experience”. We love travelling in style but are not afraid to step off the usual circuit in order to experience something more rewarding. We specialise in exclusive tailor-made holidays that are perfect for honeymoons, cultural tours, family trips, wildlife adventures, sabbaticals and multi-generational holidays.

    Since 2003 Ampersand has established itself as a leader in luxury holidays to Asia and, in recent years, to the UK, Scotland & Ireland. In keeping with our desire to share the places we know and love best, we are thrilled to add Southern Africa to our portfolio of destinations – including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.

    Our clients are mostly private individuals who recognise that time is their most precious asset and want to entrust it to experts with a well proven track record. This smoothes out the planning process and ensures that they have the most rewarding and memorable experience possible. We also look after some of the world’s most acclaimed museums and organisations who rely on us to arrange once-in-a-lifetime group tours for their most important patrons.

    Why book with us:

    Local knowledge & contacts: We are a team of knowledgeable and well-connected individuals who have lived and /or travelled extensively in the destinations we offer.

    First-hand experience: We personally visit all the hotels and locations we recommend and can provide you with first-hand information and opinions on them.

    Easy to reach: We personally answer all phone calls (during office working hours). You will never be answered by a machine or be frustrated by multiple options. All our clients also receive our personal mobile numbers which they are welcome to use outside working hours.

    Financial protection: Ampersand Travel is ATOL bonded meaning that the money spent on your holiday is protected.

    Personal service: You will be looked after by one consultant from your initial enquiry until your safe return home from holiday.

    Reliability: 80% of our business is from repeat clients and friends they have recommended to us.

    Small by choice: We send up to 500 clients a year on holiday. We have deliberately chosen to remain small so that we can look after our clients to the best of our ability and enjoy the process as we go along.

    Totally independent: We only sell places we love. Unless we would be happy to stay there we will not sell it – it’s as simple as that.

    Owner run:  Ampersand is owner run and, interestingly, most of our carefully selected ground handlers are too. We feel that this creates a far more passionate and personal service and a greater sense of accountability, which are key to providing the best possible service.

    We love travel: This will become obvious as soon as you contact us!