South Africa is, for most, a direct flight, with little time difference if you are travelling from Europe. This is a country with an excellent climate coupled with breathtaking scenery.
While most visitors will base themselves in Cape Town, exploring the Western Cape or planning a wildlife safari are musts for the first-time visitor and long-time advocates alike. In Cape Town we love the grand old dame Belmont Mount Nelson and also the Steenberg Hotel in beautiful Constantia, which is also a world-class wine estate.
Beyond the city the eastern coastline starts off as semi-tropical, however, by the time it has traversed both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans up the western coast to Namibia, it is a vast expanse of hauntingly beautiful sand planes, desert shrub and dunes. The staggering vistas from east to west are awesome. The myriad landscapes of South Africa's inland regions are as spectacularly heterogeneous as its coastline; including the drama of some of the world's most awesome mountain ranges to the vast expanses of African savannah. This country also relishes in some of the sexiest 5 star boutique hotels; as well as imposing luxury landmark hotels; not to mention the flourishing fare in its exotic, animal rich, safari-extravaganza.
We strongly recommend a circular journey from Cape Town taking in Hermanus and The Walker Bay Nature Reserve where you will find both Birkenhead House and Grootbos, before an exquisite drive to the wine valley of Franschhoek and the countryside kingdom of La Residence. Exploring Cape Town's winelands is a must for anyone interested in wine or stunning landscapes.
Within 3 hours of Cape Town you can be in the bush, on safari observing the most majestic animals on the planet. Choose between the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve or Royal Malewane in the Kruger National Park for an ultimate African bush-experience.
We have handpicked South Africa's finest luxury hotels and hideaways, from Cape Town to Hermanus and from the glorious winelands to the Bush. Each is visited and reviewed by us, so you can rely on our expert recommendations.