DESIGNER HOLIDAYS & HONEYMOONS IN South Africa

Known as the whole world in one country. Experience South Africa’s diverse landscapes, enormous beauty and fascinating cultures. The country caters to all kinds of pleasure seekers, from adrenaline junkies and safari enthusiasts to beach babies and wine connoisseurs.

  • Geared for tourism with excellent infrastructure and superb facilities
  • Blue flag beaches on the Indian Ocean and Atlantic coastlines. From the postcard perfect Clifton Beaches in Cape Town to the pristine Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal, you can be sure to enjoy a watery wonderland with exciting possibilities
  • Wine tasting and more as you explore the scenic Route 62, the longest wine route in the world. A highlight for wine connoisseurs, traverse this picturesque part of South Africa, taking in the spectacular vistas of towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora.
  • Big 5 Safaris in large National Parks and private game concessions. Spend a couple of days in the heart of the unspoiled wilderness where explosive wildlife encounters are guaranteed. Look out for Africa’s Big 5 and other eclectic wildlife species.
  • Historical and cultural diversity with museums and tours.

TOP 5 SOUTH AFRICA HIGHLIGHTS

  1. WESTERN CAPE   Put your hiking boots on and climb Table Mountain before riding the surf in Muizenberg. Enjoy shark diving in Hermanus and wine tours along the scenic cape wine route. Not to mention the historical Robben Island plus effervescent nightlife. The mother city of Cape Town is one of the most visited in the world.
  2. THE DRAKENSBERG AND MIDLANDS   Feast your eyes on the breathtaking terrain with verdant indigenous. Go on hiking or horse trails and game viewing safaris. Quench your thirst for culture and history with tours to historical battlefields and Zulu cultural villages.
  3. NAMAQUALAND   A semi-arid desert area famous for its vast blue skies and infinite deserts that stretch as far as the eye can see, Namaqualand invites you to witness nature’s great phenomenon. Pick your time perfectly and you will be treated to an enchanting display of millions upon millions of wild flowers bursting into life.
  4. GARDEN ROUTE   Take a scenic drive along the Garden Route, exploring the quaint towns as you go. Fantastic watersports, big 5 encounters and bird watching excursions galore.
  5. KRUGER NATIONAL PARK   Get a bird’s eye view of the astounding wildlife on hot air balloon safaris. Perhaps a closer encounter on self-drives or guided game drives? Discover some of the 254 cultural heritage sites and the Stone Age artifacts within.

TIPS FOR TRAVELING SOUTH AFRICA

CURRENCY   The Rand (ZAR) is the local currency and the only currency in use for purchases. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATM’s are plentiful. Foreign exchange bureau’s can change international money into the local currency and are situated in most shopping centers in big cities and airports.

CLIMATE   South Africa’s climatic conditions generally range from Mediterranean in the southwestern corner of  to temperate in the interior plateau, and subtropical in the northeast. A small area in the northwest has a desert climate. Most of the country has warm, sunny days and cool nights. Summer is from November to March with temperatures ranging from 25° – 40°C. Winters can get cold depending on where you are with temperatures below freezing in certain regions.

WHAT TO PACK   If your safari is in winter, you will need a thick fleece or jacket for those early morning and evening game drives. You may want to consider a beanie and gloves too. Summer temperatures can get very hot and so shorts, t-shirts and loose, light fitting clothing is preferable. Costumes are a must, as is comfortable walking shoes for hikes and walks. Sunscreen, a cap and smart casual clothes for dining out.

PEAK HOLIDAY SEASON   If you plan to come on safari, the cooler winter months of May –  September is your best bet as animal sightings will be more prevalent. For those planning on coming for the beach and sunshine, the best time of year is December – February when temperatures reach their highest.

 

OUR SELECTION: THE BEST South Africa HOLIDAYS & HONEYMOONS

Over the past 21 years we have booked more than ten thousand custom holidays across Africa.
The selection of designer holidays presented below is based on customer feedback and represents ‘the best of the best’.
If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for please contact us personally — with more than 1,000 selected partner properties in 16 countries we can and will create your dream holiday or honeymoon.

Kevin & Fiona Record - Founders, Owners and hands-on Managers

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge Bright Pool

Enjoy the best of 2 distinct settings with our Gold standard safari itinerary. Spend a few days in a private game reserve for front row seats to some explosive game viewing experiences in the heart of Africa’s pristine wilderness. Follow this up with a romantic beach break at a tropical island resort for a bout of water sports, diving and sport fishing.

Chitwa Chitwa Lodge and Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa
  • 3 Nights at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
7 Nights From $6 289
Per person sharing

Lion Sands Narina Lodge River

Imagine going on safari in a top private game reserve, then jetting off to a tropical island resort? Make this fantasy a reality with this Gold standard safari. Feast your eyes on Africa’s exotic land and marine wildlife in incredible locations. Look forward to a scenic helicopter transfer and indulge your taste buds with succulent seafood dishes.

Lion Sands and Azura Benguerra Island
  • 4 Nights at Lion Sands River Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at Azura Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
8 Nights From $7 034
Per person sharing

Rocktail Beach Camp Sunset Fishing

The ideal self – drive catered package to a luxurious coastal camp in the north of Kwazulu – Natal. Perfect for couples or families with young children to get away for a well needed break. Located in a World Heritage Site, the resort has it’s own private beach access, enhancing the feeling of remoteness. It’s a region of exceptional biodiversity from lakes to dunes, forest and coral reefs. Home to 500 bird species, it also has breeding colonies of penguins and nesting turtles.

Rocktail Beach Camp – Self Drive
  • 4 Nights at Rocktail Beach Camp, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
4 Nights From $654
Per person sharing

Benguerra Lodge Outdoor

For those pressed on time but still wishing to maximize a bush and beach holiday in luxury, book this ideal combination vacation to luxurious Exeter River Lodge and Benguerra Island Lodge. Get up close and personal with Mother Nature in the most productive game viewing regions. Feast your eyes on the abundant wildlife and indulge in safari activities, African cuisine and the luxury rooms at Exeter. Then jet off to a memorable break on white sand beaches where you’ll love the private villas with splash pools and ocean access on an island. Discover unspoiled coral reefs in the warm uncharted waters of the Bazaruto where an astounding marine population is found.

&Beyond’s Exeter River Lodge and Benguerra Island Lodge
  • 4 Nights at &Beyond Exeter River Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 3 Nights at &Beyond Benguerra Lodge, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
7 Nights From $6 470
Per person sharing

Ngala Tented Camp Exterior

Enjoy an intimate African wildlife experience in the heart of a Big 5 luxury game reserve. Exclusive wildlife viewing far from the maddening crowds, coupled with days of barefoot bliss on a tropical island. Book this Gold standard safari for your family and you could find yourself savouring a picnic on an island sandbank.

&Beyond’s Ngala Safari Lodge and Benguerra Island
  • 4 Nights at &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 5 Nights at &Beyond Benguerra Lodge, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
9 Nights From $7 074
Per person sharing

MTB couple

Imagine waking up every morning to go Mountain Biking in the pristine beauty of the African landscape. Chance encounters with wild life along the way as you tackle endless kilometres of single track with your mates or like-minded adventurers. Now you can on this amazing tour. The distance, pace and route is tailored to each group. Generally around ten participants in recommended but can be done with just two. The aim is to ride 4-5 hours per day, covering 30-40km’s. Catering for all fitness levels, this really is an amazing tour.

Odyssey Mountain Bike Trail and Safari
  • 4 Nights at Mount Anderson Reserve, Mpumalaga Highlands, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at Mashatu Tented Camp, Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana
8 Nights From $1 614
Per person sharing

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa

Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75 000 hectare malaria-free reserve located northwest of Johannesburg along the Botswana border. The rich and undulating landscape has a unique topography which reveals astonishing Big 5 sightings. Over night in the City of Gold, Johannesburg before flying to Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa. This is an exquisite sub-tropical destination, offering visitors the quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday. With a very unique setting, it offers beach villa’s on seemingly endless white sandy beaches on Bazaruto Island. It’s the ultimate destination to unwind with fun filled activities, good food and spa treatments after your safari.

Madikwe Safari Lodge and Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort
  • 4 Nights at Madikwe Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
  • 1 Nights at City Lodge OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 5 Nights at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
10 Nights From $5 890
Per person sharing

Lion Sands River Lodge Bed

Feast your eyes on the eclectic species of land and aquatic life on your romantic holiday of a lifetime. Combine Sabi Sands luxury and a tropical island paradise on a romantic hideaway for two. This bush and beach safari package comes to you in specially negotiated South African rates, so you don’t have to worry about the exchange rate.

Lion Sands And Machangulo Beach Lodge
  • 3 Nights at Lion Sands River Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at Machangulo Beach Lodge, Maputo, Mozambique
7 Nights From $1 669
Per person sharing

Lukimbi-Safari-Lodge-Deck

This is the perfect opportunity for South Africans to enjoy a fully catered and guided safari experience in the lower Kruger National Park and then compliment it with 4 nights by the beach in a tropical region of Mozambique. The perfect bush and beach experience.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge and Massinga Beach Lodge
  • 3 Nights at Lukimbi Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at Massinga Beach, Inhambane, Mozambique
7 Nights From $1 367
Per person sharing

Lion Sands River Lodge Room Interior

The perfect highlights tour for those wanting to see Southern Africa’s most well known and iconic attractions. Visit two natural wonders of the world; Table Mountain and Victoria Falls in this package . In between, go big game viewing in the luxurious Sabi Sands region of Kruger National Park and stay at a 5* Private Game Reserve.

Southern Big Three Safari
  • 4 Nights at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, Western Cape, South Africa
  • 3 Nights at Lion Sands River Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 3 Nights at Stanley Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia
10 Nights From $4 490
Per person sharing

Kirkmans Kamp Game Drive

Enjoy exclusive wildlife encounters topped with a relaxed, yet thrilling beach break on your once in a lifetime honeymoon. Witness Africa’s Big 5 and explore the underwater world where flamboyant coral reefs and aquatic animals thrive.

&Beyond’s Magical Kruger and Mozambique Romance
  • 4 Nights at &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at &Beyond Benguerra Lodge, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
8 Nights From $5 380
Per person sharing

Lion Sands River Lodge

Enjoy sensational leopard sightings in South Africa’s prime game viewing reserves. Tick off the Big 5 and get up close and personal with nature in exclusivity. Follow up with a magical break on the shores of one of Mozambique’s popular beach resorts.

Romantic Kruger and Beach Getaway
  • 4 Nights at Lion Sands River Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at Machangulo Beach Lodge, Maputo, Mozambique
8 Nights From $4 799
Per person sharing

Cape Town South Africa

Enjoy your honeymoon in a beautiful part of South Africa known as the Garden Route. Take things at your own pace in this self – drive package.

Garden Route Honeymoon
  • 3 Nights at MannaBay, Western Cape, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at Shamwari Sarili Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa
7 Nights From $780
Per person sharing

Golf ball near hole

Sun City is internationally renowned as South Africa’s premier holiday resort. It offers a multitude of attractions and activities to keep everyone occupied. With its combination of golf, game and gambling, as well as world class hotels it is a mini Las Vegas in the African bush. This special packaged deal for golf enthusiasts in South Africa or even from around the world. Guests will have a chance to play on the famous Gary Player Golf which features annually in the Nedbank Golf Challenge. There is also a chance to play the Lost City golf course as well.

Sun City Golf Package
  • 3 Nights at Sun City Cascades Hotel, Sun City, South Africa
3 Nights From $320
Per person sharing

Lion Sands Narina Lodge River

This package is perfect for those with limited time but want to see the highlights of South Africa in this beach and bush combination package. Spend 4 nights in the mother city of Cape Town at the centrally located Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, an excellent base to explore this vibrant melting pot. Then fly up north to the famous Sabi Sands concession in Kruger to spend 3 nights on safari at the luxurious Lions Sands River Lodge.

Cape and Kruger Explorer
  • 4 Nights at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, Western Cape, South Africa
  • 3 Nights at Lion Sands River Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
7 Nights From $2 327
Per person sharing

Seba Camp Okavango Delta

Honeymoon in one of the top visited cities in the world. Cape Town has everything and more and is a special place to celebrate your nuptials. After exploring all the romantic options on offer, head up to Botswana for 4 nights in the heart of the Okovango Delta at Xudum, a true wet camp that is teeming with wild life.

Charming Cape Town and the Delta
  • 3 Nights at The Twelve Apostles Hotel, Western Cape, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
7 Nights From $4 490
Per person sharing

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge Breakfast

The ultimate romantic holiday experience in two spectacular settings. Enjoy nature’s bounty with phenomenal sightings of land and marine life. Post card perfect beaches and a wilderness teeming with diverse animals, the ideal recipe for a laidback honeymoon or family break. Book this Gold standard safari for a memorable holiday.

Chitwa Chitwa Lodge and Benguerra Island Lodge
  • 4 Nights at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at &Beyond Benguerra Lodge, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
8 Nights From $7 682
Per person sharing

Victoria Falls

The perfect honeymoon highlights tour for couples wanting to see the most romantic highlights of southern Africa. Visit two natural wonders of the world; Table Mountain and Victoria Falls. In between, go game viewing in the luxurious Sabi Sands region of Kruger National Park.

Elegant Southern Africa Honeymoon
  • 4 Nights at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, Western Cape, South Africa
  • 3 Nights at Lion Sands River Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 3 Nights at Stanley Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia
10 Nights From $4 490
Per person sharing

Chisomo Safari Camp Bedroom Interior

Touch base with your friends and loved ones or meet new people in a pristine wilderness that teems with eclectic wildlife. Escape the bustle of city life and retreat to a tranquil setting where you will encounter the Big 5 and other exotic animal species.

Kruger National Park Overland Safari
  • 3 Nights at Chisomo Safari Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa
3 Nights From $725
Per person sharing

Machangulo Beach Lodge Accommodation

Book this luxurious safari and get access to the well known Sabi Sands for excellent leopard sightings and sensational Big 5 encounters. Get up close and personal with Mother Nature in the heart of a pristine bush and enjoy the exciting, yet laid back ambiance of an Indian Ocean tropical island.

Kruger to Mozambique Bush and Beach
  • 4 Nights at Lion Sands River Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at Machangulo Beach Lodge, Maputo, Mozambique
8 Nights From $4 748
Per person sharing

White Pearl Resort Luxury Accommodation

A cultural bush adventure meets contemporary beach luxury with this diverse 7 night package combining Thanda Safarai Lodge in South Africa and White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli in Mozambique.

Thanda Safari and White Pearl Beach Escape
  • 3 Nights at Thanda Luxury Safari Lodge, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
  • 4 Nights at White Pearl Resort, Ponta Mamoli, Mozambique
7 Nights From $3 595
Per person sharing