The beautiful cosmopolitan city of Cape Town is the perfect introduction to a luxury vacation in South Africa. The city offers an eclectic mix of historic sites, gorgeous scenery, rich culture, world-class shopping and diverse offerings to suit every traveller.
The Cape Winelands is South Africa’s renowned wine-producing region, lying about 50 km (31 miles) from the city of Cape Town. Spend a couple of days visiting small boutique wineries during your vacation in the company of an expert local sommelier.
The closest wine route to the city centre, the Constantia wine route lies in the suburbs of Cape Town the oldest wine estates in the country such as Groot Constantia. This estate produces world-renowned wines and has been doing so for a long time.
There are several different regions for cultivating grapes within a short drive of Cape Town. The major towns give their names to these different routes. The most well-known is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa.
The town of Franschhoek takes its name from the French Huguenots who settled the area in the 17th century and brought their winemaking skills with them. This heritage can be explored at the Huguenot Monument and the Huguenot Memorial Museum.
The Sabi Sands is one of South Africa’s best-known private game reserve which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. It is home to some of the most exclusive luxury safari lodges in the country. The quality of guiding is excellent, and the region is known for the quality of its wildlife sightings, especially leopards.
The Kruger National Park and the private game reserve concessions around it are South Africa’s premier safari destination. It is one of Africa’s oldest conservation areas, founded in 1926.
Johannesburg, often called Egoli meaning “the city of gold” by locals due to the rich deposits of gold which is mined there. The region is home to some of the deepest mines on the planet, many which are kilometres deep. Guests can get a glimpse into this mining history by visiting the Gold Reef City theme park.
One of South Africa’s three state capitals and considered the capital city of South Africa is the city of Pretoria. It is the seat of the executive government. The others are Cape Town (legislative) and Bloemfontein (judicial). The city is renowned of its streets lined with Jacaranda trees which carpet the roads in mauve fallen flowers in spring each year.
South Africa’s Garden Route is a beautiful stretch of coastline in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces including beautiful coastal towns such as Wilderness, George, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. It lies about 3 – 5 hours from Cape Town.
KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal South African province, is known for its beaches, mountains and savannah populated by big game. The safari destination Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, in the northeast, is home to black and white rhinos, lions and giraffes. Durban is an Indian-influenced harbor city and a popular surfing spot. Cultural villages around the town of Eshowe showcase the traditions of the
South Africa’s Eastern Cape is often called a frontier country. It was the first region settled by Afrikaner Vortrekekers who were fleeing English oppression in the Cape. The small town’s of the region are charming and there is much history to discover.
The Madikwe Game Reserve is not as busy as the Greater Kruger Game Reserves. It is the fifth-largest conservation area in the country and is home to the Big Five. It is also well known for the successful reintroduction and conservation of the endangered Painted Hunting Dogs also called Wild Dogs.