The Best African Safari Tours for 2018

“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.” Karen Blixen.

It’s a new year… so why not make 2018 the year that you finally go on that safari you’ve been meaning to go on for so long!

Planning the perfect African Safari can be intimidating when you don’t know where to start. That’s why we’ve carefully selected our Top 3 African Safari Tours which offer only the most luxurious, authentic, and unparalleled experiences just for you!

The optimal safari tour for first-time African adventurers. Be astounded by the magnificent Cape Grace Hotel, located in South Africa’s Mother City. Enjoy luscious cocktails on the deck, tranquil spa treatments, and divine gourmet meals.

Be whisked to the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge in world-renowned Kruger National Park, and revel in complete exclusivity while sharing an intimate connection with the African bushveld. Take delight in spotting the Big 5 and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Africa.

End your adventure in Zambia at the Royal Livingstone—Africa’s most graceful Victorian hotel. Enjoy the healing spray of Victoria Falls and unwind to the sound of its roar. With your G&T in hand, gazing out over golden mist at sundown, get a true taste of Africa’s bygone era.

  1. The Royal Romance

The ultimate romantic getaway for couples with a love for Africa. The safari begins in Cape Town at Ellerman House—an absolutely gorgeous Edwardian Mansion resting on Lion’s Head. Take in spectacular views, delectable food, and Africa’s greatest art collection.

Head off to idyllic La Residence—a captivating boutique hotel set in picturesque Franschhoek. Not only is it the most alluring hotel in Franschhoek, it is also home to exceptional wine and unrivalled cuisine.

Escape to Royal Chundu in Zambia where opulence meets tranquillity. It’s the perfect place for you and your special someone to revel in all things ‘Africa’.

  1. Africa’s Family Getaway

An extravagant safari adventure for the whole family. Your African escapade starts at the One&Only Cape Town—centrally located and an ideal home base for the whole family. Admire the sweeping views over Cape Town while indulging in all the mod-cons, what more could you ask for?

Journey to Madkiwe Safari Lodge an African safari that caters for everyone. Located in a malaria free area makes it ideal for families. Madikwe blends five star comfort and pure African indulgence.

End your adventure at Tongabezi which lies on the banks of the Zambezi River. With plenty of exciting activities for the entire family—parents can relax at the peaceful plunge pools while kids can enjoy the delights of the play area.

For more information on tours that are available please visit our site here.

Top 10 Luxury Destinations for 2018

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” — Author Unknown.

Everyone deserves to feel spoilt, pampered and relaxed. Especially in the aftermath of the festive season, there’s even more of a need to escape from the madness. South Africa is not short of luxury destinations to escape to, put your feet up and bask under Africa’s sun. Iconic Africa ticks all the boxes for those who are accustomed to only the best and prefer the finer things in life. Do pristine wilderness, private pavilions, silver service and contemporary interiors excite you? Indulge in our finest selection of luxurious locations and let us enable you to travel in guilt-free style and be in complete harmony with nature. Wherever you choose to go, we have only the very best in true African   hospitality for you and your family.

Four of our top ten luxury destinations for 2018 featured on Travel and Leisure’s ‘Top 100 Luxury Hotels in the World’ in 2017. Our collection of accommodation has a traditional African character preserving pieces of our land with qualities of sophistication, charm and natural beauty. Iconic Africa ensures that guests have a comfortable and relaxing stay in private and exclusive settings which inspire wanderlust and acts as a salve for the soul.

  1. Tswalu – Kalahari

Tswalu is 240 000 acres of pristine Kalahari wilderness. Owned by the Oppenheimer family, this is the largest private game reserve in southern Africa and bares testament to the family’s commitment to authentic conservation and opulent luxury. Out in the wild, the game viewing is breathtaking be it from the back of a 4 X 4 safari vehicle, the saddle of an impeccably behaved horse or on foot. Tswalu is the ultimate luxury safari destination in the heart of the magical Kalahari.

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  1. Londolozi – Sabi Sands

In Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards 2014, Londolozi was named the best hotel in the world! A global honour of colossal proportions. Londolozi effortlessly exceeds all expectations on a luxury, hospitality, wilderness and experiential front – however when anyone who knows Londolozi well, is tasked with describing this African wonder they are immediately confronted by the difficulty of portraying the intangible. It is this indiscernible x factor which sets Londolozi aside from the rest!

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  1. Angama Mara – Masai Mara

Perched on the edge of Africa’s Great Rift Valley is a lodge that comes as close to heaven on earth, as possible. Angama Mara, Swahili for “suspended in mid-air” boasts the best views in the Masai Mara. A place that constantly takes your breath away, where happiness reigns and peace is all encompassing, where you literally stand on the edge of the world. Owner managed and run by the reputable Fitzgerald family, Angama Mara is the ultimate African safari destination.

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  1. Royal Chundu – Victoria Falls

Royal Chundu, the first Relaix Chateaux property in Zambia, is nestled on the Zambian bank of the immense Zambezi River. Here, upstream of the Victoria Falls, the river is a wide and tranquil elixir that supports a myriad of bird, fish, mammal and plant life. Elephants graze the banks and islands while tiger fish dart through the water after prey. Royal Chundu represents a commitment to unbridled luxury in the wild of Africa and the constant support of local communities.

  1. Zarafa – Okavango Delta

Zarafa, from the Arabic word for beloved, is a jewel set in the treasure trove of the Zibadianja lagoon – itself a paradise in the Selinda Game Reserve. Conceived by world-renowned wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert in the shadows of a giant ebony tree, Zarafa is earth-friendly, exclusive Relais & Chateaux luxury in one of the last great wilderness areas on earth. There are just four sumptuous and spacious suites set on the banks of the awesome lagoon where the exuberance of the African wild will speak to your soul.

  1. Singita Sasakwa – Serengeti

Perched atop the rocky Sasakwa Hill looking out over the Serengeti’s Western corridor and endless golden plains is the elegant Sasakwa House. Resembling a deluxe ranch house in the midst of the African bushveld this is one Africa’s most exquisite destinations and another Singita – ‘place of miracles’. Exquisite views extend in every direction as the ever-changing landscape teems with Africa’s most majestic wildlife and the clouds waft over the plains.

  1. Lion Sands – Sabi Sands

By protecting and harnessing the roots of both the More and Chalkley families, Lion Sands has certainly found its wings within the luxury safari industry. In 2014 Lion Sands was awarded third place in Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Resort in Africa, and in 2010 the extraordinarily luxurious Ivory Lodge was named third best hotel in the world by Tatler.

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  1. La Residence – Winelands

Perched amongst the vineyards, on the slopes of the beautiful Franschhoek Mountains is the pinnacle of luxury and unrivalled piece of heaven – La Residence. Voted Conde Nast’s No 1 Hotel in the World in 2013 amongst a myriad of other awards, La Residence is a must for any bucket list. The sprawling green lawns speckled with majestic springbok, the private dam complete with island, rowboat and soft flowing willow trees, instil an awe-inspiring sense of peace.

  1. White Pearl – Mozambique

Set on two kilometres of magnificent, pristine Mozambican coastline, White Pearl is an intimate resort for the discerning traveller. Couples or families will revel in the luxury, hospitality, delightful cuisine and natural wonder of this beach paradise. Whether you want to adventure on or under the cobalt Indian Ocean, lounge on the beach, sip cocktails in the pool or simply soak up the soothing peace of the sea, White Pearl, Ponta Mamoli offers the ultimate luxury beach holiday.

  1. Ellerman House – Cape Town

Nestled into the side of Signal Hill and boasting some of Cape Town’s most spectacular views lies a magnificent Cape Edwardian mansion that will welcome you with both arms and capture your heart forever. Ellerman House not only offers the ultimate in Cape luxury but it is an endless heaven to wine lovers and art fanatics alike.

Please do let us know if you have any questions on the above properties or if there are any more you’d like to hear more about.

Our Year in Pictures

2017 has been a fun and incredible year for us. From the magic of the Mara, to the endless Kalahari, to the abundance of Kruger and the beauty of the Cape – we’ve seen, explored and revelled in so much that Africa has to offer. Just in case you have missed out – scroll down here… for Our Year in Pictures.

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We hope that in just a few #iconicmoments – these photographs will transport you to the wonder that awaits! Perhaps you will pay us a visit in 2018? We’d love to show you around!

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Instagram Takeover – Jaco le Roux

Brilliant photographer and friend of Iconic Africa @jacofotos has recently done an awesome #IATakeover for us. Just in case you missed it – scroll down here for his incredible shots of some unique African landscapes.

For more of these unbelievable photographs follow @jacofotos on Instagram.

Em’s Cape Town Highlights

Iconic Africa Traveller Emily Gardiner went on wonderful safari to Madikwe Safari Lodge followed by a visit to Cape Town. Earlier this year we showcased her magical trip to Madikwe. Em has now shared with us this awesome video that she put together of her time in the fair Cape. Thanks so much Em for sharing – it certainly looks like you had a fabulous time in South Africa! We hope to have you back again soon.

 

Top 10 Things to do in the Cape

Gorgeous Cape Town—the Mother City truly has it all! From exceptionally spectacular white sandy beaches, magical scenery, and abundant wildlife, to world-renowned gastronomy and a bustling nightlife and party scene, Cape Town has something for everyone. With so many activities to choose from, we have decided to compile a list of the top ten things for you to do in the Cape so that you are equipped for a Cape adventure of a lifetime.

  1. Experience Table Mountain

Certainly at the top of everyone’s list should be a trip to Table Mountain. Table Mountain is famous for being one of the seven natural world wonders. You can catch the five-minute cable car to the top of Table Mountain and soak in the captivating, panoramic view of Cape Town, Table Bay, and the Table Mountain National Park. Once you’re at the top, you can enjoy a bite to eat with the family at the Table Mountain Café, or if you’re feeling adventurous, why not go for a picturesque hike to do a bit of your own exploring? You could always join a guided walk to learn a bit more about Table Mountain and the Cableway. Without a trip to Table Mountain, your visit to the Cape will be incomplete!

  1. Explore the Cape Peninsula

Although Table Mountain is situated in the Cape Peninsula, there is so much more to explore in the area. Unquestionably worth a day out is the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The gardens showcase all of South Africa’s finest flora and they are perfect for a relaxing, romantic afternoon stroll. Take a trip to Cape Point—the most south-western point of Africa—and enjoy scenic views and lovely picnics. Boulders Beach is another absolutely awesome experience that visitors can enjoy at the Cape Peninsula. Boulders Beach lets visitors really get up close to South Africa’s famously magnificent African Penguin colony.

 

  1. Enjoy a day out at a game reserve

One of the most beautiful game reserves in the Cape is the Cape Point Nature Reserve. It is home to some of South Africa’s most enchanting indigenous flora. You can find up to 1100 different indigenous plants in the area, and some of these plants can only be found at the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The reserve is also a popular destination for bird-watchers—you can spot up to 250 different types of birds including eagles, sunbirds, and, of course, the endangered African black oystercatchers. There is also plenty of interesting wildlife to spot like the klipspringer, the steenbok, the Cape mountain zebra, and who wouldn’t love a thrilling encounter with the famous Chacma baboons? Another absolutely charming game reserve is the Aquila Private Game Reserve which is famous for its exhilarating night tours.

4. Go whale watching

Splendid ocean views will captivate your soul, and the gorgeous whales and dolphins that you spot will touch your heart. Nothing on the planet is more moving and exciting than spotting a whale. There are plenty of boat-based whale watching tours to choose from, and Walker Bay is one of the best places to go to for a delightful whale watching experience.

  1. Take a dive

South Africa is famous for its diving opportunities. This is mostly because of the very unique meeting of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. This meeting allows for some of the most interesting and spectacularly unique occurrences of marine wildlife. First timers can enjoy an outstanding scuba diving outing and more experienced divers can treat themselves to an electrifying shark diving adventure. Divers can also enjoy exploring all the historical shipwrecks around the Cape of Storms.

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  1. Immerse yourself in South Africa’s unique history

Another bucket-list worthy experience is venturing out to Robben Island to visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell that he was kept in for 20 years. What makes this particular outing so incredibly remarkable is that the tours of the prison are given by former prisoners, which means that visitors are treated to true first-hand accounts of what actually happened on the island. There are also plenty of other museums in the Cape that are definitely worth a day out such as the District Six Museum which pays tribute to the once very vibrant neighbourhood, as well as the First South African Perfume Museum which is truly unique.

  1. Treat yourself to a Wine Tasting Tour

A treat for all wine-lovers—a visit to the Cape Winelands is a definite must. If you’re short on time, be sure to visit Stellenbosch and Franschoek—the two most world-famous wine regions in South Africa. We recommend visiting La Petite Ferme which offers exceptional, award-winning cuisine, and boutique wines from the Franschoek area. If you’re going to be staying in Franschoek be sure to stay at one of the best hotels in the entire world—La Residence. You can book your spot with us here. If you’re planning on visiting Stellenbosch, we suggest staying at Delaire Graff Estate which offers luxury on a completely different level. Some wine estates even offer cellar tours and food pairings which is a real treat.

  1. Go Shopping!

The V&A Waterfront shopping centre is a treat for the shopper in all of us! It is the pinnacle of shopping and entertainment in South Africa. After all of your shopping, be sure to visit the V&A Market Wharf which is perfect for anyone who is passionate about food. Make sure you pick up something uniquely African from the markets in Cape Town to take back to the friends and family who didn’t come along to enjoy the delights of the Cape.

  1. Take a break at the beach

The Cape is home to some of South Africa’s most spectacular beaches—you have to take advantage of the stunning coastline by doing a bit of sun-bathing on the beach with a cocktail in hand, of course! Kids can spend days on the beach exploring rock pools and splashing in the waves. For the adventurers among us, there are plenty of opportunities to fish, kayak, and surf. The best beaches are found in seaside towns that have a buzzing nightlife and unique restaurants. Taking a break at the beach is the perfect way to wind down from your Cape adventure.

  1. A treat for foodies

Cape Town is famous for its gastronomy and some of the world’s best restaurants can be found here. The Test Kitchen is Cape Town’s most exclusive restaurant and it has been named one of the World’s Best Restaurants by San Pellegrino. Be sure to visit The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock which is home to fantastic day and night markets and gorgeous farm stalls. And, if cakes, cupcakes, and pies delight your heart, high tea at the Cape Grace is a must.

If you have any questions about visiting the Cape, please do let us know. We can recommend the most luxurious accommodation to stay at while you make the most of your Cape escape. Perhaps look into our Africa’s Cape of Desire grand tour to experience all that the Cape has to offer in absolute style.

4 Top Cape Restaurants

The Cape is known for its magnificent mountains, amazing scenery, gorgeous blue oceans, rich history, and, of course, its first-class wines and delicious food. We’ve compiled a list of four top restaurants in the Cape that combine delectable food and award-winning wine. Should you be lucky enough to be visiting the Cape soon – make sure you pop by at least one of these amazing eateries – you certainly won’t regret it!

  1. Franschhoek Kitchen

If you’re planning a trip to the Cape, it is essential to visit the Cape Winelands. Franschhoek is our absolute favourite wine district. Its spectacular beauty and its quaint atmosphere make Franschhoek a place to remember. We recommend visiting the Franschhoek kitchen at the Holden Manz winery. It has been rated as one of the leading restaurants in Franschhoek and it is regarded as one of South Africa’s culinary hotspots. This little restaurant enjoys views overlooking beautifully green vineyards and remarkable mountains. The restaurant is the perfect place to relax and enjoy bistro-style food made from delicious, locally sourced ingredients. Because they are a sustainability farm, they emphasise seasonal ingredients which means that their menu changes regularly to suit the seasons. Franschhoek Kitchen also provides beautifully presented picnic baskets filled with absolutely delicious and fresh treats, so that you can enjoy a long summer afternoon resting by the picturesque Franschhoek River. And, what would a visit to a vineyard be without indulging in a bit of wine tasting? At Holden Manz, you will have a chance to try their beautifully fragrant Rosé, their barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and their decadent port-style wines.

  1. Fyndraai Restaurant

Nestled between the border of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, you will find the 320-year-old Solms-Delta estate. At this amazing wine estate, you will discover the Fyndraai Restaurant—a restaurant that offers traditional Cape cuisine with a contemporary twist. The dishes aim to promote the assorted culinary heritage of the Cape, and you will therefore find that the dishes showcase European, Asian, and African flavours. The dishes present strong ‘Cape Malay’ influences and blend them with ingredients that were traditionally favoured by the Khoi nomads who used to roam Franschhoek thousands of years ago. Many of the rare and indigenous herbs are actually grown on the farm. You can opt for the tasty, four-course heritage menu, or you can choose to have a wine pairing menu that lets guests sample six glasses of the estate’s wines and six tasty tapas. The estate also allows guests to picnic on its grounds, and the Fyndraai Restaurant creates delicious picnic hampers for its guests.

  1. Greenhouse (Constantia)

If classic elegance is what you’re after, we suggest visiting the Greenhouse. The cuisine is created by the famous Peter Tempelhoff who emphasises the importance of complementary tastes and aromas. The dishes are imaginative and the chefs look to the sea and the garden for their inspiration. For these chefs, ingredients must have meaning and purpose, and they aim to showcase the beauty of South Africa through their cooking. The menu also features some of the best wines from Constantia, and the restaurant pairs its wines beautifully. In 2015, the restaurant won the Boschendal Style Award.

  1. La Colombe

La Colombe is certainly worth a visit if you want to treat yourself to the ultimate fine dining experience. This spectacular restaurant earned its place among the top 100 restaurants in the world in 2016. The restaurant is situated at the Silvermist wine estate on top of Constantia Nek and it has magnificent views of Constantia Valley and Hout Bay. The chefs use ingredients that are sourced from the restaurant’s own organic gardens and therefore, the menu is also a seasonal one. Each dish is perfectly and beautifully presented, and the vibrant colours and flavours of the dishes combine together to create a unique cuisine adventure. The menu pays tribute to deliciously fresh seafood which is an absolute treat when you’re dining in the Cape.

Africa’s Top Five Romantic Getaways

Planning a romantic getaway with your loved one? We’re here to help you find only the very best destinations in Africa for that couples getaway you’ve been meaning to plan forever! After all, what could be more romantic than surprising your sweetheart with a trip to exciting and majestic Africa? Safaris, wildlife, adventures, spectacular views and delicious food awaits … Here’s our list of the top five romantic escapes—each one is the epitome of supreme luxury, perfectly combined with lavish romance.

  1. Royal Malewane

Positively the paragon of class and refined grandeur, the Royal Malewane is one of our top picks for a great romantic escape. Surrounded by the majestic African wilderness, couples can enjoy the seclusion and romance that can only come from being immersed in Africa’s beauty. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, the Royal Malewane is truly the queen of African luxury. If a safari is your idea of the perfect romantic escape—and it certainly should be—then this is absolutely the place for you. The Royal Malewane prides itself on the fact that it treats its guests to the ultimate in exclusivity and privacy—perfect for an intimate escapade for you and your darling.

  1. La Residence

Described as the crown jewel of Franschoek, La Residence is a place of abundant opulence ensconced in the middle of the impossible beauty that is the valley of the vineyards. La Residence has been described as one of the best hotels in the whole world, and why wouldn’t it be? It is an absolutely stunning boutique hotel situated in South Africa’s most picturesque valley. A stay at La Residence is definitely something that should be on your bucket-list—the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and your love. La Residence is entirely and unapologetically opulent—luxury that is unrivalled. Each room is extraordinary in its own way—no two rooms look alike, and each one is overwhelming in its beauty. You cannot go wrong at La Residence; its rooms are stunning, the setting is unmatched, and the food is to die for.

  1. White Pearl

Mozambique is the perfect place to spend with your sweetheart. Spectacular, pristine beaches, and outstanding accommodation—like the accommodation offered at the White Pearl—make Mozambique the ultimate romantic getaway destination for couples seeking luxury and perfection. At White Pearl, guests can soak up the summer sun, sip cocktails at the poolside, or venture into or under the turquoise Indian Ocean. Choose from suites that open out onto their very own private beach or suites that are raised up on stilts to showcase the captivating panoramic views of the ocean. Couples can even treat themselves to relaxing spa treatments—all in the comfort of their own suites.

  1. Royal Livingstone

Victorian elegance set in the heart of Africa, the Royal Livingstone is the epitome of old-world charm. Take a stroll in the lush gardens with your loved one and feel the cool Zambezi mist embrace you. Treat yourselves to a luxurious spa treatment in the private gazebo that overlooks the gentle flowing river. And, after a day full of relaxation, you can catch the gorgeous African sunset—with sundecks suspended out over the river you can look out and take in its delightful splendour. To complete each romantic day, you will be able to indulge in a sublime meal under the candle-lit boughs of the Monkey Tree. This is truly a romantic escape to remember.

  1. Ellerman House

Certainly the pinnacle of modern sophistication, and settled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Ellerman House is the ultimate destination for old-world romance. The charming Edwardian mansion rests upon Lion’s Head Mountain and overlooks the crystal blue ocean that lies beyond. Not only does Ellerman House boast Africa’s greatest art collection, but it also prides itself on its world-class wine selection. The rooms are light and airy, and absolutely spacious; the food is entirely exquisite; and its prime location makes Ellerman House the ideal place to be if you wish to explore the romantic city of Cape Town.

To find out more about these stunning places, click  here or why not take a look at our Royal Romance Tour which combines the beauty, wilderness, adventure, and excitement of Africa by taking you to four different destinations that define luxury and privacy? We promise it will be a tour to remember!

Africa’s Top 5 Bucket-list Experiences

If travelling to Africa isn’t on your bucket list yet, we’re here to tell you why it should most definitely be. We have compiled a list of the top five African experiences that we think definitely deserve a place on your bucket list. We even have great links to spectacular, first-class places for you to stay at while you cross off your African bucket list items. These are the types of experiences that will remain entrenched in your memory… forever!

  1. Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Known as the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth,’ the Great Migration is a mind-blowing phenomenon that should not be missed by anyone who loves Africa. For a sneak peak of this incredible spectacle watch our video here. Over a million wildebeest make their way through the vast plains of the Serengeti to find better grazing areas. It is the most exquisite mass movement of land animals that takes place in the entire world. Escape to the Serengeti and spend some time in the National Park. If exclusive, and incredible game viewing is what you love, why not stay at Sasakwa House in Singita Sasakwa? It has exquisite views of the infinite Serengeti plains, and it gives one the feeling of going back in time to the colonial era. Singita Faru Faru is another gorgeous option, with its very own beach, and its classic safari lodge feel.

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  1. Climb Table Mountain.

If you’re planning a trip to the Cape, be sure to add hiking up Table Mountain to your bucket list. Once you’re at the top, you can admire the breath-taking view of Cape Town and you will realize the immense scale of the steep mountain slopes and the vast reach of the sparkling blue ocean. There are plenty of places to stay in Cape Town, from the grandiose Cape Grace Hotel to the Victorian beauty that is the Cape Cadogan which dates back to the 1800s, there is truly something for everyone.

  1. Soak in the beauty of Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls is an astounding natural wonder and it is the largest curtain of water in the world. The magic that is Victoria Falls deserves a place on anyone’s bucket list. We recommend staying at the Royal Livingstone Hotel if Victorian elegance is what you’re after. The Victoria Falls Hotel is another delightful place to stay with its tranquil gardens and its Edwardian grandeur. Wherever you stay, we guarantee that you will fall in love with the enchanting Victoria Falls.

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  1. Taste award-winning wine in the Cape Winelands.

Without a doubt, touring the Cape Winelands should certainly be on your bucket list. The Winelands boast spectacular views of captivating mountains and century old vineyards. If you’re looking for a place to stay, we suggest the idyllic valley of Franschhoek. Le Quartier Francais is one of our most favourite establishments. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to truly experience all that this incredible village has to offer. It has an uncanny ability to remind one of a time gone by.

  1. Visit the Kalahari Desert and walk with the Bushmen.

The Bushmen of the Kalahari are the nomads that have lived in the Kalahari Desert for thousands of years. They are remarkable hunters and experts at finding underwater springs. They make their own medicine by using plants from the Kalahari. No one would want to miss out on such an informative and interesting experience. You can stay in Tswalu at the Motse Lodge which is in the heart of the spellbinding Kalahari Desert. It is a place of ultimate peace and is the epitome of a luxury safari destination.

For more ideas on what incredible African experiences to add to your bucket list click here. 

A Day at Bushmans Kloof

Just less than 3 hours from Cape Town is this incredible, fairytale, luxury retreat. One of those that you have to “see it to believe it…” as it really does sound “too good to be true.”

We arrived at Bushman’s Kloof after a very busy week of work… from the minute we drove through the gates we were welcomed by an overwhelming sense of peace and space… we were on holiday… and in heaven at the same time!

Bushmans Kloof is one of those places that has just so much to offer you so to put it in perspective I’m going to take you through an average day at this sensational resort. As you will soon see – it’s far from average!

7:30 Wake up for tea/coffee and rusks in your room

 

8:00 Head off on a game drive with your expert guide. Expect to come across a variety of exquisite plains game including springbok, bontebok, red hartebeest, mountain zebra, gemsbok, black wildebeest and many more. Not to mention a plethora of exquisite Cape birdlife.

8:45 Tea, coffee and delicious treats in amongst the game on the edge of the dam

9:15 Visit some ancient rock paintings at one of the preserved bushman painting sites

10:00 Return to the lodge for a delicious 3 course breakfast in the lovely outdoor Makana restaurant

11:00 Take one of the bikes down into the reserve and go for a little safari/game cycle of your own

12:00 Stop off at the dam for a few laps from one end to the other

12:30 Perhaps take the canoes out for a little paddle and visit the cormorants and  Egyptian geese along the edges of the dam

13:30 A mouth-watering lunch is served at the Homestead where you are bound to be delighted by the service, food and presentation – all of which are sensational!

14:00 Relax on a lounger and have a little afternoon snooze under a warm African sun before dipping into the deep blue rim-flow pools and cooling off

15:00 Head up to the spa for a delightful full body massage and rain shower

16:00 Take some time out in the tranquillity room… finding your zen

16:15 Pop passed Makana to grab some sweet treats from high tea to wake you up for your game drive

16:30 Meet your guide back at the vehicle for the afternoon drive

18:00 Enjoy sunset cocktails or the traditional G&T out in the middle of the reserve with snacks and all. Watch as the fiery African sun descends beyond the rocky outcrops and day turns to night in what feels like the middle of nowhere!

19:30 Pre-dinner drinks await you around the fire in the boma area

20:00 Have your very own private dinner in the walled garden… the MOST romantic of settings. Set under a grove of olive trees, lit only by lanterns in amongst an exquisitely manicured garden – it’s just you, your loved one and the big African sky! Alternatively you can have dinner at Makana… an equally romantic setting.

20:30 Tuck into yet another delicious 3 course meal – the fillet, goat’s cheese salad and chocolate tart all come highly recommended!

22:00 Head out with your ranger on a night drive to do some star-gazing and learn about the galaxies

23:00 Crash… into your lush, oversized bed with only the softest cotton and go to sleep to the sound of the spotted eagle owl outside.

Now does this sound like something you can do for a day or two? I think so!

 

 

 

 

4 Royal Itineraries

For many years, we have enjoyed a great relationship with the highly respected Biden family and their beloved Royal Portfolio.

We’d like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to the team on their latest award, the “We Are Africa Design Africa Award 2017,” an outstanding accolade. Well done!

With an incredible collection of outstanding properties, magical spaces and unforgettable experiences it’s difficult to choose just one… so the team have put together some bespoke combinations just for you. The below itineraries really are fit for royalty so we have no doubt that you will be blown away by any one of them:

The Royal Itinerary

The Silo Hotel – 3 nights

La Residence – 2 nights

Birkenhead House – 2 nights

Royal Malewane – 3 nights

From USD 7777 | GBP 6000 | ZAR 105 000

South African Odyssey

Royal Malewane – 4 nights

The Silo Hotel – 3 nights

La Residence – 2 nights

From USD 8550 | GBP 6600 | ZAR 115 500

Classic Explorer

The Silo Hotel – 4 nights

Royal Malewane – 4 nights

From USD 8550 | GBP 6600 | ZAR 115 500

The Silo Cape Town Hotel View Dining Deck

The Fair Cape

The Silo Hotel – 3 nights

La Residence – 2 nights

Birkenhead House – 2 nightsFrom USD 2800 | GBP 2150 | ZAR 37 500

Please do give us a call if you need help choosing one of the above or need more information on any of these incredible itineraries.

 

10 Reasons to Holiday in South Africa

South Africa is different from other countries because it is a place where all holidaymakers can have fun—it absolutely has something special for everyone. If you’re looking for an escape into the wild, South Africa has some of the best game reserves in the world, and they are utterly bursting at the seams with wildlife. If you love sun, sand, and waves, you can visit one of the many spectacularly picturesque beaches along South Africa’s coastline. We believe that the expression ‘white sandy beach’ must have been coined whilst someone was lying on one of South Africa’s gorgeous beaches. South Africa is also home to some of the finest wines on the planet—be sure to book a tour of the Cape winelands if you’re a wine enthusiast or expert. If you love shopping and bustling cities, South Africa has those too! And the good news (as if you needed any more reasons to stay in South Africa)? South Africa has completely unrivalled luxury accommodation for guests to stay at while they soak in all of the wonders of South Africa. Here are our top ten reasons to holiday in South Africa.

  1. Affordability

At the top of our list of reasons to holiday in South Africa is, of course, affordability. Who wouldn’t want a luxury holiday at an affordable price? The excellent exchange rate makes South Africa one of the most affordable holiday destinations in the world. This means that you can literally ‘shop-till-you-drop’. You can spoil yourself, and your friends and family, during your stay in South Africa.

  1. Wildlife

When one thinks of South Africa, one thinks of safari adventures. There are plenty of beautiful places to visit if you’re planning a safari escape. From private and exclusive game reserves, to enormous game parks, South Africa has everything you need to enjoy a true African getaway. Most people know that South Africa is home to the Big Five, but what they might not know is that South Africa is also home to the Marine Big Five. You simply cannot visit this exquisite country without visiting the African bushveld. The wide-open spaces, lush vegetation, endless savannahs, big blue skies and breath-taking sunsets are there… just waiting for you. Not to mention the plethora of exquisite game just waiting to cross the path in front of you and once again… leave you breathless.

  1. Birdwatching

South Africa is most certainly a bird-watcher’s paradise. South Africa, alone, is home to approximately one tenth of the world’s bird population. The Kruger National Park is possibly the best place to visit if bird-watching is your passion. The Kruger Park is home to the elusive Ground Hornbill, Pel’s Fishing Owl and many other rare species that all bird watchers dream of spotting. One mustn’t forget the delightful penguins to be found in Simon’s Town in the Western Cape.

  1. Beaches

South Africa literally has hundreds of beaches. The best beaches can be found in Durban and Cape Town. If you love sunbathing and sunset picnics try one of Clifton’s four flawless beaches found at the base of Lion’s Head or Camps Bay at the foot of the impressive Twelve Apostles… and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

  1. Table Mountain

Table Mountain is South Africa’s pride and joy. It is something that is not to be missed. Visitors can either catch a cable-car to the top of the mountain or they can hike to the top, if they are feeling up to it, to enjoy a proper sense of the vastness of the mountain. You will be sure to spot plenty of birds and small animals, and you can enjoy the distinct smell of the lovely Fynbos (plants) that surrounds the area.

  1. Food and Wine

South Africa is certainly one of the wine capitals of the world. The Cape Winelands are a must see, but South Africa also offers its visitors lavish restaurants with the most delicious food. In fact, The Test Kitchen, at the Biscuit Mill in Cape Town, was actually voted one of the best restaurants in the world. Other award-winning restaurants include La Colombe in Cape Town, and The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais in Franschoek. South Africa’s top restaurants definitely put the country on any foodie’s map.

  1. History

Good news for history lovers—South Africa is a historical and cultural hotspot. South Africa boasts plenty of awesome museums and landmarks. Johannesburg offers one of the best cultural tours in the country—it includes visiting Constitutional Hill, exploring the Apartheid Museum, and touring Soweto. If you’re planning a trip to the Cape, a visit to Robben Island will definitely be in order. You can walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and contemplate all of his contributions to this beautiful country.

  1. Hiking and Walking trails

If you love hiking, South Africa’s most famous hiking trail, the Otter Trail, along the Wild Coast is a definite must! The Drakensburg is another pristine piece of South Africa that hikers will adore.

  1. Golf Courses

South Africa is home to many world renowned golf courses which can be found in the most astounding destinations. You can visit the Gary Player Golf course at Sun City which is only a two hour drive from Johannesburg. If you have planned a safari trip to the Kruger National park, you can also enjoy the Leopard’s Creek golf course.

  1. Adventures

Adrenaline junkies, rejoice! South Africa is certainly the place to be if you have a taste for adventure. You will find the world’s highest and most extraordinary bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge. It is a 216 metre drop which will definitely get your heart pumping! You can also tour the Wilderness coastline by paragliding 100 metres above the sea or explore some of our exquisite rivers on foot. When it comes to adventures, South Africa truly has it all.

If these are not reason enough and you need more inspiration on why to visit our beautiful country – please do let us know and we will be more than happy to provide it!