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Sunrise over Table Mountain in South Africa

Experiences

Adventure, Safari, and Conservation in South Africa

Blossoming South Africa is a destination risen anew from its complex past. Now is the time to experience its stunning diversity and capacity for adventure—from safari-rich plains, breathtaking beaches, and superb wine regions producing vintages as rich and multi-layered as the country itself.

When to go
All Year Round
From price
$7,500 pp*
Ideal length
7 nights
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CAPE TOWN & WINELANDS

Start your journey in cosmopolitan Cape Town, with its sophisticated gastronomy and vibrant nightlife.

With its coastal location and iconic Table Mountain as a backdrop, gorgeous Cape Town is one of the most instantly recognizable cities globally. Discover what’s under the surface—literally—by diving or snorkeling Hout Bay with a marine biologist and curious Cape fur seals. Kayak Three Anchor Bay for a wonderful perspective of the city from the water and be thrilled at the encounters with Heaviside’s dolphins.

Up into the heights of Table Mountain next, by cable car or an invigorating climb that’s rewarded by panoramas across the cape (amp it up by arriving for sunrise or sunset). Next, open your senses for a visit to the fragrant Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, perhaps taking in one of its concerts on a warm summer evening.

An hour’s drive takes you into The Winelands to experience its delectable fusion of pristine nature reserves and some of the country’s finest gastronomy (oh, and there’s wine). A helicopter transfer delivers you next to the Richtersveld National Park to experience its beauty and first-class rapids while rafting its Orange River.

GARDEN ROUTE & KWAZULU NATAL ADVENTURES

Clock up some epic mileage as you cruise the south coast’s iconic Garden Route’s 125 miles of forested mountains, vast wetlands, and world-class white sand beaches while stopping in delightful seaside towns.

See the Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna and the limestone Cango Caves before walking barefoot along the soft, warm sand of Plettenberg Bay. While here, Pelorus can bring you together with scientists studying whales and great white sharks for an in-depth and authentic wildlife experience.

Enter the Garden Province of subtropical KwaZulu Natal, with its verdant hills running up against the turquoise Indian Ocean. Explore its UNESCO-listed Drakensberg Mountains, protected as a home for San Bushmen rock art as well as its imposing natural splendor. For a fresh angle, try paragliding, rock climbing, or take a helicopter to 2000m before an incredible mountain bike descent.  

At Phinda Game Reserve, its borders incorporate seven ecosystems, embark on a game drive or walking safari to see its diverse wildlife. Get more involved by notching black rhino as part of a conservation experience, or help the inspiring rangers of Veterans for Wildlife on an anti-poaching project.

TIGER SHARKS & GAME-RICH SABI SANDS

From the game reserves to the snorkeling, wakeboarding, and scuba diving possibilities of the Indian Ocean. Try cage-diving with tiger sharks, sit on the edge of a sardine run, and have an above and below perspective on an ocean-feeding frenzy.  

Head north to Sabi Sands Reserve: the corner of South Africa famed for its big cat encounters. The quality of the guiding, the remarkable biodiversity, and the ability to off-road closer to the action adds up to a Big Five bonanza.

Drift in the warm breezes above Sabi Sands in a hot air balloon, making out the migrating herds in the vast landscape below. For a little more maneuverability take to the skies in a helicopter, passing over Blyde River Canyon’s towers of rock before coming down to earth for a picnic and drinks in a remote and beautiful location.

* Prices depend on level of experiences and accommodation. This is based on 2 adults traveling for 7 nights excluding international flights.