Visiting South Africa

An ancient land and young country – prepare to fall in love

South Africa is always near the very top of any list of must-see destinations – and for good reason.  Each of our three properties, near Cape Town, Durban and the Cedarberg Mountains, are well placed for those wishing to discover the delights of this fascinating and irresistible country.

Western Cape

Surrounded by spectacular beaches, and with majestic Table Mountain as its backdrop, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  The vibrant Victoria & Albert Waterfront is a big attraction, but others includeRobben Island, Table Mountain National Park, Two Oceans Aquarium, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Cape Point.

Western Cape boasts a host of winelands and wine tours around Stellenbosch, Walker Bay, Helderberg, Paarl, Wellington, Constantia, Hermanus and Franschoek, to name but a few.

Outstanding sites of natural, historical and cultural interest

South Africa boasts 8 World Heritage Sites – the Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Kromdraai, theMapungubwe Cultural Landscape, Robben Island, Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, UKhahlamba and Drakensberg Park, Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park and Vredefort Dome.

The Drakensberg, Cedarberg and Swartberg mountains are just three of many ranges that offer spectacular landscapes.  Visit Zululand to discover the proud heritage of this fierce people and tour the battlefields of the Zulu and Boer Wars, including Rourke’s Drift, Blood River, Isandlwana,Spioenkop and Thukela Heights.

More wildlife than you can see in a lifetime

The country has over 300 brilliant reserves and game parks encompassing every type of landscape from deserts to forests and mountains to wetlands.  They are teeming with all kinds of wildlife including the Big 5 – Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino.

Some of the most popular safari destinations include Kruger National Park, KgalagadiTransfrontier Park,Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, HluhluweUmfolozi Game Park, Shamwari Game Reserve, Addo Elephant Park, Phinda Private Game Reserve and Madikwe Game Reserve.

One of the world’s greatest drives

The Garden Route is a spectacular 200km stretch of he west coast, where ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, dunes, beaches, lakes, mountains and indigenous fynbosform a landscape unlike any other.  Highlights includeTsitsikamma National Park, Cango Caves, Knysna,  Sedgefield, Mossel Bay and Herolds Bay.

Fauna and Flora in abundance

Eight outstanding National Botanical Gardens draw visitors from all over the world, includingKirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Free State National Botanical Garden, Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, Pretoria National Botanical Garden and Karoo Desert Botanical Garden.

So much sport

South Africa is a veritable playground that offers incomparable diving, fishing, hiking, golf, rafting, whale watching, riding, surfing, paragliding and much more besides.