South Africa

Tailor made holidays & honeymoons to South Africa – personal planning service from safari experts!

When you mention Africa, many people assume you are referring to South Africa …. but this is one country containing as many different experiences as a whole continent and almost as big!   A world in one country is a good description of this amazing Rainbow Nation and the variety of South Africa Holidays is truly stunning from Cosmopolitan Cape Town and the surrounding foodie winelands through the Garden Route along the coast, to hiking the Drakensberg and the traditional culture and history of Kwa Zulu Natal up to the iconic safari lands of Kruger National Park there is something for everyone here.

South Africa is perfect for self drive holidays with the Western Cape and Garden Route being the most popular.  Flying safaris are also a good way to see the country as the distances are huge!  Combine Kruger with Kwa Zulu Natal Reserves or Madikwe or even Victoria Falls Carefully consider which time of year you are going where in South Africa. The difference in temperature between Johannesburg and Cape Town can be as much as 20 degrees at some times in the year and with the warming Indian Ocean currents to the East and the cold Atlantic to the West it’s no surprise really.  In our winter, the Western Cape is gorgeous, making Cape Town, winelands and the surrounding area a popular destination at that time of year, but in our summer, the Atlantic winters can set in making the Cape quite cold and grey – great if you are a birder and want to see the Cape pelagics or into botany and want to observe Namaqualands spring flower carpets (late Aug – early Sept), but if you want to lie on a beach at that time of year rather head for the Indian Ocean side!

The many difference provinces offer hugely varied scenery and habitats for wildlife with examples of pretty much all the bio-spheres of the natural world in one country. There are eleven official languages in the Republic of South Africa, two being of European origin – South African English and Afrikaans. About 79.5% of the population are of black African ancestry and have ethnic groups speaking different Bantu languages.  Meeting the people here is part of the holiday experience and food and drink features highly in South African culture. It’s easy and safe to self drive in South Africa, or if you want to join an escorted tour or day excursions there are plenty of those too.

Wildlife of South Africa The Kruger Park covers almost two million hectares and sits along the Mozambique border to the north east of South Africa.  The National Park has many good standard rest camps where you can self drive but for a more exclusive safari experience head to one of the luxury tented camps in the private reserves which make up ‘Greater Kruger’.  Here not only do you get up close to the big 5, you can enjoy walking safaris, taking in the beauty of the scenery and observing the birds and insects, learn about the plants and camp under the stars. Isibindi offer fabulous walking safaris from Plains Camp and for the adventurous, ‘sleepouts’ in the bush of the Kruger.  Kruger is in a malarial zone so if you have small children and prefer a safari in a non-malarial area, head for Madikwe Game Reserve about four hours drive from Johannesberg, which also has the big 5 and some great family friendly lodges or down to the Eastern Cape where you can combine a safari in one of the private reserves there or in Addo Elephant Park with some time on the beaches nearby. If deserts are your thing, head north towards the Botswana borders and the Kalahari for some fabulous experiences in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Adventure Activities  There are no limits to what you can do in the great outdoors of South Africa this is a fabulous destination for Adventure Holidays!  A wonderful hiking country, trails criss cross everywhere, a few suggestions being the Drakensberg Mountains, Mpumalanga (near the Kruger) with it’s rivers and canyons, Cedarberg Mountains north of Cape Town or the Wild Coast.  Along the Garden Route you can spend days around Tsitsikamma National Park and Knysna where activities can include bungee jumps, canoeing, canopy walks, horse riding, cycling and many more. Horse riding safaris are amazing in South Africa, head up to the North of Mpumalanga and Limpopo Province for some fabulous horse riding country and specialist operators. 

For world class diving including some truly jaw dropping sights such as the Sardine Run, head to the coast around St Lucia and Sodwana Bay and for more sedate but still enjoyable snorkelling, north of there towards the Mozambique borders are lovely lagoons and reefs surrounded by coastal forest and sweeping sand dunes.

Fabulous FoodSouth Africa is a fertile land and offers endless tantalisation for the taste buds!  Wonderful wine is grown mainly around the Western Cape, you can do day trips from Cape Town to vineyards or for more of an all round foodie experience, stay in Stellenbosch or Franschhoek and enjoy the farm tours, cheese and ice cream parlours and more.  There are some great farmstays in the region to learn more about how food and wine are produced and encounter some other local produce such as the Ostrich and Antelope meat. Bartholomeus Klip is a fabulous foodie destination with cookery classes on a working farm and gourmet meals. North of the Cape into Cederberg are the citrus and fruit farms, producing plenty of oranges, lemons, peaches, plums and more.  Cape Town is of course foodie central with world class restaurant, harbour cafes and street food round every corner.  With the mix of African and European culture and the Cape Malays, local dishes here include Bunnychow (no, it’s not rabbit!), Bobootie and Malaysian curries.  Seafood is probably some of the best in the world – visit some of the small fishing towns around False Bay, pull up a sea view chair, open the crisp fruity white wine and enjoy a seafood platter – bliss!

Self drive holidays – South Africa is safe to drive with good road systems and a range of lovely boutique style guest houses and safari lodges.  The Garden Route is probably the most popular self drive option, easy to combine with Cape Town and the winelands, with a taste of safari in the Eastern Cape.  Or self drive in the Kruger, staying at rest camps or safari lodges, then across through Swaziland to the Indian Ocean coast, where you can explore the Zulu culture and fabulous wind swept beaches of the coastal forests around Thonga Beach and Kosi Forest with the wetlands providing interest for birders.

If you would like to holiday in South Africa whether it’s by train, on a horse or cycling holiday, self drive, part of an adventure group, hiking trails, to watch the cricket or a private tailor made safari, get in touch and we will put together the perfect holiday to South Africa for you.

If you are travelling with children under 18 to South Africa please check with us about entry requirements – you are requested to take your children’s birth certificate with you. 

Our whole trip was expertly planned which was amazing considering we were in a different hotel every night. In fact every hotel was superb, this wasn't just the facilities and breakfasts but the first class attention we got at each one. This wasn't luck, it was your expert knowledge that meant we were in the best locations on our route. There is nothing we would change from our trip apart from going again…it was perfect!! Thank you.
McCall Family – South Africa (April 2017)
April 27, 2017

We had the most fantastic time ever in South Africa! Horizon Horseback Adventures were brilliant and we would highly recommended to others. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and they really looked after the guests. The horses were all well cared for and fantastic to ride. The food was brilliant and everyone was so friendly. […]
Ros & Jon Perry – South Africa (Jan 2017)
February 22, 2017

Excellent driving infrastructure and incredibly good value for money. In hindsight we should have had a bigger car! We did enjoy our stay in South Africa and can highly recommend many of the hotels and guest houses, staggering scenery, lovely helpful people, incredibly sophisticated cooking (we didn’t have any meals that would be bettered in London!).
Peter, Jean & Hetty – South Africa (April 2016)
May 4, 2016

Your impressive local knowledge filled us with confidence. Your interpretation of our specification was exacting. Travel with Jules did an incredible job. We are very grateful for the level of personal attention and customer care you offered us. There were no lowlights – it was ALL highlights! We came home promising to return to Africa....
Pippa and John – South Africa (Feb 2016)
March 25, 2016

Thanks for organising our tailor made fly drive to South Africa we had a great time! the safari at Msenge Bush Lodge in Pumba Game Reserve was fabulous a great way end the holiday – saw all the big 5 – had a great cottage probably the best in the lodge. Oh I should mention the gallons of wine and champagne we consumed (especially the Cape Town and Stellenbosch area) taking many purchases with us for use along the route!!
Collard party – South Africa (Jan 2016)
March 22, 2016

We drank lovely local wine (lots of it!), walked with a Cheetah (as you do!), stayed in lovely personal boutique hotels and guest houses and laughed a lot! Thank you Jules.
Sue Hall – South Africa (Feb 2015)
May 22, 2015

Just a quick email to say we both really enjoyed our trip to South Africa! We loved everything but feel like we need another break as packed such a lot in!! Our highlights included Boulders beach, Abseil down Table Mountain (probably not the walk back up again!), Shark Swimming in Kleinbaai, Bungee Jump from Bloukrans […]
Jo & Ian – South Africa (Feb 2015)
April 8, 2015

I had a great time in South Africa. The group were very friendly and a wide range of ages. We had a very good tour leader and tour guide. The leader was very pleased with us as a group ie we did as we were told and didn’t hold the coach up! Also we all […]
Sylvia Symes – South Africa (September 2014)
November 11, 2014

Just a quick one to say thank you for organising the safari. It was fantastic fun. I saw elephants, white & black rhino, giraffes, lions, buffalo and all of the other assorted wildebeest etc. Kariega Game Reserve is great, and it was especially nice that most meals were communal and the rangers joined us. I […]
Jago McKenzie – short safari South Africa (August 2014)
August 11, 2014

Our honeymoon to South Africa, to Cape Town and along the Garden Route was absolutely amazing as was the safari at Kariega, thank you so much for organising it all. Every single one of the places that we stayed at was absolutely perfect, you did such a good job!
Sara and Stuart – South Africa (July 2014)
September 2, 2014

For the last three years we have been using Jules to arrange our annual winter long haul holidays and have enjoyed travelling with someone else doing the organising in the full knowledge that should a problem occur we have a reliable point of contact who ensures that our enjoyment of the holiday isn't in any way spoiled. I would thoroughly recommend using 'Travel with Jules' to anyone contemplating wishing to travel on a wildlife & sightseeing adventure!
David & Maureen Cargill – India, Nepal, Botswana, Tanzania, Brazil (2012-2016)
July 12, 2014

Thank you so much for organising our amazing holiday and recommending South Luangwa in Zamibia. We have had a great time. Lodges, camps, hotels and all the transfers and pick ups were brilliant throughout Zambia, Victoria Falls and Cape Town. We loved every minute of the holiday, including the lions grumbling outside our tent at night in Kakuli Camp! I can thoroughly recommend Blackheath Lodge in Sea Point, Cape Town. The Jazz brunch at Winchester Mansions was very relaxed and fun.
Christine & Ian Bland – Zambia & Cape Town (Nov 13)
November 24, 2013

We would all like to thank you Jules for organizing and planning our brilliant self drive holiday to South Africa at such short notice! The things we did and saw were amazing, we got up as early as we could each day to pack in a lot, we did many sight seeing tours around Cape Town including hiking up Table Mountain and Signal Hill to see the sunset. We spent hours at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the views were incredible. Our Holiday continued along the Garden Route with brilliant accommodation and food every where we went. To see the ocean and the coastlife, nature everywhere and the culture of the people was amazing - and the weather was great too. Thanks Jules from all of us
Roy, Eileen & Jason Snow – South Africa (February 2013)
March 1, 2013

Julie's knowledge of wildlife tourism to Africa is nothing short of excellent, she always comes up with some gems of ideas that you would never think of or find for yourself!
Rich & Cheryl – Rwanda (November 2012)
December 15, 2012

Thanks Jules for arranging so much in so little time and on a limited budget for our holiday to South Africa and the Garden Route. We could never have seen so much or found such interesting places to stay ourselves - from the flights to the car hire to the accommodation taking away all the pressure leaving us free to enjoy the holiday.
Graham & Sue Stamper – South Africa (September 2012)
September 24, 2012

To lift a business contact and develop the relationship into friendship takes a special talent and creates an important bond with the customer. It has been a pleasure for me to deal with someone so proficient in her expertise as Julie.
Wilf Graham
July 4, 2011

One of the things I have come to love about you, Jules, is that you listen and take on board what makes me tick, and then tailor the holiday to fit me, not just try to convince me to fit a holiday in a brochure!
Ian Furbank
June 30, 2011

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