South Africans are known for their warmth and hospitality. “… our natural beauty only offers a fitting setting for our country’s most valuable asset: its people. Ours is a nation of warm and generous people. Its great variety of culture and heritage, once exploited to divide our people, has been turned by them into a source of strength and richness in every sphere of life.” – Late President Nelson Mandela
Thanks to the foresight of conservationists past and present, South Africa remains blessed with abundant wildlife.
The Big Five
Few things are as thrilling as seeing an elephant, lion, rhino, leopard or buffalo in their natural environment. “South Africa’s bushveld and savannah regions are home to large numbers of the mammals universally associated with Africa. The Kruger National Park alone has well over 10 000 elephants and 20 000 buffaloes – in 1920 there were an estimated 120 elephants left in the whole of South Africa.” – Brand South Africa
Other favourites to look out for when on safari are the hippo, giraffe, kudu, wildebeest or gnu and zebra, not to mention the wild dog or Cape hunting dog, one of Africa’s most endangered mammals.
South Africa offers a variety of accommodation options. From elegantly decorated rooms with African mahogany wood furniture complimented by rich textured fabrics in earthy tones creating a warm ambience, to luxury thatched suites that are discreetly hidden in the surrounding indigenous forest of your private game lodge. Enjoy sweeping views over a natural waterhole frequented by animals throughout the day, sip your choice of cocktail on the wooden viewing deck, or cool off in the rim-flow swimming pool.
Recently, Chef Chantel Dartnall, who is the owner and head chef of Restaurant Mosaic in Elandsfontein near Pretoria, has been named the best female chef in the world for 2017 at The Best Chef Awards held in Poland.
Whether you’re eating at an acclaimed city restaurant or enjoying a gourmet meal in the outside boma under a star-studded night sky, the chance of experiencing a unique South African flavour is always on the menu.
Food in most restaurants and hotels meets international standards, but exercise the usual common sense. When visiting informal markets, avoid fresh produce that may have been exposed to the elements.
Your safety is our main concern. As such, we only make use of coaches of a very high standard with 24 hour back-up service.
Available Coach Sizes
• 21 seater luxury coaches
• 28 seater luxury coaches
• 44 seater luxury coaches
• 52 seater luxury coaches
Malaria is only prevalent in the far northern parts of the country and the risks of contracting malaria can be minimised by starting a course of anti-malaria tablets a week before going to an affected area and continuing with the treatment for a month thereafter. Contact your doctor for more advice.
Tap water is chlorinated but safe to drink. There is a wide range of bottled spring water available.
Tips and Portage
Tips and portage are included for all accommodation and meals indicated on the itinerary. A 10% tip is advisable at restaurants where meals are for your own account, but it is not compulsory.