Why South Africa - What to expect
This vibrant capital with approximate 3,7 million inhabitants captivates it’s visitors with a wide variety of options. Enjoy breathtaking views over the city and the peninsula from the top of Table Mountain. Besides great shopping possibilities, the city centre also offers architecturally interesting buildings as well as the colourful Bo-Kaap residential quarters. Another interesting excursion is a visit to Robben Island, learning more about Nelson Mandela and the history of South Africa. Relaxation can be found during a day on the beach, enjoying an excellent lunch along False Bay or spending some time in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
This tremendous landscape with its majestic mountain ranges is situated a mere one hour’s drive from Cape Town. Charming towns like Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are internationally celebrated for their exceptional wines. Explore beautiful wine estates and treat yourself with an exclusive dinner in one of the renowned restaurants.
Madikwe Game Reserve
In this malaria free private Game Reserve you could get the chance to see the so called ‘Big 5’, being elephant, leopard, rhino, buffalo and lion as well as other animals during an unforgettable safari. Should you be planning an extraordinary safari in a malaria free region, this reserve is in our opinion most suitable and conveniently reachable with an approx. 1 hour flying time from Johannesburg.
South Africa is an exceptionally family friendly country. No matter what age your children are, here you find suitable options to having designed your holiday in such a manner that both the parents as well as the children take memorable holiday moment’s home with them. In the meantime even young children are welcome in some of the top quality safari establishments. Furthermore South Africa also offers a number of malaria free regions, so that entire holidays can be planned through malaria free areas. As we have travelled numerous times with our own children in South Africa, we are especially pleased to advise you on this aspect.
Because of the good infrastructure in South Africa, it is well suited for self drive tours. We certainly also organize privately guided tours for you or a combination of both. Most of the safari areas are most comfortably reached by plane.
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currently there are direct flights from Frankfurt as well as Munich to Cape Town? You fly over night and only during the European winter months is there a one-hour time difference. There is virtually a no more comfortable way to reach an overseas destination. Cape Town, also called ‘The Mother City’ of South Africa, can also be perfectly combined with the Kruger National Park through several direct flights.
If you are thinking of extending you journey with a beach stay by the Indian Ocean, there are new direct connecting flights from Kruger National Park to Maputo as well as Vilanculos, which is the so called ‘gateway’ to the Bazaruto Archipelago. This means that you could be enjoying breakfast in the wilderness and a late lunch by the Indian Ocean on the same day within one and the same holiday.
South Africa is a huge country with much diversity. Even with a couple of journeys, those could all differ from each other. There is also a nice choice of wonderful accommodation. One lodge, which I personally really admire and appreciate, because of its people, superb location, the overall ambiance and above all an outstanding cuisine, is Jamala Madikwe Lodge. It further is a lodge, from which our clients constantly report back positively. The malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve with its romantic hilly landscape is in the meantime also appreciated by experienced safari travellers.
In South Africa there are various possibilities to design a tour according to your individual wishes. Whether you are looking for an exclusive tour with the emphasis on cuisine and wine or you would rather prefer to explore South Africa’s wildlife whilst on safari, we gladly find the most suiting programme for you. South Africa can further be perfectly combined with a beach stay in Mozambique.
Find inspirations to your journey by our Bush & Beach Combination and also by our Deluxe Tour. We gladly contact you to discuss your individual expectations and are looking forward to being your professional partner for the organisation of your travel arrangement to Africa.
About South Africa
|Official Name:||Republic of South Africa|
|Currency:||1 South African Rand (ZAR) = 100 cents|
|Total land surface:||1,22 million km² (World rank 24), thereof 7% forest and veldt, 11% farmland, 67% pasture land|
|Expansion:||West-East: 1.700 km, North-South: 1.400 km|
|Official Languages:||Afrikaans; English; Ndebele; Pedi; Sotho; Swazi; Tonga; Tswana; Venda; Xhosa; Zulu|
|Largest Cities:||Cape Town (2.350.157), Johannesburg (1.916.063), Durban (1.137.378), Pretoria (1.080.187), Port Elizabeth (853.204)|
|Climate:||South Africa has a moderate and pleasant climate. The summer months October until March can be warm to hot. The winter months in the areas of Johannesburg and Mpumalanga could be compared to spring in Germany, in the Cape this season could be cold and uncomfortable with rain and storms. The climate is different for each province. The best time to visit the Cape is from October until April. For the Kruger National Park area respectively going on safari, is the best done from June to September. For those who would like to do both, the months September, October are most suitable. In principal, South Africa can easily be visited the whole year round.
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
This owner-run lodge offers ultimate luxury and intimate privacy with just 5 villas in beautiful ambience. The lodge is named after the Swahili word ‘Jamala’, which means natural elegance and which perfectly embraces the safari lifestyle at Jamala. The villas are all air conditioned and have a romantic bedroom, separate dining and lounge with cosy fireplace, mini bar, dressing room as well as gracious bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. In each of the villas the private deck with rim-flow pool and sala invites to relax in utmost privacy and with a perfect bush and wildlife scenery, which changes constantly and fascinates even the most experienced Africa traveller.
Jamala offers an intimate bush experience and unmatched levels of personal service, where attention to detail are the cornerstones of every waking moment. On the culinary side you are spoilt by the award winning team of the Chef Nico Verster, whose creation would for sure remain in long lasting memories.
Madikwe Game Reserve is home to buffalo, elephant, leopard, cheetah, lion, black and white rhino as well as the illusive wild dog. Furthermore hyena, sable and eland antelope as well as 350 bird species can be found. Enjoy game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles accompanied by professional guides, which are usually conducted in the early mornings and late afternoons. If you are however simply longing for game viewing from the comfort of your lounge, you are most welcome to full fill your desire here. The views from the ‘High Tea Deck’ at Jamala are directly onto the well frequented water hole, so that you can safely realise your dream of an exciting ‘sofa safari’ at Jamala.
This exceptionally well-run lodge is located in a malaria free area and with its size of just 5 villas, it is ideally suited to host families and friends travelling together on an exclusive basis.
Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa
Royal Malewane is situated in the Thornybush Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. With utmost colonial splendour, Royal Malewane is an exclusive getaway for those who value privacy, personalised service and some of the best game viewing Africa has to offer. Set amongst indigenous vegetation, each of the 8 suites has its own spectacular outdoor terrace with private pool and gazebo. The lodge offers personal service in a beautiful surrounding and a hideaway for Africa travellers.
Game viewing at Royal Malewane provides guests with the opportunities for seeing the natural abundance of big game on the 11.500 ha reserve, home to the ‘Big 5’. Game viewing is tailored to guests’ individual needs, either by open Land Rover or on foot. The expert guides and master trackers at Royal Malewane always accompany guests on their safaris. The order of the day is usually an early morning game drive followed by a leisurely breakfast. Thereafter guests can enjoy the luxury of the camp before lunch is served. An afternoon game drive and sundowners follow a sumptuous high tea, culminating in a night drive in search of exciting nocturnal game. Dinner is served under the African stars or with silver and crystal in the dining areas.
The jewels in the Royal Malewane crown are the 220 m² Royal and Malewane Suites, the largest and most exclusive in Africa. These ultra luxurious private hideaways each accommodate a further four guests in two en-suite rooms, private lounge and dining facilities, with complimentary services of a private butler, private chef, masseuse, private game drive vehicle, private guide and tracker. Dining is a grand affair with the very best silver and crystal set against crisp white napery. Only the wildlife witnesses guests relaxing in the private jacuzzi and pool. Guests wishing to arrive incognito may request the use of a helicopter or executive jet.
Adding to the pleasure of a stay at Royal Malewane is a great spa facility. It offers health and skincare therapy by an internationally qualified in-house therapist. Guests may enjoy a treatment of their choice with only nature surrounding them.
Singita Concession within Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Known for its prolific wildlife, Singita Private Game Reserve is located in the heart of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa. There are three exclusive properties situated on the 18.500 ha concession, so that you seldom see another safari vehicle.
The lodge embraces nature at every turn. The design of this lodge makes every effort to allow nature to play a leading role and the ebb and flow of its organic architecture creates a soothing space for real rest and relaxation. Interiors are lavish in their simplicity and celebrate the colours of the earth. Singita Boulders Lodge comprises 12 double suites, all with outside shower, private heated pool on the terrace, fireplace, air conditioning and game viewing deck. Two of the suites are double family suites.
Enjoy your stay in Singita Boulders Lodge while partaking in activities offered by the lodge. Early morning game drives and afternoon into spotlight evening game drives in open Land Rovers as well as guided bush walks are included in the arrangements. Get pampered during an optional spa treatment at the lodge. The cuisine at Singita Boulders Lodge is outstanding, leaving no wishes open for the most discerning traveller. The whole ambiance in the lodge is contemporary, open and sophisticated.
Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Lion Sands Game Reserve is covering the southern part of the renowned Sabi Sands as well as a private concession in the bordering Kruger National Park.
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge offers a very personal safari experience and accommodation in just 9 suites. Two of these suites can also take an extra bed and are therefore suitable for families with smaller children. Each suite is about 125 m² in size including the private terrace and features air condition as well as a private little plunge pool on the terrace. The suites are equipped with an extra lounge, a bedroom and bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower. Private wooden decks beautifully overlook the Sabie River. The lodge style is grand and spacious with a feeling of historical opulence. The main areas open out onto breath-taking wooden viewing decks, which end a few meters from the Sabie River. There is also a swimming pool, which also offers great views onto the Sabie River.
Safaris take place either in the morning or late afternoon moving into the early evening. The reason for this is, that this is when the wildlife is most active due to the temperatures being the most moderate. Game viewing is consistently good all year round and the only change in seasons is really to the surrounding landscape and daily temperatures.
People are surprised at how a visit to Lion Sands can completely restore energy and allow to take a breath and to relax. When you are right on the Sabie River, watching the animals, surrounded by bush and sky, you really feel like you have escaped from the world. With about 5.000 ha of wild bush in this private concession within the world renowned Kruger National Park, you can go exploring off-road and follow the footsteps of the leopard, track down a herd of elephant or simply wait for them to come to you.
Franschhoek, South Africa
Designed along the lines of a French Country Château, La Residence offers 11 luxuriously furnished suites. Each provides the ultimate in old-world luxury, decorated with treasures such as fine French antiques, exquisite Persian carpets and an eclectic mix of objects d'art.
Expansive patios offer magnificent opportunities to relax, admire the view, enjoy the delicate scents of nature and marvel at the synthesis of beauty and tranquillity. Alternatively, guests can enjoy the cloistered courtyard with a nice swimming pool.
At La Residence, world-class service is the order of the day. All guests at La Residence can make use of the complimentary transfer service to the village of Franschhoek. Such arrangements can be made with your hosts on the ground for any excursion you may plan into Franschhoek or any dining out you may plan in the evening. Although there is no public restaurant at La Residence, there is the chance for guests of the house to enjoy the most delicious meals in a very romantic atmosphere at La Residence.
During your stay you have great chances for relaxation. You could undertake walks in the mountains and to the Franschhoek village. Optional extras could be arranged, such as a helicopter ride, golf on any of the golf courses in the region, private wine tasting on selected estates as well as cheese, olive or chocolate tasting.
Children from 12 years onwards are welcome. There are 6 additional La Residence Villas, which offer perfect accommodation for families, welcoming children of all ages. These villas are within close distance, but are run separately with own lounge and dining facilities.
Cape Town, Waterfront, South Africa
The Silo is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design, a tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury. It is an impressive hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront and setting a new standard for luxury accommodation in Cape Town. The hotel has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above the Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa). Zeitz MOCAA houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art. The exterior of the building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick. From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of the glass windows. These multi-faceted windows bulge outward as if gently inflated.
Accommodation is being offered in 28 rooms. Each room has been individually designed with colourful and eclectic pieces complimenting the modern, industrial architecture. The rooms are divided into the categories The Silo Room, Superior Suite, Deluxe Superior Suite, Family Suite, Royal Suite and The Penthouse Suite and naturally all face different highlights of Cape Town. Each Family Suite has a mezzanine level with two en-suite bedrooms on the upper level. The two Royal Suites each have two en-suite bedrooms and a generous balcony and are facing the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island and the distant mountains.
A range of dining experiences is offered at the hotel itself. The Granary Café offers a more formal dining experience, while The Silo Rooftop Bar is the ideal spot for sunset cocktails or a casual lunch. The Silo Spa is located on the fourth floor of The Silo Hotel and offers five treatment rooms. There is also a gym and sauna in the hotel. The swimming pool on the rooftop is offering breath-taking views onto the so called ‚mother city‘ Cape Town. The views from the rooftop are 360° and probably the best views one can have on Cape Town.
Cape Town, Constantia, South Africa
Steenberg Hotel is situated on the Cape’s oldest farm, a mere twenty-minute drive from the bustling heart of Cape Town. The hotel nestles in the tranquil Constantia Valley against the slopes of the impressive Steenberg Mountains. Steenberg’s buildings dating back to 1682 have been lovingly restored and were declared a National Monument. Here the legendary elegance and traditions of the 17th century blend harmoniously with the most refined luxuries and conveniences of our modern age.
The Heritage Suites at Steenberg Hotel offer magnificent views of Steenberg Vineyards, Golf Course and False Bay and embrace the 325 year history of Steenberg – the Cape’s oldest farm – as well as celebrating modern Steenberg by blending historical period antiques with sophisticated contemporary technology to create an exquisite, distinguished luxury to Steenberg. The suites have been created within the Jonkershuis. One of the three large Heritage Suites is the Khoi Khoi Heritage Suite. This suite exceeds the expectations of even the most discerning of travellers. The Khoi Khoi Suite has its own private garden and swimming pool.
Award winning chef, Garth Almazan, hosts guests at the Catharina’s Restaurant, in which guests are invited to relax, dine in style and enjoy sophisticated South African cuisine. The professional staff in the luxurious and spacious spa offer guests the perfect treatment to suit their particular needs, treatments should definitely be reserved prior to arrival though. The estate boasts a state of the art modern winery, producing some of the country’s finest award winning wines. A championship 18-hole golf course designed by Peter Matkovich surrounds the hotel. Further there is a swimming pool for hotel guests, a pool bar as well as the innovative Bistro 1682 next to the winery.
Cape Town, Bantry Bay, South Africa
The elegant atmosphere at the exclusive Ellerman House is inspiring. The great house was once the stately residence of Sir John and Lady Ellerman of shipping fame and has been restored to its original early 20th century splendour. Today it is a spectacular landmark in the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay. Ellerman House occupies a magnificent coastal outlook on the edge of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is located in a wind-free position and offers breathtaking views across the Atlantic Ocean. Clifton Beach can be reached within walking distance and the centre of Cape Town and the bustling V & A Waterfront is only 10 minutes drive away.
11 elegant rooms and 2 suites are individually crafted to provide a fabric of fantasy and luxury. Amenities include a cellar of fine South African wines, a bar with fireplace, a glorious garden and a large pool. The dining room brings the sea to the tables with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Local delicacies, freshly selected every morning and international cuisine are daily features of the menus. The spa is surrounded by teak decks, an infinity pool, a sauna and a colourful therapy steam room.
The extraordinary Ellerman Villas are located next door and are an ideal base for families or friends travelling together. The villas are both very modern and built with lots of glass. They can only be booked on exclusive-use basis.
Near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
The boutique lodge hosts 16 luxury villas, which are tastefully furnished and built to embrace the natural surroundings. The villas have under floor heating for the more chilly nights, air conditioning, heated towel rails, a work area, comfortably armchairs, an automatic espresso machine and a large private viewing deck. Wooden walkways link the villas with the dining areas and spa.
All food is freshly prepared and organic by nature. Guests can also choose from a wide selection of the very best organic gourmet raw food cuisine and spend a day by the rock pools and waterfalls with a picnic basket and refreshments. Full Detox or weight loss nutritional programs can be organised for longer stays.
The essence of Karkloof Spa is ‘timelessness’, which means you do not have set times for meals and activities. Unlimited spa treatments as well as a private guide and vehicle are also part of the arrangement hence you can enjoy total flexibility during your stay in Karkloof Spa. The spa features 17 spacious treatment rooms, all of which have spectacular views over the surrounding valley and extended hydrotherapy facilities, where you are pampered by one of the internationally-qualified Thai therapists. You can also make use of the sauna and steam room and yoga instructions are available daily.
Besides private game drives, you can partake in privately guided walks, hikes or mountain biking. There are five waterfalls located within the game reserve of Karkloof Spa to explore during your stay. You could also go fly fishing for yellow tail in one of the various rivers during the summer months, or relax and reflect while fishing for bass or tilapia with your own private guide.
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