South Africa

Discover a mix of safari splendour and cultural curiosity in South Africa

Whether you’re a first-timer to Africa or a repeat visitor, South Africa has a unique allure. When Dutch traders landed on the southern tip in 1652, they established a stopover point on the Spice Route – a maritime link between east and west. Founding the city of Cape Town, put in motion a tale of intrigue that’s inspired travellers for hundreds of years.

South Africa is alive with culture, history and mesmerising landscapes. If you want to see the country at its best then see it with Abercrombie & Kent. A luxury safari with A&K is one of the greatest adventures one can have. There are journeys to suit all types of traveller: small group journeys, privately tailored adventures, luxury rail trips and even private plane charters to get you to the farthest-flung regions in time for tea.

The private game reserves in South Africa are some of the very best where you can witness Africa’s iconic species roaming wild and free, along with its vast diversity of native flora and fauna. Wine and dine in world-class vineyards nestled among the mountainous Winelands. Learn about South Africa’s history and culture in vibrant Cape Town. Hear tales of hominid civilisations that called the wild grasslands home over four million years ago. Are you ready to explore the Cradle of Humankind and discover South Africa’s story for yourself?

A luxury safari in South Africa is like no other

A roaring good time

Africa’s iconic wildlife lures many an intrepid traveller to South Africa. Seeing the African elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, rhino and leopard in the magnificent wilderness is a heart-stopping experience. These famous predators and land mammals are accompanied by an impressive assortment of creatures: birds with iridescent blue found nowhere else in the natural world; the ‘pronking’ springbok as it leaps six feet off the ground; and cheetahs that can accelerate up to 110 kilometres per hour in mere seconds. South Africa is home to a fascinating array of wildlife just waiting to be discovered by the observant eye.

Endless cellar doors

Colonial settlement by the Dutch East India Trading Company introduced the first vines to the Cape Winelands. Today there are hundreds of estates scattered around the aptly named region, many producing world-class wines and plating up innovative cuisine in tempting restaurants. Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are particularly beautiful to explore. Lush valleys at the mouth of jagged mountains provide the ideal microclimate for viticulture.

Explore vibrant Cape Town

One of the first things you’ll notice about Cape Town is how beautiful the city is. Stunning Table Mountain embraces the city before rolling into the sea. The urban parks and botanic gardens reach up to an impossibly blue sky. With a huge playground of gorgeous natural landscapes, it’s not surprising Cape Town offers a plethora of outdoor activities: hiking, abseiling and whale watching to name but a few.

Weaving through the city’s streets will introduce you to a melting pot of cultures, stories, art, design and cuisine. You’ll get a taste for the nation's history, and what makes people unique, happy and proud today.

Excite your palate

South African food has been influenced across the centuries by African, European and Asian populations. Explosions of colour and flavour offer up a vibrant expedition for your senses. One of the most quintessential South African foodie experiences is a braai, also known as shisa nyama. Social gatherings appear around a barbecue, often situated outside a butcher shop. Smoke, laughter and music fill the air and it's impossible not to be uplifted by the jovial atmosphere. Tender pieces of chicken and lamb sizzle over the open flames alongside rings of pork and beef boerewors that create the ultimate sausage bap.

Luxury accommodation and safari lodges in South Africa

South Africa is home to incredible luxury lodges set in private game reserves and overlooking spectacular vistas. Bathe in an outdoor tub while watching elephants do the same. Enjoy a sundowner on your private deck while the dipping sun sets the sky alight. Hear the call of wildlife from a plush bed in an elegant room. One lodge that we visit often is set in one of Africa’s finest safari destinations, the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

Dulini Lodge

This serene riverside setting under the shade of ebony trees is the perfect place to relax after a day exploring. It’s possible to spot the elusive leopard from the comfort of the lodge’s viewing deck. Dine in a traditional boma under a star-studded sky and select a tipple from the well-stocked cellar. Let a skilled masseuse pamper you in an outdoor spa overlooking the savannah beyond. Private suites with thatched roofs line the banks of the river and feature private plunge pools, sumptuous furnishings and romantic interiors.

Dulini is exemplary of Africa’s luxurious safari lodges. Each one adding flair, adventure and delight to your own African safari story.

South Africa highlights

  • Stroll through the historic and colourful streets of Cape Town

  • Enjoy a cruise with a marine biologist in search of whales and other marine mammals

  • Soak up a Cape sunset with sundowners on the slopes of Table Mountain

  • Observe the passage of wildlife from your private deck at a luxury lodge

  • Savour the finest varietals at leading wine estates in the Stellenbosch region

  • Witness incredible wildlife on safari in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

  • Why not extend your stay and enjoy a guided walk of breathtaking Victoria Falls

Best time to visit South Africa

South Africa is one of the world’s true all-year destinations. Regional climate zones and seasonal wildlife opportunities make it a thrilling destination no matter what time of the year you visit. However, A&K experts on the ground proclaim that spring and autumn provide the ultimate conditions for a fantastic South African adventure.

Spring, September to November, is South Africa’s flower season. Fields of wildflowers bloom as far as the eye can see. Just an hour from Cape Town, the West Coast National Park has one of the most impressive displays. Temperatures are not yet reaching summer’s peak so long days exploring can be fully enjoyed. This is prime time for whale watching with southern right whales and humpbacks making their great migration.  In the north, the dry season is in full swing. Wildlife is easy to spot as the animals gather near water holes and visitors may catch a glimpse of newborn animals.

Autumn, March to May, delivers warm days. Evenings get a little cooler and longer, making it the perfect time to sip wine around a fire pit or enjoy a boma dinner. The autumnal transformation of oak trees and vines turn the Winelands region into a kaleidoscopic vision. The peak season is over but the weather is still great, so you’ll have Cape Town to yourself and be able to enjoy all it has to offer. As rutting season ensues on the grasslands, safari expeditions are filled with exciting battles for dominance.

Featured South Africa Journeys

Private16 days, from AU$17,260
Best of South Africa by Land & Rail

Be thrilled by South Africa’s extraordinary wildlife in two of the country’s finest wilderness areas, and take an epic journey on The Blue Train travelling 1,600 kilometres from one side of the country to the other .

Private16 days, from AU$17,260
Private12 days, from AU$19,990
Southern Africa Safari Adventure

Visiting three southern African countries, this outstanding safari takes you to the region’s finest game viewing locations. The iconic Sabi Sands is a stand out, where you stay in an enchanting riverside lodge and go in search of the Big Five.

Private12 days, from AU$19,990
Private21 days, from AU$31,630
Icons of Southern Africa

On this extraordinary new journey you’ll travel in the seamless style and comfort for which A&K is best known, bed down in some of southern Africa’s finest lodgings, view iconic wildlife, and visit some of Africa's most inspiring Landscapes.

Private21 days, from AU$31,630
Private2 days, from AU$1,575
The Blue Train: Cape Town - Pretoria

The southbound route is a 30 hour journey of 1,600 km through some of South Africa’s most diverse and spectacular scenery. En

Private2 days, from AU$1,575

Featured Accommodation

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

​Situated on a hill in the heart of the 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve.

The Outpost Hotel, Kruger National Park

The Outpost lies in the Makuleke Contractual Park, a vast and remote 26,500 hectare wilderness area bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique.

The Michelangelo Hotel

Located on leafy Nelson Mandela Square in the heart of Sandton City.

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