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Our lodges in South Africa

Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa

Gowrie Main, Sabi Sands Game Reserve 1200
Birkenhead House

Birkenhead House

Singita Boulders Lodge

Singita Boulders Lodge

Sabi Sands
Cape Grace

Cape Grace

Cape Town
Leobo Observatory

Leobo Observatory

Phinda Rock Lodge

Phinda Rock Lodge

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Why we recommend South Africa

  • Experience some of the best safari in Africa in the Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands
  • Climb Table Mountain, drive the Garden Route and relax on golden beaches
  • Trace the steps of the enthralling battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift
Map of South Africa
About South Africa

South Africa is truly a world in one country, a wonderfully diverse destination offering holiday options for almost anyone. The Rainbow Nation draws visitors from across the world for its dramatic natural landscapes, excellent beaches, vibrant cities, welcoming people and extraordinary wildlife.

Choose from the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to the dramatic and marine rich Atlantic coast; the Kalahari Desert to the St Lucia Wetlands; the high mountains of the Drakensberg, Karoo and Richtersveld to the thick bush of Limpopo Province. The Cape Winelands; Kruger National Park; the Garden Route; Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal. South Africa is home to some of the best golf courses on Earth, award-winning restaurants, beautiful boutique hotels, rich cultural history and authentic safari experiences. The team at True Luxury Travel can’t get enough of South Africa, and with the weakness of the South African Rand, holidays in South Africa are particularly attractive for international visitors.

There’s no bad time to visit South Africa as the climate is bound to be good year round in different parts of the country. While the weather in Cape Town is colder and wetter in June and July, it is the dry season up in the Northern safari areas. KwaZulu Natal offers a year-round tropical climate with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean a contrast to that experienced down in the Cape. The northern safari areas provide first class game viewing all year around.

With such a diverse landscape, South Africa offers endless opportunities for activities. There are plenty of outdoor activities such as golfing, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, fishing, and horseback riding in a variety of aesthetic settings – from forest to desert. South Africans are well known for their love of food and wine, and the country offers plenty of opportunities for fine and casual dining, with the chance to experience local and international cuisine. South Africa is also recognized for its world-class service and luxury accommodation. From luxury hotels in the Cape to boutique guesthouses in the countryside, there is something on offer for everyone visiting the country. The diversity of culture, landscape and wildlife offer an abundance of choice for anyone travelling to South Africa.


Johannesburg is a vibrant and exciting city with some of the best art, shopping and restaurants on offer. With a diverse cultural and entertainment scene, Johannesburg has a number of great natural and heritage attractions that are well worth visiting; the Cradle of Humankind and Apartheid Museum are just two highlights. Johannesburg is also the hub of Southern Africa and a springboard for you to combine with other holiday destinations such as Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique. The Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is also the main airport in South Africa for connections to Seychelles, Mauritius and other destinations.

Snapshot of South Africa

Capital city: Pretoria
Flight time: 10hrs from UK
Language: English, Afrikaans
Population: 53 million
Religions: Christianity, Islam
Sun hours / day: 8
Max. temperature: 26
Min. temperature: 24

Seasons in South Africa

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Where to go

Cape Town

An unbeatable balance of exquisite natural beauty and year-round activities make Cape Town an easy city to fall in love with. Awash with variety, from sandy beaches to mountain hiking trails, national parks to vibrant shopping areas. First-class restaurants, interesting galleries and luxury boutique hotels. Cape Town will appeal to just about anyone in the mood for a holiday. It’s a perfect stop for honeymooners, families and adventure lovers.


The Drakensberg is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which reaches its highest elevation in this region (up to 9,800 feet). It is made up of some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern Africa and is made up of four valleys, each with their own characteristics and stunning mountain views. The Drakensberg range offers panoramic views, attracting hikers, mountaineers, abseiler and skiers to its game reserves and parks.

Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape sits on the south-eastern South African coast and is a region of great natural beauty, particularly the rugged cliffs, rough seas and dense green bush of the stretch known as the Wild Coast.

The province's diverse climates and landscapes range from the dry and desolate Great Karoo to the lush forests of the Wild Coast and the Keiskamma Valley, the fertile Langkloof, renowned for its rich apple harvests, and the mountainous southern Drakensberg region around the town of Elliot.

Garden Route

The Garden Route is a stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. While the Garden Route road itself is extremely scenic, it is the hidden destinations on its side roads that are the real gems of this region. The Garden Route is also famous for its delightful smelling fynbos floral kingdom, its secluded little bays and its year-round holiday frame of mind, not to mention it's conveniently accessible from Cape Town. The towns in this area that are worth a visit include Calitzdorp, Sedgefield, The Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.


Johannesburg is a vibrant and exciting city with some of the best art, shopping and restaurants on offer. With a diverse cultural and entertainment scene, Johannesburg has a number of great natural and heritage attractions that are well worth visiting; the Cradle of Humankind and Apartheid Museum are just two highlights. Johannesburg is also the hub of Southern Africa and a springboard for you to combine with other holiday destinations such as Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique. The Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is also the main airport in South Africa for connections to Seychelles, Mauritius and other destinations.

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park and Greater Kruger ecosystem is South Africa’s most famous safari export and possibly the best known big game safari area in Africa. The location for any visitor in search of guaranteed sightings of Africa’s iconic wildlife, the Kruger is a wonderful destination with accommodation to suit most styles and budgets. True Luxury Travel particularly like the carefully controlled private reserves which form part of this vast protected area – the Timbavati and Sabi Sands Game Reserves are home to wonderful wildlife, great guides and luxury lodges.

Our True Luxury Travel specialists have a wealth of experience of South African safari. We have guided, managed and constructed lodges across South Africa, as well as been fortunate enough to experience safari from the Kalahari to the Kruger, Madikwe to the Eastern Cape, the Karoo to KwaZulu Natal. Each of these different safari areas has certain highlights we would love to talk you through.

While the Greater Kruger is South Africa’s most visited safari destination, it is important to remember that, although low-risk, this is a malarial destination. For families or those looking to avoid these areas the Madikwe, Waterberg, Kalahari and Eastern Cape are all fantastic options to consider.


KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal South African province, offers a diverse range of attractions from its beaches and mountains to its savannah populated by big game. It can be action packed, with visits to the towns’ central streets, teeming with life, markets and noise, or it can be laid-back, relaxing on some of the country's most beautiful beaches. With the addition of the surrounding game reserves, home to the Big-5, historic battlefields and the dramatic Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal is a highly popular destination in South Africa.

Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve is an increasingly popular malaria free safari destination in South Africa. With it's huge variety of top class accommodation and large numbers of Big Five game, this Reserve has grown in popularity in the past five years with domestic and international travellers alike.

Rorke's Drift

Take a step back in time with a visit to Rorke's Drift, the hub of the Battlefields in the centre of the actions of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Led by the finest guides in South Africa, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Walks and horserides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife are offered as well as fishing the 20km frontage on the Buffalo River.

Sabi Sabi

Sabi Sabi is a private game reserve in South Africa, situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve which flanks the south western section of the Kruger National Park. Bound by the Sabi River, this large reserve is rich in wilderness, home to the big 5 and particularly famous for its leopards. In fact, 'Big 5' sightings are so frequent, it is not unusual to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino in a single game drive.

Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

Stellenbosch is located in South Africa's Western Cape, and is surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands. The town is characterised by Dutch architecture giving it a strong sense of South Africa's Dutch colonial history.

The town is famous primarily for its wine farms that lie within beautiful surroundings. Visitors to the area can enjoy wine tastings of South Africa's finest wines, as well as enjoying delicious local food at its restaurants and enchanting street cafes.

Franschhoek is located to the West of Stellenbosch . It is made up of old vineyards and strong French influences from its early French settlers. It is also well known for its breathtaking scenery and warm hospitality. The town is one of the oldest in South Africa and is situated about 75 kilometres from Cape Town.

Waterberg Region

The Waterberg is one of the 5 districts of Limpopo province of South Africa. It is a mountainous region of spectacular scenery and wildlife. The majority of South Africa's best features are showcased in this region, from scenic mountains to a big five game viewing and a rich archeological and biological diversity.

Western Cape

The Western Cape is situated on the south-western tip of the African continent. It is a region of folded mountains, well watered valleys, wide beaches and breathtaking scenery. The cold Atlantic Ocean along the west coast is a rich fishing area, while the warmer Indian Ocean skirts its southern beaches.

Practical info


The South African unit of currency is called the Rand (ZAR).
Credit Cards are widely accepted (except at gas stations)and ATM machines are widely available in the main cities and towns.
It is normal to tip in South Africa, so keep your small change handy. In restaurants 10-15% is standard. Tipping tour guides, trackers and and game rangers is also the norm since they depend on this for most of their income.

Travelling with Children

New rules will apply from 1 June 2015. Parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. There are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents. For more information, contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Passports and Visas

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa and should have at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration to enter or leave South Africa.

If you’re visiting South Africa on holiday for up to 90 days, you don’t need a visa.


We recommend that you consult with your doctor 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. Make sure that your routine vaccinations are up to date including, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), chicken pox (varicella), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), influenza and Polio vaccinations.
Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A.
Other vaccines to consider: Cholera; Diphtheria; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Tetanus; Typhoid.
Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, from Eritrea, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Malaria risk throughout the year, but highest from September to May inclusive. Risk is present in low altitude areas of Mpumalanga Province and Limpopo Province. Check with your doctor or nurse about suitable antimalarial tablets. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up and using insect repellent.


Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover.
You are 100% financially protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association.


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The best time to visit most wildlife parks is from May to September. This is the dry season and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers. This is, in fact, the low season for tourism. South African school holidays should be avoided. The main holidays are in December. It is winter, so the mornings and nights are cold. May and September are wonderful because it is less cold and, especially in September, the wildlife viewing is excellent.


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