Where to start… after all, Africa covers over 20 per cent of the world’s entire land area, and you could spend several lifetimes just exploring a single corner. From the wondrous lands of South Africa with vibrant cities, rolling plains and spectacular wildlife to the natural beauty in Mozambique and the idyllic shores of Zanzibar. This is a destination that changes those lucky enough to visit it.
From chic and stylish Cape Town, through the fertile valleys of the winelands, to the rugged grandeur of Kruger National Park – the first time you visit South Africa, you’re guaranteed to be inspired – and not just by the astonishing beauty of its landscapes, and richness of its culture. Just across the border in Mozambique you will discover the perfect spot to sit back, relax and soak up the sun. However, this exotic African hideaway also boasts a whole host of activities and watersports too. The spice island of Zanzibar offers more than 25 fantastic beaches and some are so peaceful that the only noise breaking the silence is the ocean.
CAPTIVATING CAPE TOWN
Nestled between the stunning waters of the Atlantic Ocean and overlooked by the awe-inspiring Table Mountain, Cape Town promises a holiday that will delight the senses. Discover the depth of history with a visit to Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years and stroll the V&A Waterfront lined with shops, restaurants and cafés. You can even take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain for, quite possibly, some of the most breathtaking views you will ever witness.
A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Most people who travel to the fascinating region of Africa have one thing on their mind – safari and in particular the ‘Big Five’. This is the term given to the most dangerous and difficult to spot animals – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. Africa is famous for its protected areas providing some of the best game viewing opportunities with safaris and National Parks in abundance. South Africa is home to Kruger National Park and the Eastern Cape, while neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania also boast world-class safari options.
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11 hours to Cape Town
10 hours 45 mins to Johannesburg
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|CLIMATE:||South Africa can be visited comfortably any time. In South Africa, June to September is cooler, drier and ideal for outdoor pursuits. Spring is the best time to see the Northern Cape carpeted in wildflowers, while April to September are the months for premium game viewing.|
DESIGNER DETAILS BY CHARLOTTE HUDDERS
Who wouldn’t be inspired by the vistas in this incredible part of the world? Out on safari the wildlife is just unbelievable, perfect if you love painting animal portraits… which I do. There is so much beauty amongst the nature. I just look at Table Mountain and am in awe, I’ve heard stories about climbing it at sunrise and how spectacular the views are.
CULINARY CUES BY NIGEL HAWORTH
Where to start with the food in South Africa. It’s a wonderful mix of traditional ingredients blended together to create an explosion of ﬂavours in every dish. Wherever you go the food takes a twist and turn with the inﬂuences of the different regions. Meat lovers will feel right at home here with bush ﬂavours in abundance – think kudu, springbok and ostrich rather than the usual chicken or beef! South Africa also has the oldest winemaking tradition and heritage of any New World country, and the district of Stellenbosch is the heart of South African wine production. With over 50 soil types it is not surprising that a complex range of white and red wines are made here.