SOUTH AFRICA OVERVIEW

From chic and stylish Cape Town, overlooked by Table Mountain, through the fertile valleys of the winelands, to the rugged grandeur of Kruger National Park – this is a country with something very special about it. A destination that changes those lucky enough to visit it.

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. But 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.

This inspirational country is one of the continent’s most beautiful. From the rolling plains of some of the world’s best national parks, to the cosmopolitan cities, beautiful beaches
and spectacular mountain ranges.

Lying on the southern tip of Africa, here you’ll find over 1,700 miles of coastline and some of the world’s most fantastic scenery. Not many destinations can provide the diverse experiences on offer in the Rainbow Nation.

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ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA

GMT: +2 hours
FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours to Cape Town
10 hours 45 mins to Johannesburg
CURRENCY: South African Rand
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.

INSPIRATIONAL COLLABORATION

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

On safari the bush food of the great plains of South Africa – where the wildness is reflected in the food served in luxury lodges, dishes include every type of game including wildebeest, springbok, kudu and ostrich. Braai, a type of bar be cue or grill where meat is marinated first in pineapple juice and vinegar. Bunny chow is a Durban street food where a hunk of a loaf of bread is hollowed out and filled with spicy South African mutton curry. The food culture of the shanty towns with versions of Potjiekos – a traditional Afrikaans stew cooked in cast iron pots, and finally Biltong a cured beef fillet, originally dried in the South African sun.

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