Cape Town is a city that has something for every traveller, from the young and adventurous to those seeking the finer things in life. Newlyweds and couples will appreciate the exquisite accommodation and idyllic mountain and ocean views, while families and adrenalin junkies can enjoy hiking on Table Mountain, cycling, quad biking and even shark-cage diving further along the coast.
Explore Cape Town’s trendy restaurants and wine culture, visiting estates in the leafy neighbourhood of Constantia, or setting out for a few days in the Cape Winelands - just an hour’s drive from the city. For nature lovers, the Cape Peninsula is must-see landscape boasting spectacular scenery at Cape Point, wildlife, trails and beaches.
Spend a day shopping at the picturesque V&A Waterfront, treat yourself to a day at a world-class wellness spa, or set sail on a yacht cruise to the white sand beaches of Clifton. Most of the city’s top attractions are all within easy driving distance along scenic mountain passes and coastal roads. Good infrastructure enables independent travellers to self-drive or choose from a wide range of guided day tours and chauffeuring options.
Big 5 African Safari
If there's one thing Africa does better than anywhere else in the world, it's wildlife and there are few wildlife experiences that can beat the undiluted thrill of a face-to-face encounter with a member of Africa's Big 5. Traditionally those animals who pose the greatest danger to their hunters, the Big 5 - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard - are still commonly found throughout South, Southern and East Africa and their collective presence in a national park or game reserve add an exhilarating edge to your safari experience.
The Big 5 safari destinations range widely and careful planning is advised with a safari expert to ensure your expectations are met. Safari first-timers would do well to choose Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater or private Kruger reserves such as the Sabi Sands which deliver virtually faultless Big 5 safaris where you're more than likely to tick off each of the Big 5 after a couple of game drives.
Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘The Smoke that Thunders’) is Africa’s adventure capital, with a wide range of thrilling activities that centre on the largest uninterrupted sheet of falling water in the world.
Explore this natural wonder on a walking tour or board a helicopter or micro-light and get to grips with its sheer size from the air on an unforgettable journey. Take a swim at Devil’s Pool and feel you are at the very end of the Earth, or plunge into the white waters on a rafting adventure. The Zambezi River flows at a leisurely pace above the Falls, making it perfect for sunset cruises, kayaking and canoe safaris where you can spot wildlife along its banks.
Day trips to the nearby Chobe National Park are an excellent way to see big game species, and top it all off with a dinner on the Royal Livingstone Express Train – an opulent steam locomotive that takes you through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park while you sip on champagne and enjoy a 3-course meal.
For an authentic wilderness experience on a walking safari, Southern Africa is home to a diverse range of landscapes, wildlife, and lodges that offer a way to get close to the bush, see more, and feel truly integrated with nature. Zambia is the home and birthplace of African walking safaris, where you can expect remote locations and the thrill of passing through big game territory. Botswana’s Okavango Delta offers a lush water wonderland teeming with birdlife and shy antelope. In South Africa, families can enjoy interactive, safe and child-friendly walking expeditions.