Discover the Real South Africa in 2022

As one of the only African specialists with a base in both the UK and Cape Town, a host of native team members, and 20 year's experience creating adventures for our clients - we know the real South Africa better than most. Expert local knowledge, insider tips and long-standing relationships with leading properties are just some of the reasons why we create the most authentic and distinctive South African journeys.

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As arguably one of the world's most diverse destinations, South Africa is known as 'a world in one country' and many visitors choose to return time and time again. Whether you dream of up close encounters with majestic wildlife on a Big 5 safari; soaking up the spectacularly beautiful scenery; or experiencing the vibrant cities and unique cultures, we can help plan your perfect South Africa adventure.

South Africa Safari and Wildlife

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South Africa is undeniably one of the best safari and wildlife destinations on the world stage, famous for up-close sightings of the Big 5, award-winning safari lodges, world-leading conservation efforts and vast national and private reserves. Home to all these is the Kruger National Park and its surrounding reserves. A safari in the Greater Kruger Area is often the main draw for many travellers to South Africa, ideally suited to first time safari goers as it's common to tick-off all the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo) in one game drive, ensuring you make the most of your time on safari.

The Kruger may be the most iconic safari region in South Africa, but the title of the largest private game reserve belongs to Tswalu Kalahari. This area is perfect for safari veterans seeking to experience a unique safari offering. Bordering Botswana, the Tswalu is extremely exclusive, only permitting 30 visitors at one time, ensuring intimacy, incredible diversity and indulgent accommodation. This region is one of the best to encounter more rare and elusive species like the ground pangolin, meerkat, aardwolf, African wild dog, brown hyena, desert black rhino and bat-eared fox.

For families, the Madikwe region, Waterberg plateau and select parts of the KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape are perfect, as they still offer Big 5 game viewing and activities designed specifically for children, but with the added peace-of-mind of being malaria-free.

Wildlife enthusiasts are spoilt not only in South Africa's safari regions, but also along her coastlines. Home to not only the Big 5 on land but the Marine Big 5 - southern right whale, great white shark, Cape fur seal, African penguin and dolphin. Remember, location and seasonality play a big part in spotting marine life, so always consult your Mahlatini travel expert for the best time to travel.

South Africa's Beaches and Natural Beauty Areas

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South Africa's sheer size is responsible for its vast range of dramatic habitats. Whether you want to see the lush, sweeping valleys of the Cape Winelands, the jagged peaks of the Drakensberg, the golden sandy beaches of the Eastern Cape, or the dunes of the Northern Cape - South Africa's impressive and diverse landscapes are an experience in their own right.

South Africa is home to some of the world's best beaches and visitors can choose between Atlantic and Indian Ocean coastlines, each offering equally beautiful, but distinctly different experiences. Cape Town boasts many incredible beaches, but we always recommend a trip to Camps Bay - with the 12 Apostles towering above, white sand and awe-inspiring sunsets, it is one of our favourites. In the KwaZulu Natal region you can bask in the warm Indian Ocean waters at Thonga Beach, with barefoot-style luxury accommodation and some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving in the country.

The Western Cape is the fourth largest region in South Africa, but home to some of the country's most iconic and alluring places. Here you can hike the summit of the famous Table Mountain; indulge in the picturesque surroundings of the Cape Winelands; be wowed as you walk along the tree canopy in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden; drive the illustrious Garden Route flanked by gigantic mountain ranges, abundant forests and rich coastlines.

Dominated by the colossal Drakensberg Mountain range, natural beauty and the Eastern Cape go hand-in-hand. You can uncover less-travelled treasures, such as the untamed wilderness of the Wild Coast and the dramatically named Valley of Desolation, or explore the extensive Drakensberg, where you will be awe-stuck by green velvet-like valleys, cascading waterfalls and sheer mountain faces. With a host of trails, wildlife and plant species to uncover, the Drakensberg is another South African must-see.

The Northern Cape may be the largest province in South Africa, but it is one of the most remote and untouched. Covering a diversity of terrain, one of the most iconic and exclusive of these is the Tswalu Kalahari. A world away from the verdant Western Cape, the Kgalagadi is almost instantly recognisable by its more arid lands, camelthorn trees, sand dunes and salt pans.

South Africa's Cities and Cultural Experiences

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Cape Town is the most iconic city in South Africa. An enticing mix of modern vibrancy and fascinating history, the city boasts both bucket-list experiences and hidden local hot spots. Must-see sights include the panoramic views atop Table Mountain, which you can hike up or take the more leisurely cable-car; the illuminating tour of Robben Island; or visiting the charming African Penguins at Boulders Beach. Alongside the better known hot spots, Capetonians have a rich culture of music, art, food and a love of the outdoors. With firm Capetonian roots we have local expertise and insider tips on the best spots in to truly immerse yourself in authentic Cape Town culture.

Cosmopolitan Durban is sometimes overlooked in favour of Cape Town, but it is a cultural hub with an unmistakable Asian feel, reflected in its marketplaces and cuisine. Set along an Indian Ocean coastline, Durban is a window to the outstanding aquatic life and a wonderful destination to soak up authentic South African culture in a dynamic city. Explore the city's many art galleries, or visit Durban Botanical Gardens, Africa's oldest surviving botanical garden featuring a collection of pre-dinosaur, living fossil plants.

Johannesburg (or Jo-burg) is a spirited city that has much to offer cultured travellers. From distinctive cuisine, historic sites, galleries, museums and more, it isn't difficult to find enriching experiences. Wander the authentic and energetic Neighbourhoods Market for speciality foods and crafts, or embrace local history on a township tour. Here you can learn about how the area has become a vibrant, trend setting place of historic significance.

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