From coastal city swagger to sweeping countryside and wild African bush, the variety of South Africa’s landscapes is severely underrated. We’ll pay tribute to its rich scenic mix by exploring it in the same thrilling fashion, by the legendary Rovos Rail train, light aircraft and helicopter.

This luxury South African holiday begins in one of its most intoxicating destinations, Cape Town. Your four nights will be a complete blank canvas for you to paint your own adventure in a city whose cultures and cuisines collide like few others. Should you need them, we’re brimming with ideas to make your luxury holiday in Cape Town stay memorable: you can climb its rocky icon Table Mountain, take a stroll around the crayon-coloured homes of the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood or take a boat over to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for eighteen years.

This isn’t simply a Cape Town and safari holiday, as it’s time to catch the Rovos Rail for your luxury train journey in South Africa. If there’s anywhere that encapsulates South Africa’s extraordinary diversity than this three-night train ride, You’ll wind through the Cape winelands, the grasslands of the Highveld and the eerie barrenness of the Great Karoo, stopping off at the preserved Victorian village of Matjiesfontein and Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum. But you’ll also do it in majestic style, as the Rovos Rail’s carriages embrace the elegant Victorian and Edwardian eras of train travel.

As you roll into Pretoria, you’ll spend a night in Johannesburg before making a beeline for the bush. Fly in a light aircraft to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, the largest game reserve in the country. You’ll stay at the reserve’s Motse Lodge, whose stonewall cottages beautifully blend in with the Kalahari’s big horizons. You’ll spend your days traversing this epic wilderness on foot, on a game drive or even on horseback, with even the chance to meet meerkat colonies up close. Top off your time on your luxury safari in South Africa with a private helicopter flight atop the Korannaberg Mountains for a secluded picnic paired with an endless Kalahari panorama – an ideal way to cap off your adventure if you’re planning a South Africa safari honeymoon.


Experience highlights

  • Spend four nights in Cape Town and craft your stay exactly the way you want. We have your back with plenty of experience ideas, whether it’s wandering the emerald-covered Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or meeting the city’s Cape Malay locals for a cup of rooibos tea and a koeksister.
  • Hop onboard the Rovos Rail for a magical train journey through South Africa’s myriad landscapes. The trains period furnishings and dark-wood panelling transports you back to when train travel was at its most romantic.
  • Stop off at the well-preserved Victorian village of Matjiesfontein, which once served as a refreshment stop for weary travellers going between the southern and northern capes.
  • Stay at the exclusive Tswalu Motse Lodge, one of only two safari lodges located within the boundaries of the vast Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. The stone cottages with traditional Kalahari thatched roofs are understated luxury in the African bush.
  • Embark on ranger-led safari drives through this huge wilderness and spy wildlife that is rare to see elsewhere in South Africa like black rhinos, Kalahari lions, aardvarks, aardwolfs and pangolins.
  • Enjoy a private helicopter flight over the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and land on the Korannaberg Mountains for a picnic with uninterrupted views of the Kalahari.

Experience highlights

Stay at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, a stylish Georgian townhouse
Start the day right with breakfast in Cape Cadogan's leafy courtyard
During your time in Cape Town, you could wander the rainbow-hued Bo-Kaap neighbourhood with a guide
You could summit towering Table Mountain by its iconic cable car
Take a day trip to meet the African penguins at Boulders Beach
Visit the former prison on Robben Island, with tours led by ex-prisoners
After a busy day exploring Cape Town, cool off in Cape Cadogan's pool
Hop onboard your three-night journey aboard the iconic Rovos Rail train
With its wood panels and studded leather furniture, Rovos Rail's carriages hark back to a bygone era
Chug past mesmerising South African scenery like the lunar-like Great Karoo
Pause at the time-frozen Victorian village of Matjiesfontein along the way
You'll also wander the Kimberley Mine Museum to understand its diamond mining history
After your Rovos Rail adventure, spend a night in the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff in Johannesburg
Relax among the Four Seasons' peaceful courtyards, fountains and leafy surrounds
The Four Seasons' pool is ideal for unwinding in away from the Johannesburg buzz
Fly in a light aircraft to the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Pitch up at Tswalu Motse Lodge, where you'll stay in one of its stone cottages
Enjoy meals in the bush that utilise the Northern Cape's local ingredients like springbok, pistachios and pecans
Be at one with the African wilderness with your refreshing outdoor shower
Head out on twice-daily game drives to spot wildlife like Kalahari lions
Keep an eye out for harder-to-spot species like aardwolves and pangolins
Tswalu also offers more unique wildlife experiences like meeting meerkats up close
Enjoy a private helicopter flight up to the Korannaberg Mountains for a picnic to remember

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    Where you’ll stay

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    Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, Cape Town

    An elegant Georgian townhouse nestled in the swish Cape Town neighbourhood of Gardens, Cape Cadogan’s greyscale palette seeps contemporary class. It’s like staying in a grand mansion – one that was certified a national monument in 1984. There are plenty of places to slow your pulse after a hectic day exploring the city, with a shaded courtyard (the perfect breakfast spot), a small pool and a snug lounge warmed by a roaring fireplace. Absorbing local life here is easy, with the lively local restaurants and bars of Kloof Street mere steps away.

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    Rovos Rail, South Africa

    South Africa’s riposte to the Orient Express, the Rovos Rail channels a glorious Victorian-Edwardian era of train travel you probably thought have long been consigned to the history books. Luxurious suites, period furnishings and oak panelling cast you back to the country’s colonial heyday, while the dining carts will play host to some of the finest food you’ll ever have aboard a train. With varying routes available, Rovos Rail rolls through a selection of South Africa’s most eclectic scenery.

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    Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg

    Presiding over a tree-cloaked panorama that covers one of Johannesburg’s sleepiest districts, Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff feels more like a hill-perched village. Exotic gardens, courtyards and fountains cascade away from the sand-coloured hotel in tranquil fashion, while a decadent spa and spacious infinity pool are other ways to pamper yourself further. Locals come here a post-work drink and no wonder – its superb sense of serenity makes it nigh-on impossible to believe this really is a city hotel.

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    Tswalu Motse Lodge, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

    Tswalu Motse Lodge are what African dreams are made of. Only one of two lodges within Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, which at 100,000 hectares is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, you’re virtually guaranteed to have this vast wilderness all to yourself. The stone and thatch cottages are like a home away from home and provide a welcoming base to return to following thrilling wildlife drives or to spy stars twinkling like diamonds from your private veranda to the tune of barking sable antelope.

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