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.
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.
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.
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.
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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