South Africa is an extraordinary mix of breathtaking landscapes, prolific wildlife, modern cities, and diverse cultures. Known as the rainbow nation, it’s home to a people whose recent past has changed global politics forever. Cross to Robben Island to get some deeper perspective on history, and then indulge yourself at a vineyard or two, spend some time on the beach, hike to the top of Table Mountain (and then get the cable car down — or vice-versa!), or maybe head inland to explore the imposing beauty of the rugged Drakensberg range. Add in some of Africa’s greatest safari destinations, and you have the makings of the perfect bucket-list adventure with a decent chance of spotting most — if not all — of the Big Five: African elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo. All our accommodation is 4* or 5* for the finishing luxurious touch.
Every Love Travel Adventure experience is unique and we’re here to create your ultimate South Africa bucket-list trip. We have a list of Love Travel Adventures South Africa elements you can choose from — see it like a menu! Select what you want to add to the mix and together we will make the magic happen.
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Hike or or ride the cable car up to the famous Table Mountain. Whether covered in a blanket of moody clouds or showing off against a crisp cloudless blue sky, Table Mountain is always spectacular
Get up close and personal with a colony of African penguins at Boulders beach
Visit the Cango Caves, one of the World’s great natural wonders, sculptured by nature through the ages
Search for lions, elephants, hippo, lions and much more at the spectacular Kariega Game Reserve
South Africa — the iconic rainbow nation — just makes us smile. You have the westernised city of Cape Town to explore, there’s the famous Table Mountain, and then there’s hands-on surfing at Roxy’s Surf Emporium at Muizenberg: it all simply takes your breath away! Evenings meanwhile feature plenty of amazing wining and dining in funky bars and restaurants. Come morning, why not try heading east on the scenic R62? We love taking in a vineyard or two, checking out the caves, and then swimming at the foot of a waterfall in the Tsitsikamma National Park. You can do this either way around, but we love to finish off our South African trips at a deluxe safari getaway. Sundowners surrounded by giraffes and abundant nature, anyone? We can’t recommend this highly enough. The guides, drivers, and other tour professionals we’ve met on our own travels now deliver the same top-level service to Love Travel Adventure’s South Africa clients. We guarantee you too will forge friendships that will last a lifetime.
All international flights are included, from regional airports convenient to you, subject to timetables and availability.
Your Love Travel Adventures price is also inclusive of excursions, activities, and ground travel. Costs are based on two adults sharing a double or twin room, subject to adventure duration.
We offer a mix of 4* and 5* accommodation options, on a minimum room-only basis through to full board.
The best time to visit South Africa on safari is from May to October as the cooler winter months in the southern hemisphere bring superb conditions for viewing big game. It can be rainy from November to February, but this is the best time to travel for birding, and temperatures remain warm at around 22°C. January is the hottest month in South Africa — temperatures can regularly go up to 32°C. But despite tropical rainfall, this is one of the best months to visit South Africa’s beaches and experience the incredible sunsets.
The South African rand (ZAR) is the official currency of the Republic of South Africa.
International credit cards and debit cards will work in ATMs and shops, hotels, and restaurants as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded. Some — particularly Amex and Diners — may not be accepted, so check with your bank before you leave home.
Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at the kiosks, bureaux de change, and banks found at international airports and in most city centres.
We often get asked about tipping — who, when, where, how much. Here’s our guidance, based on our own experience.
At the airport: Only use baggage assistants in uniform (normally orange overalls). They have a fixed rate of R10 per bag and a sign of US$2 fixed to their carts.
On safari: Your guide will be one of the most important people involved in making sure your holiday is a success. You may therefore want to tip them separately to ensure that they get the recognition they deserve. A good tip indication is an average of R125-240 (approx £6-£11) per person per day. For a tracker, look at R60-125 (£2.50-£6). If you’re just joining a morning or afternoon excursion, then we recommend half of the above sums to the tracker and guide. If you have a private guide for a full day, then we would suggest a tip of R200-300 (£8.50-£12.50) per guest per day.
Most safari lodges also have a general staff gratuity box (for waiters, chambermaids, etc) and R50-150 (£2-£6.50) per guest per day is a suggested tip guideline.
At your city or town hotel: Tip porters generally around R20 (85p) per bag. Doormen can be tipped about the same, if they perform a service such as sourcing a cab. R20 is pretty handy as a general tip and is safe to fall back on if in doubt.
Day tours: For a full-day tour, we suggest R100 (£4.50) per person.
Restaurants: A 10% tip is acceptable for good service, or more if you consider the service to have been exceptional. It’s unusual for a service charge to be added to the bill.
Bars: Tips are the exception rather than the rule. Loose change from the cost of your drink is generally acceptable.
Petrol stations: Petrol stations in South Africa have attendants who will fill your tank and wash your windscreen. A tip of about R5 (20p) is welcomed.
This is the exciting part! Tell us where you want your South African experience to take you and we’ll put together your bespoke Love Travel Adventures trip.