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Discover South Africa

Luxurious safaris and vibrant Cape Town - South Africa is the Rainbow Nation. Luxurious safaris and vibrant Cape Town - South Africa is the Rainbow Nation.
Why South Africa?
South Africa truly has it all. From fine dining in Cape Town to immersive safaris in Kruger’s private wildlife reserves, trust Journeysmiths to design your exclusive South African adventure.

South Africa’s rich and varied landscapes are some of Africa’s most accessible thanks to flight connections from all over the globe. Once you’re here, we’ll make sure your time on the ground is just as well spent whether you’re looking for a luxury safari on a private game reserve, a lavish weekend of wine touring, a hiking expedition in Drakensberg Mountains – or all of the above.

Beautiful South Africa is one of our top destinations and it’s easy to understand why. With malaria-free safaris, world-class golf, scuba diving, journeys by steam train, cosmopolitan cities and remote lodges, there’s nowhere quite like the Rainbow Nation for diversity of people, places and activities.

The biodiversity here is particularly exquisite. South Africa is home to rare mammals like bat-eared foxes, aardvark, pangolin, African wild dogs and the black-footed cat. The Big Five are here too, of course, along with impressive numbers of kudu, giraffe, hippo, wildebeest, zebra and more. This is a safari dream destination by any standard.
  • A versatile holiday haven all year round.
  • Luxurious safari experiences in private game reserves.
  • Home to rare wildlife including aardvark and black-footed cat.
  • Exceptional food and wine tours in Cape Town.
  • Countless outdoor activities including golf, scuba diving and hiking.
  • Exclusive accommodations across diverse landscapes.
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Connect with nature like never before
Your South African Safari Awaits
South Africa Locations
Camps Bay Beach 3 Ss
Camps Bay Beach 3 Ss
Cape Town
This is one of the world’s great cities. From its peninsular position beneath the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town has centuries of history as a trade hub between Europe and Asia and the multicultural influences are palpable.
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Knysna Portrait Ss
Garden Route
Spanning 450 miles along the coast between the Winelands and Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route yields breathtaking panoramic views over the sea, coastal forests, mountains and vineyards.
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Leopard In Sabi Sand
Leopard In Sabi Sand
The Kruger
Kruger National Park is South Africa’s best-known wildlife region, spanning 7,500 square miles over the northeast to the borders of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We recommend exclusive lodging on private reserves adjacent to the park.
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Kwazulu Natal Portrait Ss
Kwazulu Natal
The coastal province of KwaZulu Natal stretches from the border of Mozambique to Durban, South Africa’s third largest city. This sub-tropical region is where Zulus, the Boers and the British collided.
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Elephant In The Madikwe Game Reserve Portrait Ss
Madikwe and Northern Malaria Free Reserves
South Africa has several outstanding malaria-free wildlife reserves. Madikwe is the largest and its climactic landscape of volcanic hills, expansive plains and winding rivers is a breathtaking backdrop for the private lodges within.
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Zebra In The Waterberg Region Ss
The Waterberg
Tucked away in the Limpopo province, the pristine Waterberg region doesn’t make it into most traveller’s itineraries – which, along with a phenomenal array of mammals and birds, is part of the appeal.
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Stellenbosch Winelands Ss
Stellenbosch Winelands Ss
Winelands
Within a two-hour radius of Cape Town are the Cape Winelands. Settled some 300 years ago by Huguenot farmers fleeing persecution in Europe, many of today’s independent wine estates still bear their names.
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Dragons Mountains Ss
Dragons Mountains Ss
Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg Mountains are at once lush and rugged. Ranging in elevation from 6,000 to more than 11,000 feet, this mountain range in KwaZulu Natal offers unparalleled hiking, birdwatching and flyfishing.
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Top 10 South Africa Experiences
With the Big Five of both land and sea, incredible scenery, enormous national parks, world-class vineyards, a fascinating history and vibrant, friendly people, South Africa frequently tops the lists of the world’s best holiday destinations. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite experiences to inspire your imagination.With the Big Five of both land and sea, incredible scenery, enormous national parks, world-class vineyards, a fascinating history and vibrant, friendly people, South Africa frequently tops the lists of the world’s best holiday destinations.

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite experiences to inspire your imagination.
Best Places to Stay in South Africa
Hero Image Swimming Pool La Residence Winelands
Hero Image Swimming Pool La Residence Winelands
Winelands, South Africa
La Residence
La Residence is the finest boutique hotel in the Cape Winelands.
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Hero Image Walkway Main Lodge Singita Boulders Lodge The Kruger
Hero Image Walkway Main Lodge Singita Boulders Lodge The Kruger
The Kruger, South Africa
Singita Boulders Lodge
Singita really does have the last word in luxury safari experiences, and Singita Boulders is no exception. The location is superb, the game viewing rich, and the lodge is a model of sustainability which other properties should strive to emulate.
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Hero Image Bush Suite Thanda Safari Lodge Kwazulu Natal
Hero Image Bush Suite Thanda Safari Lodge Kwazulu Natal
Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Thanda Safari Lodge
Thanda Safari Lodge invites you to experience ultimate luxury and world-class service.
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Hero Image Pool Ellerman House Cape Town
Hero Image Pool Ellerman House Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
Ellerman House
Ellerman House describes itself as being for ‘discerning guests accustomed to the finer pleasures of life’ and everything about this glorious hotel reflects that statement. The Cape Town mansion we’d all have in our dreams, it’s a superb Relais & Chateaux hotel with unrivalled views across the manicured gardens to Robben Island, and the beyond to the bay. Perhaps the principal attraction to guests, many of whom return year after year, is the discreet yet attentive service giving you the impression that you are among friends.
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Hero Image Exterior View Of Private Pool Kwandwe Ecca Lodge Garden Route
Hero Image Exterior View Of Private Pool Kwandwe Ecca Lodge Garden Route
Garden Route, South Africa
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
Set in spectacular African wilderness surrounds, Ecca Lodge is a unique safari property boasting a revolutionary design where penthouse chic meets the bush. Nestled into a gently sloping, densely vegetated hillside, the Lodge is airy and open with barely a barrier between indoors and the African bushveld.
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Hero Image Moste Exterior Tswalu Kalahari Madikwe Malaria Free Northern Properties
Hero Image Moste Exterior Tswalu Kalahari Madikwe Malaria Free Northern Properties
Madikwe and Northern Malaria Free Reserves, South Africa
Tswalu Kalahari
Tswalu (meaning “a new beginning”) is designed in classic African style and blends into the Kalahari environment, offering unrivalled elegance.
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For Families
Choosing the right country is the starting point in creating the perfect luxury safari for your family. On safari in South Africa, you can expect exciting game viewing, a range of activities, privacy and the chance to engage with local cultures.Choosing the right country is the starting point in creating the perfect luxury safari for your family. On safari in South Africa, you can expect exciting game viewing, a range of activities, privacy and the chance to engage with local cultures.
Main Lodge Pool With Elephant Mhondoro Safari Lodge The Waterberg
Main Lodge Pool With Elephant Mhondoro Safari Lodge The Waterberg
South Africa Trip Idea
Malaria Free South Africa
The only country able to offer malaria-free safaris, South Africa is a wonderful choice for many looking for a luxury safari experience. Enjoy the abundance of wildlife on offer in some of the most exclusive private reserves, before exploring cosmopolitan Cape Town, where the glamour of the city meets the rugged outdoors.
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Table Mountan Hike Cape Town Istock 1216765189
Table Mountan Hike Cape Town Istock 1216765189
South Africa Family Trip Idea
South Africa Family Safari
See the splendour of South Africa as a family on this exclusive safari. Spend your days exploring captivating Cape Town, enjoying the delights of the Winelands and on safari, seeking out the abundant wildlife that roams the wilderness. No matter your age, this iconic safari will leave you with memories for a lifetime.
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Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
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South Africa Family Safaris
If you’re looking for a country that’s got everything, choose South Africa. Renowned for the spectacular views of the Garden Route, vibrant Cape Town, malaria free safaris, fascinating history and outstanding wildlife, the whole family will fall under the alluring spell of this diverse country.
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Your South African Safari Awaits
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We are a boutique travel specialist. For over 30 years we have been crafting the finest tailor-made holidays to the world’s wild places. Your time is precious and with a world to see, we understand the importance of getting it absolutely right for you every time.We are a boutique travel specialist. For over 30 years we have been crafting the finest tailor-made holidays to the world’s wild places. Your time is precious and with a world to see, we understand the importance of getting it absolutely right for you every time.
Latest Articles from South Africa
Main Lodge Pool With Elephant Mhondoro Safari Lodge The Waterberg
Main Lodge Pool With Elephant Mhondoro Safari Lodge The Waterberg
South Africa Trip Idea
Malaria Free South Africa
The only country able to offer malaria-free safaris, South Africa is a wonderful choice for many looking for a luxury safari experience. Enjoy the abundance of wildlife on offer in some of the most exclusive private reserves, before exploring cosmopolitan Cape Town, where the glamour of the city meets the rugged outdoors.
Read more
Table Mountan Hike Cape Town Istock 1216765189
Table Mountan Hike Cape Town Istock 1216765189
South Africa Family Trip Idea
South Africa Family Safari
See the splendour of South Africa as a family on this exclusive safari. Spend your days exploring captivating Cape Town, enjoying the delights of the Winelands and on safari, seeking out the abundant wildlife that roams the wilderness. No matter your age, this iconic safari will leave you with memories for a lifetime.
Read more
Victoria And Alfred Waterfront Cape Town Istock 1556500564
Victoria And Alfred Waterfront Cape Town Istock 1556500564
Article
Top 10 South African Activities
With opportunities to see the Big Five of both land and sea, along with incredible scenery, enormous national parks, world-class vineyards, a fascinating history and vibrant, friendly people, South Africa frequently tops the lists of the world’s best holiday destinations. Even so, less than 1% of the world's travellers make it here, so it’s a place where you’ll find yourself with a few select, like-minded and discerning adventurers who have discovered this gem of a country. It’s a place you could return to for the whole of your life and never tire of it.
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite experiences to inspire your imagination.
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Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
Article
South Africa Family Safaris
If you’re looking for a country that’s got everything, choose South Africa. Renowned for the spectacular views of the Garden Route, vibrant Cape Town, malaria free safaris, fascinating history and outstanding wildlife, the whole family will fall under the alluring spell of this diverse country.
Read more
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Colourful Houses Bo Kapp Capte Townjpg
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The Rainbow Nation South Africa
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the first person to call South Africa “the rainbow nation”. It’s a reflection on the fascinating diversity of this country, not only in the identities of its people but in the landscapes, wildlife, cultures, and activities it offers. South Africa is a country which, because of its variety, can be all things to all people, truly a rainbow of varied opportunities and experiences.
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White Rhino In Madikwe Istock 1058132948 By Bennymarty
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Luxury And The Big Five South Africa
Without a shadow of a doubt, South Africa is one of the very best places to watch wildlife in the world. The Kruger National Park — a protected area the size of Wales — is certainly the most famous and popular safari destination, but with Africa Exclusive you’ll escape the crowds to explore vast, wildlife-filled private reserves, in the company of the best guides.
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Victoria And Alfred Waterfront Cape Town Istock 1556500564
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Magnificent Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the world’s great cities with a unique setting beneath Table Mountain.
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Beach Walk Grootbos Forest Lodge Relation
Beach Walk Grootbos Forest Lodge Relation
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Explore The Garden Route South Africa
To experience a little bit of everything that South Africa has to offer, you can hardly do better than to drive along the coastal road of the Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It’s an extraordinary journey, and there’s wildlife on both land and shore, endless beaches, historic battlefields, and the vineyards are never far away. One day you might be whale spotting at Hermanus — renowned as one of the best whale watching locations in the world — and the next you could be learning about the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, handling antique weapons and scrambling over the British and Zulu positions.
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Isandlwana Grave Stones Hr
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Battlefields And Culture South Africa
Formerly the Zulu Kingdom, the province of KwaZulu Natal runs along South Africa’s dramatic Indian Ocean coastline. The Drakensberg Mountains create a natural border between Lesotho and the Eastern Cape, and offer some excellent hiking routes.
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Lion Cubs In Kruger Singita 19138
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Why South Africa Is Great For A Family Safari
South Africa is an excellent choice for family travel with children of all ages. Its wildlife is abundant, with a great diversity of species, including the Big Five: rhino, leopard, lion, elephant and buffalo. There are vast malaria-free reserves and it’s easy to get from safari regions to Cape Town and the beach.
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