On tailor-made holidays in South Africa, you can indulge in fantastic game-viewing, vibrant cities and some of the world’s best wineries in picturesque vineyards, as well as immersing yourself in exciting cultural encounters, making your luxury holiday truly unforgettable.

Why travel to South Africa

Alongside its marvellous natural splendour, South Africa offers great cultural richness, energetic cities and world-class food and wine. It also has some of the most sophisticated and stylish lodges. Despite its popularity, the country has many unspoilt and uncrowded corners that we can open up for you. Our favourite lodges and camps in South Africa tend to be small and owner-run, with the very best resident guides and set in the most awe-inspiring locations for an extraordinary tailor-made safari holiday.
Always a leader in conservation, South Africa is more focused than ever on the rehabilitation of its wildlife areas. The private concessions adjoining the Kruger National Park have some of the world’s best to offer in terms of both game-viewing and places to stay.
In other areas the number of malaria-free parks is growing rapidly, enabling families with younger children to sample the delights of safari. For adventurers, the Karoo is little travelled, but a startlingly beautiful region, as are the Kalahari desert and the west coast. Let our Destination Experts guide you to the perfect South Africa luxury holiday.

South African Rand


Zulu, Afrikaans and English


GMT +02:00




November - March


Hi – Sawubona
Welcome! (to greet someone) – Ngiyakwemukela
How are you? – Unjani?
Thank you (very much) – Ngiyabonga (kakhulu)
You're welcome! (for "thank you") – Kulungile


19°C on average


33°C on average


Inspirational trip ideas

These are simply suggestions for the kind of luxury tailor-made holiday you might have. Your custom travel itinerary will be
personalised, tweaked, and refined until it matches you completely.

Ideal Length: 10 Days

Wilderness Wonders & City Charms: A Family Expedition through the Captivating Cape

South Africa is an incredible destination for a family holiday. With its fabulous wildlife reserves, craggy mountains and powdery beaches lapped by two oceans, this country has so much to entertain every generation.

From £15,890pp From $20,990pp

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South Africa: Discover the Rainbow Nation’s Diversity

Of all the wonders of Africa, South Africa just about has it all. Coast to coast, the range of habitats leads the traveller through coastal forest and majestic mountains; game rich savannah bushveld and the harsh aridity of semi-desert, to stretches of pristine white beaches in...

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Ideal Length: 10 days

A Honeymoon in South Africa: Whales, Wine and Wildlife

Of all the wonders of Africa, South Africa just about has it all. Coast to coast, the range of habitats leads the traveller through coastal forest and majestic mountains; game rich savannah bushveld and the harsh aridity of semi-desert, to stretches of pristine white beaches in...

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We believe travel is precious

The world has transformed dramatically since cazenove+loyd was founded in 1993. On every trip we take, we wonder how that destination will look in another 30 years. We are passionate about our destinations and understand that it has become more important than ever to conserve their wildlife, habitats and communities for future generations.

Our highlights in South Africa

Our Destination Expert’s top tip

One of the few places in Africa with non malarial safari’s so well worth considering if you would rather avoid taking medication for travel.

Melissa Kirby

Specialises in

Africa + Indian Ocean
Historical insight

Some of the earliest evidence of human evolution has been unearthed at fossil sites northwest of Johannesburg in the Sterkfontein Caves. These discoveries have earned the area the title of “the Cradle of Humankind” which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Did you know?

South Africa is the only country in the world where two Nobel Prize winners lived on the same street. Vilakazi Street in Soweto has been home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners. Both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived here at some point in their lives.

Where to stay

Best hotels in South Africa

Nothing but the best. Browse our handpicked, tried-and-tested luxury South Africa hotels.

Babylonstoren, Winelands

Steeped in history and dating back to 1692, this captivating farm estate nestled in the Cape Winelands is renowned for its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch architecture and sprawling gardens.

Sustainably managed and with ultra luxurious accommodations, it’s a one-stop dream destination where guests can explore the meticulously maintained grounds, savour farm-to-table organic cuisine and indulge in tastings at Babylonstoren’s state-of-the-art winery.


Fugitives Drift, Rorke’s Drift

This extraordinary historical retreat is set amidst the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, ideal for delving into the dramatic Anglo-Zulu War history.

Enjoy immersive, expert-led tours recounting the stories of heroic battles, then retreat to the picturesque lodge where accommodations range from luxurious cottages to spacious guesthouses. Abundant game and birdlife, superb food and wine and breathtaking views make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Reserve

Nestled within the scenic Raa Atoll, this Premium All-Inclusive resort in the Maldives sets the tone for the perfect getaway

Nestled within the scenic Raa Atoll, this Premium All-Inclusive resort in the Maldives sets the tone for the perfect getaway, with a myriad of offerings from an impressive array of dining options by award-winning chefs, to exploring the over or underwater marvels of the Raa Atoll.


Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge stands as an oasis of luxury amidst the untamed beauty of South Africa's Eastern Cape wilderness. This intimate safari lodge offers a harmonious blend of contemporary elegance and authentic safari ambiance.

Each of its suites is a haven of comfort, adorned with vibrant African-inspired décor, private decks, and panoramic views of the surrounding bushveld where South Africa's iconic wildlife awaits. Back at the lodge, culinary delights tantalise the taste buds with a fusion of local flavours served against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery. Beyond wildlife adventures, you can relax by the infinity pool, enjoy spa treatments, and as evening descends gather around the fire pit under the star-strewn sky.


La Clé, Franschhoek

Nestled within vibrant gardens, La Clé Lodge offers tranquility with Petite, Garden, and Courtyard Rooms featuring modern elegance intertwined with traditional Cape Dutch allure.

Indulge in hearty home-style meals, from private picnics to gourmet dinners, and relish scrumptious breakfast options. Embrace relaxation with tennis, cycling, or leisurely garden strolls. Wander vineyard trails, and enjoy world-class wine tastings amidst the stunning surroundings. For a touch of adventure embark on helicopter excursions or cool off in shaded dams, play Boules and Croquet, and absorb the beauty of the South African winelands.


Loapi Camp, Tswalu

Loapi Camp at Tswalu Kalahari offers a luxurious safari experience in South Africa's largest private game reserve.

With six exclusive, private-use tents, guests enjoy personalised game drives, guided bush walks, star gazing, and horseback riding. Gourmet dining and private plunge pools enhance the stay, while in-tent spa treatments provide relaxation. Supporting Tswalu's vital conservation efforts, Loapi Camp ensures the preservation of the Kalahari's unique ecosystem and wildlife, blending luxury with sustainability.


The Farmhouse at Royal Malewane, Thornybush Game Reserve

Set against a backdrop of pristine African wilderness in South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park, this secluded villa offers an unparallelled safari experience.

Sleeping six adults and two children in three-and-a-half bedrooms, The Farmhouse is perfect for a family. Spacious and luxurious yet still maintaining a rustic charm, Liz Biden's distinctive design seamlessly blends with the wild surroundings. The service and dining at the house are superb and personalised; everything is tailored to the guests’ individual preferences. You will enjoy private game drives here, giving you plenty of flexibility to suit the daily routine and needs of your family.


Coot Club, Stanford

Tucked away in South Africa's heart, Coot Club presents a haven for nature aficionados and bird watchers alike. Its idyllic setting within pristine wetlands invites exploration of the country's natural splendor.

Accommodations seamlessly blend traditional stone cottages and contemporary boathouses, each offering picturesque views of the lagoon and Maanschynkop mountains. Dining at Coot Club is a culinary delight, featuring casual a la carte lunches and cozy fireside dinners in winter. The highlight of Coot Club lies in its rich avian diversity, providing unparalleled birdwatching opportunities amidst the wetlands. Beyond birdwatching, you can enjoy kayaking, hiking, and environmental education initiatives, all contributing to the preservation of this unique ecosystem.


Londolozi, Sabi Sands

This world-class safari lodge is located in the renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve and renowned for its exceptional wildlife sightings, including the elusive leopard.

A haven for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, it features elegant accommodations, gourmet dining and expertly guided game drives and bush walks. With a strong commitment to conservation and community development, Londolozi combines luxury, adventure, and environmental stewardship in one remarkable destination


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What our clients say

"The team put together a fantastic 10-day family vacation for us in South Africa. Not only did they build the trip within our budget, but every detail was considered. When there were some issues during the vacation, the team at Cazenove+Loyd responded immediately and made sure we were well taken care of. Over the years, I have worked with a number of travel agencies, and this company is, by far, the most attentive and a true pleasure to work with."

What our clients say

"The whole experience was humbling, emotional and totally unforgettable. It opened my eyes and my interest to South African politics and people. Thank you so very much - a life changing experience!"

What our clients say

"We had a fantastic two weeks and your careful planning really paid off. As we are quite interested in politics and history, South Africa provided that in abundance, along with superb hotels, great natural beauty, exciting wild animals and wonderful wines. When friends ask if we would change any part of our itinerary, we tell them it was perfect.”

What our clients say

“I wanted to thank you for planning this amazing and moving trip for us! We loved Leeu House and all the people and wineries. Justin was a perfect guide and we totally recommend you use him again! The safari at Chitwa Chitwa was also perfection – the most wonderful experience! Cape Town was beautiful, especially our drives around the coast.”

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