• Spectacular natural beauty • Big Five wilderness experiences • Sunshine & sublime beaches • Fine wines & gourmet dining • Rich multicultural heritage

At the top of every savvy traveller’s bucket list, South Africa offers an outstanding array of holiday experiences, from remote wilderness and safari expeditions to the barefoot luxury of sun-soaked, white-sand beaches; from off-the-beaten-track escapes to fast-paced city life and international-award-winning food and wine. In this land of contrasts you will find iconic destinations that include cosmopolitan Cape Town with its Table Mountain; the world-famous Kruger National Park; the lush coastal Garden Route; towering Drakensberg; remote Kgalagadi-Transfrontier Park wilderness; and KwaZulu-Natal, with its subtropical beaches and historical battlefields. It truly is a ‘world in one country’.

Nelson Mandela’s birthplace has come a long way since the dawn of democracy in 1994. With 11 official languages and a rich diversity of cultures, the Rainbow Nation is known for its warm and welcoming people. Cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town pulse to a cosmopolitan beat and set the tone for the country’s excellent infrastructure. Cape Town, recently rated one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is a compelling destination. The city – on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean – is wrapped around the iconic Table Mountain, and locals relish an outdoor lifestyle combined with life’s luxuries – such as the Mother City’s excellent gourmet restaurants and outstanding wines. Once you’ve soaked up the city buzz, a short road trip takes you to the Cape Winelands – another South African must-do.

The country’s diverse terrain supports a matching diversity of flora and wildlife, and no trip is complete without a wilderness experience. Tailor-make your dream bush holiday. Whether you long for a safari to a remote tented camp in the world-famous Greater Kruger National Park or want to make memories with a family escape to the wonderful game parks in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, the land of the Big Five guarantees you a game-rich vacation.

What could be better than a combination of bush and beach? Situated at the southern tip of Africa, the country has 3 000km of glorious coastline studded with sunny, white-sand beaches. Enjoy outstanding land-based whale watching, raise your pulse rate by getting up close to great whites on a shark-cage diving expedition or simply soak up the sun on a secluded beach.

Its neighbours to the north are Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and it encompasses two independent countries (Lesotho and Swaziland). This means you can easily extend your South African holiday to visit more of Africa. With many regional airports and three international airports (in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and KwaZulu-Natal), travelling to and from South Africa is smooth and easy.

With so much to see and do in the country’s nine provinces, Ashworth Africa will help you experience the very best southern Africa has to offer. Creating unforgettable experiences is what we do best. An Ashworth Africa holiday is completely tailored to suit your needs and desires. Whether you want to experience a self-drive holiday or enjoy the ease of a fly-in/fly-out bush-and-beach vacation, Ashworth Africa has the expertise to make every precious minute of your stay count. Contact us to start planning your dream Africa escape.

Accommodation in South Africa

Birkenhead House, Hermanus

There is simply no need to ever leave this opulent, all-inclusive boutique hotel, with its outstanding sea views, delicious meals and welcoming, easy-going atmosphere. In whale season you can even watch southern right and humpback whales breaching from your lounger beside the one of the two swimming pools. Previously the owners’ beach house, this five-star hotel has a wonderfully laid-back, intimate atmosphere with all the luxury and lavish detail you expect from a property of this calibre. The excellent service is unobtrusive yet always very attentive. The varied and delicious meals prepared daily by Executive Chef Ziyaad Brown celebrate Cape…

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Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

Bushmans Kloof offers you a totally immersive experience in a spectacular predator- and malaria-free wilderness area in the Cape Floral Kingdom. This Relais & Chateaux property has won multiple awards over the years, including best small hotel in the world, but it is not just its undeniable luxury that has earned it these plaudits. What sets it apart is the sensitive way in which it blends world-class comfort and hospitality with the pristine wilderness of its South African Natural Heritage Site surrounds. Bushmans Kloof’s sincere dedication to creating a sanctuary for endangered flora and fauna in the 7 500-hectare reserve…

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Cape Cadogan

Charming and well appointed, Cape Cadogan offers the perfect balance between timeless traditional style and every modern comfort. Located in the friendly neighbourhood of Gardens, Cape Cadogan is close to many of the restaurants and boutiques popular with Capetonians and guests feel like locals rather than tourists. A regular complimentary shuttle service gets you to the V&A Waterfront in a few minutes, and Table Mountain and Cape Town’s glorious beaches are an easy drive away. Originally a 19th-century Georgian farmhouse, the home was converted in the Victorian era with the addition of a second floor. The Cape Cadogan retains a…

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Cape Grace Hotel

Stay at the Cape Grace hotel for a stylish five-star experience that has charmed even the most discerning travellers. With a classically inspired exterior and graceful elegance within, the Cape Grace enjoys prime position on its own private quay within Cape Town’s famous and vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The hotel – which is set between the bustling working harbour and the glamour of the Waterfront Yacht Marina, with sweeping views of iconic Table Mountain – prides itself on its intimate atmosphere with a discernibly Cape Town warmth and flavour, elegant decor and personalized hospitality. All 120 rooms have harbour or…

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Delaire Graff Estate

Delaire Graff is a must-visit destination that offers a truly luxurious Cape Winelands experience. Famous for its fine wines, remarkable art collection and unrivalled hospitality in a remarkably beautiful setting with breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch Valley, this is a sophisticated estate that ticks all the boxes for discerning travellers. Traditional Cape Dutch architecture meets African artefacts and contemporary styling, with original art from Laurence Graff’s personal collection. Enjoy award-winning wines from Delaire Graff's state-of-the-art winery, dine in the superb restaurants and stay in one of the sumptuous lodges. A truly sophisticated Winelands experience, Delaire Graff Lodges offer guests elegant sanctuary in…

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Dock House Hotel & Spa

The gracious Victorian-era residence of Cape Town’s harbour master has been sumptuously reinvented as Cape Town’s most discreet Victoria & Alfred Waterfront hotel. A short flight of steps from the heart of the Waterfront conceals the swimming-pool deck and courtyard garden of Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa, poised above Africa’s hottest tourist destination. The sleek, beautifully manicured outdoor space (which overlooks the Waterfront’s lively harbour and has views of iconic Table Mountain) hints at the discreet glamour you’ll find within this architectural gem. Understated grace meets luxe contemporary style in the beautifully appointed interior, which offers six plush suites…

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Ellerman House

In Bantry Bay on the slopes of Table Mountain just below Lion’s Head you will find Ellerman House, the elegant Cape Edwardian mansion that is now Cape Town’s finest boutique hotel. Ellerman House is conveniently located just 1½km from the famous Clifton Beach and a five-minute drive from Table Mountain National Park and 10 minutes’ from Cape Town’s city centre. Those in the know head here for its sheer luxury, sophistication and excellent service, as well as the magnificent surrounds – the one-and-a-half acre property is also famous for its astonishing panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Genuine privacy and…

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Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

Just 10 minutes’ drive from the vibrant city centre, The Westcliff is a deluxe five-star contemporary resort that evokes the ambience of a chic hillside village, with striking views across the Johannesburg Zoo and Joburg’s affluent residential suburbs. It is perfectly situated for convenient access to both business and shopping, and is just 30 minutes’ drive from both OR Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Airport, making it an ideal safari stopover. Spreading across the hillside on over three hectares (nearly eight acres), the 117 guest rooms and suites – located within a collection of nine low-rise buildings – are…

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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a world-class Big Five safari destination in 22 000 hectares flanking the Great Fish River in malaria-free Eastern Cape. This vast wilderness supports a diverse array of wildlife, including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo, as well as cheetah, hippo, springbok, giraffe and more. Ideal for families, sleek and stylish Ecca Lodge offers breathtaking views over lush vegetation onto an escarpment of steep shale cliffs. The lodge is elevated over thick acacia, aloe and spekboom bushveld; the wooden viewing decks are just the place to relax in the heat of the day beside the…

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La Residence

The 30-hectare (74-acre) private estate is lushly planted with vineyards and plum orchards backdropped by Franschhoek’s breathtaking mountains. The entrance is magnificent, with glittering chandeliers suspended from the vaulted ceiling and walls covered with huge mirrors. The sumptuous furnishings are an indication of what to expect in the lavish bedroom suites. Attention to every detail, no matter how small, is an integral part of the La Residence experience, and each artfully designed suite is lavishly decorated in its own scheme. Elegant antiques, natural textiles, rich colours, privacy, space and comfort are a given, whether you are in the exotic, oriental-influenced…

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Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve  is located in the western part  of South Africa's  Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering (and part of) the Greater Kruger National Park. The lodge is situated on the top of a rocky outcrop, offering spectacular views over the bush and a natural waterhole on the plains below the main building. Leopard Hills traverses over 10,000 hectares of incredibly diverse ecosystems from open plains in the south to the riverine bush along the banks of the Sand River, to the woodland and rock outcrops in the north. With such diversity of flora comes an equal diversity of…

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Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Londolozi gives you a true wilderness experience deep in the African bush. Established in 1926, this pioneering game reserve is on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, where Africa’s wild animals roam freely. The quality of Londolozi’s guiding is world renown, and some of Africa’s finest rangers and trackers will lead you off the beaten track on twice-daily game drives through some 34 000 acres of African bush. Game viewing here is spectacular, and your wilderness experience will get you right up close to breeding herds of elephant and buffalo. White…

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Mont Rochelle

Richard Branson’s Franschhoek bolthole, beautiful Mont Rochelle is a Cape Dutch-style boutique hotel and vineyard with glorious views of the Franschhoek mountains and valley. This charming boutique hotel is set in delightful grounds with remarkable views of the surrounding Franschhoek countryside and vineyards. Mont Rochelle really is the perfect place for an intimate, relaxing country stay, and it’s a wonderful base from which to explore Franschhoek, the food and wine capital of South Africa. The hotel is just a 45-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport and within 35 minutes’ of the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Somerset West wine routes. Surrounded…

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Rovos Rail

What could be more idyllic than Rovos Rail's glamorous train safaris through the heart of southern Africa? These top-notch journeys combine magnificent natural scenery with the timeless allure and thrill of the golden age of rail travel. The adventure begins as you step aboard the immaculately restored wood-panelled coaches and enter a world where time stands still and luxury is synonymous with superb personalised service and attention to every detail. Rovos Rail’s masterfully rebuilt classic trains travel to southern and East Africa’s most spectacular destinations, including Victoria Falls, Durban, Cape Town, Namibia and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to give you…

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The Blue Train

The last word in elegant travel, the Blue Train – which traverses the spectacular landscapes between Cape Town and Pretoria – is one of the world’s great train journeys. There are few travel experiences to beat that of gliding through South Africa’s spectacularly beautiful and diverse landscapes cocooned in the timeless elegance and luxury of the Blue Train. The nearly 1 600km (994m) journey – from Cape Town in the southwest of the country to Pretoria in the north, or vice versa – takes 27 hours. This is a special experience – time is suspended as you roll in the lap…

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The Mount Nelson

Tucked into lush gardens between the Company’s Gardens and the towering Table Mountain, the pink-hued Mount Nelson is a Cape Town icon of elegance, luxury and old-school comfort. The sun-soaked gardens are so peaceful and tranquil that it is hard to believe you are in the centre of one of the world’s most vibrant, exciting cities. This beautifully restored five-star hotel recalls an era of colonial splendour, and famous guests include Winston Churchill, John Lennon and Nelson Mandela. Enjoy the sanctuary of the elegant, understated bedrooms and suites – among the most luxurious on offer in Cape Town. Each of…

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The Silo Hotel

A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury, The Silo Hotel towers above the V&A Waterfront to offer incredible outlooks over the surrounding natural wonders of Cape Town. Designed by London starchitect Thomas Heatherwick, The Silo has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above the Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa), Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art. The lobby sets the scene for the contrast between old and new showcased throughout The Silo Hotel. Suspended from the double-volume ceiling hangs Haldane Martin’s contemporary chandelier, juxtaposed against the original…

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Victoria & Alfred Hotel

In an excellent location in the heart of the world-famous V&A Waterfront, the superb Victoria & Alfred Hotel is a luxurious and elegant home from home.                    Gorgeous traditional decor aside, this elegant, romantic hotel offers the best of modern conveniences and true comfort. The Victoria & Alfred Hotel prides itself on its warm hospitality, excellent service and intimate, elegant ambience. Each of the bedroom suites is beautifully appointed and quite unexpectedly spacious, with either harbour and Table Mountain views or an outlook over the vibrant, busy piazza where Cape Town’s cosmopolitan crowd comes to relax and enjoy the best…

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