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South Africa - the great 'rainbow' nation - is a true Far & Wild favourite

One of the most geographically varied countries of the African continent

The sheer diversity of South Africa’s landscapes, experiences, and cultures have led to it being aptly described as “The Rainbow Nation”, although for visitors its other moniker, “A World in One Country” is perhaps a more fitting description and gives an insight into just how much there is to see and do here. A tailor made South Africa safari holiday encompasses so many different landscapes, cultures and experiences that is really is almost impossible to beat.

The Western Cape is home to the vibrant city of Cape Town, along with some outstanding wine regions and the coastal town of Hermanus – renowned for its superb land-based whale watching. The semi-desert of the Little Karoo then gives way to the verdant mountains and quaint coastal towns of The Garden Route, a must for thrill-seekers. Nearby the safari areas of the Eastern Cape offer the chance to have a complete South Africa experience without sacrificing the freedom of travelling in your own hire car.

Travelling east to Durban will allow you to enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean before heading north to hike in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains and visit the historic battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu and Boer wars. The area is also home to some superb game reserves, including the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park where rhino conservation in Africa first began.

The mighty Kruger National Park, one of the best places in Africa to spot the “Big 5”, is easily accessed from across the country and home to superb lodges, both in the park itself and in the private reserves which surround it. Nearby visitors with a little more time will find the Panorama Route a wonderful spot to explore.

The North-West of the country is home to the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve and Waterberg regions, two of the best places in Africa for family safaris with a range of outstanding lodges to appeal to visitors of all ages.

Train enthusiasts will delight in the chance to take a step back in time and travel across the country on either Rovos Rail, The Blue Train or the Shongololo Express, with train journeys varying from overnight jaunts to 3-4 week odysseys which criss-cross the African continent.

The beguiling Northern Cape is off the beaten tourist trail but offers a chance to visit the fringes of the Kalahari Desert before heading down to the Cederberg Mountains, a wonderful spot for seeing wild flowers in August and September. A few days exploring the Cape West Coast is a perfect antidote to the busier parts of the country, with little fishing villages and deserted white beaches found wherever you look.

The real beauty of a luxury South Africa holiday is that there's something for everyone, and the country can be visited time and time again without repeating the same experiences. With direct overnight flights from London, little time difference, a favourable climate for the majority of the year and well-priced hotels, attractions and restaurants, there is little wonder visitors return year after year to sample everything that South Africa has to offer.

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