South Africa is a region of dazzling splendours and a profuse array of “must-do” attractions for holiday-makers. Here are 11 bucket list exploits that have the luxury-loving traveller in mind and are not to be missed. 

#1 A Bevy of Beasts: The South African Wildlife Safari

South African holidays typically feature a wildlife safari. There are countless safari experiences available and they vary greatly in price and standard. Ask us about luxurious private safari lodges where the wildlife experience is supreme and limited to just a handful of guests at a time, and the standard of accommodation, food and service outstanding. Mail us.

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Guests at MalaMala Private Game Reserve stop to enjoy a leopard sighting
Top luxury travel bucket list attractions in South Africa
Guests at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve enjoy a close sighting of rhinos

#2 A Traditional Feast: The Bush “Braai” or Barbeque

Outdoor dining is surely one of the highlights of good-weather South Africa, and it is especially enchanting at remote spots in the wilderness.  Luxury safari lodges usually vary their dining locations, so that a guest on safari for a few days will have a variety of wonderful dining experiences, indoors and out. Fire-cooked meals are a popular South African speciality, and eaten outdoors. Some of South Africa’s private safari lodges prepare superb fire-cooked feasts, served under the stars by lantern-light – these are memories to cherish! Mail us.

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An ultra-special experience on safari is a barbeque meal out in the wilderness. This is at Dulini in the Sabi Sand
Top luxury travel bucket list attractions in South Africa
At safari lodges, meals are often enjoyed around an open fire in an enclosure called a boma, such as this meal at Motswiri Game Lodge

#3 Beneath Starlit Skies: A Luxury Sleepout

Some of South Africa’s luxury lodges offer the option of a luxury sleepout under the stars – usually a one-night sleepout during a several-night stay, the remaining nights spent in a luxury indoor suite. There are some truly incredible options available. Kindly note that an additional fee is charged for a sleepout, over and above the indoor room rate also charged. Mail us.

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A luxurious sleepout beneath nothing but the sky at Kapama Private Game Reserve
Top luxury travel bucket list attractions in South Africa
Lion Sands Private Game Reserve has some sublime sleepout choices

#4 Luxury Train Trip on Rovos Rail

A train trip on Rovos Rail is almost compulsory for the luxury traveller intent on experiencing the best of South Africa. There’s really nothing at all to beat it. Immersion yourself into a genteel world of elegant luxury, sublime food and wine – featuring many very proudly South African specialities, personalized service, supremely comfortable facilities and stunning scenery. There are several magnificent trips to choose from, of varying length and showcasing different parts of the country. Each trip features some very enjoyable off-train excursions. Mail us.

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Rovos Rail is luxury train travel at its very best in South Africa

#5 Up Up & Away on a Balloon Safari in Gauteng

A balloon safari is a sure way of getting high in the best possible way. The hot-air balloon experience we recommend is in Gauteng and includes a fine champagne-sipping experience and panoramic views. Mail us.

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A hot-air balloon safari is a sightseeing extravaganza

#6 Time Out with Turtles in KwaZulu-Natal

An up-close encounter with giant turtles laying their eggs on a remote shoreline of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa leaves an indelible memory. Enjoy sensitively guided night-time turtle safaris whilst staying at a gorgeous beach lodge set in dune forest just above the high tide mark. Mail us.

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Coming close to turtles that have come ashore to lay their eggs is an incredible experience

#7 Wine & Dine in the Cape Vineyards

Cape wines are some of the best in the world. They originate in vineyards in the most glorious settings that are a pleasure to visit. Wining and dining – as well as lodging – at prestigious Cape wine estates is a prime part of a South African holiday. Mail us.

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Sublime food and premium wine in a lush vineyard setting such as this one at Delaire Graff Lodges is a magnificent experience

#8 A Cape Fynbos Tour

The beautiful Cape Floral Kingdom has “fynbos” as one of its major vegetation types. Fynbos constitutes a large number of hardy plants occurring on coastal plains and mountains of the southern and south western Cape. Combine a luxurious nature stay with well-guided fynbos tours at the five-star Grootbos Private Nature Reserve near Hermanus. There are 765 flower species in the Grootbos Reserve to discover with Grootbos guides on open-topped 4×4 flower safaris. Mail us.

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers its guests superb fynbos tours
Top luxury travel bucket list attractions in South Africa
A beautiful valley of fynbos in the Grootbos Reserve

#9 Wellness in the Wilderness

Body treatments have a special magic when they happen outdoors in an unspoiled wilderness. Make wellness in the wilderness one of your South African experiences, choosing a luxury safari lodge that offers a range of wellness pampering in an outdoor setting.  Mail us.

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Body treatments in the embrace of the wilderness at Nkomazi Game Reserve

#10 The Thrill of Ziplining

Do the Cape Town Zipline Tour on the Silvermist Estate at Hout Bay – very accessible on the Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing Bus.

#11 The Mother of All Mountains: Get Atop Table Mountain

Table Mountain is a non-negotiable bucket list item in Cape Town! Buy tickets online and stand by for an unforgettable experience.

South Africa has an endless number of attractions. “Meet South Africa” –  Watch this video from S.A. Tourism.

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