A land of vast, unspoiled wilderness areas, exquisite scenery and acclaimed food and wine, the South African experience lends itself to a sensory extravaganza. Bring your senses awake and alive with these matchless and luxurious experiential travel ideas in South Africa. They engage sight, sound, touch, smell and taste in the best ways imaginable.
Traditional Shangaan Storytelling at the Fireside on Safari
There’s nothing like a traditional safari to stir the senses. Sleep under natural thatched reed in a private concession of the Kruger National Park, in one of Hoyo Hoyo’s earthy Tsonga homesteads. One of Hoyo Hoyo’s dining experiences is a bush dinner out under the stars, with the night sounds of the wilderness to enchant you. Evenings at Hoyo Hoyo are spiced with Shangaan entertainment and storytelling at the lapa. Let your senses come alive to the ancient legends of the area. Mail us.
Hands Right On: Help Protect Africa’s White Rhinos on a Unique Participative Conservation Safari
Camp Jabulani’s experiential rhino conservation safari in the Big 5 Kapama Game Reserve is a unique opportunity to participate in the protection of Africa’s white rhinos. In addition to carefully organized conservation tasks, participants will enjoy superbly luxurious accommodation and service at the lodge. Participate in a tracking and micro-chipping operation and gain a unique perspective on the white rhino in its natural world. The rhino conservation safari is a three-night, four-day offering, and entails darting a targeted rhino, taking measurements for scientific and medical purposes, and micro-chipping and ear-notching procedures. Mail us.
Aromatherapy Touch-Magic in an Open Sala in the Wilderness
Commune with the Clouds on a Hot-Air Balloon Safari
A hot-air balloon safari is an awe-inspiring South African holiday experience. It is hugely energizing and offers unbeatable bird’s-eye-view sightseeing. Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris take you high above the treetops and among the clouds. Glide above the ancient Magaliesberg Mountains in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, and be amazed at the world around and below you. After landing, enjoy a champagne breakfast at the Bill Harrops Clubhouse, Pavilion and Restaurant. Mail us.
Meet Giant Turtles Visiting Remote Shorelines on a Summer’s Night
Stay at gorgeous Thonga Beach Lodge between November and February and you have an excellent chance of meeting giant turtles that come to Thonga’s remote shoreline annually to lay their eggs. Night excursions take place on the shore of Mabibi Bay with Thonga’s guides – it’s a truly awe-inspiring experience to view the turtles in this faraway paradise. Mail us.
Brace Yourself for a Walking Safari in Big Five Territory
A walking safari is a special opportunity to connect with the textures, shapes, smells and feel of the bush. Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a luxurious private lodge in the Kruger National Park that offers daily guided bush walks that last about two hours. Full-day walking safaris can also be pre-arranged. Mail us.
Sleep Out in the Wilderness With Nothing Between You and the Stars
Pioneer-style Plains Camp in the Kruger National Park offers walking safaris and exciting overnight stays under the stars at the unique sleepouts – an optional alternative to camp accommodation. The sleepouts are elevated wooden platforms four metres high. Guests arrive at the platforms in the early evening carrying a lightweight rucksack with a change of clothes and refreshments. Dinner is a firecooked affair, after which the night is yours to savour – with little separating you from the wilderness. After a light snack the next morning, you will head back to the camp and the welcome sight of a hearty brunch. Mail us.
Drink In South Africa’s Scenic Landscapes on a Luxury Rail Trip
For anyone serious about travel in South Africa, Rovos Rail is the journey you need to take at least once, but preferably several times because there are various wonderful routes to take. It’s a slow and steady ‘expedition’ in the grand old sense of a captivating, prior-world jaunt – and an exceedingly elegant one too. It’s hugely evocative and it’s a grand spoil. Views are expansive and ever-changing, the sounds of the train on the tracks are mesmerizing, and the food and wine experience is also a sensory experience to remember. Mail us.
Tantalize the Taste Buds with a Tasting Menu at an Award-Winning Tasting Room
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français is where award-winning chef Margot Janse amazes diners with her unique eight-course, contemporary African-inspired surprise Tasting Menu. This is an experience for serious diners. Book well in advance. Mail us.
Sample the Cape’s Magnificent Wines in Splendour
Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa is a magnificent winelands retreat set on one of South Africa’s most prestigious wine estates. The entire experience is a sensory feast, featuring sumptuous accommodation with original South African art, exquisite surroundings indoors and out where works of prominent artists are displayed, top-class onsite boutique shopping including at Graff Diamonds, and food and wine experiences never to be forgotten. Mail us.
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