Leobo Private Reserve
Limpopo Province, South Africa
Leobo Private Reserve is not like any other game lodge. Available only on an exclusive use basis, the entire 12,000 acres of pristine African wilderness is totally private and yours to enjoy. The main house is simply stunning. Think of a James...
Destination Guide: South Africa
South Africa takes in so many terrains, cultures and types of holiday, a week or two is never going to do even a fraction of it justice. But rest assured, whatever you choose to do with your luxury South African holiday, it will be unforgettable.
A luxury holiday villa in South Africa might take the shape of a safari break, staying in a high-spec nature reserve, walking, relaxing, eating under the starts, and hopefully spotting some of the ‘big five’.
But there are many more sides to South Africa, whether you want to tour the vineyards of the south west, explore the stunning coastal villages of the Garden Route in the Western Cape or visit the cosmopolitan cities of Cape Town or Durban. The ‘rainbow nation’ is truly a fitting description in more ways than one.
South Africa’s biggest international airport is Johannesburg. There are also airports at Cape Town, Durban and Mpumalanga Kruger airport near Kruger National Park.
Best places to eat and drink in
There’s a definite bias towards the carnivorous in general terms, and you’re likely to attend at least one ‘braai’, best described as a barbecue, but the South Africans take their meat grills to a level never seen in the UK! There’s also plenty of delicious seafood to be had, particularly near the coast, obviously.
But it’s by no means all sausages and steaks. Cape Malay cuisine is growing in popularity, especially in Cape Town where it began. This Indonesian style of cooking, which grew up from the Muslim community includes mild, sweet curries and kebabs.
There are lots of fantastic restaurants all over the country – far too many to mention, but if you get the chance, Test Kitchen in Cape Town is consistently good and its creative menus repeatedly win awards, while Jordan Restaurant in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape serves memorable meals looking out over the vineyards.
Best time to visit
South Africa has different things to offer at any time of year. South African winter (June to September) is the best time for seeing wildlife as the vegetation is less dense and the animals are about more. Summer (December and January) is the busiest time, when South Africans themselves are on holiday and the most popular tourist areas are pretty packed, but there are lots of festivals during this period that make it a really fun time to visit.
What we love about
The vastness of everything. Enormous vistas, big cats, bold flavours. You can’t miss South Africa.
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