South Africa is life changing. This power lies in the emotional history, the overwhelming sensory experience of a game drive while on safari, the divine cuisine, the spectacular landscapes, adventurous sporting, and most importantly in the warm hearts of the people met along the way during a journey. This place will reset your perspective on life in a brilliant way you never thought possible. There are a million stories here waiting to be discovered, and no matter how many times you visit, you will return having had an entirely different experience. What will yours be?
Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)
Country Code: 27
Do I need a Visa? Visas are not required for many countries, best to check DHA.gov.za for the current requirements for each individual country
How will I charge my devices? South Africa’s electrical current is 220v
How do I get there? Well, if you’re heading to Johannesburg (JNB) and flying from…
New York: 15 hours
Los Angeles: 22.5 hours
Toronto: 20 hours
Sao Paulo: 8.5 hours
London: 11 hours
Geography: South Africa has an enormous coastline stretching along both the Atlantic and the Indian oceans. The vast interior consists primarily of plains , parks and game reserves ideal for exploration, and plateaus at a significant elevation, peaking with and the rocky Drakensberg mountain region.
Time Zones: GMT + 2
How's the weather? South Africa’s subtropical location ensures warmer conditions most of the year, with plenty of sunshine nearly year-round primarily in coastal areas, though rainfall and cooler temps prevail in various regions during the winter especially inland. NB to all of you Northern Hemisphere dwellers, South Africa’s seasons are the opposite- with winter June – August, spring September to November, summer December to February and fall March to May
Immerse yourself in another world which belongs to animals and nature, as you sit and observe just steps from the most incredible wildlife on the planet.
Adventurist alert- test your bravery with everything from caged shark or crocodile diving, sand boarding, abseiling, bungee jumping, sea kayaking with penguins, swinging between buildings and beyond.
Music lover? Consider a Jazz Safari, where an expert guide will take you to the best haunts in town and show you a night out like a local.
Take a bicycle tour of significant Soweto township for an up close and personal slice of every day life including lunch & a beer at a traditional shabeen.
Leave your footprint by getting involved in a heartwarming community outreach project- plant a vegetable garden at a children’s home, teach a lesson in a remote school, help paint a house…there are thousands of ways to make a difference.
Test your hand at breadbaking and wine making in the iconic, world renowned Cape Winelands.
Mix masala, fold samosas and create the perfect curry in the home of a Cape Malay elder who will share not only recipes but fantastic stories of life then and now in South Africa over lunch you both have prepared.
Wine tasting (on foot, in a car, or on horseback!)
See Cape Town by sidecar, alongside an expert motorcycle driver along a thrilling coastal drive.
Learn the Gumboot Dance and take a traditional African drum lesson from a master musician.
Special South African pre-departure gift delivered to your door before you embark upon your journey.
Explorateur Concierge Guide for your regions of choice when you book an Explorateur Journey.
Exceptional amenities including room upgrades, spa credits, curious welcome gifts and private touring experiences at select hotels.