There are few luxury cultural destinations in the world that have everything you could ever need for a leading holiday abroad. Some want sun, surf and sand. Some want idyllic sightseeing opportunities to get back to nature. Some want tourist attractions that they can't find anywhere else.
South Africa is one of the few locations on earth that presents a multitude of opportunities for any traveller to lose themselves in, no matter what they're looking for. Read our guide for places to go, things to do and hotels to stay in, for the best outdoor break in South Africa.
Dine at Annabell’s Restaurant
Known for their excellent service and terrific food Annabell’s Restaurant has a burgeoning reputation based on providing a pleasing and unforgettable experience. Part of that is down to the restaurant’s presentation; an unpretentious and relaxing atmosphere that makes for a time that’s both enchanting and intimate, ensuring that couples on a boutique romantic break in Africa will have moments that linger with them for the rest of the trip. Add to that a fine wine selection and a choice in international cuisine and Annabell’s Restaurant could possibly be the most scintillating aspect of your trip.
Go on 4x4 trails in Pofadder
The sparse environment of the Northern Cape lends itself to many camping and adventure activities with the activity in this case being 4x4 rides. With a sparse terrain that provides terrific panoramic views of the surrounding environment, it would be almost impossible for any traveller not to admire the rich, red alien-like scenery. Consisting of two guided trails that stretch for 25km, it can take two to five hours to negotiate the route, leaving any prospective traveller with plenty of time to sit back and take in the natural spectacle happening outside their window. For those who want to immerse themselves in the tranquil setting then there camping sites aplenty with all the necessary facilities. Just remember to bring a tent with you on your leading outdoor holiday in South Africa.
Hot air ballooning in the Cradle of Humankind
Never been on a hot air balloon? Journeying to Lanseria offers tourists a chance to break their duck and soar thousands of feet amongst the clouds. If you’re nervous a pre-flight cup of fesh brewed coffee with your fellow passengers may calm your nerves ahead of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Located in the Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg, a world heritage site that held the key to deciphering human history with fossils over 2-3 million years old. All of this is easily reachable from the Hotel Sandton Sun, a historical hotel that offers its visitors an exemplary service, making certain that luxury outdoor break in Johannesburg is a comfortable one.
Journeying through the Magaliesburg Canopy
Located fairly close to the Cradle of Humankind, the Magaliesburg Canopy tour tenders a more action-adventure experience for anyone looking for a special outdoor getaway in South Africa. Its ancient mountains (2 ½ billion years in the making) have melded with platforms built into its cliffs and rock faces leaving tourists to zigzag their way through the many distinctive flora and fauna that reside at the site. With tour guides providing information in equal measure, it should make for an educational and riveting experience on your boutique cultural holiday in Rustenberg.
Visit Cape Recife Lighthouse in Port Elizabeth
Often referred to as “the friendly city” or “the windy city”, Port Elizabeth is known as the water-sport capital of South Africa, and with good reason. With a variety of activities including scuba diving, game fishing, surfing, kite boarding, cruises and windsurfing to name a few, it offers great potential for those looking to kick back and relax.
However if you’re looking for a site with some cultural history then the Cape Recife Lighthouse may be your ideal activity. Filled with a wealth of history including the tragic death of sailors and rescuers in 1902 when a cyclone hit the coast, there’s also the Thunderbolt reef in the nearby vicinity for tourists who want to plumb the depths of the sea to see its plethora of marine life. Visit for an unforgettable luxury nature holiday in Port Elizabeth.
Relax in Serendipity Square
Last but not least, an activity that can be enjoyed by all the family in Cape Town. While Table Mountain is an obvious draw, dwarfing many other attractions in the city, there’s also the option of sitting down or sauntering in the warm heat of Serendipity Square while sipping a cool drink or devouring a tasty pastry.
With a dedicated children’s area that leaves you with the chance to recuperate, Serendipity Square is the ideal chance to sit still and unwind, something you won’t be doing a lot of in South Africa.
See the Big Five at Sabi Sabi
Ever wanted to see some of the most fearsome predators in the world? Well at Sabi Sabi it’s possible to see these animals in their natural habitats. With land rover safaris taking place during the day and night, trying to see the Big Five (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, and Buffalos) will consume most of your stay at this special nature resort in South Africa. An experience that will make travellers aware of the need for conservation while providing a showcase such of why Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is at the height of preserving habitats.
Relax in the warm baths of the D’Oreale Grand
Conjoined with the luxury casino the Emperor Grand, the D’Oreale Grande is as luxurious as the former supplying the kind of stay that you would not want to end in a hurry. A 5 star cultural hotel in South Africa it has health spa (the Octavia Sensorium) that will refresh your mind and replenish your body. Its surroundings resemble the opulence of Rome, perfect for indulging your most joyful wishes.