Hit enter to search or ESC to close
Sunrise over Table Mountain in South Africa

Experiences

South Africa: A Land of Adventure

From South Africa’s tumultuous history, it has emerged as a country with a promised future. Home to vast Winelands, remarkable mountain ranges, safari destinations, and Indian Ocean beaches, this country is blessed with adventure, diversity, and endless beauty.

When to go:
all year round

Start your journey in Cape Town, South Africa’s exciting cosmopolitan city which offers everything from award-winning restaurants to buzzing nightlife. Nestled in its majestic coastal location with the backdrop of Table Mountain, there’s much to discover in this energetic city. Accompanied by a marine biologist and professional diver, snorkel, or dive alongside iconic Cape fur seals in the waters of Hout Bay. For more time at sea, enjoy kayaking in Three Anchor Bay for personal encounters with incredible marine life such as Heaviside’s dolphins and gain unique views of your surroundings from the calm waters. Either climb or take the cable car up Table Mountain for unbelievable panoramic vistas that stretch for miles. Reach the summit for sunrise or sunset for even more spectacular visuals. Enjoy a relaxed trip to the stunning Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, wander its medicinal fragrant garden and visit in the evening for its renowned outdoor summer concerts. Venture one hour outside Cape Town to an area of stunning scenery and endless vineyards creeping between mountains. The Winelands provide something for everyone; whether its hiking and biking the beautiful mountains, visiting nature reserves, tasting the delicious wine, or indulging at first-rate restaurants. Take a helicopter to the Richtersveld National Park to embark on a first-class rafting adventure down the beautiful Orange River. Marvel at the contrast of the river’s luscious banks against the rocky backdrop as you relish the thrill of this exciting experience.

For the ultimate South African road trip, the south-coast’s Garden Route provides 300km of glorious natural beauty and ecological diversity. It highlights some of the most mesmerising landscapes in the country from towering mountains and luscious lagoons to white stretches of coastline. Embark on this adventure from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and stop along the route in charming seaside towns to discover their surroundings. Explore Knysna’s idyllic Featherbed Nature Reserve, discover the fascinating limestone Cango Caves and enjoy the white sand and crystal blue waters of Plettenberg Bay. PELORUS can connect you with scientists actively working with whales and great white sharks in Hermanus to provide a truly authentic wildlife experience.

Continue your journey in the garden province of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa’s subtropical region of lush valleys bordering the Indian Ocean. Marked by the striking Drakensberg Mountain Range, picture an area of extreme diversity with a superb quantity of sights and experiences. Labelled a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their dramatic natural beauty and San Bushmen rock art, the Drakensberg Mountains are a must-see. Home to adrenaline-pumping activities, you’ll easily find an experience suited to you. For a different perspective, paraglide amongst the incredible peaks or try your hand at rock climbing. Take a scenic helicopter flight over the ranges to commence an unrivalled mountain biking experience as you start your adventure from an epic 2000m elevation. Enjoy a safari experience at Phinda Game Reserve, an area of protected wildlife land which comprises 7 different ecosystems. As well as brilliant game drives and walking safaris, actively participate in fascinating conservation experiences such as black rhino notching. Assist Veterans for Wildlife on an anti-poaching project, meet the highly-skilled, inspiring rangers and discover how they prevent wildlife crime through conservation in South Africa.

This region’s unlimited access to the Indian Ocean means wonderful coastal experiences such as snorkelling, scuba diving and wakeboarding. For an unforgettable time, get up close and personal with tiger sharks as you plunge into the depths with nothing but a cage between you and them. Witness one of nature’s greatest natural phenomenons as you sit on the edge of a sardine run – this is the ultimate blue planet experience. Join the morning hunt and watch marine predators during their extraordinary feeding frenzy both above and beneath the waves.

Head north to Sabi Sands Reserve; South Africa’s game-rich area and famed for its big cats. Sharing a border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, the reserve is pioneered by local landowners and boasts fantastic biodiversity. A safari here provides top-rate guiding, consistent sightings and an exceptional destination to spot the Big Five. The ability to get off-road brings you closer to the action for more thrilling wildlife encounters. Float peacefully above the reserve on a memorable hot air balloon safari. From the comfort of your enormous woven basket, soak up views of the landscape and wildlife below as you experience an entirely different outlook. Take to the air by helicopter, fly over deep canyons bursting with vegetation, cascading waterfalls and the remarkable escarpment. Observe the intriguing rock formations of Blyde River Canyon and end your flight at an idyllic picnic site for delicious lunch and drinks.