Kim's trip to South Africa

Kim's trip to South Africa

”Admire the African sunset from the circular daybed of your thatched outdoor chalet.”


Where to stay

The Shambala Private Game Reserve is excellent.

The luxury chalets are decorated in elegant AfroFrench Provincial style, with the finest linens and French armoire. The food is incredibly diverse and includes the famous ‘boma’ (African outdoor dining) and local ‘pap’.

The Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation, situated on Shambala Private Game Reserve, is a special retreat that provided Mr Mandela with the opportunity to work uninterrupted in peace and solitude. The Centre strengthened his considerable efforts towards global and local reconciliation. If you wish to learn more about Mr Mandela’s fascinating life story, the Centre is definitely worth a visit.

The Saxon hotel, an exclusive retreat in Sandhurst - Johannesburg, is also highly recommended. The Oprah, piano and cigar lounges, infinity pool and Saxon Qunu Grill are all outstanding. The Saxon’s restaurant also offers superb views of the evening skyline.

If an overnight stay on arrival or departure is required, the InterContinental Hotel in Johannesburg is conveniently situated next to the airport.

Top experiences

Safari game drives, bush picnics, guided bush walks, star gazing, fishing and quad biking are all top of the list.

Safari game drives are, of course, extremely memorable and with a huge variety of game species, from rhino to elephants, lions and even hyenas, it’s impossible to go home disappointed. A qualified and experienced game ranger is recommended to ensure you get the full experience of the African bush and its wildlife.

Richard’s Bay

Where to stay

The Thanda Private Game Reserve offers an authentically South African wildlife experience, matched with a sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and conservation of the environment. There are several room options, including the Villa iZulu private suites, which were voted Africa’s and South Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa at the World Travel Awards. Fully catered meals are also provided with entertainment from the locals.

Top experiences

Safari game drives and guided bush walks are again, a must.

Hotels often have shops selling local crafts and reserve spas are perfect for relaxation.

Wifi can be unpredictable, so ‘leave the technology at home’ and just enjoy the scenery, the people and the food.

Know before you go


To enter South Africa for up to 90 days, British Citizens are visa exempt. Visitors are required to hold a passport valid for a minimum of 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa and at least two blank pages.


A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is compulsory if arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

It is advisable to visit a GP well in advance of travel in case vaccinations or malaria tablets are required.


South Africa’s sunny spring and autumn weather is between November and March with peak times from early December to mid-January.

The winter months are between June and August.


The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). There is a limit of 25,000ZAR that can be brought into South Africa.

Pick up your travel money ahead of your trip from any post office counter in your Grand Marché & Locale stores, or order online at www.ci-travelmoney.com and we’ll deliver straight to your door.

More information from Travelmaker by Design

The Travelmaker by Design team have a wealth of experience in arranging travel for islanders and are able to offer expert advice on South Africa as well as many other destinations.

To find out more, contact Kim Luce on 01534 784400 or visit Travelmaker by Design at 22 Colomberie, St Helier.

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