Sunday 4 February 2018

A South African adventure with Scott’s Travel

by Lloyd Collier, Director Scott’s Travel. 3 Broadway, Southgate, N14 6PJ

What’s on your ‘perfect holiday’ checklist? Beautiful beaches, incredible wildlife, stunning views, world class food and wine? If your answer is “all of the above”, then I know a place that has them all, and much more. With so much to offer, South Africa makes an idea holiday destination for travellers and families in 2018. I recently enjoyed a trip with my wife, Judi and our friends with Somak Holidays. Travelling business class on the new British Airways Boeing A380 double decker aircraft  from Heathrow we arrived in Johannesburg relaxed and ready to explore.

3 Nights at the Settlers Drift Luxury Lodge
Nestled on South Africa’s Garden Route, the private Kariega Game Reserve’s wilderness is home to the incredible big five, colourful bird life, and the luxurious Settlers Drift Luxury Tented Lodge. The perfect base to enjoy our safari.

2 Nights at St James of Knysna
The St James of Knysna Hotel is an exclusive, owner run, country house hotel situated deep in the heart of the picturesque Garden Route, directly on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon amongst stunning vistas and dramatic breathtaking views. The hotel offers beautiful accommodation in one of two wings, the Manor or the Courtyard.  The Garden Route is a nature-lover’s paradise. With pristine beaches flanked by rivers and rolling mountain ranges dotted with lush forests and valleys, the Garden Route is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque regions in South Africa, and one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the world

2 Nights Arabella Hotel & Spa in Kleinmond
Whether it’s a spa day, a round of golf or something a bit more outdoorsy you’re after, Arabella offers something for everyone. Tucked away in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Arabella is located perfectly. Other local activities include kayaking, horse-riding, and whale watching at Hermanus, on the Western Cape, recognised as one the world’s best whale watching destinations.

2 Nights at the Spier Hotel and Wine Farm
This incredible hotel is superbly located on the idyllic Spier Wine Farm – a sprawling haven dedicated to sustainability, conservation and producing truly delicious wines. Boasting beautiful scenic mountain views, the wine farm produces some spectacular award-winning wines. We enjoyed a private wine lands tour sampling the best of what South Africa had to offer!

3  Nights in Cape Town at the One&Only
The One&Only Cape Town is the largest luxury hotel in Cape Town. The hotel is fabulously located at the heart of the Victoria and Alfred waterfront within easy walking distance to the historic docks. We opted for a mountain view room as you´re right in front of Table Mountain and it really makes for a special view from your terrace. We enjoyed a private Peninsula tour with highlights such as Hout Bay, Good Hope Nature Reserve, Simons Town, Boulders Penguin Colony, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The prefect way to conclude our holiday.

Flight Time: 11 hours Time Difference: + 2 hours
High Season: November to March is the ideal time to visit
Temperature: Between 18 °C and 23 °C
Price: We paid £15,000 for 2 on this luxury break, cheaper options are available. Budget around £8,000 per couple to ensure you don’t miss out of the splendour this country has to offer. 
Somak currently have some great New Year offers, contact me to find out more and plan your perfect trip on 020 8882 0141.


  1. Awesome mannnnnnn awesome. look like a beauty full place. you are so lucky to visit that places these are beautyfull locations. natural environments huffffff i like it.
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