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Giltedge Travel : The African Safari Experts

Giltedge Travel is an award-winning, luxury inbound tour operator with an in-depth knowledge of southern and eastern Africa and the magnificent Indian Ocean islands.

Giltedge, recognised as being a specialist in creating tailor-made itineraries for the discerning traveller, offers self-drive itineraries throughout southern Africa, fly-in safaris and game-lodge experiences, luxury train travel, vehicle hire, luxury hotel and guest-house accommodation, meet-and-assist services at major airports, qualified SATOUR-registered tour guides (including foreign-language guides), special-interest tours, air and boat charter, chauffeur-drive services and IATA ticketing for all international and domestic airfare requirements, as well as mobile phone rentals.

Get in touch - tell us your travel requirements and we’ll create the African holiday of a lifetime for you.

Giltedge Travel : Offices

South Africa Office

Lisa’s Way, Silversteen Estate
Tokai, Cape Town 7945

Tel: +27 21 713 0296
UK Toll Free: 0800 680 0423
Aus Toll Free: 1 800 737 403

USA Office

5656 Bee Caves Road,
Suite F-201
Austin, TX 78746

Tel: 512 697-3676
Toll Free: 1 877 511-6860


African Honeymoons

There is something about Africa that encourages romance. The vast open plains, the wildness of the landscapes, the roar of lions shattering the peace of the African bush and the sense of standing where the first men stood combine to create a romantic safari destination like no other.

The pull of white sand beaches, dramatic peninsulas and romantic coastal resorts are irresistible to those seeking to celebrate their love, rekindle old flames and stir new ones.

The ancient landscapes are dotted with luxury lodges outfitted to offer you stylish comfort during your romantic getaway. Spend the days exploring the African bush on foot or game vehicle, drift through the skies in a hot air balloon or relax in private plunge pools overlooking waterholes. The coastline of the continent and the gorgeous islands offshore offer miles of pristine beaches, luxury hotels and romantic experiences for lovers wanting to immerse themselves in a unique African experience.

Giltedge Travel’s luxury African safari team will help you put together a holiday itinerary to celebrate your love, whether you want to do that in sophisticated South Africa, the mysterious Okavango Delta, awe-inspiring Victoria Falls or the gorgeous island destinations off the coastline of Mozambique and the white sand splendour of the Seychelles or Mauritius.

Tying the knot? African weddings can be held in a wide variety of stunning locations, on the beaches or wine estates of the Cape, in the African bush, on small islands in big rivers or on romantic islands. Giltedge Travel can assist you in choosing a dreamlike setting to celebrate your special day.

Honeymoon Packages

Sand, Sea & Safari
On this exclusive bush and beach vacation we combine the thrill of a luxury Big Five safari in the renowned Sabi Sand Reserve with the carefree sun and sea of romantic Mozambique. Combine the best of both worlds from luxury settings that are beyond compare.

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South African Love Affair
Celebrate your romance with this classic retreat to South Africa’s most idyllic destinations. Savour lazy days spent uncovering the Cape before embarking on a luxurious rail journey meandering through majestic Karoo landscapes. End this tour exploring the wild beauty of Africa in the renowned Kruger National Park, home to an abundance of wildlife including the Big Five.

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Honeymoons in KwaZulu-Natal {Durban}

KwaZulu-Natal is the home of the powerful Zulu nation. The province’s largest city, Durban, has an easy-going atmosphere, a famously mild subtropical climate and a large Indian population, whose cuisine and culture have left an indelible stamp on the city. A short drive north is the town of Umhlanga, with its luxury hotels and guesthouses, long sandy beaches and cosmopolitan village centre. From here the highway links seaside towns in rapid succession, passing by lush subtropical vegetation and vast sugar-cane plantations.

Northern KwaZulu-Natal, also known as Maputaland or the Elephant Coast, is home to the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, the largest protected wetland in southern Africa; several Big Five game reserves;  Sodwana Bay, where you can dive with ragged-tooth sharks; and Aliwal Shoal, the world-famous diving destination.

Situated between the coast and the foothills of the magnificent Drakensberg lies the Midlands, with its famous Midlands Meander – a rural route that takes you through villages and hamlets and into the studios of crafters and artists.

The Drakensberg Mountains are truly spectacular. Whether you visit for a taste of the culture and history of the people who once lived and fought in dramatic battles here, for bracing hikes and mountain walks or simply to enjoy mountain air, there is no shortage of impressive and memorable vistas.

Highlights and suggested day tours during any trip to KwaZulu-Natal include:

  • Valley of a Thousand Hills
  • Discover the eclectic Midlands Meander
  • The historic battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana
  • Enjoy a full day excursion to the historic Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • Take in a full day Zulu experience at Shakaland
  • Explore the Drakensberg, a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site

Featured Tours

Giltedge is recognised as a specialist in creating tailor-made itineraries for the discerning traveller. We have over ten years experience in creating comprehensive itineraries for every conceivable type of African adventure, luxury safari or special interest travel group.

Tours & Safaris

Giltedge Travel has an intimate knowledge of southern and eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands and is recognised as being the specialist in creating tailor-made itineraries for the discerning traveller.

We have a team of experienced consultants to help plan your client’s dream holiday. We all have a true passion for Africa and the Indian Ocean islands and regularly visit the countries in our portfolio, so you can rely on our first-hand knowledge in planning an itinerary that exceeds expectations with professional and dedicated service to match.

Tours & Safaris by Type

Below are the popular types of itinerary which we regularly cater for:

African Safaris

Interact with the mysteries and wonders of Africa in a luxurious, decadent and upmarket style. Giltedge Travel’s luxury African safaris are intimate experiences for discerning guests and offer you a personalised encounter with this ancient continent, its culture, magnificent scenery and awesome wildlife.

The stillness of the night punctured by a lion’s roar, a river cruise interrupted by gigantic elephants having a bath, the short-sighted rhino you will see on game drives and the opportunity to spot elusive leopards and endangered animals while staying in luxury safari accommodation in the African wilderness add up to an exclusive experience. But these are not the only bespoke experiences on offer, you can explore the continent’s rivers and oceans by yacht, cross the deserts and varied landscapes on an upmarket rail safari, fly over its mountains and ancient volcanic craters by jet or immerse yourself in cosmopolitan urban culture while staying in the best city hotel suites available.

Choose from Giltedge Travel’s luxury safari destinations across Southern Africa, the ancient dunes in Namibia, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, see animals migrating across the Serengeti Plains in Kenya and Tanzania and experience the lush offerings of South Africa. Revel in the magnificent scenery and sights on offer while relaxing into your African vacation.

Conducted in comfort and style, these safari vacations can be tailor made to suit your individual needs from stylish lodges and resorts to luxury camping in the African bush. If your soul is calling for the deep silence of the bush, punctuated by the calls of birds, the rushing of water in waterfalls and rivers or the sound of the slow drift of sands over ancient dunes, contact the Giltedge Travel team and realise your ideal African safari dream today.

Effortless Southern Africa
Effortlessly combine some of Southern Africa’s most scenic highlights on this seven day adventure. Experience the thrill of a Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park, together with the magic of the incredible Victoria Falls, and an enchanting river safari onboard a luxury houseboat on the renowned Chobe River.

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Southern African Dream
This tour combines the highlights of Southern Africa’s most enchanting regions… Explore colourful Cape Town, the superb Cape Winelands and the greenery of the Garden Route before jetting off to the renowned Sabi Sand reserve for exhilarating encounters with Africa’s Big Five. End this tour with spectacular views of the cascading Victoria Falls and a mokoro trip in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

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East Africa & The Spice Islands
This classic tour explores the treasures of East Africa. Begin in the vibrant city of Nairobi, before discovering the wonders of the famous Masai Mara, the Great Rift Valley and its lakes and Amboseli. Marvel at the ancient Ngorongoro Crater before heading to Lake Manyara famous for its tree-climbing lions. End your tour in tropical Zanzibar.

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Gourmet Safaris

Savour a variety of flavours in breath-taking locations among sun-drenched landscapes lapped by two oceans and lush valleys lined with vineyards. Get a taste of the Cape’s cosmopolitan essence and unique blend of cuisines, cultures heritage and history.

Take part in interactive cooking sprees. Discover the delights of Cape Malay cuisine while in the Constantia valley - and authentic South African specialities on a three day culinary excursion in a charming Karoo town.

Visit classic and contemporary wine estates. Taste Old World & New World wine styles, unearthing their terroir. Meet respected foodies and acclaimed chefs. Tantalise your taste buds – ‘fine dine’ at award winning restaurants in the city and in Stellenbosch, the heart of the Cape Winelands.

Stay at magnificent Relais & Chateaux properties in Cape Town, Franschhoek, the gourmet capital and Hermanus, the seaside resort, and traditional Karoo cottages in Prince Albert.
Embark on an epicurean expedition: relish bounty from the Mediterranean – cold pressed olive oils, sun ripened fruits, fresh fish; flavourful game from the veld and succulent lamb from the Karoo, washed down with stylish wines.

Engage your senses on a journey through enchanting landscapes filled with gastronomic delights – in summer time. Opt for the experience of a lifetime – extend your trip with a luxury safari to see ‘the Big Five.’

Gourmet Tour

This extraordinary gourmet and wine tour is designed for those guests who are passionate about food and who wish to experience all there is on offer at our award-winning restaurants and wine estates. An equally important aspect of these tours is the opportunity to meet executive chefs and winemakers who introduce the best the Cape has to offer. Enjoy visits to open-air farmers’ markets, hands-on cooking classes in historic towns and unusual venues, and dine in extraordinary settings.

Tour Dates: 22 to 29 January 2012
Duration: 07 Nights

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Beach Escapes

Africa’s coastline sparkles! In South Africa eighteen local beaches currently hold Blue Flag Awards, the international rating and recognition for their environmental, tourist-friendly and safety standards. Surfers and kite surfers flock to many of our beaches to capitalise on ideal conditions. Mozambique is home to pristine beaches and the wild East African coastline is renowned for its beauty.

For a more ‘classic’ beach experience, a mere flight from Cape Town or Johannesburg to one of the Indian Ocean islands transports you to a world of glorious tropical sunshine and long lazy days on pristine subtropical beaches.

Have the best of both worlds by choosing a ‘bush and beach’ tour with Giltedge Travel. Your luxury safari holiday in Africa can easily be combined with a laidback beach destination. This unbeatable combination allows you to interact with the game of Africa in luxury reserves and destinations and then relax on the pristine beaches found along the beautiful coastlines. The contrast between the earthy grandeur of the wild African bush and the careless lifestyle on the beautiful coastline adds another level of enjoyment to your African holiday.

City, Safari & Sea
This journey of discovery offers you the best KwaZulu-Natal has to offer… from an eclectic mix of cultures in Durban to Africa’s magical wilderness and the luxury of endless stretches of sun-drenched beaches.

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Bush & Beach
Forget the world on this eight night bush and beach escape. We combine a thrilling safari adventure in the untamed Greater Kruger National Park with the romance of the untouched, white sandy beaches of Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago.

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Spa & Wellness

Sensual pleasures await you in the beautiful settings of Africa

Indulge in a sensual spa and wellness vacation experience in beautiful and majestic Africa. Set in stunning, naturally beautiful locations with world-class facilities, luxury amenities and professionally trained therapists, these holistic experiences promise to invigorate tired bodies and minds as well as provide inspiration when your vacation is over.

These wellness experiences range from yoga and meditation retreats to professional urban spas in cosmopolitan cities as well as luxury indulgences in far-flung game reserves situated deep in the heart of the African bush. This unbeatable combination of wellness and wilderness is an experience not to be missed as is the chance to enjoy a superlative African safari while on a wellness vacation.

Treatments range from the classic European-style therapies and cutting-edge products to more traditional African treatments using natural products and therapies which have been honed over centuries. Whatever you choose, you can indulge in them in countries such as Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, stunning Victoria Falls and the magical East African destinations of Tanzania and Kenya. You might want the exotic ambience of romantic Morocco, the tranquil perfection of the islands of the Seychelles or the chance to immerse yourself in the diverse charms of South Africa, located at the very tip of the continent. The natural setting of desert, ocean, mountain or bush complements the luxurious nature of a spa and wellness vacation in Africa where you will stay in premium lodges and be pampered by well-trained and attentive staff.

The Very Finest

Decadent African luxury holidays for the most discerning traveler

Our luxury african safaris promises a decadent and intimate experience for discerning guests looking to explore this ancient continent, immerse themselves in its culture, magnificent scenery and view its awesome wildlife. Grab the opportunity to spot elusive leopards and get up-close to endangered animals, watch the mighty lion take down its prey or Africa’s
massive elephants having a bath. All the while staying in the most exclusive lodges and enjoying bespoke experiences and activities.

You can explore the continent’s rivers and oceans by yacht, cross the deserts and varied landscapes on an upmarket rail safari, fly over its mountains and ancient volcanic craters by jet or immerse yourself in cosmopolitan urban culture while staying in the best city hotel suites and penthouses available. These bespoke luxury safaris are conducted in sheer luxury and style and can be tailor made to suit individual needs and inclinations.

Choose from exploring the ancient dunes of Namibia, the mysterious waters of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, experiencing the annual migration of animals across the Serengeti Plains in Kenya and Tanzania and do it all in the style to which you are accustomed. There are exquisite bush lodges, sophisticated five-star hotels, classic and elegant tented safari options – anything that you can dream of, can happen in Africa.

Realize your dream of a luxury African safari today and look forward to a bespoke experience befitting a discerning traveler looking for the luxurious, the unusual, the superlative and the meaningful. It can all happen in Africa.

Rovos Rail (train)

Experience the extravagant elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious train in the world. Rovos Rail’s unique train safaris through the heart of Africa combine some of the most magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel. The three beautifully rebuilt classic trains each carry up to a maximum of 72 passengers, who are accommodated in the most spacious train suites in the world, with fine wood paneling and Edwardian period features, as well as every modern convenience and comfort. Each of the four Royal Suites (16 square metres) has its own private lounge area and features a full en-suite bathroom with shower and Victorian bath. Each Deluxe Suite (11 square metres) has a lounge area and private bathroom with a shower, while the Pullman Suites (7 square metres) have a room with a bench seat during the day that converts to double or twin bunk in the evening. They also have en-suite bathrooms with a shower. Traditional furnishings and period décor ensures an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur in the dining, lounge and observation cars.

Choose from a series of train journeys lasting from 48 hours to a fortnight. Join us on the 14-day Dares Salaam Sojourn, the two-day trip between Cape Town and Pretoria, the 55-hour Game Safari from Pretoria to Durban, the 48-hour meander between Pretoria and Victoria Falls, the nine-day Namibian Special, the nine day Collage between Pretoria, Kruger Park, Durban and Cape Town, or the exciting nine-day Golf Safari.