Into the wild

The vast open plains of South Africa’s national parks are juxtaposed against the cool cosmopolitan cities in this vast country. The remarkable scenery sets the tone for a fascinating journey as you discover the wildlife and the history that has long captivated travellers. Begin your adventure in the capital city of Cape Town, nestled between the foot of Table Mountain and the South Atlantic. Jet out to Robben Island to find out more about Nelson Mandela, and travel up the Garden Route to the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, a gateway into safari territory. Combine a safari with a cruise holiday and experience the vast, golden wilderness. Alternatively, take a river cruise along the Zambezi or Chobe for an explorer’s eye view.

A 15-night round trip cruise from Cape Town departing 22 December 2014 costs from £4,709pp including flights with Oceania Cruises (oceaniacruises.com/0845 505 1920).