I have been booking with DialAFlight for many years. Ian is the best
Amy was so helpful. I was in a state booking a ticket in a family emergency. She made sure I got the best deal and helped by changing my ticket so that I could get to my family as quickly as possible.
Family crisis. Very effective in an emergency. Thanks to your team for advice.
Thank you for ALL your help in booking my flight to Johannesburg. I'll be in touch for my next trip.
Service and personal manner of Oli and other sales staff was really touching and just brilliant.
Competitive flights package with usual top quality service
Everything went really well.Thank you.
Everything was great. Just not very impressed with British Airways. Prefer to fly with Virgin.
Wonderful trip to Johannesburg, Namibia, Franschhoek and Cape Town. Thanks to Kelly
A very professional company with seemingly well versed and educated staff. Really consultative without the usual drama
Very good service, thank you.
Mant thanks for your help.
Great service. Our agent whom we booked through remained available to answer questions, assist and adjust booking requirements throughout the whole process.
A first class service as always going above and beyond!
Thank you to DialAFlight, especially my consultant Leo, for being for so kind, patient and explaining everything. The follow up calls towards the departure date were also very reassuring
Turkish Airlines are OK but transferring through their new Istanbul airport is a real pain. It is vast and takes a very long walk and time to transfer.
Excellent flights, efficient booking - feel very confident booking with DialAFlight.
Spencer and Matthew really helpful. I couldn't print boarding cards so they did these for me and scanned them to me. Your staff are brilliant - really helpful and nothing too much trouble.
Always get good service from DialAFlight
Thank you so much for organising our trip, it was fantastic!
Billy was first class
As always with DialAFlight, everything went according to plan. Virgin premium economy very worthwhile. Thanks to Ian and your team for a great trip!
Very helpful once again. All went smoothly
The food on the return flight was abysmal considering being in premium economy.
Get BA to rethink their meal times on the return from Durban. They served breakfast about 08.00 but no lunch until 17.30. Awful long time between meals on a daytime flight
Lily has been great in organising our last few trips. We will be back in touch with her again for our next adventure for sure.
Scott was amazing. Have already recommended him to a friend for flights to SA and Zimbabwe
Everything always goes smooothly.
Once again Helen provided exceptional help and advice. Arrangements worked perfectly.
South Africa is one of the most remarkable places you’ll ever visit and with the pound strong against the rand, now is the perfect time to see this beautiful and rewarding rainbow nation.
As a South African and animal lover, it’s always the wildlife that draws me back to my home. This time I’m on the hunt for the Big Five: lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino.
And there is no better place to spot all these in their natural environment than at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve - a National Geographic 'Unique Lodge of the World'.
Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the animals are free to roam the non-fenced boundary between the national park and 65,000 hectares of the Sabi Sands. I plan to drive from Joburg’s O.R. Tambo airport to Sabi Sabi before heading to the Drakensburg Mountains, a World Heritage site, and on to Durban, where I grew up.
The reserve does do its own transfers and has a landing strip for guests but what I enjoy most about SA is the vast landscape and the interesting sites along the way, so I’ve chosen the five-hour drive.
I’ll be staying at Sabi’s Earth Lodge, which is simply out of this world. When I arrive, welcomed by a cool drink and a smiling member of staff, I can see exactly why. It’s surrounded by lush vegetation and is chiselled into the landscape to make it invisible from afar.
It also has the wildlife and on my first morning at sunrise I'm lucky enough to watch a large herd of elephant making its way through the camp.
The lodge has 13 luxurious suites, each with a plunge pool and stone bath. It’s late afternoon when I arrive and I’ve missed the usual departure of 3.30pm for an afternoon drive, but my ranger Justin and his tracker Petro still offer to take me for some sundowners where we can hopefully catch sight of some wildlife.
We drive barely a few miles before we come across a herd of elephants and in no time we’re surrounded. As they rumble past, manoeuvring their trunks through the trees, my heart feels like it’s going to burst.
I was lucky enough to grow up in South Africa and have spent time in the bush before but I’ve never been quite so close to a herd as large as this.
But my main request for Justin and Petro is that they find me a leopard and a few days later, I’m lucky enough to spend a good hour with one.
Maxabeni is a powerful and confident young male leopard who allows us to follow him. Watching his sleek body move through the vegetation makes me realise just how powerful and nimble these cats are. And they’re smart, adapting and using their environment to hunt.
Justin explains that Maxabeni had become so comfortable with the safari vehicles that he had learned to use them as cover before pouncing on unsuspecting impala.
RELAX AND REFUEL
Sabi Sabi knows how to feed its guests. As soon as you wake, you’re given a selection of pastries and yoghurts, before being taken on a morning drive. While out you stop for hot drinks and rusks – a twice-baked bread, popular with South Africans – before returning to the lodge for a full breakfast.
You get a few hours to relax before lunch is served - followed shortly by afternoon tea.
At around 3.30pm you’re taken for a drive before returning to dinner – usually six courses
Be prepared to put on weight! After four days my waistline is screaming to leave, but I want to stay longer. There's nothing like going to bed with the sound of lions reverberating through the night.
And as I wave goodbye to Justin and Petro, I feel I’m leaving old friends. I drive to a hotel in the Drakensburg Mountains – a four-hour trip – but stop at Joburg along the way, the perfect place to stop for lazy lunches and curio shopping.
Driving through the long, winding roads makes you realise how vast the country is and you get the chance to glimpse the lives of locals. Villages are bustling with schoolchildren who dance and wave at you.
I’m staying at Cathedral Peak Hotel, perfect to relax for a weekend with its golf course and swimming pool. It’s a splendid base for hiking, off-road biking or horse riding.
After a few days in the mountains I head to Durban for some sun and surf. The combination of centres has made for one wildly brilliantly trip.