Holidays to South Africa

From wildlife safaris to luxurious coastal resorts, South Africa is an extraordinary holiday destination.

South Africa is a country rich in natural beauty, full of breathtaking scenery, game-rich savannahs and spectacular coastlines. Table Mountain, Cape Town's most iconic landmark, stands watch over the city and its cable car and hiking trails provide incredible views of the city centre. Explore South Africa's sprawling vineyards. Tours offer an opportunity to learn about the wine making process and taste the vast range of vintages on offer. Head off on safari and enjoy the chance to spot the Big Five. A close up view of lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros from your game vehicle is a truly unforgettable experience. If you prefer something more leisurely, South Africa's winding coastline offers powder white beaches where you can simply chill out on the edge of the Atlantic or Indian Ocean.

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South Africa Travel Information

Direct flights from the UK to a number of South African airports. 

  • Currency: Rand 
  • Time difference: (GMT +2) 
  • Flight from UK: 12 hours 
  • Visa: Not required 
  • Language: English, Afrikaans 
  • National drink: Beer 
  • National dish: Bobotie
The international airport O. R. Tambo is outside Johannesburg. Transfers by bus or taxi.
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Activities in South Africa

The number one activity for people on holiday in South Africa is going on safari to view the great game beasts, including leopards, lions, rhinoceros and elephants. On the coast, take a boat to see whales and great white sharks or take diving lessons and get close to marine life. As you'd expect water sports are hugely popular on luxury South Africa holidays and there are many opportunities to jet-ski, parasail and water-ski as well as to enjoy more leisurely water-based activities.

Food and Drink in South Africa

Beer may be the national drink but South African wines are world-beaters in many categories. The climate is ideal for a wide variety of grapes making superb wine for aperitifs or for enjoying with a meal. International cuisine is readily available but try out some specialities. Bobotie is like an upmarket Shepherd's Pie, and hand-made farm sausages called boerewors are a tasty flame-grilled treat. You could always try a crocodile sirloin and be challenged with fried caterpillars!

Attractions in South Africa

Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula have long, golden beaches for relaxation. You can go whale watching, shop in world-class stores and take in the vibrant nightlife. The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, with stunning panoramic views, is a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers. The Garden Route is also ideal for exploring the great outdoors. It guides you through an area that's rich in natural beauty and is perfect if you're looking for adventure or just enjoy admiring the scenery. Going on safari is without doubt the main attraction when travelling to South Africa, witnessing the big 5 in the Kuger Park during a self drive holiday or head into the Sabi Sands and enjoy the luxuries of a private safari.

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