Explore: South Africa

With its vast deserts, towering mountain ranges, pristine beaches and wildlife-rich national parks, South Africa boasts some of the most beautiful and dramatic natural landscapes – many of which are Unesco World Heritage sites.
Wine region near Stellenbosch looking at Simonsberg in South Africa

Holidays to South Africa

Its geographical diversity means there’s a holiday to suit everyone right here: from wild safaris to cultural city breaks and indulgent wine tours.

South Africa is also perfect for road trips, with the famous Garden Route delivering spectacular seascapes and charming coastal towns. Alternatively, the Stellenbosch routes take you deep into wine country – where each stellar view is served with a glass of fragrant, world-class nectar.

South Africa’s geographical diversity means there’s a holiday to suit everyone right here: from wild safaris to cultural city breaks and indulgent wine tours

Where to go

South Africa is perhaps the continent’s most family-friendly safari destination – with Kruger National Park providing Big Five encounters aplenty, but with negligible risk of malaria. For the ultimate wildlife holiday, combine your safari with a spot of whale watching: at Hermanus, on the Garden Route, humpbacks and southern right whales come so close to the shore, you can watch them from dry land.

Whether you’re wildlife watching, road tripping or wine tasting, chances are your South Africa holiday will start in Cape Town – so set aside a few days to discover this fun seaside city. For starters, hike (or catch a cable car) to the top of Table Mountain for panoramic city views, and take a trip to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for eighteen years. It’s a moving, informative introduction to South Africa’s tumultuous history.

When to go

The time of year to visit will depend on the type of holiday you are after. Safari opportunities are good year-round, but accommodation at the national parks is more expensive in December/January and Easter. For beach holidays, South Africa is sunniest and driest between November and March.

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