South Africa

South Africa

a diverse and vibrant region

Home to incredible landscapes

 

South Africa is the place to go on a wildlife safari, with lions, buffalos, elephants, rhinos and other exotic animals roaming the picturesque landscapes.

Luxury South African holidays can also take you to the bustling cities of Cape Town or Johannesburg, offering an experience like no other..

Safaris and outdoor adventures

South Africa has numerous national parks and reserves where you can see wild animals. Stay in first class lodges and camps where you can wake up to the sounds of birds and animals, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine.

A safari can be experienced on the back of a 4x4 truck, or you can walk with a guide along the many trails. Perhaps the greatest place for safaris is Kruger National Park, which has over 137 species of animals and more than 500 species of birds.

For the even more adventurous, South Africa is the perfect place for rock climbing, diving, surfing, paragliding and bungee jumping.

Cape Town

Legislative capital Cape Town is where varied cultures come together. Table Mountain park features the famous flat-topped mountain that overlooks the city. The park is a great place to hike, bike and abseil among beautiful scenery.

Cape Town was designated a World Design capital in 2014, which is no surprise since the city is home to a variety of museums and art galleries. The brightly painted facades of the Bo-Kaap, the bathing chalets of Muizenberg, the Afro décor in the restaurants and the striking street art also demonstrate the talent of the city’s artists and designers.

Cape Town’s surrounding areas offer plenty to explore too. Spend some time relaxing in the Winelands, or head to Hermanus to spot whales.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the vibrant heart of South Africa. It’s a modern, expanding city with new and exciting buildings constantly popping up.

Despite its eye to the future, there are many reminders of South Africa’s past in the city. Liliesleaf Farm was the secret quarters of the ANC from 1961 to 1963, and Nelson Mandela was once captured there. History buffs can also visit the Old Fort at Constitution Hill, which dates back to 1892 and was once a notorious prison.

The Winelands

An hour’s ride from Cape Town will take you to the Winelands, where some of the best wine in South Africa is produced. There have been European settlers in the Winelands since the 17th century and you can see various examples of historic buildings in the area.

A holiday with a difference

Luxury safari holidays in South Africa are perfect for people who want to get back to nature and see some amazing wildlife. You can also visit Cape Town and Johannesburg to get to know the modern cities and discover the fascinating art, culture, cuisine and music. Contact us today to find out more.

What's here?

 

Highlights

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    The world renowned Kruger National Park, home to the Big Five, covers nearly 2 million hectares and is unrivalled in it's bio-diversity. Meanwhile, Madikwe benefits from being Malaria free and Easter Cape boasts further reserves.

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    Two icons of the rails, Rovos Rail and The Blue Train, take you you on a luxurious journey to a bygone era through some of South Africa's most stunning scenery.

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    Just a hop, skip and a jump from inland Cape Town lie the aptly named Winelands. Tour and taste your way through award winning wines whilts savouring the regions natural beauty.

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    This verdant and scneic region deserves plenty of time to discover its delights which make the most of the stunning geography. Time it right to see the migrating Southern Right Whales.

Our Destination Specialists

 

our destination specialist

Paul Jones
Paul Jones Specialist area: Asia 20 years in travel industry
Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones Specialist area: Caribbean and Indian Ocean 19 years in travel industry
Julie Crump
Julie Crump Specialist area: Africa 32 years in travel industry

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Annual weather

 
SUMMER - Dec - Feb - 25°C

With hot and dry weather between these months in the Cape especially, making it an excellent time of year for trips to Cape Town, although coastal towns are cooled by pleasant sea breezes.

AUTUMN - Mar - May - 21°C

With peak Summer crowds dying down it gets quieter towards the end of the season. The weather is warm and dry throughout the country, making it a prime time to combine regions.

WINTER - Jun - Aug - 18°C

The start of the whale watching season along the coast of the Western Cape; southern right whales can be best viewed from Hermanus and Plettenberg Bay as they come close to the shores to give birth. The weather can be cool and drizzly in the Cape.

SPRING - Sep - Nov - 23°C

In the north, the temperature and humidity starts to build, causing the odd thunderstorm. This can bring welcome rain, transforming Outback landscapes with wildflowers. Along the coast, high winds can affect access to the reef.

travel information

Find out the essentials before you go.

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    Destination

    South Africa

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    Time Difference

    GMT + 2

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    Flight Duration

    11 hours 30 minutes

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    Language(s)

    Afrikaans

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    Capital

    Cape Town

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    Currency

    South African Rand

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    Best Time To Travel

    January - April

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    Visa Needed

    UK passport holders do not require a visa

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    Combines Well With

    Namibia, Botswana

The Essentials

Private transfers are 60 minutes from Mauritius Airport / 162 Suites & The Villa / 3 Restaurants / 5 Bars / Fitness Centre / Spa / Golf Course / Aqua Gym / Water Sports / Tennis Academy / Kid’s “Only” Club for 3-11 years

When to travel

November to February is the busiest time, but March to April and September to October are popular. Whale watchers should visit July to October is a good time for safaris - it can get cold on game reserves so pack a fleece.

How to get there

YOur holiday will begin with a British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg, or British Airways to Cape Town - the average flying time about 11 hours, although as there is only a 1 hour time difference there's no tefius jet lag.

a taste of our hotels

 

Have a look at some of the amazing hotels on offer in this beautiful location

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