South Africa Holidays

Track lions on a wild safari adventure, take in sweeping vistas of natural wonders, surf the ocean waves, or relax in the lap of luxury at an exclusive resort or luxury lodge. South Africa gives you a vast range of contrasting experiences you'll never forget.

South Africa

For the most intrepid and inquisitive traveller in search of inspiring adventures, South Africa holidays and tours offer a world of possibilities and amazing experiences that no other destination in the world could match. From safari thrills to sightseeing city tours and guided wine tours, South Africa truly has it all. Go for the sun-drenched beaches of the Western Cape, take a safari in a private game reserve, explore colourful cities or take it all in with one of our complete tours . in South Africa you're never short of options!

Introducing South Africa

From the cute penguins of Cape Town to the ferocious lions on the reserves, South Africa's wildlife is as diverse as its ever-changing landscapes. Let us guide you on your very own South African adventure with our hand-picked selection of amazing holiday packages that take you straight to the very heart of all the action and attractions.

You might have heard of South Africa's world-famous safari experiences and extreme wildlife adventures, but the country also offers up the height of luxury in accommodation. Spend time relaxing at a deluxe lodge out in the wild, in a pampering beachside retreat or in the comfort of a country estate on your way to investigating South African landmarks.

There is simply no other place on earth with such a combination of wildlife, adventure, history, and coastal breaks in exquisite hotels. Speak to one of our travel specialists to find out what kind of itinerary might suit you best. You could always choose to combine your South African adventure with a few extra days shopping in cosmopolitan Dubai or relaxing at a beach resort in the Indian Ocean. The possibilities are truly endless...just ask us to create a tailor-made, multi-centre holiday to South Africa that will meet all your expectations and dreams.

Experience a breathtaking luxury safari on this amazing continent

Any guide to South Africa has to start with its incredible wildlife. This is a true nature lover's fantasy. Catch a glimpse of the Big Five (lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo and elephant) on a safari reserve while staying in a luxury lodge, or watch dolphins swimming in the warm waters off the coast.

Build your very own South African experience

After all the excitement of a safari adventure or cultural city break, why not kick back for a few days on one of South Africa's many gorgeous beaches? South Africa has over 3,000 miles of coastline so we're here to help you choose the right spot for you.

There is an unequalled breadth of holiday options in South Africa. To enjoy some or all of these on the same trip, talk to our South Africa travel experts. They're on hand to help and make your dream holiday package come true.

South Africa - Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. How big is South Africa?
  7. Is South Africa safe?
  8. Is South Africa a good family destination?

When is the best time to go?

South Africa can be visited at any time, with mild weather conditions throughout the year. However, depending on what you want to do on your holiday, some seasons are better than others. For active breaks that will involve hiking or cycling, it's best to travel in the winter (between June and September). This is also the ideal time for wildlife-watching breaks, as animals tend to congregate around water holes due to the lower rainfall. The busiest period tends to be around Christmas and into January, which is when the schools are on holiday and the weather is at its warmest.

Do you need a visa?

British citizens and most EU citizens, as well as U.S. nationals and Australians don't need a visa for holidays in South Africa lasting up to 90 days, although your passport needs to be valid for at least 30 days after your date of departure from South Africa. Immigration officials may require you to have at least two blank pages in your passport.

How can I get there?

There are regular direct flights from the UK to South Africa, with British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic all operating services from London to Cape Town. The average flight time to South Africa is between 11 and 12 hours.

What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The local currency is the South African rand and it is easy to exchange U.S. dollars, Euros and sterling once you arrive in the country. There are ATMs in all of South Africa's major cities but do exercise caution when you're using them though. Credit cards - particularly MasterCard and Visa - are widely accepted across the nation.

What is there to see and do?

South Africa is an incredibly diverse country, with a lot of varied attractions. Cape Town is one of the most popular cities to visit and has a wonderful mixture of cultural, historical and natural attractions - most notably Table Mountain, Robben Island and a host of museums. There are numerous national parks within South Africa that present outstanding wildlife-watching opportunities, with Kruger National Park standing out as the best known of these. Head here for a chance to see some of Africa's spectacular wildlife, including giraffes, rhinos and lions. The Western Cape region is home to some of the country's top wineries, so a vineyard tour to the likes of Stellenbosch or Franschhoek is a must if you're keen to sample a few of the local vintages. In the Eastern Cape along the Garden Route there are some fantastic beaches and dramatic sections of coastline. Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay, which is a haven for surfers, are both worth a visit. There is a wide array of activities on

How big is South Africa?

With an area of more than 1,200,000 sq. km, South Africa is five times the size of the UK. As a result, it is home to a wide variety of landscapes and cultures that you can discover on your holiday.

Is South Africa safe?

The main tourist destinations in South Africa are generally safe, but it is advisable to take precautions, particularly against theft. Keep your money and valuables - including cameras and phones - out of sight when you are walking around and make sure your bag is always with you. It's also sensible to avoid walking alone at night and to stick to the main tourist areas when you're out and about after dark.

Is South Africa a good family destination?

South Africa is an excellent destination for families, with plenty of family-friendly hotels available, as well as a wide variety of attractions that will capture the imaginations of parents and children alike.

 

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