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South Africa Holidays

Located at the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa is young at heart, friendly and vibrantly multicultural. Few places on earth offer such excellent and ethical wildlife encounters; the scenery is beautiful and varied, the history rich and the music, art, food and dance a fusion of everything that’s unique to this most colourful of rainbow nations. With so much on offer, there is plenty to see and do. Safari in Kruger National Park or one of the lesser-known reserves, travel aboard the prestigious Blue Train, soak up the atmosphere of cosmopolitan Cape Town and relax in the vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Hit the road and follow the Garden Route through charming towns and spectacular scenery to Port Elizabeth, incorporate the historic battlefield sites in KwaZulu Natal and learn about South Africa’s difficult past at the Apartheid museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island. With an excellent range of accommodation and modern infrastructure, South Africa is easy to explore and rewarding to visit.

Places to visit in South Africa

From searching for the big five and admiring the many natural wonders to learning about cultural traditions and the country’s fascinating heritage, South Africa, the rainbow nation, is a diverse country full of exciting experiences. Explore cosmopolitan Cape Town, visit the beautiful winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek or spot wales off the coast of Hermanus as you journey around the Western Cape. Soak up the striking coastal vistas along the Garden Route and explore wild national parks. Learn about the conservation efforts in place at game reserves in the Eastern Cape or uncover the historic significance of the Kwa-Zulu Natal region. Perhaps travel on the iconic Blue Train between Cape Town and Pretoria, or enjoy game viewing in Kruger National Park.

When to Visit South Africa

This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country.
Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

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South Africa is a fantastic destination to visit throughout the year. Located in the southern hemisphere, South Africa's seasons are in reverse to the UK with December and January the height of summer with hot temperatures and the peak time for tourism. South Africa’s autumnal months, May and June, offer warm days and cooler evenings. July and August is the winter where the weather can be chilly in certain regions and sometimes wet. Conversely this is the best time for wildlife safaris, predominately in the north of the country, as well as whale watching off the southern coast. Much like autumn, spring in South Africa offers warmer days and cooler nights and is also an excellent time of year to view wildlife.

Essential Information

Capital: Pretoria Main Language: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English
Time Zone: GMT + 2 Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)

Accommodation in South Africa

There is a vast range of accommodation types on offer in South Africa, including top-end hotels with world-class facilities, modest or boutique guesthouses, mid-range hotels, cosy bed and breakfasts, historic buildings, campsites and safari lodges. Often visitors will stay in more than one town or city so may experience different types of accommodations during one holiday. In cities and large towns there is plenty of choice to suit all budgets and personal preferences whereas in smaller towns or rural locations the choice may be slightly limited.

South Africa Holiday Review

Just to let you know that we are now home after a fantastic time in South Africa.

When I booked this I never dreamed we would be lucky to do so much: Table Mountain, townships, wine, shark diving, swimming with seals, by chance falling on a complete school of dolphins and getting to swim with them, lots of whales. Not forgetting all our wildlife, topped off by watching a pack of white lions devour their zebra kill.

All our accommodation was fantastic and Pumba Game Reserve is out of this world. The driving didn't phase us and if anything allowed us to go for lunch/coffee off the beaten track. Night driving was the biggest experience. We loved it and have about 2000 photos between us. Everyone was so helpful to me... wouldn't have been able to do half of the activities without them.

Thanks for organising such a great trip for us.

AN - South Africa - October 2015

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