Leopard in South Africa

Destination

South Africa Holidays

Landscapes, cities and wildlife in South Africa

Wonderfully diverse and breathtakingly beautiful – there truly is something for everyone in South Africa. From rich history and fascinating culture to spectacular landscapes, abundant wildlife and a diverse array of action-packed outdoor activities. 

South Africa is home to some of the world’s greatest wildlife experiences, from cage-diving with great white sharks and whale-watching in Hermanus, to the thrill of a safari to see the Big Five at Kruger National Park and watching African penguins waddle across Boulders Beach near Cape Town

Embark on one of the best road trips of all time – The Garden Route – for stunning scenery and peaceful stop-offs at nature reserves and coastal villages; venture to cosmopolitan Cape Town – consistently voted best city in the world – and discover its many alluring facets; and tour the lush vineyards of the Cape Winelands.

South Africa gives you the chance to combine buzzy cities with tranquil rural idylls, and oceans with mountains, all in one trip, making it one to remember. Why not add a beach stay on to your South African adventure? Visit Mauritius, just a four hour flight away, for a slice of paradise to end your trip.

Destination Highlights
  • The view from the top of Table Mountain
  • Driving the spectacular Garden Route
  • The serene Winelands regions, near Cape Town
  • Seeing the Big Five in Kruger National Park
  • Visiting the historic battlefields of KwaZulu Natal
  • Whale watching in Hermanus
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT+2
  • Currency South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Visa Information British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. However, strict entrance policies apply for passengers travelling with children under the age of 18.
  • Language English is widely spoken
  • Flight Time Approx. 11 hours; South African Airways, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer daily direct flights from Heathrow to Johannesburg. British Airways also offers a daily direct service to Cape Town.
  • Health Information Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa. Please check with your GP for the most up-to-date information.

Top Tips from our Experts

Robert

Destination Specialist

“No need to worry about anti-malaria tablets if you opt to experience your safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape which sits at the end of the beautiful Garden Route.”

Verity

General Manager

“Overlooked by many, KwaZulu-Natal has some lovely beaches, it’s rich in Zulu history, and has some fantastic game reserves – so make sure to include it in your trip.”

Lucy

Destination Specialist

“One of my best memories of South Africa is taking a bike ride around Soweto – I'd recommend it for an amazing history-filled look at Johannesburg. Once home to Nelson Mandela, this vibrant neighbourhood will leave you wanting to learn more about this amazing country’s heritage.“

Our South Africa destinations

Hermanus

South Africa

Cape Whale Coast

Cape Whale Coast

South Africa

KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal
Jacaranda trees near the Union Building

South Africa

Pretoria

Pretoria
view of Lions Head and Cape Town from Table Mountain

South Africa

Cape Town

Cape Town
Tsitsikamma Forest Garden Route

South Africa

Garden Route

Garden Route

South Africa

Sun City

Sun City

South Africa

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape

South Africa

Johannesburg

Johannesburg

South Africa

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park
Cape Winelands

South Africa

Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

South Africa

Kimberley

Kimberley

South Africa

Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park

Types of South Africa holidays

South Africa Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Purple daisies with a lake and mountains in the background at sunset in Franschhoek

South Africa Tours

Tours

Self Drive South Africa

Self Drive South Africa
Elephant about to cross the road in Kruger National Park

South Africa Safaris

South Africa Safaris

South Africa Rail Holidays

South Africa Rail Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to South Africa take around 11 hours. There are currently daily direct flight options from London Heathrow to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with South African Airways and British Airways from London Heathrow. British Airways fly daily into Cape Town International Airport.

Yes – South Africa is one of the best destinations in the world to do a self drive holiday, thanks to its excellent roads and spectacular scenery along the Garden Route. South Africans drive on the left side of the road and you’ll find various car hire options across the country.

The quickest hiking route up Table Mountain takes between 1.5–2 hours while more scenic routes will take longer. If you take the cable car, expect to queue for between 30 minutes and two hours. The cable car journey takes 4–5 minutes. 

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

The Bay

The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,819 pp

The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
Cape Grace

Cape Grace

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,119 pp

Cape Grace
Unique The Palace of the Lost City

Sun City - Palace of the Lost City

Sun City

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,959 pp

Sun City - Palace of the Lost City
Unique

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Cape Whale Coast

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,609 pp

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

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