Destination

South Africa Holidays

Landscapes, cities, safaris

Explore the wonderfully diverse and breathtakingly beautiful South Africa; home to some of the world’s greatest. From cage diving with great white sharks and whale watching in Hermanus, to embarking on one of the best road trips of all time, The Garden Route, South Africa won’t disappoint.

Venture on a safari to see the Big Five at Kruger National Park, watch penguins waddle onto the beach in Cape Town, voted best city in the world, and tour the vineyards in Cape Winelands; there’s something for everyone. South Africa gives you the chance to combine city, safari, sea and mountains all in one trip, making it one to remember.

Why not add a beach stay on to your South African adventure? Visit Mauritius, only a four hour flight away, for a slice of paradise to end your trip.

Destination Highlights
  • Take in the view from the top of Table Mountain
  • Drive the spectacular Garden Route
  • Chill out in the serene winelands regions near Cape Town
  • See the big five in Kruger National Park
  • Visit the historic battlefields of KwaZulu Natal
  • Enjoy 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. Strict entrance policies apply for passengers traveling with children under the age of 18.
  • Language English is widely spoken
  • Flight Time Approx. 11 hours; direct flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town are available from London Heathrow. Indirect flights are available from UK airports; Emirates via Dubai and KLM via Amsterdam.
  • Health Information Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa.

Top Tips from our Experts

Robert

Destination Specialist

“Why worry about Malaria tablets? Do 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.”

Caroline

Destination Executive

“One of my best memories of South Africa is taking a bike ride around Soweto – an amazing history filled township in 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

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Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg

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Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

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Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

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Kimberley

Kimberley

South Africa

Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park
Hermanus

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Cape Whale Coast

Cape Whale Coast

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KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal
Jacaranda trees near the Union Building

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Pretoria

Pretoria

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Cape Town

Cape Town
Tsitsikamma Forest Garden Route

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Garden Route

Garden Route

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Sun City

Sun City

Types of South Africa holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Self Drive South Africa

Self Drive South Africa

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

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The Bay Hotel Camps Bay
Cape Grace

Cape Grace

Cape Town

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Cape Grace
Unique The Palace of the Lost City

Sun City - Palace of the Lost City

Sun City

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Sun City - Palace of the Lost City

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