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South Africa Holidays

South Africa holidays are magical, humbling, awe-inspiring adventures that will leave an everlasting imprint in your mind. Whether you like to immerse yourself in city life, connect with nature or learn about the history and culture of a place, we have a wide range of South Africa tours that offer it all.

Discover all that South African holidays have to offer with life-changing luxury safaris, city escapes, sunny surfing spots, indulgent wine tours and more. South Africa is known as ‘a world in one country’ and when you visit, you’ll understand why. Hike one of the worlds seven new wonders; Table Mountain, search for the big five on a safari in Kruger National Park and see the best of South Africa’s impressive mountain scenery, spectacular gorges and breathtaking coastlines along the infamous South Africa Garden Route tour.

Bring dreams to life exploring the ‘Rainbow Nation’

This culturally diverse part of Africa is overflowing with history and boasts some of the world’s most breathtaking, untouched natural beauty spots, teeming with wildlife. Our Grand Tour Of South Africa itinerary is perfect for first-time visitors or return visitors to South Africa looking to see the best of everything on a South Africa holiday. This action-packed tour enables you to soak up South Africa’s history and culture in cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town and see the most incredible wildlife, landmarks and spellbinding scenery on a South African safari.

South Africa holidays offer an unforgettable experience to everyone. Whatever holiday plans you dream of, give our Destination Specialists a call today and we’ll help you put together a life-changing tailor made South Africa holiday package.

Destination Highlights
  • Soak up the rich culture of Johannesburg and take a bike ride around the colourful streets of Soweto
  • Visit the historic battlefields of KwaZulu Natal, an eye-opening tour that uncovers some of South Africa's turbulent history
  • Venture out on an exhilarating boat trip where you can catch a glimpse of breaching whales in Hermanus
  • Visit Kirstenbosch, one of the great Botanical Gardens of the world, nestled at the foot of Cape Town’s famous landmark, Table Mountain

Our favourite hotels

As experts in the field of travel for over 65 years, we’ve handpicked an impressive choice of South Africa resorts and South Africa Hotels for you to choose from below. If you can't see what you're looking for, give us a call to discuss the best places to stay in South Africa.

The Bay

The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,499 pp

The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
Cape Grace

Cape Grace

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,399 pp

Cape Grace
Unique The Palace of the Lost City

Sun City - Palace of the Lost City

Sun City

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,299 pp

Sun City - Palace of the Lost City
Unique

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Cape Whale Coast

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,299 pp

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Time Zone

GMT+2

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.

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

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.

Dramatic scenery, award-winning restaurants and bewitching wildlife are all reasons to visit South Africa, a country with over 1,500 miles of coastline and a utopia for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five and you’ll fall head over heels for this country once you’ve tasted a glass of its finest cabernet sauvignon – especially if it’s poured in the heart of the Winelands.

  • Lions Head and Cape Town

    Table Mountain

    Table Mountain has become an iconic landmark of South Africa due to its prominent position, overlooking the city of Cape Town, and distinctive flat-top formation. With a rich biodiversity, Table Mountain attracts many visitors who either use the cableway or hike up to the plateau.

  • Drive The Garden Route

    Experience South Africa's spectacular beauty as you take a leisurely drive along the famous Garden Route; stretching along the south-western coast and dotted with stunning viewpoints, from lakes and mountains to golden beaches and verdant forests, this is a road trip that's not to be missed.

  • Elephant in Kruger National Park

    Kruger National Park

    A visit to Kruger National Park offers an abundance of wildlife and mesmerising landscapes, from mountains to open savannah and tropical forests.

  • Franschhoek

    Cape Winelands

    As well as world-class wine, Cape Winelands boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa. From Franschhoek to Montagu, and Paarl to Stellenbosch, you'll find beautiful landscapes of rolling hills and mountains.

Best Time to Go to South Africa

South Africa is a year-round destination due to its various seasonal events, natural occurrences and regional climates. If you are looking to enjoy cooler weather and activities such as whale watching, July and November are best. For hot, dry weather, great whilst on a safari, head there between November and February, with the tail end of the summer season perfect for a visit to the Winelands region.

 

Select month

Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
22ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
27ºC
93mm
Johannesburg
21ºC
128mm
Sun City
24ºC
94mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
94mm
Pretoria
24ºC
103mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
23ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
26ºC
93mm
Johannesburg
20ºC
144mm
Sun City
24ºC
64mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
63mm
Pretoria
23ºC
113mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
21ºC
30mm
Kruger National Park
25ºC
68mm
Johannesburg
19ºC
102mm
Sun City
23ºC
61mm
Pilanesberg National Park
23ºC
61mm
Pretoria
22ºC
82mm

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
18ºC
50mm
Kruger National Park
23ºC
37mm
Johannesburg
16ºC
40mm
Sun City
20ºC
42mm
Pilanesberg National Park
20ºC
42mm
Pretoria
19ºC
44mm

Average weather in May

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
16ºC
70mm
Kruger National Park
20ºC
14mm
Johannesburg
14ºC
25mm
Sun City
16ºC
8mm
Pilanesberg National Park
16ºC
9mm
Pretoria
16ºC
18mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
90mm
Kruger National Park
16ºC
11mm
Johannesburg
10ºC
10mm
Sun City
13ºC
3mm
Pilanesberg National Park
13ºC
3mm
Pretoria
12ºC
9mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
100mm
Kruger National Park
17ºC
12mm
Johannesburg
11ºC
4mm
Sun City
13ºC
13mm
Pilanesberg National Park
13ºC
13mm
Pretoria
13ºC
3mm

Average weather in August

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
70mm
Kruger National Park
18ºC
9mm
Johannesburg
14ºC
14mm
Sun City
16ºC
7mm
Pilanesberg National Park
16ºC
7mm
Pretoria
16ºC
2mm

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
14ºC
50mm
Kruger National Park
21ºC
26mm
Johannesburg
16ºC
20mm
Sun City
20ºC
10mm
Pilanesberg National Park
20ºC
10mm
Pretoria
20ºC
20mm

Average weather in October

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
16ºC
40mm
Kruger National Park
23ºC
43mm
Johannesburg
18ºC
78mm
Sun City
23ºC
51mm
Pilanesberg National Park
23ºC
51mm
Pretoria
22ºC
71mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
18ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
24ºC
66mm
Johannesburg
19ºC
100mm
Sun City
24ºC
84mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
84mm
Pretoria
23ºC
108mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
20ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
26ºC
94mm
Johannesburg
20ºC
151mm
Sun City
24ºC
73mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
73mm
Pretoria
23ºC
108mm
  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “If using public transport try to use metered taxis or download the Uber app to your phone to help prevent any issues with prices. If you do end up getting into a taxi without a meter make sure you agree on a price before you go and don't be afraid to haggle!"

     

  • Christie, Destination Executive

    Christie

    Destination Executive

    “Wine lovers and foodies should check out The Paarl Wine Route. Renowned for its rich, full-bodied, spicy red and crisp white wines, it’s the second oldest in the country. Paarl is also home to a couple of Craft breweries, olives groves and olive oil producers.”

     

South Africa events and festivals

South Africa has a huge variety of events and festivals held throughout the year, offering something for people of all ages and interests. Here are our top picks.

 

  • Soweto Jazz Festival

    A four-day music and arts festival dedicated to the Johannesburg region that features bright and colourful market stalls and local street foods. Held at the Soweto Theatre mid-June.

  • Afrikaburn

    Africa’s regional burn – a smaller version of the United States’ Burning Man held from April to May. This exotic fire festival in the desolate heart of the Tankwa Karoo will blow your mind with its crazy art, burning structures, costumes, performances, theme camps, music and more.

     

  • The Rand Show

    South Africa's largest family event staged annually at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. This 10-day event in April has rides, shows, fashion, beauty, motor racing and more. A great family day out. 

  • Knysna Oyster Festival

    One of the most popular annual events in the Western Cape. Enjoy oysters, served naked, cooked or garnished at over 30 local Tabasco Hotspots throughout the festival. There will be live music and comedy, bike races and marathons. This event is held in June and offers a fun day out for everyone.

     

     

     

South African cuisine

South Africa’s cuisine has been greatly influenced not only by the indigenous population but by the French, Malaysian, Indian and Dutch. Many of South Africa’s traditional dishes such as curries and stews, are colourful and packed full of flavour, sure to excite even the most cultured palate.

  • Biltong

    Probably one of South Africa’s most popular and best-known foods, this delicious cured meat is air dried and often flavoured with various different spices. A great snack, high in protein, that can be enjoyed any time of day.

  • Chakalaka

    Born in the townships of South Africa, chakalaka is a simple, spicy vegetarian dish which consists of onions, tomatoes and often beans. Can be served hot or cold with bread, pap or as a side dish with meat.

     

  • Bobotie

    A traditional meat-based oven bake made with a blend of dried fruits, spiced beef or lamb and an egg-based topping. Very similar to moussaka.

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
Lions Head and Cape Town

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

Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park

Types of South Africa holidays

South Africa Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

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. 

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