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.
Great sample itineraries
We have a selection of South Africa tour packages available, some of our favourite South Africa itineraries are listed below. Get in touch for more options.
Cape Town And Winelands Tour
South Africa Luxury Safari Tour
Our favorite 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 Hotel, Camps Bay
Sun City - Palace of the Lost City
Explore South Africa
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.
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.
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.
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 visit South Africa
The Cape is best visited in the summer season between October to March. The Cape winter whilst having some glorious clear sunny weather can change quickly. In the north the summer (Nov to Feb) is the wet season, and whilst rain is often diurnal, the ideal time for a safari is during the dry season (from March through to Oct/Nov).
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“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! Also download the App "Dineplan" to search for South African restaurants by availability, name, area or show available restaurants based on your current location."
“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. When considering a holiday to South Africa, be sure to spend enough time in each location. South Africa should not be considered as a once in a lifetime trip. There is so much to see and do, and it is important you have time to enjoy every minute of it.”
Events & Festivals
South Africa has a variety of events and festivals held throughout the year, offering something for people of all ages and interests. Here are a few of 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.
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 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. South Africa is also home to award-winning cuisine and Michelin star quality food can be enjoyed all over the country for very affordable prices.
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.
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.
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.
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