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Explore an extraordinary and diverse land of wildlife and winelands
A holiday to South Africa is unforgettable – breathtakingly diverse in landscape and visitor experiences. Many first-time visitors make a beeline for the Cape, the Garden Route and Kruger National Park, and with good reason, but this amazing land rewards a longer-than-usual stay, giving you a chance to enjoy less well-known adventures such as the scenery and battlefields of KwaZulu Natal and the fascinating blend of cultures in Gauteng.
- Kruger National Park - home to the Big Five and a great selection of safari lodges
- Explore the buzzing V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and take the cable car up Iconic Table Mountain
- The beautiful lodges make the Eastern Cape ideal for safari first-timers or families
- We have a great selection of rail journeys to help make visiting this fascinating country even more memorable
- The Garden Route makes for a wonderful self-drive adventure.
Best time to visit South Africa
• South Africa lies in the Southern Hemisphere, therefore the seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.
• December and January are the main summer holiday months.
• In May and June, autumn brings warm days and cool nights.
• Autumn and spring are the best seasons for hiking.
• From the beginning of July to the end of September, you can expect cold conditions in most of the country and rain in the Western Cape.
South Africa holiday highlights
South Africa Holiday Highlights
• The picturesque Western Cape and enticing Cape Town, with iconic Table Mountain, notorious Robben Island and the excellent bars and restaurants of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The famous Winelands with over 200 notable cellars to visit.
• See the Big Five at any of South Africa's premier Game Reserves, from the fearsome wilds of Kruger National Park to the malaria free private reserves of the Eastern Cape.
• Drive along the inspirational Garden Route with its pristine beaches, majestic mountains, lush forests, wild flower meadows and hospitable towns and villages.
• Johannesburg, now transformed, offering quiet gentility and bohemian chic. The greenery of Pretoria, little known capital city - over 100 open spaces include bird sanctuaries, expansive parks and fragrant gardens.
South Africa - The Essentials
If you plan on taking a safari, pack neutral colours and make sure to bring layers as early morning starts can be chilly. Tipping is common all over South Africa at 10-15% for bars and restaurants. Tipping is also expected for tour guides, drivers and porters. When travelling through part of South Africa where malaria is present, don’t forget to take anti-malarial medication. The game reserves of the Eastern Cape and Madikwe are malaria-free so good for families.
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