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SOUTH AFRICA HOLIDAYS

Experience Incomparable Natural Beauty On The Edge Of Africa

Overview

South Africa Holidays will amaze you with a dramatic contrast of landscapes and scenic wonders that you will experience on any tour in this part of the world. Being one of the most desirable locations to visit, South Africa offers something for everyone. For Safari enthusiasts, South Africa offers you game-rich Safari reserves for magnificent wildlife viewing. The Kruger National Park is world-renowned for abundant Big Five viewings (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo).

The private game reserves offer you equally fabulous wildlife experiences with a wide range of safari lodges available for every budget, from standard to high-end luxury get-aways. South Africa’s World Heritage sites, including the Cradle of Humankind, Table Mountain and Robben Island will amaze you with the rich cultural and heritage history of South Africa. For the adventure seekers, activities range from shark-diving to the highest bungee jump in the world as well as a prolific night life scene. With diverse activities and scenic wonders, magnificent wildlife, culture, heritage and adventure spots, South Africa Holidays are guaranteed to provide you with unforgettable memories of a lifetime.

Random Fact

    • Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.
    • Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.
    • South Africa’s Cape Winelands have over 550 wineries. Included in the Cape Winelands region is Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world.
    • South Africa is home to the highest commercial bungi jump in the world at 710 feet.
    • There are more than 1950 shipwrecks just off the South African coast, most dating back at least 450+ years ago.
    • South Africa is the land where Oceans collide. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean & the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Useful Information

TIME DIFFERENCE
GMT + 2 hours

CURRENCY
South African Rand

VISAS
Visas are not required for British Passport holders. Passports must be valid for 6 months.

LANGUAGE
English, Afrikaans.

Best Time To Travel To South Africa

Although South Africa is a year-round destination, the most popular time to visit is October to April. Game viewing is at its best during May – September. South Africa is situated in the Southern hemisphere and the seasons are the opposite to United Kingdom. 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 trekking. From the beginning of July to the end of September, cold conditions set in and rain in the Western Cape.

How To Get The Best Out Of Your South Africa Holiday & Regional Information

Cape Town

With its back drop of towering Table Mountain and picturesque Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most beautiful cities. Magnificent views from Table Mountain, reached by cable car or a trek on foot to the dramatic Cape Point – the meeting point of two oceans, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Cape Country, the spectacular Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and Robben Island, the former prison that housed Nelson Mandela are some of the attractions and tours available in Cape Town.

The Garden Route

The renowned Garden Route stretching from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth is a mosaic of sweeping forests, simmering lakes, unspoiled beaches and beautiful mountain passes. The charming towns along the Garden Route are filled with history, culture, fine food, sport and entertainment as well as beautiful landscapes and stunning coastlines. The Western Cape and Garden Route can be explored as side trips from Cape Town or as an independent self-drive journey from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

Sun City

Africa’s kingdom of pleasure. Less than two hours’ drive from Johannesburg, Sun City offers fine hotels, superb sports facilities, two magnificent golf courses, and truly great entertainment in a uniquely exciting environment. The complex, set amongst winding paths, cascades, pools and trees, lies beside a tranquil lake surrounded by the imposing Pilansberg Mountains.

South Africa's Kruger National Park

Best known for the ‘Big Five’ – Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino and is truly the flagship of South Africa’s game reserves. The Kruger National Park Safari offers an exceptional experience in Africa at its best.

Kruger National Park has fair game viewing from November to May, good game viewing in June and July and excellent game viewing in August to October.

South Africa Safari

The most popular South African safari areas Include: The Kruger National Park and the private game reserves which form part of it, most notably the Timbavati and the Sabi Sand. The Eastern Cape also offers exceptional safaris in both the Addo National Park and Shamwari. The densely wooded Zululand can be experienced on a safari in Hluhluwe or in the Phinda Private Game Reserve.

Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

View Nature on a whole new scale and experience the world from a brand new perspective. Take a hot air balloon safari and enjoy a breathtaking view of Africa with a Champagne Breakfast on landing.

Eastern Cape - Malaria-Free Big 5 Safaris

For an exciting and stress-free safari, the Eastern Cape offers a combination of child-friendly lodges in malaria-free reserves within driving distance of the Garden Route.

Self-Drive Tours

Well developed infra-structure makes South Africa an ideal self drive touring destination. The self drive South African tour itineraries offered by Safaris Online, include accommodation, activity and car rental bookings.

Safari areas which are easily accessible on a self drive basis include the Kruger National Park, as well as Pilanesberg in the northern part of South Africa. In the southern part of the country, the Addo Elephant Park provides easy access and good infra-structure. There are also various smaller National Parks and Private Game Reserves which are easily accessible on a self drive safari.

Want A Romantic Safari Break? View These Exclusive Reserves

These Exclusive Reserves Also Have A Handful Of Secluded, Luxurious Lodges That Are Among Our Favourites For A Romantic Safari Break.

Kwazulu-Natal - Beaches, Safaris & Historic Battlefields

From the broad beaches of the sunny KwaZulu-Natal subtropical coast and the luxury accommodation of its big game reserves to its soaring mountain peaks and historic battlefields – this is where to go in South Africa for game viewing, bird watching, adventure, history and on-the-beach relaxation.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Once a volcanic crater, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s best wildlife destinations and is centred around a large hippo and crocodile-filled lake. Although conveniently close to Sun City, these two top destinations feel words apart: some visitors choose to stay in Sun City and travel across for a half-day safari, but with such great Big 5 game viewing on offer plus a wide choice of excellent safari lodges, we’d highly recommend a night or two in this beautiful piece of African wilderness.

Madikwe Game Reserve - Exclusive Big 5 Game Viewing

About a 3-hour drive or a short flight from Johannesburg lies one of South Africa’s least known large reserves, the Madikwe Private Game Reserve. Its Kalahari grasslands and woodlands are full of animals and the Reserve is one of the best places to see the highly endangered African wild dog plus the Big 5. Madikwe lies outside the malarial belt and offers excellent family-friendly lodges as well as romantic retreats and honeymoon suites.

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