From sun-drenched vineyards, dramatic mountain ranges and deserted beaches, to sophisticated cities and bucket-list safaris, there are so many reasons to fall for this diverse holiday destination.
Where to stay in South Africa
South Africa's 'Mother City' rests between the iconic backdrop of Table Mountain and the country's most visited tourist attraction the V&A Waterfront.
Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are all situated amongst the stunning natural mountain ranges of the Western Cape offering numerous vineyards, stunning views and romantic getaways.
Holidays to the diverse coastline of the Eastern Cape go beyond a regular adventure. From picturesque seaside towns and immense forests to rugged pastures and some of the best game reserves in the region, you’ll be able to set your sights on the ‘Big Seven’, journey through majestic surroundings and relax on some seriously sublime beaches.
Officially stretching from Mossel Bay in the west to Port Elizabeth in the east, the Garden Route is actually a great drive all the way from Cape Town to the 'Big Five' game reserves in the Eastern Cape. Sleepy historic towns, endless desert skies, white sandy beaches and amazing wildlife all make the Garden Route a highlight of any trip to South Africa.
Further afield are the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift made famous in the epic film 'Zulu' and in the north some spectacular game reserves and the untouched beaches of the Indian Ocean.
This diverse metropolis is bursting with super trendy bars and restaurants, stylish shopping malls, contemporary African art galleries and upmarket entertainment areas. Melrose Arch and Sandton are the places to be seen
Whether you are looking for an active holiday filled with adrenaline sports, a beach or safari holiday for the family, a trip that's all about golf and good restaurants, or a 5-star spa break; Sun City Resort is the place for you!
Great for families or those on a smaller budget and dreaming of safari. Madikwe also boasts the 'Super Seven', which consists of the 'Big Five' plus cheetah and the endangered wild dog.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park is one of the world's most spectacular nature reserves.
Hotels in South Africa
Essential information for South Africa
Parents travelling with children will be asked to show the child’s full birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (e.g. an affidavit from the other parent). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. For more information, contact the South African High Commission.
From wildlife spotting on safari to exploring lush vineyards and immersing yourself in city life, there's a new discovery to be made around every corner on holidays to South Africa. The colourful destination is steeped in history and is home to some of the world’s most beautiful undisturbed natural beauty spots.
Whether you choose a South Africa holiday package or plan it all yourself, there’s no shortage of fantastic accommodation. Stay in the thick of it inside a game reserve or settle into an oceanside room in Cape Town.
For a relaxing break that includes a bit of the bustle of city life, stay at the The President in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. With stunning views of Table Mountain and the Ocean, it’s exactly halfway between the bustle of the V&A Waterfront and the relaxed beaches of Clifton.
Holidays to South Africa wouldn’t be complete without a safari expedition. You can choose to stay within a reserve or to just pass through – either way, this is your chance to spot some incredible wildlife.
Alongside the wildlife, there’s all manner of forests, mountains and lagoons waiting to be explored. Here are a couple you might not want to miss.
Once you’ve seen the safaris and taken in the landscapes, there’s no shortage of activities to fill your day with in South Africa.
Immerse yourself in history and everyday life in vibrant Cape Town. The lively metropolitan city is home to a myriad of boutiques, museums, restaurants and nightlife hotspots.