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South Africa Holidays

South Africa is huge and diverse, and quite different from the other African countries we travel to.  It offers world-class cities, outstanding wildlife safaris, breathtaking landscapes and activities (Great White shark cage diving, anyone?), friendly hospitality - and sophisticated restaurants and bars serving some of the very best food and wine to be found anywhere in Africa.  The best of South Africa can easily be combined into a two-week trip incorporating Cape Town and the neighbouring winelands, a safari in one of the private game reserves adjoining Kruger National Park, and a self-drive trip along the famous Garden Route.   As an added bonus, much of the country is malaria-free.  South Africa holidays are ideal for families with children of any ages.

Ideal beach and bush family location
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Iconic Cape Town city and wildlife
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South Africa Holidays: 5 top reasons to go



1.       The wildlife!  South Africa’s wildlife parks have a fabulous variety and density of African big game, and the safari experiences on offer are well-managed - some are even malaria free.  
 
2.       For outdoorsy types like us, South Africa’s mountains, seas, rivers and bush combine to offer a mouth-watering multi-activity holiday the like of which we haven’t found anywhere else.
 
3.       South Africa’s infrastructure is advanced, making it a very easy place to get around – the internal flight network is good and self-drive is also a viable option.  There is a vast range of accommodation at every level, from simple guesthouses and B&Bs right up to super-expensive world-class luxury suitable for the most discerning traveller.  South Africa is therefore a fantastic introduction to Africa for first-time visitors.  Show me more >


South Africa: some background



The ‘cradle of humanity’, South Africa was inhabited by our ancestors over 2.5million years ago. The South Africa recognisable today began to take shape around the middle of the 17th Century when the Europeans arrived.  Diamonds, and the attraction of South Africa’s shores lining a popular trade route, irrevocably influenced the country’s history and intensified its battles, until it won independence as a sovereign state in the early 1960s.  Show me more >

Map of South Africa

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South Africa Holidays: when to visit

 
The best time to visit South Africa depends on what you want to do and see when you get there; the climate changes considerably from east to west, north to south.
 
If you are heading to Cape Town or its surrounds, you will find a pleasant Mediterranean climate. As it doesn’t get ridiculously hot in the summer (November – March) but the winters are wet (May – September), the best time to visit South Africa if you are heading to this region is likely to be October – May.  Show me more >

 

South Africa: getting around


South Africa is the most well-connected country in Africa, both internally and internationally. Within South Africa you can find incredibly cheap local flights, interesting train journeys and excellent vehicles for hire. Reaching wildlife areas is straight-forward, as is connecting up your itinerary to experience a bit of everything.
 
We’re not big fans of Johannesburg although this is the main hub for international and internal connections. The airport is fine (we recommend the lounge upstairs), but the city has little to recommend it, in our view. We recommend getting in and out without a backward glance.
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Our favourite South Africa lodges

Our Favourite South Africa Parks



South Africa: where to stay


Cape Area:

Ellerman House is one of the finest boutique hotels in Cape Town where the name of the game is privacy and attention to detail; use it as a base to explore the city.
 
12 Apostles is a 5 star boutique hotel on the outskirts of Cape Town which falls over itself to cater to guests’ every need. With a private cinema, spa, and whale-watching (seasonal) from the terrace, we don’t think they need to try too hard.
 
La Petite Ferme – one of the prettiest and friendliest accommodations and a great place for heading out to sample the culinary offerings of this Franschhoek region.  Show me more >

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