In the two decades since South Africa celebrated its first democratic elections, the country has grown to become one of the world’s great travel destinations, offering a mesmerising mix of awe-inspiring landscapes, stunning coastlines, fascinating culture, cosmopolitan cities and prolific wildlife.
Add to this the good Sterling to Rand exchange rates and it is no surprise that South Africa holidays are so popular. We know the country extremely well, with several of our consultants originating from South Africa and others who have spent long periods living and working there. We specialise in both small owner-run establishments, that have set new standards for quality, and the world-class hotels and game reserves that have become a highlight of many holidays to South Africa.
Holidays to South Africa - the Rainbow Nation
Cape Town and the Garden Route
Few countries in Africa can provide such a variety of attractions and diverse range of experiences, with such high standards of hospitality. South Africa is best savoured over more than one trip, with the favourite first holiday often a visit to Cape Town and the Garden Route, with perhaps a safari at the end. This is an exciting mix of vibrant city life, winelands, beaches and wildlife, with great food and stylish hospitality throughout. The south of the country has a Mediterranean-type climate with a mild winter, which means that South Africa holidays that focus on the Western Cape, are best between October to April when the weather is reliably hot and sunny.
The East Side – Lowveld, Kruger and KwaZulu Natal
The east side of the country offers an altogether different experience with the huge wildlife reserves of Kruger and Hluhluwe, dramatic mountainous landscapes of Blyde River Canyon and the Drakensberg, pristine Indian Ocean beaches, tropical vegetation, historic battlefields and cultural insights from the Shangaan and the Zulu people. You can explore the Kruger area and KwaZulu Natal year-round, with the best time for holidays to South Africa's East Side being May to September, during the sunny, dry winter when it is warm but not too wet or humid.
Malaria-free areas - Eastern Cape and Madikwe
South Africa is the only safari country in the world where you can view the Big-Five in malaria-free areas - the Eastern Cape and Madikwe Game Reserve - making both ideal for family safaris and those not wanting to take anti-malaria tablets. An Eastern Cape safari is an easy add-on to a Garden Route tour, and the Madikwe Game Reserve is only a short hop from Johannesburg.
Vibrant Johannesburg is a must visit for those interested in history and culture. Top places to see are the Apartheid Museum, Lilieslief Farm (Mandela’s hideout) and the Hector Pieterson Museum. We can also arrange overnight stays in the fascinating Soweto Township. There are a number of very comfortable and pleasant places to stay such as the D'Oreale Grande or Crown Plazza if you have an early onward flight from Johannesburg airport.
Self-drive South Africa holidays
To truly enjoy this extraordinary country we encourage independent travel. Many of our clients drive themselves, aided by our maps and comprehensive driving directions. You drive on the left hand side in South Africa as you do in the UK, and the roads are generally much less busy in comparison with Europe. A self-drive South Africa holiday through the Winelands and the Garden Route is one of the world’s most iconic journeys, and the province of KwaZulu Natal is both ideal for second timers and a great area for a self-drive tour of South Africa.
Escorted small group South Africa tours
We can organise places on scheduled departure South Africa tours for those who enjoy travelling in a group. South Africa tours are an excellent way to experience as much of the country as possible and can be fun and companionable. We can also supply driver/guides for those who prefer a private experience, but who do not want to drive themselves.
For help and advice about all aspects of South Africa holidays, or to talk with someone who has explored the country from top to bottom, get in touch with our Africa team on 020 7666 1250 or email us to start planning your trip.