Holidays in South Africa

Holidays in South Africa

Cosmopolitan cities, stunning wildlife and deserted beaches - South Africa has it all.

South Africa Holidays 2015 / 2016

Highlights and suggested South Africa holidays

South Africa really is the Rainbow Nation. It is wonderfully diverse with something for everyone of all ages and interests. South African people refer to their nation as ‘the world in one country’ and this couldn’t be more true. From white sandy beaches to snow-capped mountains, lush winelands, cosmopolitan cities, vast deserts, thicks forests and untouched bushland, South Africa has everything you could want from a holiday.

Steeped in history and culture, there are world class attractions in every part of South Africa, from Table Mountain to haunting Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, to the stunning Garden Route coastline and the spectacular wildlife of Kruger National Park - to name but a few!

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or family adventure, a safari holiday in South Africa will fit the bill. There’s an excellent transport infrastructure, a huge range of accommodation ranging from colonial-style guesthouses to sophisticated hotels, traditional safari lodges and tented camps where you can sleep under a canopy of stars. This makes South Africa ideal for independent travellers, giving it the authentic feel of a real African adventure. 

With such an overwhelming choice of activities and accommodation, we understand that it can be difficult to know where to start when planning a trip to South Africa. We’ve put together a selection of our most popular South African holidays for 2015 / 2016 below to help you get off the mark. Hopefully, these ideas will give you some inspiration for your own safari holiday. 

We have lived in South Africa ourselves and been back so many times that we’ve lost count. We would be delighted to discuss your holiday ideas and make some recommendations for you based on our expertise and personal experience. Simply give us a call on 01932 428380 or get in touch via our web enquiry form, and we’ll get the ball rolling together.

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Cape Town, Garden Route and a Safari - Just A Whim Away

Cape Town


Fall in love with Cape Town, find new wines while visiting one of the many wineries of the Cape Winelands, and tour along the Garden Route - and if these are not enough highlights for one trip, end your holiday with an amazing Big 5 safari.

See our suggested itineraries for this route.
Prices from GBP £ 699 US$ 1,063 ZAR 13,814 EUR 944 pp*


The Best Of South Africa: From Cape Town to Kruger

Sabi Sand Game Reserve


Enjoy an unforgettable safari, tour along South Africa's popular Garden Route coastline, go wine tasting in the Cape Winelands, watch whales and explore Cape Town, one of the world's most spectacular cities. Can you think of a better way to spend your holiday?

See our suggested itineraries for this route.
Prices from GBP £ 1,295 US$ 1,969 ZAR 25,579 EUR 1,748 pp*


The Best of South Africa and Mauritius

The Waterberg

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There really is nothing like wrapping up a Big 5 safari with a few days on the beach. Combining a South African wildlife adventure with a relaxed beach retreat on the island of Mauritius will give you an unbeatable blend of excitement and relaxation. It makes for a terrific twin centre trip and we can't recommend it highly enough.

See our suggested itineraries for this route.
Prices from GBP £ 1,440 US$ 2,189 ZAR 28,437 EUR 1,944 pp*


South African Safari and The Romantic Seychelles

La Digue

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Mixing South Africa with Seychelles will give you gripping Big 5 game drives followed by a dreamy desert island escape. It’s one of the ultimate safari and sunshine combinations. First, you’ll explore epic Africa on the safari of a lifetime and then you’ll retreat to a remote tropical paradise to recharge your batteries. What could possibly be better?

See our suggested itineraries for this route.
Prices from GBP £ 1,846 US$ 2,806 ZAR 36,459 EUR 2,492 pp*


Cape Town and a Big 5 Safari in 7 Nights

Kruger National Park


If you're big on ambition but a little short on time, this itinerary combines 2 of the real highlights of South Africa into one trip. Over just one week, you'll get a real taste of the cosmopolitan Cape Town, with 4 nights to explore this brilliant city. After that, you'll whisk yourselves off into the bush for an exciting Big 5 safari. It's an unbeatable combination - a week that you'll never forget.

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Prices from GBP £ 546 US$ 830 ZAR 10,784 EUR 737 pp*


Combining a Kruger Safari with Victoria Falls

Kruger National Park

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A Big Five safari in the Greater Kruger Park and a visit to the thundering Victoria Falls are both perennial bucket list favourites. They are two of the most unforgettable, overwhelming, and awe-inspiring experiences that Africa has to offer. Combining these magical African hotspots into one itinerary is route straight into the holiday of a lifetime, leaving you breathless, speechless and begging for more.

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Prices from GBP £ 2,163 US$ 3,288 ZAR 42,721 EUR 2,920 pp*


A Family Holiday in South Africa

The Garden Route


South Africa is becoming increasingly popular with families from all over the world who are looking for a holiday that offers sunshine and beaches and plenty of activities for kids in a country that is truly family-friendly.

See our suggested itineraries for this route.
Prices from GBP £ 557 US$ 847 ZAR 11,000 EUR 752 pp*


South African Safari and Mozambique

Bazaruto Archipelago

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If you're looking a really memorable holiday, a South African safari topped off with a trip to Mozambique is exotic in the extreme. By combining these 2 destinations, you'll get a magnificent mix of animal adventure and laid back island life.

See our suggested itineraries for this route.
Prices from GBP £ 2,385 US$ 3,625 ZAR 47,097 EUR 3,219 pp*


Durban and Zululand



KwaZulu-Natal has something for everyone - splendid beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean, stunning mountain scenery, wildlife, and a vibrant city life. Nowhere else in Southern Africa are so many outstanding tourist destinations to be found in such close proximity to one another.

See our suggested itineraries for this route.
Prices from GBP £ 1,051 US$ 1,597 ZAR 20,754 EUR 1,419 pp*


Alternative Wildlife Experiences in South Africa

Kapama Game Reserve

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If you have already been on a traditional 'Big 5' safari, maybe this time you are looking for something a little 'different' but which will still enable you to enjoy South Africa's wildlife ?

See our suggested itineraries for this route.
Prices from GBP £ 1,033 US$ 1,570 ZAR 20,402 EUR 1,395 pp*


Escorted Tours in South Africa

Cape Town

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Choose from a wide variety of escorted tours in South Africa, ranging from ones that last just a few days, through to longer tours that take you from one side of the country to the other.

See our suggested itineraries for this route.
Prices from GBP £ 408 US$ 620 ZAR 8,055 EUR 551 pp*


Luxury Train Journeys Across South Africa

Rovos Rail

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For the epitome in luxury travel, why not consider taking a classic train journey across South Africa's beautiful countryside as part of your holiday plans.

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Prices from GBP £ 1,570 US$ 2,387 ZAR 31,015 EUR 2,120 pp*


Tracking a Cheetah on a South Afrocan Holiday

Visa Requirements

Visitors from the UK, USA, most European countries, and Australia do not require tourist visas for a stay of up to 90 days.

Vistors from other countries should check the visa requirements.

When to visit

South Africa is a year-round destination, however there are some things you may want to consider when planning your trip.

The Southern Hemisphere summer (October to April) is the most popular time for visitors to Cape Town and the Garden Route as this part of the country enjoys warm, dry, sunny summer days at this time of year. 

Whilst the Kruger Park is a great place to visit at any time of year, it is arguably at its best between May and August.  At this time of year  the temperature is cooler, and it is easier to find the animals as they tend to congregate around waterholes and rivers.  This is also ofen the best time to find a special offer or lower price as a safari lodge.

The whale watching season in Hermanus runs from July to October.


It's great to have choice, however sometimes it can all be a litte confusing when you are planning your first trip to an unfamiliar area.

If you'd like to talk to one of our friendly experts, then please give us a call on +44(0) 1932 428380 or alternatively you can enquire via the website.

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