South Africa Holidays 2019 / 2020
Highlights and suggested South Africa holidays
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South Africa really is the Rainbow Nation. It is wonderfully diverse with something for all ages and interests. South Africans refer to their nation as ‘the world in one country’ and this couldn’t be more true. From vast sandy beaches to snow-capped mountains, lush winelands, cosmopolitan cities, desert vistas, thick 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; the stunning Garden Route coastline; the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range; and of course not forgetting 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 road 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.
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. The whale watching season in Hermanus (2 hours from Cape Town) runs from July to October.
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.
For more about visiting South Africa at different times of year see out guide to the best time to visit South Africa.
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.
Planning Your Own Trip To South Africa
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 2019 / 2020 below to help you get off the mark. Hopefully, these ideas will give you some inspiration for your own safari holiday.
We have all lived in South Africa 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.
The vast Greater Kruger Park is undoubtedly the best safari experience in South Africa, and by combining a couple of nights at an affordable safari lodge and then self-driving in the park it is possible to get a fantastic safari experience at a very affordable price.
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 in a malaria-free 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?
There really is nothing like wrapping up a Big 5 safari with a few days on the beach, and 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. We can't recommend it highly enough!
Mixing South Africa with Seychelles will give you unforgettable Big 5 game drives followed by a tropical desert island escape. It’s one of the ultimate safari and sunshine combinations. First, you’ll explore the African bushveld on the safari of a lifetime and then you’ll retreat to a picture-perfect beach paradise to recharge your batteries. What could possibly be better?
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.
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 will leave you breathless, speechless and begging for more.
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.
If you're looking a really memorable holiday, a South African safari topped off with a trip to the tropical beaches of 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.
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.
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?