South Africa Holidays

South Africa is often referred to as “a world within one country”. From cultured cities with pristine beaches to incredible game parks set in the untouched wilderness, South Africa has it all. It is by far the easiest of all the African countries to travel around. Excellent roads lend themselves to self-drive holidays and renting your own car means you can set your own schedule.

Take your time along the scenic Garden Route, which runs from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. This magnificent stretch of coastline is full of hidden gems – the charming town of Swellendam, the spectacular golf courses of Mossel Bay, the ostrich farm at Oudtshoorn, the lagoon at Knysna, the elephant sanctuary at Plettenberg Bay, the evergreen forests of Tsitsikamma, ending up at the gateway to some of South Africa’s game reserves. Visit the art communities, take a tour of the winelands or watch whales off the shore of Hermanus.

South Africa - Cape Town, view of Table Mountain at Christmas by Gabi Groves

South Africa - Cape Town, view of Table Mountain at Christmas by Gabi Groves

South Africa is often referred to as “a world within one country”. From cultured cities with pristine beaches to incredible game parks set in the untouched wilderness, South Africa has it all. It is by far the easiest of all the African countries to travel around. Excellent roads lend themselves to self-drive holidays and renting your own car means you can set your own schedule.

Take your time along the scenic Garden Route, which runs from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. This magnificent stretch of coastline is full of hidden gems – the charming town of Swellendam, the spectacular golf courses of Mossel Bay, the ostrich farm at Oudtshoorn, the lagoon at Knysna, the elephant sanctuary at Plettenberg Bay, the evergreen forests of Tsitsikamma, ending up at the gateway to some of South Africa’s game reserves. Visit the art communities, take a tour of the winelands or watch whales off the shore of Hermanus.

Explore the elegant, cosmopolitan cities of Cape Town and Durban. In 2014 Cape Town topped the New York Times list of “52 places to go”. Take in the view from the summit of Table Mountain or go on a day trip to Robben Island to see where Mandela was imprisoned for 27 long years. In addition to gorgeous beaches, both cities offer fine dining and excellent shopping. For those wanting a taste of South Africa’s colourful history, visit the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift in KwaZulu Natal.

For the more adventurous types, South Africa offers cage diving, white water rafting, abseiling and incredible trekking. But if you simply want to unwind, head to one of the secluded beaches and lie in the sun or explore the captivating underwater world. South Africa is blessed with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean as well as the colder Atlantic, attracting whales, sharks, turtles, dolphins, seals and African penguins.

The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s most iconic safari destination. Explore the park in a 4x4 or go off the beaten track and experience the Big Five on foot or even horseback. There are plenty of small, private wildlife reserves where you can see masses of animals in a short space of time. Many parks are malaria free, appealing in particular to families with young children. All of them promise luxurious lodges and excellent game viewing.

There is something for everyone in South Africa. The country has a special place in our hearts as it is where Belinda spent her childhood. There is very little we don’t know about this amazing land. It is the perfect holiday destination not just for families but for first time travellers to Africa.

When to go

South Africa has a very pleasant climate, although it’s a bit colder around the Cape between the months of May and August. The year-round sun is what makes this country so attractive to tourists, with December and January being the warmest months.