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South Africa holidays

Holidays in South Africa

South Africa completely embodies the term ‘Rainbow Nation'

We fly to Johannesburg and Cape Town daily. We fly direct to Cape Town from November 2022.

11 hours
London Heathrow - Johannesburg
London Heathrow - Cape Town
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South Africa from £876pp

Jet off on a trip to South Africa for an exciting escape. From wildlife spotting on safari to exploring lush vineyards and immersing yourself in city life, there's a new discovery to be made around every corner on holiday in South Africa. This colourful destination is steeped in history and home to some of the world's most breathtaking, undisturbed natural beauty spots, from Cape Town to Kruger National Park. Find both relaxation and adventure with our South Africa holiday packages.

Where to stay in South Africa

Hotels in South Africa

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Essential information for South Africa

Local time
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English and Afrikaans
Rand (ZAR)
Official currency of South Africa
Flight information
Cape Town (CPT) Johannesburg (JNB)
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Flight schedule
Virgin Atlantic fly daily to Johannesburg from Heathrow.
Virgin Atlantic Fly 3x Weekly to Cape Town during winter season from Heathrow.
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Do I need a VISA?

Your UK passport should be valid for a minimum period of 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa and it should have at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration to enter or leave South Africa.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »


Travelling with children

South Africa has relaxed the entry requirements for adults travelling with children under the age of 18. Children are only required to present a valid passport, regardless if they are with a parent or legal guardian. For more information, please see this advisory from the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Sun, sea and safari: South Africa highlights

Welcome to the wild! Is an African safari the ultimate tick on your bucket list? It should be! South Africa is special, there is no doubt about it, it is dusty and adventurous and warm and crazy and so much fun - we guarantee you will be back for more. Not only is South Africa home to the world’s only Big Five reserves but it also boasts glorious beaches, wondrous waterfalls, spectacular self-drives, history, culture, great gastronomy, luxury, romance… we could go on and on!

South Africa is a vast country with each province, city and game reserve offering a different experience, so where do you start? Most visitors combine a few different places within the country or across the region, travelling by plane, train or self-drive, and this is certainly what we would recommend.

The first place to start when planning your holiday to South Africa is to think about the weather or season in which you are travelling. South Africa has the opposite seasons to the UK — their summer is roughly November to March and winter is from April to October. The north of the country (Kruger, Madikwe, Sun City) is generally warm all year but the cooler winter temperatures have a stronger effect on the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces which includes Cape Town and the Garden Route.

The summer in Cape Town brings glorious weather and a drive through vineyards and along the Garden Route is one of the country’s highlights but also don’t be put off by travelling in the winter months! Sipping white wine under oak trees in the Cape vineyards in the summer months turns into drinking rich reds around the fire and warm evening safaris and hot summer storms gives way to the dry winter months, allowing low grass, less water-holes and easier wildlife spotting. Winter is also the best time to see the famous Southern Right Whales as they migrate to the Whale Coast from April to November.

So as a year-round destination and boasting amazing accommodation and sights across the country, the choice is yours! Here are a few of our favourite combinations across South Africa and beyond:

  • Settle into an oceanside room in Cape Town then stay in the thick of it inside a game reserve. You can fly direct from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth for the Eastern Cape private game reserves or straight into Hoedspruit or Skukuza airports for the Kruger National Park.
  • For a relaxing break that includes a bit of the bustle of city life, start in Cape Town then take a meandering drive along the famous Garden Route ending in one of our wonderful game reserves in the Eastern Cape.  
  • Not a city person? Then just skip the high-rises and get straight out into the bush. Sun City and Madikwe, Madikwe and Marataba or just an extended stay in the Kruger, there are loads of options for the wild at heart.
  • Culture vulture? South Africa has a fascinating history and is a melting pot of cultures. Johannesburg and Cape Town are a great place to start with a choice of museums and exhibitions and further afield the battlefields of Kwa Zulu Natal give an immersive experience of the zulu wars.
  • Enjoy the Cape Town summer at The Bay Hotel in fun and funky Camps Bay, home to some of the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants. Stay here for the best of both worlds – where city life meets a sandy beach and the very best spot in the city for sunset cocktails.
  • Head into the winelands and opt for Richard Branson’s Franschhoek lodge, Mont Rochelle, the ultimate in luxury. If you have a bit more time then add on a few nights in Hermanus too to spot whales and the infamous Great White Shark!

Holidays to South Africa wouldn’t be complete without a spectacular Big Five safari. You can choose to stay within a reserve or stay just outside and self-drive through – either way, this is your chance to spot some incredible wildlife.

  • Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, with over 500 bird species and around 150 species of mammals. You’ve got a great choice of accommodation from tip-top luxury lodges to smaller, traditional hotels and homesteads outside of the park, great for the more budget-conscious.
  • The Garden Route and Eastern Cape are home to some great private Big Five reserves including the famous Shamwari Game Reserve, with luxurious lodges and loads of activities on offer.
  • Do you have a budding Ranger in the family? South Africa has some great options for family safaris in malaria-free reserves, check out Shamwari’s Riverdene Lodge, Madikwe Safari Lodge or if you wanted to venture into the Kruger, look up Ulusaba Rock Lodge and Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. Age ranges can apply so check the inclusions before you book!
  • If you like the idea of a safari but without staying in a lodge, try Sun City. This entertainment resort offers a good range of accommodation, a huge waterpark and choice of activities and a prime location just outside of the Pilanesberg National Park.

Immerse yourself in history and everyday life in vibrant Cape Town. The lively metropolitan city is home to a myriad of boutiques, museums, restaurants and nightlife hotspots.

  • Take a cable car up Table Mountain National Park for breathtaking views. Go early to miss the intense heat or abseil down if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.
  • The V&A Waterfront is the most visited tourist attraction in South Africa and a great place to find your feet. The Watershed is an oceanfront warehouse selling local crafts, and it’s the place to go for souvenirs. It doesn’t open until 10am so stop by after tucking into an al fresco breakfast of eggs, bacon and boerewors.
  • When you've had enough of the hustle and bustle, escape to one of the beaches on the Cape coast for a picnic, Clifton or Camps Bay are a great option. In the evenings, get the party started on Long Street. On hotter summer nights, seek out a rooftop bar for epic views (and Instagram-worthy photo ops).
  • Learn about the country’s rich history in one (or all) of the city’s many museums. District Six museum is a must-see to learn about the history of the apartheid. Set aside at least two hours to take in all the exhibits.

Alongside the wildlife, there’s all manner of forests, mountains and lagoons waiting to be explored. Here are a few you might not want to miss.

  • Take on the Cango Caves on the Garden Route. These massive chambers are easy to explore and the perfect escape from the midday heat. If you're adventurous (and don't mind tight spaces), opt for the extended tour.
  • After exploring the beautiful Karoo, take a majestic drive along the Swartberg Pass, dropping down from Oudtshoorn to the Garden Route coastline. Here you can immerse yourself in dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful flowers.
  • Grab a car and spend a few nights in Hazyview, the prime location of this town allows for spectacular self-drive safaris in the Kruger National Park but also close-by is one of the largest canyons on earth, the Blyde River Canyon. The region is known as the Panoramic Route which includes God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

You can discover lush scenery, breathtaking mountain views and exotic wildlife with holidays to South Africa. Plan your trip and discover our South Africa holiday packages and hotels today.

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