Often described as ‘a world in one country’, South Africa offers travellers a breathtaking variety of landscapes. From desert and lush forests, to soaring mountains and vast empty plains.
Why South Africa?
‘Africa’ has a seductive appeal for many travellers. South Africa’s offers an extensive variety:
- Breathtaking holidays and experiences throughout the year
- First world infrastructure
- Superb beaches
- World-famous game reserves
- Dramatic mountains
- Sophisticated cities
- Historic battlefields
- Great and small semi-deserts
- Wide-open spaces
- Exhilarating adventure activities
It is renowned for its wide choice of accommodation – from luxury game lodges and five-star hotels to friendly country houses, small hotels, B&Bs, and self-catering establishments.
With an appealing Mediterranean climate it makes the perfect antidote to the northern hemisphere winter.
Whether you’re here on safari, to enjoy the beaches or to lap up the atmosphere along the Garden Route, you will have a great experience.
Good to know
Visa, health & language
No visas are required for British or North American passport holders.
Generally there are no malaria, apart from some of the safari areas in the Greater Kruger where anti-malarias are recommended. Depending on where you are coming from, you may need to bring a Yellow Fever certificate.
Numerous languages are spoken, the main ones being English, Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans.
How to get around
Most travellers use a combination of scheduled flights and charters. Self driving is hugely popular due to the excellent road networks.
How to get to South Africa
There are regular direct international flights to South Africa from most major airports in the world. These flights mainly fly into Johannesburg and some are direct into Cape Town.
Who does it suit?
South Africa really does have something for everyone. Families, honeymooners, couples, adventure types, horse riders, foodies. It is also a great destination for a first time safari and for people who want a holiday packed full of variety.
When to go
South Africa is a year round destination. Every single month can be matched with a great experience somewhere in the country. However, due to its huge size, comes huge seasonal variations within the one country.
For safari, the best time is during the dry, winter months between April – October. The Cape on the other hand, is best during the summer months of November – March. Sprinkle in the whale season from July – November and the wild flowers up the west coast from September – October and you get the picture.
Good to combine with
Due to its size and sheer variety of experiences, South Africa is often a one stop shop. But, it does combine well with the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe/Zambia, Mozambique for the beaches or using Cape Town as an add-on to any safari in southern africa.