South Africa is a stunning holiday destination, with a huge diversity of breathtaking places to visit and so many things to do. When searching for a holiday destination, you would be hard pressed to find another country that can rival South Africa for such a huge range of sights and experiences. Where else can you go on safari, trek across stunning mountain ranges, spot whales and sharks, bathe on beautiful deserted beaches and visit top quality wine estates for wine tasting and excellent dining?
When you also consider the weakness of the currency (the Rand), which makes most things amazingly cheap once you're there, what is stopping you from booking a holiday in South Africa right now?
Cape Town is the most popular South African holiday destination, and has won prestigious awards for being the favourite worldwide city destination for UK travellers. Its stunning scenery is dominated by mountains and the sea, and it boasts a huge range of attractions to visit. Many people would say that travelling to South Africa is worth it just to see Cape Town alone.
A drive eastwards from Cape Town along the south coast of Africa soon brings you to the area known as the Garden Route, which hosts a number delightful towns and some stunning scenery. At the end of the Garden Route is the relaxed and friendly city of Port Elizabeth.
The country’s West Coast stretches from Cape Town up to the Namibian border. Whilst this area is fairly sparse, one highlight is the magnificent display of flowers that takes place in Namaqualand in spring.
The main destination on the East Coast is Durban, known for its great climate, stunning beaches and warm waters. Close by are the gorgeous Drakensberg mountains, also known as the "green mountains" – yet another “must see” of any South African holiday.
The Kruger National Park is located in the far north-east of South Africa, and is one of the biggest game reserves in Africa. Here you can base yourself in one of the many camps, and head out on safari to spot the “big five” and much more.
Away from the coast, the land fairly quickly rises to the Interior plateau of the country. This huge area contains vast swathes of largely unpopulated land, but also the most densely populated area of the country in and around Johannesburg.
Some people are put off from visiting South Africa due to what they hear about crime in the country. However the threat to tourists is often grossly over-exaggerated and the chance of visitors who travel to South Africa being affected by crime is generally no greater than in most other tourist destinations around the world. Find out the truth about crime in South Africa here.
There is so much to see that our suggested full tour of the country has a 6 week long itinerary! However we also have lots of suggestions for shorter trips. Please contact us so that we can assist you in designing your perfect South African holiday of a lifetime.