South Africa holidays offer more than you'd expect, with sandy beaches, exotic safari, and bustling cities to help create your unforgettable holiday. Explore the culture and beauty of this diverse country. With snow in the north and penguins on sunny beaches in the south, South Africa is full of surprises.From the penguin colonies on its refreshing western coast near Cape to its vast northern deserts, South Africa is a nation of exceptionally varied landscapes. The country contains approximately 10% of the world's bird species, and produces many internationally renowned wines at its Constantia vineyard near Cape Town.
Beach holidays in South Africa are popular along the Sunshine Coast with its surfing, golf, and nature trails. For a more laid-back holiday, the Western Cape around Cape Town and Hermanus offer warm, shallow waters perfect for swimming.
Family holidays in South Africa are fun and fascinating. From penguins on Boulders Beach to giraffes on safari, South Africa is a joy for animal-loving kids. You can even go skiing in June and July to the north of Lesotho.
South Africa safari holidays are notoriously unrivaled, and are possible wherever you stay as there are nature reserves and preservation areas all around the country. Get up close to amazing wildlife, search for the big five, or even go on a mountain biking safari, all led by experienced tour guides.
From food and wine to motorsports, South Africa holidays would not complete without attending one of their vibrant festivals. Macufe is an annual festival held in Bloemfontein that displays African art, music and dance. With festivals happening from January to October covering many different genres, you're sure to find something you'll enjoy.
Saga holidays in South Africa often include a visit to picturesque towns such as Knysna. From dolphin spotting to golf, coastal walks to boutique shopping, the pace of life is slower so you can appreciate the environment at your own pace.
South Africa aims to respect and teach about the cultures of its ancestors. The Shakaland Hotel & Zulu Cultural Village in Eshowe teaches about the Zulu culture and traditions, including a beer drinking ceremony and spear throwing.
Flights to South Africa depart from various airports in London, Manchester, and Inverness and land in Cape Town, Johannesburg, George, and more cities.
The train is a convenient way to travel around South Africa offering incredible views of the country. The bus is the cheapest way to travel, stick with Greyhound or Baz Bus for the best service.
The traditional cuisine of South Africa is generally food prepared by indigenous people. Popular meals include a maize meal called pap, with a stewed meat gravy and pumpkin. For a tasty snack, try biltong, a dried, cured, and spiced meat popular among locals. Those with a sweet tooth can try the local dessert milktart. South Africa all inclusive resorts serve a variety of cuisines from traditional to international fare.
Easter weekend in South Africa is celebrated much like in the UK with egg hunts and plenty of activities for children. October is also a great time to visit South Africa, the weather is a comfortable 16°C and you'll find more wild animals if you go on a safari.
Winter in South Africa is from June to August when the average temperature is 13°C. The summer months are December to March with average temperatures of 20-23°C making it an ideal time to escape winter in the northern hemisphere. You're more likely to find cheap South Africa holidays in the off-season which is between May and September.
Before you leave you must obtain a visitor visa from a South African embassy, mission or consulate in the UK or Ireland. Check the current requirements and fees before you apply for a visa.
English is one of the eleven official languages spoken in South Africa, others include Afrikaans, Sesotho, and Siswati. Signs are usually displayed in English.
Holiday packages in South Africa offer you the best deals on flights and accommodation. If you prefer you can book hotels in Johannesburg Cape Town or other major cities in South Africa separately.
With so many great destinations in South Africa it can be hard to choose the right destination. Check out these popular destinations, available for travel from lastminute.com:
Visit the vast picturesque Kruger National Park, which is one of Africa's most important game reserves and is known for its significant zebra population. The Tsitsikamma National Park, meanwhile, is noted for its magnificent coastal scenery and is the location of Nature's Valley, one of the most sought-after destinations for holidays in South Africa. In the Royal Natal National Park of KwaZulu-Natal Province, you can also visit the Tugela Falls, which is considered to be the second-tallest waterfall system on the planet, with five stunning waterfalls measuring a collective high of almost 950m.