South Africa is one of the most popular safari and holiday destinations on the African continent. With easy access from the UK and a good travel infrastructure and facilities, South Africa offers a huge variety of accommodation and regions to suit all manner of travellers, including families, honeymooners, hikers, birdwatchers, wine tasters, horse riders and has a range of choices for self drive, adventure travel, luxury lodge and boutique hotels, stunning beaches, city culture, wine tours and of course safaris.
It is the country's extraordinary diversity that makes it so attractive, encapsulating so much of what the continent has to offer, and thereby making South Africa a perfect choice for an African safari or holiday. We can tailor make your South Africa holiday to suit your requirements, mixing and matching the best choice of hotels and activities to fit with you.
There are over 300 game reserves and national parks, making it possible to search out specific animal species or to get an overview of the natural world. You can chose to stay in luxury safari lodges or budget national parks accommodation. It is even possible to choose a reserve in a malaria-free zone.
There are cosmopolitan cities, world renowned vineyards, and stunning beaches on the Cape, and the picturesque Garden Route which follows the coast between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Add to this a melting pot of different cultures, with tribal heritage and traditions from distinctive peoples like the Zulu, and South Africa becomes a great place for a holiday, whatever your interests.
The two small countries of Swaziland and Lesotho can also be easily included in a visit here, adding another dimension to an already varied South African safari holiday or honeymoon.
Explore the Battlefields and the scenic Drakensburg and is some exciting game viewing and finish up relaxing on the beach, this is the perfect holiday whether you want to self-drive or be driven.
Table Mountain, stunning coastal scenery, penguins, plus wine tasting. Heaven?
Exciting game viewing in Timbavati (Kruger), dramatic scenery, and lots of activity!
A holiday covering Cape Town and some of the less visited areas; the west coast and the beautiful Cederberg mountains.
Action packed fun at Sun City and safari life at Madikwe, a perfect combination.
Read about some of the inspirational experiences you could have in South Africa
Below you'll find some of our very favourite places to stay in South Africa. However you can also see our full directory of properties by clicking the "All Places to Stay" button.
A family-owned and run boutique hotel in a prestigious suburb, once the home of the Earl of Clarendon.
Secluded accommodation, a pool and great food near Plettenberg Bay.
Farm 215 is a secluded rural retreat in Western Cape. Come for nature, walking, riding and whales!
Comfortable en-suite accommodation owned by the Rattray family, near Rorke's Drift in the Battlefields area.
A smart 10-suite bush lodge offering Big 5 safaris, wonderful views and ample space on the privately owned Kariega Game Reserve.
Beautifully, luxurious lodge in the heart of the Greater Kruger with fantastic game viewing, especially in search of the famed Big 5.
An amazing way to travel across South Africa in luxury!
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Time: GMT +2 hours
Flight time: There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.
Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.
Visas: Visas are not required for British passport holders.
Health: No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.