South Africa

With 48 million residents and 11 official languages, South Africa is an incredibly diverse country and there are hundreds of incredible holidays and travel packages. Would you like to travel to South Africa? See wildlife? Camp out? Hike? Canoe? Bunji? Surf? See beaches? Explore? The choice of what type of experience you have is yours. Plan a dream break to the 'Rainbow Nation' today.


Things to Do in South Africa

Looking to visit South Africa? Need ideas or inspiration? Find activities, experiences, travel packages, backpacking ideas, eco & adventure holidays in South Africa.

South Africa Travel Guide

South Africa Travel Guide

Get information, tips, itineraries and inspiration for visiting South Africa.

  • Capital - Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein
  • Currency - South African Rand (ZAR) $1 = 9ZAR / £1 = 14ZAR 
  • Population - 50,000,000 (approx)
  • Language - Afrikaans, English + local languages
  • Area - 330,000 sq km (approx)
  • International Calling Code +27
  • Transport - We recommend booking private bus transport for South Africa, crime can be an issue. You can also fly or hire a car
  • Tourist Visa - Most nationalities can gain a tourist visa on arrival


Visa & How to Get to South Africa

South Africa is connected to a numerous international airports worldwide, most international flights arrive into Cape Town or Johannesburg. Prices for flights can vary, if you fly direct from London for example this will be more expensive than catching a connection in Dubai, book in advance to secure the best deals. On arrival you will be given a 90 day tourist visa with a valid passport and you will be free to visit anywhere in the country.


Weather & Best Time to Visit South Africa

South Africa is one of the most exhilarating and beautiful destinations in the world which enjoys a warm climate which makes it an attractive destination. The country is 22 and 35 degrees south of the equator; flanked on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on the east by the Indian Ocean, whose waters meet at the country's most southern tip, Cape Agulhas. The seasons are exactly opposite to those of the northern hemisphere. This is a destination that can comfortably be visited any month, June to September is cooler and ideal for outdoor activities.


South Africa Travel

South Africa Holidays

South Africa is an incredible destination and the best way to experience the highlights is on one of our small group holidays. There are lots of different trips available including amazing wildlife safaris where you can see exotic animals like lions, elephants and rhinos. We promote authentic holidays from the leading international and local travel operators who will take you off the beaten track where you can experience the real South Africa.

You can visit every corner on the country and where you go really depends on your interests, from exploring cities like Cape Town to taking a safari in the Kruger National Park. You'll find a holiday to match your interests, from budget adventures right up to to luxury safari holidays where you can visit special destinations. Search options and book the trip of a lifetime today.


Backpacking & Travelling in South Africa

We do not recommend taking public transport in South Africa, the infrastructure isn't consistant and its always best to stick to the tourist routes and either book trips in advance or with hotels and hostels once inside South Africa. Organised holidays are very safe, you will be given full safety information when joining a trip and very few problems occur with wildlife and humans.


South Africa Travel Highlights

Best Places to Visit in South Africa

South Africa might look quite small on a map but believe us there is a lot to see and do here. Everywhere is quite spreadout so you might want to plan your itinerary to see as much as possible. Here is a run down of just a few of the places you might want to visit...

  • Cape Town - One of the most amazing cities in the world
  • Durban - A sunny/hot destination with a long beach across the seafront
  • Johannesberg - A thriving huge bustling city, you must see Soweto where Nelson Madela used to live
  • Wild Coast - Beautiful beaches and mountains 
  • Garden Route - Some of the most spectacular scenery in the world
  • Port Elizabeth - On the spectacular Southern Coast, expect beaches and lots of marine/shark conservation projects
  • Kruger National Park - One of the best places to go on a wildlife safari in the world
  • Elephant Addo National Park - See hundreds of elephants and other animals in their natural habitat


Top Experiences in South Africa

  • Going to the Kruger National Park - one of the best wildlife areas in the world where you should be able to see elephants, lions and more animals
  • Diving with great white sharks of the Southern Coast
  • Seeing the Cape of Good Hope, the Southern most tip of the African continent
  • For culture and tradition head to Zululand
  • Hiking the Drakensberg Mountains for a thrilling adventure experience 
  • Driving the Garden Route and pass by the impressive Drakensberg mountain range
  • Visiting the Addo Elephant National Park where you can see elephants in their natural habitat
  • Seeing sharks off the coast of Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, you can also learn to surf
  • Watching a live sporting event like a rugby or cricket game - some of the local passions
  • Going horse riding and seeing waterfalls at the Wild Coast


Health & Safety

South Africa is one of the worlds top tourist destinations and rightly so but safety is a big concern for most travelers and holiday makers. Poverty and crime is a big problem in South Africa, a large number of people are unemployed and also there are a high percentage of immigrants of neighbouring countries which are living in sqalid conditions in townships for example in Soweto in Johannesburg. Always listen to advice from locals and other travelers and you'll know where is best to go and where is not advised to visit.

Millions of people visit this country annually and very few encounter and problems but if you are walking around at night always try to walk in a group or with others, special attention should be made in large cities like Jo'Burg and Durban. A safe way to travel is taking an organised excursion - this way you will always be with other travelers and have experienced staff to offer advice and assistance. 

Always buy travel insurance before departing and make sure you are covered for all aspects of your trip (read the small print). HIV & Aids are a big problem in South Africa so avoid having unprotected sex with anyone. Also you might want to check about vaccinations prior to departure. We advise you to be aware of your surroundings especially late at night and in cities like Cape Town and Johennesburg which have a higher crime rate than the rest of the country. Try to travel in a group or with someone and do not carry around large amounts of money or show flashy jewlery, cameras and phones in public view. 






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