'A world in one country' is how South Africa is often described. Its diversity is astounding, and its size impressive with a landmass that equals France and Spain combined. There are vast windswept deserts with honey-coloured dunes, sun-drenched, vineyard-covered mountains and pulsating, vibrant cities.

A Big Five safari destination without par, there are multiple game reserves and national parks to choose from: Kruger, Samara, Madikwe or Kwazulu Natal where hippo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, meerkats, wild dogs, kudu, hyena and ostrich can be spotted. The regions of Constancia, Franschhoek and Hemel-en-Aarde are increasingly recognised as much for their spectacular gourmet offerings as for their wines. The colonial-influenced Western Cape is not only known for its Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture –particularly in Stellebosch – but also as the beginning of the glorious Garden Route. It stretches over one hundred and twenty-five miles of staggering coastline, starting at Mossel Bay and extending all the way to Storm River in the neighbouring Eastern Cape. Bordered by pine forests and fragrant fynbos bushes and punctuated with gorges, pristine sandy beaches and rocky coves, this is nature at its most exquisite.

Also known as the 'Cradle of Humankind', South Africa is believed to have been where humankind originated more than 100,000 years ago – and a wealth of hominid fossils has been excavated and can be seen at the World Heritage site in Gauteng. With Red Savannah and their tailor-made itineraries, you can watch whales and Great White Sharks in Walker Bay, explore the historic battlefields of Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana, beach flop in Plettenberg Bay, shop in Cape Town or track the Big Five.

  • AfricaSouth Africa-FlightTimes icon
    Flight time from London
    11 - 11.5 hours
  • TimeZone icon
    Time Zone
    UTC +3
  • Currency icon
    Currency
    South African Rand
  • SuitableFor icon
    Best Time to go
    North: May - September; South: October - April
  • Temperature icon
    Average Temperature
    17°C - 28°C

Featured South Africa Tours & Safaris

South Africa Family Holiday

13 Days
from £3,645
per person
Riding at Grootbos South Africa
A wonderful family holiday that includes penguin-spotting on the beaches around Cape Town, whale and Great White Shark watching at Walker Bay and an incredible safari in the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.

South Africa in Style

12 Days
from £10,255
per person
The pool area at Tswalu Motse South Africa
One of the finest safaris in Africa, experience the luxurious Singita Boulders in the Big Five Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Twswalu in the Kalahari, where you will encounter the Black Rhino and black-maned lion.

Off the Beaten Track in South Africa

19 Days
from £8,960
per person
A lioness in Africa South Africa
Explore the remote beaches, forests and lagoons of Plettenberg Bay, track cheetah on foot at the Samara Private Game Reserve, and listen to tales of historic Zulu Battles at Rorke's Drift.

Safari and Spa Adventure

12 Days
from £8,780
per person
The deck at Phinda Rock Lodge South Africa
Relax, re-energise and detoxify with daily therapies and treatments at Karkloof Safari Spa before enjoying your world-class safari at Phinda Game Reserve.

Featured Luxury Lodges in South Africa

Jamala Madikwe

£££££
A bedroom at Jamala Madikwe Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Nestled within the Madikwe Game Reserve Jamala Madikwe is designed with distinctive flair, filled with eccentric African furnishings set against the beauty of the savannah.

A picnic close to Samara Graaf-Reinet, South Africa

Situated within 70,000 acres in the Eastern Cape, Samara's three lodges exude authentic colonial charm. Conservation means wildlife is abundant, including aardvark, rhino & cheetah.

La Residence Villas

£££££
The surrounding area of La Residence Franschhoek, South Africa

Close to the village of Franschhoek, French influence is still evident in the attention to gastronomic detail and the abundance of excellent vineyards.

Featured Luxury Villas in South Africa

Morukuru Ocean House

4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 8
Price on request
The exterior of Morukuru Ocean House Overberg, South Africa

Watch the whales pass through on their way to the Overberg Bay while enjoying an outstanding meal created by the professional chef on the outdoor dining terrace of this spectacular ocean facing house.

Leobo The Observatory

4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 9
Price on request
The exteriors and surroundings of Leobo the Observatory, South Africa Vaalwater, South Africa

Tucked away in the Palala Valley, delighting in the adventures of quad biking, riding safaris or spa treatments by day and curling up on super-sized sofas next to a roaring fire by night as the sun sets.

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SAMANTHA GEE

Africa Specialist

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  • "From the very outset you clearly understood us as a couple, the sort of hotels in which we would be comfortable and very importantly, the most appropriate safari experience for ‘first timers’. You planned our holiday brilliantly. "

    A.H. - South Africa
  • "We found that you were good at reading exactly the sort of experience we were looking for and the arrangements made were seamless.  Everything was well organised and all accommodation was superb. "

    R.B. - South Africa
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    K.G. - South Africa
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