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South Africa holidays offer once in a lifetime experiences and memory making opportunities to enjoy breathtaking scenery and wildlife.  Search for inspiring holidays to South Africa - book online or over the phone and get the best package holidays to South Africa. We have years of experience in arranging multi centre holidays to South Africa that visit the best destinations including Cape Town, Garden Route, Durban, Johannesburg, the Kruger National Park, the Winelands and other great locations.

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One&Only Cape Town
One&Only Cape Town star star star star star
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Situated a mere 300 metres from the city’s famous Victoria & Alfred waterfront, One&Only Cape Town is surrounded by shops and restaurants. Majestic Table Mountain is on the doorstep, and you can enjoy spectacular views of this natural wonder from many of the hotel’s rooms and suites, or from the plush bar and lounge in the main atrium. Besides three on-site restaurants and two bars, the hotel boasts Cape Town’s most comprehensive spa, situated... Show More

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Radisson Blu le Vendome Hotel Cape Town
Radisson Blu le Vendome Hotel Cape Town star star star star
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Radisson Blu Le Vendome lies in Cape Town’s Sea Point neighbourhood, in the shadow of Signal Hill – a flat-topped hill at the northern end of Table Mountain National Park which offers sweeping views out towards the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel’s excellent location, and complimentary shuttle service, makes it easy to explore the city. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, abseil down the side of Table Mountain, or enjoy a day trip to the C... Show More

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12 Day Essential South Africa
12 Day Essential South Africa
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From the beauty of Cape Town to the lush Garden Route, from the scenic Cape Winelands to the 'Big 5' of the Kruger National Park, this tour perfectly showcases the very best that South Africa has to offer Show More
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AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront
AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront star star star star
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AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront boasts a fantastic location. Just a 25-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport, this stylish hotel has unrivalled views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Cape Town Harbour. Thanks to the hotel’s central location, you’ll have easy access to whale-watching trips and the regular ferries to Robben Island. Plus, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA... Show More
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6 Day Garden Route Splendour
6 Day Garden Route Splendour
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Take a tour of one of South Africa’s most renowned areas, the lush and culture enriched Garden Route where travellers can revel in the wonders of this beautiful stretch of land. From charming towns and holiday destinations to the natural wonders of lofty peaks and ancient caverns, guests can get to grips with the people, animals and beautiful scenery that adorns this unforgettable region. Show More
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16 Day Grand Tour Of South Africa
16 Day Grand Tour Of South Africa
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Experience the delights of South Africa on a 16 day tour that shows South Africa in its true splendour, visiting mountain and coastline and providing the opportunity to head into the wilderness on game tours before heading to the vibrant city of Cape Town. Show More
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3nts Cape Town, 2nts Garden Route & 2nts Safari
3nts Cape Town, 2nts Garden Route & 2nts Safari star star star star
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Start your South African Adventure by visiting Cape Town. Bursting with colour and life, Cape Town is home to mesmerising landmarks such as Table Mountain, not to mention golden beaches and rolling vineyards. Continue your holiday along the glorious Garden Route, cast your eyes upon raw natural beauty as well as vegetation and stunning wildlife that make the Garden Route so gorgeous. Round off your South African extravaganza with an unforgettable... Show More
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3nts Cape Town, 2nts Winelands, 2nts Garden Route  & 2nts Safari
3nts Cape Town, 2nts Winelands, 2nts Garden Route & 2nts Safari star star star star
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Start your South African Adventure by visiting Cape Town. Bursting with colour and life, Cape Town is home to mesmerising landmarks such as Table Mountain, not to mention golden beaches and rolling vineyards. Next stop is the wine region. Continue your holiday along the glorious Garden Route, cast your eyes upon raw natural beauty as well as vegetation and stunning wildlife that make the Garden Route so gorgeous. Round off your South African extr... Show More
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3nts Cape Town, 2nts Hermanus, 2nts Garden Route & 3nts Safari
3nts Cape Town, 2nts Hermanus, 2nts Garden Route & 3nts Safari star star star star
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Experience the best of what Cape Town has to offer whilst staying in Cape Town for three nights. Travel by car to coastal town of Hermanus with whale watching opportunities from June to November. Next stop is the Garden Route where your base will be Plettenberg Bay, which is perfect to experience the region's highlights. Finish you're trip at the fantastic Eastern Cape Safari - Kariega Game Reserve . Includes 6 days car hire. Show More
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2nts Durban, 2nts KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields & 3nts Kruger National Park
2nts Durban, 2nts KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields & 3nts Kruger National Park star star star star
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Immerse yourself in the unique ambiance of South Africa on a fantastic adventure where numerous highlights dotted around the region are yours to discover. Spend 2 nights in the coastal city of Durban where you can get to know the sea life of the region at the uShaka Marine World and uShaka Sea World Aquarium before heading out to for a 2 night stay at the historical settings and game parks of the KwaZulu Natal Battlefields and finally walking the... Show More
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4nts Cape Town, 3nts Winelands & 3nts Kruger National Park
4nts Cape Town, 3nts Winelands & 3nts Kruger National Park star star star star
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This package combines three of South Africa's most exciting attractions. Start your journey in Cape Town. Next on the list is the spectacular wine region Stellenbosch, where you can taste some world quality wines and admire the art exhibition in Spier. Take your internal flight to the spectacular Thornybush Nkaya Lodge situated within the Kruger National Park where you will experience unforgettable game drives. Includes internal flights and 8 ... Show More
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Gorah Elephant Camp
Gorah Elephant Camp star star star star star
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Only an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth, Gorah Elephant Camp offers luxury accommodation and warm, personalised service. Reminiscent of the romance and excitement of African safaris in centuries past, Gorah offers an unforgettable, exclusive adventure in the heart of the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park, home to the Big Five and with the highest density of elephants on earth. Here the peace and tranquillity of the Eastern Cape are matche... Show More
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South Africa

Commonly referred to as ‘The Rainbow Nation’, South Africa complements its hallowed nickname with the promise of vibrant cultures, extraordinary natural beauty and a significant dose of the African spirit you won’t find on any other continent.

Africa’s most developed nation, South Africa presents the ideal introduction to this astonishing continent, offering a tempting blend of untamed and wild natural splendour with contemporary and exciting urban settings.

Come to South Africa to discover Cape Town’s laidback lifestyle, chase the notorious ‘Big 5’ on an unforgettable game drive through Kruger National Park, feel soft sands between your toes in Durban and trace spectacular vineyards and valleys on the picturesque Garden Route... South Africa blends the best of Africa in one exceptional destination.

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Key Highlights of South Africa

  • Exploring the picturesque southerly city of much-loved Cape Town
  • Chasing the ‘Big 5’ in the spectacular Kruger National Park
  • Traversing the wonderfully scenic Garden Route
  • Relaxing along South Africa’s brilliant beaches in Durban and Port Elizabeth
  • Fulfilling a lifetime ambition of whale watching off Hermanus
  • Crossing the borders into the Kingdom of Swaziland

If you would like to know more about Travelbag’s excellent tailor-made holidays to South Africa , call us on 0203 139 7074 and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable travel experts.

Packing tips

The South African summer will warrant the packing of shorts and light coloured loose clothes wherever you are in the country. Travelling in summer will mean you will be exposed to many a sunny day and therefore caps, collared shirts, sunglasses and sun cream are essential to protect your eyes and skin.

At other times of the year South Africa can become quite cool -- very cool in the evening -- so you will want to make sure you have some jeans and thick jackets packed so that you are not caught unawares.

If you are planning to go on safari it is essential that you remember your binoculars for viewing the animals that remain far away, and you could even help the driver when he is trying to spot the coveted Big 5! Also, pack a good quality camera so you can avoid disappointingly low quality pictures and preserve your adventure forever.

Remember to ask your doctor whether you should be taking malaria pills on your trip and definitely remember to pack them if it is recommended.

Essential Information

  • Capital-South Africa is odd in that technically it has three capital cities. Cape Town is the home of the Parliament of South Africa and so the legislative capital, Pretoria is the home of the executive and so the administrative capital, and finally Bloemfontein is the judicial capital.
  • Currency-South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Language-South Africa has 11 official languages with the 4 most widely spoken being: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English.
  • Time Zone-GMT+2.
  • Weather in South Africa

    Being in the Southern Hemisphere South Africa’s winter is May to June with its summer falling from around mid-October to mid-February. The strength of the seasons depends on where you find yourself in this varying country.

    In Cape Town the summer months bring temperature highs of well over 30°C but the low humidity ensures this never becomes unbearable. Winter is a time of contrast, as while the sunny days average at around 20°C, the nights can produce single digit temperatures.

    Located 5,731 feet above sea level, Johannesburg provides temperatures slightly lower than Cape Town. You can still expect warm summer days and balmy summer evenings but do not be surprised to be reaching for the warmer gear at other times of the year.

    Kruger National Park is a world renowned safari park in the north-east of the country. Here you will find a more subtropical climate with hot and humid summers. Summer is also the rainy season so expect some downpours but reap the benefits through rivers and watering holes bursting with life.

    Wild Times in South Africa

    By Caroline Hurry

    @travelwrite1

    Blessed with unparalleled botanical beauty, South Africa has Big Five parks, wilderness areas, marine reserves, forests, mountains, rivers, and rich biodiversity. Why not combine game watching with a city holiday, starting in Cape Town, Durban, or Johannesburg?

    If you have less than a week for a safari, do it in style. Smaller reserves might be the better game plan, offering close encounters of the wild kind with off-road excursions and accommodation that spans self-catering to Five Star with bush spas, private pools, huge bathrooms, gourmet food, and guided walks.

    From Cape Town, hire a car. View the Atlantic and Indian Oceans from the Rhodes Memorial, Table Mountain, or Cape Point. Smell the roses in Kirstenbosch Gardens or swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach before winding up the Garden Route via the Cape wine lands to enjoy a safari.

    Alternatively, head up the whale coast for Hermanus, Overburg, Walker Bay, and Gansbaai, best places for viewing Southern Rights and jagged-toothed sharks.

    Craving something drier? Further north of Cape Town – 710km (442 miles) from Johannesburg – the 37 256 km2 Transfrontier Kgalagadi (Land of Thirst in the San vernacular) is home to rare black-maned lion, brown hyena, and some of the last Bushmen on Earth. On transcendental guided walks that reach out to your primitive roots, these San people show visitors how to stitch loincloths using acacia thorn and plant fibres, rub sticks to spark fires, turn ostrich egg shells into water coolers, or sharpen poison darts.

    The evolution of mammals from reptiles is recorded in stone all over the arid Karoo – a vast swamp some 500 million years ago. Here, you can walk over rocky dinosaur footprints, fondle the vertebrae of 250 million-year-old dicynodonts, or examine some of the world's most important stone-age sites with petroglyphs and rock engravings, done by the earliest hunter-gatherers.

    Surrogate Jersey cows suckle orphaned wildebeest and buffalo calves and you can bottle-feed zebra. Volunteers are welcome at the Born Free Foundation, which nurtures once abused lions and leopards in their natural habitat. Discover why lions must never be castrated – “their manes fall off” – and how to blow a kudu horn, the original vuvuzela.

    You’ll find riverine luxuriance – including 1000-year-old Leadwoods – and the highest concentration of leopards in the 65,000-hectare private Sabi Sands Reserve. All lodges here hark back to colonial times when a typical day for the adventurer included hacking through buffalo thorn, hunting lion, skinning kudu, or dispatching puff adders. Libidinous leopards entrance tourists with their seductive beauty. You don’t get wilder than this!

    Go out on a limb. Bark up the right tree. Tree houses in the Limpopo Province and Kruger Park offer the ultimate “Me Tarzan, You Jane” fantasy in Big Five territory. Become one with the savannah from your lofty perch under a celestial canopy as the chortle-barks of grazing hippo and the high pitched hoot of a Scops owl punctuate the Sabie River’s murmuring lullaby. A waning moon will illuminate the naked, white torsos of knobthorns stripped by elephants. Expect joyful harmonies of hyena celebrating the hunt and resident genets to clean your dinner plates. Expect the unexpected!

    You’re more likely to encounter wild dogs in Madikwe than anywhere else. With fewer than 3 600 in the world, these “painted dogs” are to be found splashing in the Marico River at sundown, before embarking on the evening hunt, trailed by hyena and assorted scavengers. Most Madikwe lodges are family-friendly – children go on game drives and guided nature walks – and volunteerism projects include rhino notching and wild dog collaring.

    Viewing game from horseback on guided rides is another great way to become one with the wilderness. The Waterberg offers great access to wildlife via open plains and canter-friendly woodlands, while Addo Elephant Park also has excellent horse trails.

    In Kwa-Zulu Natal, proximity to stunning coastal reserves makes the 56,800-acre Phinda Reserve the perfect place to mix beach and bush. Home to cheetah, black rhino, and 415 species of bird, at this living tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland, and rare sand forest, you’ll learn which plants you can use as a toothbrush and what to do on meeting a lion. “Don’t run, or you’re dinner!”

    Fret not. Armed guides escort guests along wooden walkways to their sleeping quarters. Volunteerism opportunities include rhino tracking, elephant population monitoring, and hyena research.

    Established in 1895, Hluhluwe–iMfolozi is Africa’s oldest Game Park, famous for bringing the white rhino back from the brink of extinction. Explore the 960-km² area with a hired car, but keep an eye open for dung beetles and potholes. Volunteer opportunities involve surveys of wild dog, cheetah and leopard.

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