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The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay star star star star plus
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Picturesquely situated between the Twelve Apostles mountain range and the azure Atlantic Ocean. The Bay Hotel is the only hotel in Cape Town with uninterrupted views and direct access to the world famous Camps Bay beach. It’s proven over the years that elegance and sophistication can be achieved in an informal atmosphere. 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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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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De Oude Werf
De Oude Werf star star star star
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fr £649.00
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The oldest hotel to be found in South Africa, the Oude Werf – the Old Churchyard – dates back hundreds of years and has undergone extensive work to be transformed from a small country inn into a deluxe, modern hotel.

Old meets new throughout following the latest renovation work, with fresh design to be found within the walls of a building famed for its historic Georgian facade.

Nearly 60 en-suite rooms provide stylish accommoda... Show More

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Mouille Point Village Cape Town
Mouille Point Village Cape Town star star star star
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fr £669.00
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Situated in the Oceanside setting of Mouille Point between the V&A Waterfront and Sea Point, the Mouille Point Village is a beautiful holiday destination that offers peace and tranquillity, beauty and splendour and plenty of style and comfort, all within short reach to some of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks. Amazing views and a blissful ambiance are just some of the perks of staying at this amazing resort, with enough to do both in and out ... Show More

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Camps Bay Resort, Camps Bay
Camps Bay Resort, Camps Bay star star star
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fr £679.00
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This collection of serviced studios and apartments is located overlooking stunning Camps Bay beach. Ideal for a relaxing beach break but also for enjoying all the sites of Cape Town. The resort is self catering (breakfast, when staying in most apartments, is included, see details below), so offers complete freedom to come and go as you please, which is great for couples and families alike. Show More
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Waterfront Village, V&A Waterfront
Waterfront Village, V&A Waterfront star star star star
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fr £799.00
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These luxury serviced apartments are perfectly situated in the V&A Waterfront. Take a stroll to the vibrant Waterfront with its vast variety of shops, bars and restaurants or enjoy sitting by one of the four swimming pools. Show More
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3nts Dubai & 4nts Cape Town
3nts Dubai & 4nts Cape Town star star star star star
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fr £869.00
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Begin your journey with a three night stay in exciting city of Dubai. Offering the ultimate shopping experience, world class restaurants, great nightlife, a spectacular skyline and luxury hotels you'll be sure to start your holiday in style. Next is the vibrant city of Cape Town which provides an excellent base to discover the best of what this region has to offer. With Table Mountain, Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront on your doorstep there ... Show More
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6nts Cape Town Beach & Safari
6nts Cape Town Beach & Safari star star star
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This package is the perfect introduction to South Africa. Start your trip with five nights in the coastal area of Cape Town - Camps Bay where you can explore the city's attractions. Next stop is your safari lodge where you'll get the opportunity to spot the 'Big 5' on your game drives which are included in this package. Package includes: Flights, hotels & 2-Days' economy car hire. Show More
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4nts Cape Town, 3nts Winelands & 1nt Safari
4nts Cape Town, 3nts Winelands & 1nt Safari star star star star
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fr £889.00
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It is impossible to visit Africa once and feel you have done the continent justice. From the vast plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania to cosmopolitan and vibrant Cape Town, from the tropical islands of Mozambique in the sparkling Indian Ocean to the incredible Namib Desert flanked by the pounding Atlantic, Africa is an inspirational continent that has to be seen to be believed. The cultures, topography and experiences are unique to each destinati... Show More
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2nts Umhlanga, 2nts Midlands & 2nts Drakensberg
2nts Umhlanga, 2nts Midlands & 2nts Drakensberg star star star
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Price includes flights, 2nts 3* Holiday Inn Express in Umhlanga (B&B), 2nts 4* Granny Mouse Country House in the Midlands (B&B), 2nts 3* Sandford Park Country Hotel in Drakensberg (B&B) and 7 days' car hire. Show More
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3nts Cape Town, 2nts Garden Route & 3nts Safari
3nts Cape Town, 2nts Garden Route & 3nts Safari 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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4nts Cape Town, 1nt Addo National Park & 3nts Indian Ocean Beach
4nts Cape Town, 1nt Addo National Park & 3nts Indian Ocean Beach star star star star
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Spend four nights in vibrant Cape Town to experience what this fantastic city has to offer. Following Cape Town is Addo National Park where you'll seek out local wildlife on your safari game drive. Finish your trip relaxing on one of the un-spoilt Eastern Cape beaches. This package includes flights, 4* accommodation & 6 days' car hire. Show More
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4nts Cape Town & 4nts Sun City
4nts Cape Town & 4nts Sun City star star star
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fr £969.00
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Visit the heart of South Africa; Cape Town. Cape Town is South Africa’s second largest city and one of the most iconic in the world. Enjoy breath-taking mountain and ocean views as well as immersing yourself in the buzz of city life. Experience culinary wonders with endless activities to entertain every traveller in Cape Town. Sun City is a great resort boasting amazing leisure facilities as well as first-rate casino’s and golf courses, a truly ... Show More
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6 Day Garden Route & Cape Winelands
6 Day Garden Route & Cape Winelands
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fr £1045.16
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Take a once in a lifetime trip across South Africa’s renowned Garden Route, a lush landscape filled with natural beauty and culture. Meet some of the locals at a farmland school in Barrydale, journey up to the peak of Swartberg Mountains and discover the limestone splendour of the Cango Caves. Delve deep into the heartlands of the Garden Route and Winelands, seeing and even tasting the wonders of this deeply enriched area on a truly unforgettable... Show More
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3nts Cape Town, 2nts Winelands & 4nts Indian Ocean Beach
3nts Cape Town, 2nts Winelands & 4nts Indian Ocean Beach star star star
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Experience the very best of South Africa with this fantastic package. Start off with three nights at in vibrant Cape Town to experience all that this city has to offer. Following Cape Town you will travel to the spectacular wine region, which boasts some of the best food and wine that the region had to offer. Finish your trip relaxing on one of the un-spoilt Eastern Cape beaches. This package includes flights, 3* hotels and eight days car hire. 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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“Enjoy three nights of cosmopolitan luxury at The Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa, one of Cape Town's most fashionable hotels. Then it's on to the relaxing setting of Hog Hollow for a two night stay, set in a private nature reserve on the edge of indigenous forests, offering views of the surrounding valleys and Tsitsikamma Mountains, Hog Hollow is a great base from which to explore the Garden Route. Finally, you get to enjoy two nights at one of S... Show More
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2nts Cape Town, 2nts Hermanus, 2nts Garden Route & 2nts Safari
2nts Cape Town, 2nts Hermanus, 2nts Garden Route & 2nts Safari star star star star
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Experience the best of what Cape Town has to offer whilst staying in the 4* Fountains Hotel. Travel by car to coastal town of Hermanus with whale watching oppotunities from June to November. Spend two nights at 4* Auberge Burgundy situated in the historical heart of Hermanus. 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 4* Rippons Safari Lodge ... Show More
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4nts Cape Town, 1nt Winelands & 2nts Kruger National Park
4nts Cape Town, 1nt Winelands & 2nts Kruger National Park star star star star
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This 4* 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 where you'll spend the night in Stellenbosch. Take your internal flight to the spectacular Main Camp at Jock Safari Lodge situated within the Kruger National Park where you will spend two unforgettable nights. Inclusions: Return International & Internal Flights; 4nts 4* Protea President... 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 Durban, 2nts Battlefields & 2nts Kruger National Park
3nts Durban, 2nts Battlefields & 2nts 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 3 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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Ritz Hotel Cape Town, Sea Point
Ritz Hotel Cape Town, Sea Point star star star
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Located just a short walk from the beach and the iconic V&A Waterfront, the chic Cape Town Ritz Hotel offers elegant hospitality in an excellent setting. Ideally placed for guests to enjoy easy beach access and stunning views from many of the elegantly-appointed guestrooms, the Cape Town Ritz Hotel further complements its location with generous amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool and even a revolving restaurant. Cape Town Ritz Hotel ... 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 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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