South Africa is a land of outstanding natural beauty. The size of France and Spain combined it boasts an excellent infrastructure, enabling easy travel around the country. And a chance to take in the many types of terrain and scenery that can be found here.
Cape Town sits at the foot of flat-topped Table Mountain; ride the cable car to the top of the mountain on clear days for panoramic views. The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is where it all happens, with free entertainment, restaurants and bars plying their trade. Boat trips can be taken from here to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held. Go shark diving with Great Whites off the cape or bungee jump above the Bloukrans River.
Outside of Cape Town, head to Hermanus to watch whales migrate and breed, or settle down in towns such as Paarl and Stellenbosch in the heart of the Winelands to sample celebrated varieties from the 106 cellars in the region.
Follow the Garden Route along the south coast to see some exceptional coastline, excellent beaches and rugged coves. Nature reserves for dolphins and primates as well as bird watching sites act as further distractions.
The best wildlife watching though is in the Kruger National Park, which is the size of Wales and home to the Big Five and countless other creatures. With accommodation to suit all budgets and the greatest diversity of wildlife on the continent, it's one of Africa's great wildlife reserves.
Alternatively, head into the mountains and hike amidst the peaks and plunging valleys of the Drakensburg, listen to the silence in the Karoo, settle back on the warm sands of KwaZulu-Natal, visit the diamond mines in Kimberley and watch the stark landscape of Namaqualand burst into bloom during springtime.
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The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
Generally sunny and pleasant. Winters are usually mild.
South Africa stages festivals throughout the year, with something for everyone. Food festivals include the Prickly Pear Festival in February/March in the Eastern Cape, and Lambert's Bay Kreeffees in Cape Town in March. Music festivals include the Origin Festival in the Western Cape in January, a trance event, the FNB Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg in February, and Oppikoppi in August, which is held in the bushveld in the north of the country, and is South Africa’s ’Glastonbury’. The gay Pink Loerie Mardi Gras is held in Knysna in the Western Cape in May.
Dishes include sosaties (a type of kebab), bobotie (a curried mince dish), bredies (meat, tomato and vegetable stews). Poetoepap or stywepap, made with white maize meal, is often served with meat. Biltong (dried meat) is a speciality. Excellent red and white wines are produced, as are sherries, brandies and unusual liqueurs.
Normal courtesies apply. Casual dress widely accepted. Evening dress requires a jacket and tie for men, full-length dress for women. Smoking is prohibited in public places and on public transport.
Cape Town (CPT) is 20 km from city. Johannesburg (JNB) is 25 km from city. Also Durban (DUR), Port Elizabeth (PLZ), Bloemfontein (BFN).
Excellent roads and flights, slightly erratic trains. Several bus companies operate, taxis throughout the country. Car-hire, and chauffeurs are available.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in South Africa. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in South Africa. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in South Africa, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
The types of holiday listed below are just a flavour of the experiences available in South Africa. We can also suggest and plan alternative types of holiday to take into account your individual interests. To start planning what to do whilst away, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
Alison Kent - Africa Specialist
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