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South Africa History and culture

History and culture holidays in South Africa


South Africa is known for both its ethnic and cultural diversity, immerse yourself in the history and of this fascinating country and discover the numerous Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Explore remnants of the past

Uncover civilisations past by visiting KwaZulu Natal and seeing for yourself the 3,000-year-old san rock engravings, explore the heart of Southern Africa’s first indigenous community in the Mapungubwe World heritage Site or, take a trip to the emotive battlefields of the Zululand region – Isalndwana and Rocke’s Drift – and lose yourself in the incredible story telling about the Anglo Zulu war. Discover South Africa’s chequered past; take a ferry from the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island, visit one of the oldest buildings in South Africa – the Iziko Slave Lodge – dating back to 1660 or, gain an honest impression of the countries diamond history at the largest hand dug mining hole, the Big Hole.

Everyday culture of South Africa

South Africa holds a very strong cultural heritage so why not partake in a cultural tour of today’s South Africa, your friendly local guide will show you round their township – South Africa’s informal settlements. During the tour you can submerged yourself in true African culture, learn about your guide’s day to day life, perhaps take part in an African drumming session and enjoy a traditionally cooked meal perfectly accompanied by a traditional beer at a local tavern known as a shebeen. Cape Malay’s Bo-Kaap township contains some of the most eye-catching architecture in South Africa, with the brightly coloured housing and aromatic spice shops you will be welcomed with open arms and a warm smile.

World-renwoned winelands and beyond

The early history of South African wine can be traced to the Cape of Good Hope, where the vineyard was planted in order to supply sailors with wine and grapes – wrongly believed at the time to keep scurvy at bay. Wine to this day remains a strong part of South African culture; wander through a vineyard in one of the famous wine regions of Stellenbosch, Barrydale, Paarl or Franshhoek. Take a tour of a winery and enjoy a glass or two.

Let Wexas tailor your holiday

When you book your South African luxury holiday with Wexas, as well as luxury accommodation and excellent guides our expert travel consultants will use their in depth knowledge of the country to tailor your itinerary so that your South African holiday includes the history and cultures that interest you.


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Our top itineraries for South Africa History and culture

Southern right whale, Hermanus

South Africa: Cape, Wine & Whales

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,100 pp incl. flights

Turn out from Cape Town’s welcoming charms, golden-sand beaches and iconic skyline to taste your way through South Africa’s finest vineyards in the endlessly rolling Winelands before discovering the world’s best land-based whale watching in Hermanus.

Cape Town, South Africa

West Coast Discovery, South Africa

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,385 pp incl. flights

Pair the headline acts of Cape Town with some off-the-beaten track luxury in Paternoster and the spectacular Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve.

Cheetah, Phinda Reserve

KwaZulu-Natal Discovery Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,215 pp incl. flights

With KwaZulu-Natal perhaps the most richly diverse of South Africa’s provinces, this spectacular drive takes in everything from the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains and Durban’s beachfront charms to Zulu battlefields and an all-inclusive, Big Five safari.

 Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa

Johannesburg, Madikwe and the Cape

11-day tailor-made holiday from £3,960 pp incl. flights

Explore in luxurious comfort with private transfers throughout, expert-led guided tours and stays in some of the country’s finest hotels as you combine South Africa’s city greats – Cape Town and Johannesburg – with an all-inclusive Big Five safari.

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