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South Africa

A rainbow nation saturated with natural beauty

Tailor-made holidays and safaris to South Africa

Introduction

South Africa holiday brings you to a land of outstanding natural beauty, with an excellent infrastructure that enables easy travel. A country that values tribal heritage alongside modern ways of life, contains both lush landscapes and urban jungles, and a variety of languages, cuisines, and ways to travel... South Africa really does have it all.

Near the southern tip of the country, Cape Town sits at the foot of flat-topped Table Mountain, and travellers can ride the cable car to the summit 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. Relax with a chilled glass of local white wine, and watch the entire world go by in this microcosm of Africa's diversity. For another city experience, discover the cosmopolitan fun of Johannesburg, the biggest city in the country and the home of not only world-class luxurious dining, but a truly exciting nightlife.

If you're looking for adventure travel on your trip to South Africa, go shark diving with Great Whites or bungee jump above the Bloukrans River in Tsitsikamma National ParkHead to Hermanus to watch whales migrate, and to relax afterwards, settle down in towns such as Paarl and Stellenbosch in the heart of the Winelands to sample celebrated vintages from the 106 cellars in the region.

Use our Garden Route map to explore along the south coast, discovering exceptional coastline, wide sand beaches and rugged, picturesque coves along the way. You'll also find plenty of nature reserves for dolphins and primates, as well as bird watching sites and the charming, artsy town of Knysna.

The best wildlife watching though is in the Kruger National Park, home to the legendary Big Five - elephants, leopards, Cape buffalo, lions, and rhinoceros - 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.

There are plentiful options for luxury travel in South Africa, but our expert consultants can tailor-make a holiday just for you. So whether it's wildlife, wine, or open water that you're looking to explore, Wexas can get you there.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
12 hours

Time Zone
GMT +2

Currency
Rand (R)

Language
Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

Visa
Not required

Where to go in South Africa

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world and is home to more animals than any other reserve in South Africa. The Kruger Game Reserves offer prestigious lodges and game viewing and plenty of free roaming wildlife - leapord and the Big Five.

Cape Town

Cape Town is the most visited city on the African continent, popular for its natural beauty, diverse cultural and heritage sites, fine wine and dining options and a host of outdoor and adventure activities.

Garden Route

South Africa's Garden Route passes through many lovely towns on its way from Cape Town to Knysna. For many, Plett is the epitome of the Garden Route, with white sands, clear waters, forest-clad mountains and fabulous seafood within easy reach.

Kwazulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal offers a great mix of historical, cultural and natural attractions, with majestic mountains, World Heritage sites and plenty to keep you entertained. The Battlefield Route around Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift offers an insight into the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars, while the game reser…

What to do in South Africa

Safaris

Renowned for its abundance of wildlife, South Africa is the ideal destination to experience a Safari holiday like no other. Go in search of the Big Five at any one of the spectacular national parks and game reserves, including Kruger, Sabi Sand and Phinda.

Food & Wine Holidays

Colourful, interesting and alien to most visitors, South African food has the potential to be the highlight of your trip. Paired with the first-rate wines available on vineyard tours, restaurants or simply in bars, and you'll see why South Africa's food and wine fame is known the world over.

Wildlife Holidays

On the land, under the sea or in the sky South Africa has a plethora of wildlife for you to observe and enjoy. From humpback wales and dolphins to saddle-billed storks, martial eagles, kudus, blue gnus and the Big Five, you'll have a chance to spot wildlife at every turn.

History and culture

Explore South Africa’s plethora of World Heritage Sites and discover the history and culture of a country with 11 official languages and an intriguing history, both historic and recent.

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The seasons in South Africa are a reversal of those in the Northern Hemisphere, with winter at its height in July and August. This is the best time to view South Africa's wildlife; with dry conditions forcing animals to congregate around water sources in National Parks, making them easier to spot. This is when whale watching is easiest too. Cape Town and the Garden Route are best visited during the warmer summer months (December and January) when temperatures average 25-30°C. During winter, temperatures plummet, overnight frosts are common, as is snow in mountainous areas and the Cape Town region. Be aware that South African summers are …

Top itineraries in South Africa

Cape, Wine, Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,245 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 13 Pay 11 nights & save up to £290 per couple
Book by: 30 December 2016

If you've any doubt as to why South Africa draws more visitors than anywhere else in Sub-Saharan Africa, the incredible diversity of this tailor-made itinerary should help to convince you.

Cape, Winelands & Kruger Safari

12-day tailor-made journey from £3,245 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Includes free night - save up to £110 per couple
Book by: 15 December 2016

This luxury tour starts in the picturesque city of Cape Town, before heading off to sample the delights of the Cape Winelands. From the scenic Cape, head to Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park, for a thrilling safari in arguably the best Big Five game viewing in South Africa.

Twin Centre Kruger Safari

9-day tailor-made journey from £2,945 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £1,800 per couple
Book by: 18 October 2016

South Africa is rightly renowned for its incredible wildlife and the Kruger National Park in the northeast of the country has a deserved reputation as one of the finest game-viewing hotspots on the African continent.

KwaZulu-Natal Discovery Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,195 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £900 per couple
Book by: 18 October 2016

The South African province of KwaZulu-Natal is perhaps the most dramatic and varied in the country, and with Durban so well served by international flights, it makes an easy and rewarding trip in its own right, especially tempting if this is not your first time in the country.

Top places to stay in South Africa

Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

Contemporary safari lodge

Located in the Easten Cape, the Amakhala Game Reserve is a unique conservation, focusing efforts on reintroducing animals into the area.

Lairds Lodge Country Estate, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

Traditional lodge

Located along the Garden Route, explore endless beaches and local markets in the one of the most picturesque regions of South Africa.

Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge, White River

Traditional lodge

Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge is situated on the White River Country Estate and overlooks the first green of the 18-hole championship White River Golf Course.

Views Boutique Hotel, Wilderness Garden Route

Contemporary hotel

Nestled atop the dunes, Views Boutique Hotel is an idyllic and ideal base to explore the renowned Garden Route.

Special offers in South Africa

Cape, Wine, Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,245 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 13 Pay 11 nights & save up to £290 per couple
Book by: 30 December 2016

If you've any doubt as to why South Africa draws more visitors than anywhere else in Sub-Saharan Africa, the incredible diversity of this tailor-made itinerary should help to convince you.

Cape, Winelands & Kruger Safari

12-day tailor-made journey from £3,245 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Includes free night - save up to £110 per couple
Book by: 15 December 2016

This luxury tour starts in the picturesque city of Cape Town, before heading off to sample the delights of the Cape Winelands. From the scenic Cape, head to Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park, for a thrilling safari in arguably the best Big Five game viewing in South Africa.

Twin Centre Kruger Safari

9-day tailor-made journey from £2,945 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £1,800 per couple
Book by: 18 October 2016

South Africa is rightly renowned for its incredible wildlife and the Kruger National Park in the northeast of the country has a deserved reputation as one of the finest game-viewing hotspots on the African continent.

KwaZulu-Natal Discovery Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,195 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £900 per couple
Book by: 18 October 2016

The South African province of KwaZulu-Natal is perhaps the most dramatic and varied in the country, and with Durban so well served by international flights, it makes an easy and rewarding trip in its own right, especially tempting if this is not your first time in the country.

South Africa articles

  • Just back from: Botswana and Johannesburg

    Wexas Africa specialist Krishnakoli Ghosh shares her insights from a safari trip exploring the wildlife and luxury lodges of two of southern Africa's most popular destinations.

  • A guide to the Garden Route

    South Africa's Garden Route passes through many lovely towns on its way from Cape Town to Knysna. Swellendam in particular has great examples of Cape Dutch architecture at its best. For many, Plett is the epitome of the Garden Route, with white sands, clear waters, forest-clad mountains and fabul…

  • Cape Town’s Kalk Bay

    Kalk Bay in Cape Town is a small village with a big personality and an ideal stop for those on a South Africa self-drive

  • The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Best Food Festivals

    For some, travel is as much about discovering new foods and cultures as it is exploring new destinations. We take a look at some of the world's best food festivals to help get your taste buds tingling for a foodie holiday.

What our clients say about our South Africa holidays

  • The Wexas staff member who dealt with my trip to Johannesburg was knowledgeable, helpful and efficient. I was particularly impressed when he asked me if he could call me back because he wanted to check the location of the hotel we were discussing in relation to the Wanderers cricket ground. He checked, rang me back in five minutes by which time he had both checked the location and found out that the hotel would provide transport to the ground. And the hotel that he recommended was excellent in quality and service-and I am sure that I would not have otherwise found it. Great service, as usual from Wexas.

    Anthony A

  • Alison Nicolle, who has arranged all my trips to South Africa since 2009, worked particularly tirelessly on my behalf this year, when my chosen itinerary turned out to be a nightmare in terms of finding the right accommodation at the right time. Her expertise is second to none, and I can't thank her enough.

    Bryony B

  • Right from my initial contact with Wexas I have received absolutely wonderful attention and service. Any queries I had were dealt with very quickly and efficiently. I would highly recommend Wexas to everyone.

    Linda L

  • This was a fantastic holiday and everything went like clockwork, we were away for almost 5 weeks and enjoyed every minute - thank you.

    William B W

  • Very efficient and reliable service. No hitches or glitches!

    Stephen S

  • I cannot fault the service and our holiday was amazing

    David D

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