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South Africa

A rainbow nation saturated with natural beauty

Tailor-made holidays and safaris to South Africa

Introduction

A 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.

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

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Where to go in South Africa

Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route provide rich culture, spectacular landscapes and incredible cuisine, while the great wildlife reserves of Kruger National Park, the Eastern Cape and Northwest Province offer Big Five game drives and some of Africa’s finest luxury safari lodges.

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 including 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…

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What to do in South Africa

Whether you’re seeking the Big Five on a wildlife safari, looking to lounge in a five-star hotel in glittering Cape Town, heading for a tasting at an esteemed wine lodge or something else entirely, we can help you find the perfect South African holiday.

Luxury honeymoons

From beaches to safaris, wine tours to luxury lodges, these holidays offer you a selection of fine honeymoons sure to provide a lifetime of memories.

Self-drives

Take to the road and discover South Africa for yourself. Get up close and personal with the wildlife, cruise along the coastlines and discover a unique culture all at your own pace.

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.

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When to go to South Africa

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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 …

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Top itineraries in South Africa

Cape, Wine, Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,345 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £350 on Superior option (includes 3 free nights)
Book by: 31 August 2017

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.

West Coast Discovery, South Africa

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,945 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £640 per couple (includes 2 free nights)
Book by: 31 August 2017

An luxury self-drive along the breathtaking West Coast of South Africa exploring some of the most spectacular sights

Classic Cape, Blue Train and Safari

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,555 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £1,600 per couple
Book by: 28 February 2017

An unforgettable South African adventure combining Cape Town and the Winelands, the luxurious Blue Train and a Big Five safari

Cape, Wine & Whales

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,765 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £1,020 per couples
Book by: 16 March 2017

From June to November the clifftops around Hermanus offer the best land-based whale-watching in the world, as southern right whales come to raise their calves in the Cape's coastal waters. Peak calving season is July and August, while the Hermanus Whale Festival runs from 20 to 24 September.

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Top places to stay in South Africa

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

Historic hotel

Without a doubt one of the most famous and iconic hotels in Cape Town, Mount Nelson is set on the lower slopes of Table Mountain and within nine acres of lush gardens, just minutes from the fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Cape Town’s stunning beaches.

Dulini River Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Contemporary safari lodge

The luxurious safari lodge, Dulini River lodge is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve under a leafy evergreen thicket, ebony trees and upon the banks of the seasonal Sand River.

Queen Victoria Hotel, Cape Town

Contemporary hotel

Positioned within a precinct of heritage buildings the prime hotel location boast some of the finest retail outlets and designer stores, restaurants, craft markets and cinemas alongside boat cruises to Robben Island and entertainment in the amphitheatre.

Kirkman’s Kamp, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Historic safari lodge

Boasting a true and authentic feeling of African history, Kirkman's Kamp is located high on a ridge, offering incredible views that span across the Kamp.

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Special offers in South Africa

Cape, Wine, Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,345 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £350 on Superior option (includes 3 free nights)
Book by: 31 August 2017

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.

West Coast Discovery, South Africa

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,945 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £640 per couple (includes 2 free nights)
Book by: 31 August 2017

An luxury self-drive along the breathtaking West Coast of South Africa exploring some of the most spectacular sights

Classic Cape, Blue Train and Safari

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,555 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £1,600 per couple
Book by: 28 February 2017

An unforgettable South African adventure combining Cape Town and the Winelands, the luxurious Blue Train and a Big Five safari

Cape, Wine & Whales

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,765 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £1,020 per couples
Book by: 16 March 2017

From June to November the clifftops around Hermanus offer the best land-based whale-watching in the world, as southern right whales come to raise their calves in the Cape's coastal waters. Peak calving season is July and August, while the Hermanus Whale Festival runs from 20 to 24 September.

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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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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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