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South African Rand weak against the Pound

British Pound increasingly strong against the South African Rand

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15 January 2016 by Debbie Mayger

To make their pound go further, British travellers are currently looking to the wildlife-filled national parks, dive sites and natural wonders of South Africa. Amid unrest in the currency markets – a knock on from shaky trading conditions in China – the rand has hit a historical low meaning excellent discounts on travel. In fact, your pound will buy you around double the amount of rand than it would have done five years ago.

To reflect this, an 11-day tailor-made tour designed to take in Cape Town and the best of the country’s whale-watching season and vineyards will now cost £1,445 (incl. flights) where it would have been £1,945 previously – a saving of £1,050 per couple. On it, you’ll also relax on Cape Town’s beautiful beaches, summit the iconic Table Mountain and visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. With the extra rand lining your pockets, you might want to upgrade to the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, a luxury hotel located on the slopes of Table Mountain.

 Alternatively, spot Lions, Rhinos, Leopards, Buffalos and Elephants – often referred to as the big five – from the luxury lodges of Kruger National Park. Or, there’s the rich topography and vegetation of the Garden Route. However, just as exchange rates have proved favourable, they could very easily turn around, so we recommend you book soon to avoid disappointment.

For inspiration, here’s a selection of holiday itineraries that are currently heavily discounted:

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Southern right whale, Hermanus

South Africa: Cape Town, Wine & Whales

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,670 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.

Cheetah, Phinda Reserve

KwaZulu-Natal Discovery Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,620 pp incl. flights

With KwaZulu-Natal perhaps the most diverse of South Africa’s provinces, this road trip takes in everything from the Drakensberg Mountains and Durban’s beachfront to Zulu battlefields and a Big-Five safari.

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Best of Namibia Self-Drive

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,165 pp incl. flights

Explore Namibia's many and varied highlights, from the plains of the Namib Desert and the apricot dunes of Sossusvlei to wild Damaraland and the world-renowned Etosha National Park.

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel- Cape Town

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.

Why book with Wexas Travel?

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.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0610 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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