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South Africa

The adventure of a lifetime awaits on the spellbinding shores of South Africa.

This awe-inspiring destination, officially known as the Republic of South Africa, offers a luxury holiday that will exceed all expectations, delivering captivating natural scenery, sensational attractions and a rich history and culture.

You’ll be treated to unbelievable wildlife, pristine beaches, mouthwatering cuisine and impeccable hospitality. You’ll also enjoy unforgettable activities, fabulous nightlife and experience the many sights and delights that await in places such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng or travelling along the Garden Route or exploring the Winelands.

Each one offers something different with iconic landmarks and exhilarating landscapes to discover that will enrich, inspire and excite. Destination2 offers a wide range of the best hotels and resorts in magical South Africa, with affordable options to suit every need.

Take your pick from what’s on offer and start planning your dream holiday today.

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Quick Guide to South Africa

South African Rand
South Africa has 11 official languages, however, English is widely spoken in most places.
Time Difference:
GMT +1
Flight Time:
It takes approximately 11 hours to fly directly from London to Johannesburg, or 12 hours to fly to Cape Town.

Flights: The two main UK departure airports that operate flights to South Africa are London Heathrow and London Gatwick. Flights are also available from Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Passport/visa requirements: Your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive in South Africa. You can travel to the country for any purpose for up to 90 days without a visa.

Packing essentials: Items which are worth packing for a holiday in South Africa include binoculars, solar panel charger, insulated water bottle, South Africa power adaptor, insect repellent with DEET, sunscreen, first aid kit, sunglasses, sturdy shoes or hiking boots, a camera and lip balm.

South Africa Highlights

This spectacular country on the most southern part of the African continent has everything you need for an unforgettable holiday experience.

South Africa is fondly referred to as 'a world in one country' for good reason, with its diverse cultures, cosmopolitan cities, contrasting landscapes and multitude of wildlife experiences.

From the amazing inland safari destination of Kruger National Park and the jaw-dropping beaches of Western Cape to the enchanting forests along the Garden Route and the famous flat-topped Table Mountain above the vibrant city of Cape Town, this awe-inspiring destination will make a big impression on every visitor.

The country’s breathtaking game reserves offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at wild animals in their natural habitat, including Africa’s iconic Big Five of lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos.

The legendary Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa which covers 7,523 square miles, is the place for the ultimate safari experience, with its vast landscapes and incredible wildlife. Other magnificent attractions include Lion Sands Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park, Shamwari Game Reserve and Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

South Africa’s Cape Point is the place where the mighty Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, and there's no shortage of fun-packed adventures to enjoy on the waves. Take to a metal cage beneath the water for a close up encounter with Great White sharks or head out to sea on a humpback whale-watching trip.

Water sports enthusiasts will also be on the crest of a wave in South Africa. The coastal cities of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban all offer a myriad of offshore water pursuits including kitesurfing, jet skiing, sailing, surfing and waterskiing. The country's major dams also boast a range of water sports including wakeboarding, and wind-surfing, while other popular water-based activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and deep sea fishing.

Golf fanatics can tee off at some of the best courses on the planet in South Africa, a long-established horseracing community offer the chance for a day at the races and the country is also home to world-class country rugby, football and cricket tournaments.

South Africa is a magnet for culture vultures and its major historical attractions include World-Heritage listed Robben Island which features the prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years incarcerated in a tiny cell, offering a chilling reminder of the dark days of apartheid.

Johannesburg is home to the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and the sprawling shanty towns of Soweto where the freedom movement was born, while the Union Buildings in the capital Pretoria are the seat of Government, commanding the highest point in the city on Meintjieskop Hill. Key cultural attractions in Cape Town include the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the country's oldest working harbour.

The Cape of Good Hope, a narrow peninsula jutting into the ocean on the southern tip of Africa is a must-see attraction where you can gaze in awe at the mesmerising scenery and watch penguins frolicking in the ocean. The flat-topped Table Mountain in Cape town, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is the country’s most famous and most photographed attraction.

Other amazing natural attractions in South Africa include the wetlands of the Elephant Coast, the misty mountains of the Magoebaskloof, Blyde River Canyon, Sodwana Bay’s Seven Mile reef, the ancient sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate National Park, the peaks of the Drakensberg and the Valley of Desolation in Camdeboo National Park.

When it’s time to dine there’s plenty of delicious fare in South Africa to send your taste buds into raptures of delight. You’ll discover everything from street food favourites including Bunny Chow, Walkie Talkie, Boerewors and Biltong to mouth-watering cuisine in one of the country’s fine dining restaurants.

Popular offerings you’re likely to come across include Cape Malay curry, Chakalaka and Pap, Beef Kvass and Bobotie. A Braai is the South African take on an outdoor barbecue and beer-can chicken is a novel concoction where a whole chicken is grilled with an open beer in the body cavity.

The country’s fertile soil is perfect for growing grapes that produce the high-quality wine South Africa is famous for, while other popular local drinks include Rooibos tea, Amarula cream liqueur and Umqombothi, a home-brewed sorghum beer.

South Africa Weather

South Africa has a temperate climate, with several climatic zones in different parts of the country. This means the weather can range from typical Mediterranean weather in some areas to hot and dry desert weather in other areas.

A great time to visit South Africa is during the spring when you'll enjoy pleasantly warm temperatures and no shortage of daily sunshine. The mercury hovers around 22°C, with highs of around 30°C between March and May.

Summers are very hot in some parts of South Africa, with highs reaching up to 33°C in July and August.

Autumn is a good time to visit the country if you want to experience milder weather, fewer crowds and maybe secure a bargain holiday.

Winter weather in South Africa is mild, with temperatures ranging from -2? to 26?.

You'll Love South Africa if...

You love getting close to nature and relish the opportunity to observe the wildlife in vast game reserves and explore the phenomenal wonders and attractions in the great outdoors.

You have a craving for exciting ocean-based activities including thrilling water sports, catamaran cruises and Great White shark cage diving.

You love pristine sandy beaches, fantastic food, glorious scenery and vibrant cities, brimming with history, culture and entertainment.

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