Discover dramatic mountains and breathtaking oceans, wildlife-rich parks and culturally rich cosmopolitan cities when you visit South Africa.
South Africa Holidays
With a wild coastline, vast landscapes, teeming game parks, as well as the verdant Garden Route and wine regions, South Africa holidays really have it all. Although it has a checkered past, these days South Africa is a rainbow nation with many Bantu tribes of the Zulu, Xhosa, Shangane, and Ndebele forming the majority in parliament. Their heritage and culture can be explored from Roe’s Drift to Spion Kop and Isandlwana to Ladysmith.
A trip to South Africa is perfect for wildlife and safari enthusiasts, with Addo Elephant Park, Mkuzi Reserve, and the huge Kruger National Park to discover. And at certain points in the year, you can stand on the cliffs at Hermanus and watch the whales as the pass by.
South Africa tours are for everyone. For walkers, the Drakensberg Mountains offer a choice of trails, while the Western Cape offers beaches and lush winelands around Stellenbosch, Paarland. You’ll also find the craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the wonderful city of Cape Town, everlastingly watched over by the striking, flat-topped Table Mountain.
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4. Cape Town: The world-famous city is a cultural hotspot and up-and-coming foodie destination, flanked by gorgeous beaches and picturesque coastal paths.
5. Cycle South Africa: Cape Argus Cycle Tour is a circular route that starts in Cape Town, taking riders along the Cape Peninsula 109kms of coastal roads, through quaint villages and bays, to the entrance of the Cape Point Nature Reserve and back.
South Africa is one of the most remarkable and diverse countries in the world where you can enjoy everything from cycling around the cape and trekking through the Drakensberg Mountains to safari tours of Kruger National Park. South Africa safaris offer unparalleled wildlife experiences where you’ll see animals such as lions, elephants, hippos and giraffes roaming free in their natural environments.
Or maybe you prefer to immerse yourself in the culture of the country with fabulous food and wine-tasting experiences, city tours and trips to traditional villages. Our guided South Africa holidays are a great way to see the country with the expertise of one of our knowledgeable tour leaders.
Is South Africa good for a holiday?
With such a vast choice of places to explore, extraordinary wildlife and history to uncover, South Africa is a fantastic place for a holiday. A South Africa safari tour is the way to go if you want to discover the national parks and get up close to endemic animals. Or perhaps you prefer to immerse yourself in the culture and learn about the indigenous tribes. Nature is profuse in South Africa and with trips to the famous Garden route, Table Mountain and Victoria Falls, you’ll be in awe of the country’s natural wonders.
Where is the best safari in South Africa?
South Africa never fails to impress with its world-famous safaris in the epic Kruger, Chobe and Hwange national parks. If you’ve set your sights on meeting the Big Five, which consists of the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo, then Kruger is the best place to go. Playing host to the mighty Victoria Falls, Botswana’s Chobe National Park boasts some phenomenal natural sights as well as wildlife. But if you’re a bird lover, Hwange National Park is renowned for more than 400 species of tropical birds, not to mention its elephant herds, lions and wild dogs.
How much does it cost to go on a safari in South Africa?
If you’re considering guided South Africa safaris, the costs can vary based on how long you want to go for and what you want to see while you’re there. Our guided South Africa safaris range from £1,749 for 8 days to £3,899 for 20 days and include expert tour guides and action-packed itineraries.
Where should I travel to in South Africa?
South Africa is a huge country and there are plenty of places and landmarks to visit during your stay. Here are some of the most popular ones:
Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga & Limpopo
Cape Town, Eastern Cape
The Garden Route, West & Eastern Cape
The Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal
Pilanesberg National Park
This list is in no way exhaustive and we cover a lot of the most popular attractions in the country, so check out the tours available and choose one that meets your travel needs.
What do I need to travel to South Africa?
As per the Government’s travel advice, South Africa’s entry requirements are as follows:
The following vaccinations are recommended when you enter South Africa:
Some travellers may also need extra vaccines too including:
What do I pack for a trip to South Africa?
To get the most out of your trip to South Africa, you’ll want to make sure you pack your suitcase with all the essential items you’ll need such as:
Waterproofs (just in case)
First aid kit
How do I plan a trip to South Africa?
South Africa is a big country, which means planning an epic trip can be a huge task. However, you can take on one of our action-packed adventure holidays in South Africa instead and leave all the planning to us. We have a range of trip durations, locations, and activities available to choose from, so you can pick your dream South Africa tour when you book with Exodus.
What do I wear in South Africa?
South Africa can be very hot during the day and so breathable and lightweight fabrics will be your friend during your stay. Try wearing long-sleeved tops and trousers, along with head protection to prevent sunburn from affecting you. In the evenings, you can usually opt for whatever style you’d like to match the activity. South Africa is home to plenty of restaurants and bars, so packing a nice outfit is a good idea too.
What is the best time to visit South Africa?
One of the best times of year to explore South Africa is between June and August. This is the country’s winter and so temperatures are a little bit cooler at around 17°C, which is great weather for taking on the activities available on our tours. It’s worth noting that this season is also the best time of year for safaris too, so you can expect to see plenty of different animals but this may be reflected in higher prices for safari holidays in South Africa.
Visiting between November and March is ideal for beach holidays and festivals, with temperatures sitting at around 25°C. Head to Cape Town for stunning beaches and fun times with friends and family.
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