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Holidays in South Africa

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South Africa is a country of contrasts including rugged coastlines, cosmopolitan cities, winelands, game reserves, great weather and history and culture that goes back centuries. There’s Cape Town with its Victoria and Albert Waterfront full of shops, restaurants and hotels; Table Mountain with views across the region and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for over 18 years, to explore. 45 minutes outside the city and you’re in the Cape Winelands with wine estates around Franschoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl. Johannesburg’s main attractions are the Township of Soweto, where Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu once lived, and Sharpeville, site of a famous massacre in the 60’s. An hour’s flight from Jo’Burg takes you to the Kruger National Park where your chances of seeing the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – are high. Sun City, South Africa’s playground with a theme park, casinos and manmade beaches, is 1.5 hrs drive from Jo’Burg. The Garden Route, which stretches between the towns of Port Elizabeth and Mossel Bay, takes a few days to drive along but is the best way to absorb the country’s coastline and culture. The Durban and KwaZula Natal areas are the Zulu homelands and boast over 370 miles of coastline with some of the best surfing beaches in South Africa. Holidays in South Africa are a unique experience - whether you're looking for culture, bustling city life and beaches, not forgetting the tasty food and wine - you'll find all this and more on a South African holiday.

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South Africa's subtropical climate boasts hot summers and mild winters. The most popular time to visit is during the summer, but remember that because it's in the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa's seasons are the opposite to the UK's. Summer falls between November and February and the long sunny days and at this time make the country a wonderful winter sun destination. Even in the winter months of June to August, daytime highs reach around 20 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is moderate throughout the year – and it's worth bearing in mind that night time in Johannesburg can get cold in winter. Overall, South Africa's abundant sunshine is one of the reasons why it's so popular with foreign visitors.
Things to see & do

Theres so much to see and do on a holiday in South Africa. Enjoy a game drive at a game reserve and get up close to the Big 5. See the local flora and fauna at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Visit penguins in their natural habit at Boulders Beach on the Cape Peninsula. A Great White Shark Cage Diving trip to shark alley in Gansbaai just outside Cape Town, is a onceinalifetime experience. June to September is the best time to go whale and dolphin watching around the countrys coastline. Visit a wine farm and take a cellar tour to sample the best South African wines. Ride the famous Blue Train between Cape Town and Pretoria. Play golf at one of the many championship golf courses around the country. Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain or take a boat trip out to Robben Island and learn its history from one of its former inmates. Take a trip to the end of the world at Cape Point, part of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve with its infamous baboons!

Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth all offer thriving nightlife with bars, restaurants and nightclubs in abundance. Cape Town has plenty of stylish venues, whilst Port Elizabeth is more laidback. Johannesburg is South Africa's liveliest city, with many bars and clubs open all night.

Food & drink

Restaurants in South Africa are of a high standard and offer everything from 5star gourmet dining to fast food. European, Italian and Oriental restaurants can also be found in most major cities. Enjoy a traditional braai (barbeque) with sundowners. Fish, seafood, ostrich and venison feature on many local menus too. Local specialities include a traditional babotie, a meatloaf with raisins and baked egg and potjiekos, stew made in cast iron pot over hot coals and koeksisters, very sweet fried pastries. South African wine and beer make a good accompaniment to your meal with a springbok shot to follow amarula cream liqueur and crme de menthe.

Things to know before you go

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office ( website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

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