South Africa is beguiling in its variety. It’s confident, cosmopolitan Cape Town but it’s also big game viewing in Kruger National Park, the quaint farmsteads and valleys of the Winelands and the remote, wild Elephant Coast. Its colonial past can be witnessed in the battlefields of the KwaZulu Natal region, and its more recent history continues to fascinate, with Robben Island receiving many visitors year after year.
Our South Africa specialists have thoroughly explored this land of contrasts, from the north to the Cape Peninsula. We can recommend the best South African experiences, whether you’re interested in safari, prefer a relaxed road trip on the verdant Garden Route, or are looking for the best diving spots near Durban. It’s a country that’s ideal for self-driving, with good road conditions, while rail journeys traversing South Africa’s mountain ranges, grasslands, and semi-arid Karoo Desert allow you to see the country’s untouched, far-flung areas.
Suggested itineraries for South Africa
These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip to South Africa could entail. They cover routes that we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.
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Guides to South Africa's regions
To help you decide where to focus your time in South Africa, our region guides describe the areas that you're most likely to visit when traveling. Each guide highlights the types of experiences the region can offer.
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Our expert guides to traveling in South Africa
Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to South Africa. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate South Africa at its best.
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