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South Africa vacations

South Africa vacations

See remarkable wildlife on safari in Kruger or enjoy time in Cape Town on your tailor-made tour or honeymoon

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.

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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.

Cheetah in Kruger Park
South Africa

Kruger and safaris

As the name suggests, this region is home to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and this is where you'll be able to spot the Big Five on safari. The area is also home to some fantastic lodges and you'll be spoiled for choice when deciding where to spend a night or two.

Isandlwana tour from Isibindi Zulu Lodge
South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal has many of South Africa’s greatest attractions crammed into one province: Durban, green rolling countryside, the Drakensberg Mountains and the Battlefields, an area containing legendary military sites such as Spioenkop, Blood River, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.

Lion Cub, Private Game Reserve
South Africa

Madikwe and the North

The swath of country stretching from the Kruger Park in the east to the Botswana border in the west is known as Madikwe & The North. It is home to some of South Africa's most dramatic scenery, Johannesburg and Pretoria and the remote Madikwe Game Reserve.

Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa

The Cape Region & Winelands

The Cape Region is the perfect introduction to South Africa with places such as Cape Town, the Winelands and Walker Bay, where you can see migrating whales. Equally famous is the Garden Route, a scenic stretch of coastline some 185 miles long.

Self-drive to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens,Cape Town
South Africa

The Garden Route & Eastern Cape

The Garden Route is a compact stretch of coastline with steep dunes, lonely beaches and crashing surf. The Eastern Cape goes up to the border with KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho, and contains a number of excellent game reserves. This region is ideally suited to a self-drive trip.

San Rock Art guide, Bushmans Kloof
South Africa

The Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is the most sparsely populated province of South Africa. It encompasses Namaqualand, famous for its spring flowers; the red sand desert of the Kalahari with its black-maned lions; and the Cederberg Mountains, the last haven of the Bushmen, or San.

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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.

Video: My travels in South Africa, 2016

Self-driving in the Kruger National Park
South Africa

Self-driving in South Africa

With well-maintained roads and little traffic, a self-drive trip is a flexible way to explore South Africa's southern coast. Country specialist, Toby, selects his favorite drive, taking in the Garden Route, South Africa’s Winelands and finishing with time on safari.

The Midlands, South Africa
South Africa

South Africa safaris: our guide to the parks & reserves

South Africa offers some of the continent's premier wildlife destinations, such as the private reserves of the famous Greater Kruger Park. The country is also home to the largest number of places where you have an opportunity to see the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo).

Buffalo, Greater Kruger Park
South Africa

What to do in South Africa: our highlights

From the vibrant capital city, Cape Town, to the world-famous Kruger National Park, home of the Big Five, South Africa is a land of exciting contrasts. Our specialists can help plan your ideal first visit to this African giant.

Rovos Rail
South Africa

Train journeys in South Africa

Watch the scenery unfold as the clackety-clack of rail tracks pass beneath you. A trip on the famous Blue Train or Rovos Rail in South Africa are two of the great train journeys of the world.

La Motte wine house in Franschhoek
South Africa

Wine tours of South Africa

South Africa's wine is world-renowned and there are a number of tours you can include in a tailor-made trip of South Africa that allow you to sample these tasty tipples. Our specialists are able to recommend suitable vineyards for you to explore based on your own taste.

Franschhoek, South Africa
South Africa

Honeymoons in South Africa

For intrepid couples with a sense of adventure, South Africa can be an ideal fit for a honeymoon. South Africa specialist, Toby, discusses the country’s best experiences for honeymooners, from Big Five safaris to wine tasting and scaling Table Mountain.

White Rhino
South Africa

Family vacations & safaris in South Africa

From sunny beaches to remarkable whale watching and child-friendly safaris, South Africa offers a huge variety of experiences for families of all ages. Our South Africa specialist Toby explains how to get the most of your time in the country.

Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa

What to do in Cape Town

Cape Town is a fantastic, cosmopolitan city with a superb location under Table Mountain. Any trip to South Africa is likely to include a few days here and our specialists can advise you on the many things you can see and do in this iconic city.

Franschhoek, South Africa
South Africa

Luxury vacations in South Africa

Spot the Big Five from your own plunge pool, embark on a tour of Cape Town's harbor aboard a private yacht, or hire your own photographer guide to improve your photography skills, we've plenty of ideas for making sure your tailor-made trip in South Africa is truly luxurious.

Leopard in South Africa
South Africa

Grand tour of South Africa

South Africa has so many highlights that many people choose to revisit. However, if you would like to experience all of the main attractions in one trip, you can do so as part of a grand tour. Our specialists will help you make the most of your time in South Africa.

Devon at Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa

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