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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 farmsteads and valleys of the Winelands, and the remote, wild Elephant Coast. Our South Africa specialists have thoroughly explored this land of contrasts, from the north to the Cape Peninsula, and can recommend the best South African experiences for you.

On your holiday to South Africa, you could learn about the country’s colonial past in the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal, or focus on its more recent history with a visit to Robben Island. Take a relaxed road trip along the Garden Route, enjoying views over the wave-lashed coast. Or go on a Big Five safari in the Eastern Cape. Meanwhile, 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 tours for South Africa

These tours give you a starting point for what your trip to South Africa could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favourite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Our detailed brochures feature trip ideas and travel experiences recommended by our specialists.

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 travelling. Each guide highlights the types of experiences the region can offer.

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Our expert guides to travelling 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.

  • The Big Five with Audley Travel

    The Big Five with Audley Travel

    South Africa is arguably the best place in Africa to see the Big Five: lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino. In this video, safari specialists Kirsty, Alex and Margaret discuss the country’s best parks and reserves for crossing the animals off your list.

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    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.

  • Self-driving in the Kruger National Park

    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 favourite drive, taking in the Garden Route, South Africa’s Winelands and finishing with time on safari.

  • White rhino, Eastern Cape

    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).

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    Family holidays & 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.

  • Franschhoek, South Africa

    Luxury holidays in South Africa

    South Africa can pull out all the stops for a luxury trip, and a safari’s just the start. Here, country specialist Tom shares ways to elevate your trip to the rainbow nation, from Cape Town comforts to wine tasting.

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    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.

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    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.

  • a Humpback whale, Hermanus

    Whale watching in South Africa

    The annual migration of southern right whales to South Africa’s coast creates a flurry of excitement around Walker Bay, where the whales come to have their young. From boat trips to coastal walks and whale festivals, South Africa specialist Jaanki shares her whale-watching tips.

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