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Holidays to South Africa combine incredible wildlife encounters, spectacular scenery and moving history in equal measure.
World famous national parks and game reserves offer a chance to spot the Big 5 from the comfort of luxurious safari lodges and can be found throughout the country. The Western Cape offers the enticing prospect of combining vibrant Cape Town with the vintages of the Cape Winelands and, not just one, but two world class drives, the Garden Route & Route 62. Lesser known but no less stunning are the beaches, reserves and moving battlefield sites of KwaZulu-Natal – a great tropical choice during the South African winter and now it's even easier to get there with direct flights between London and Durban!
What Trailfinders do better than anyone else is create tailormade holidays in South Africa. With us, in every part of the country, you can pick and choose how you’d like to get around, where you’d like to stay and how you’d like to experience the attractions.
Trailfinders is the UK and Ireland's No.1 to South Africa. Almost all of our travel consultants have travelled extensively here, often returning time and time again.
OUR HOLIDAYS TO SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa Highlights
Romantic South Africa & Mauritius - Chauffeured Fly Drive
Best of KwaZulu-Natal
Western Cape & Wilderness by Luxury Rail
Spectacular South Africa
The Best of South Africa
Classic Garden Route & Game
Nature & Gourmet Retreats of the Western Cape
WHERE TO GO IN SOUTH AFRICA
Each part of South Africa holds its own unique appeal and the perfect holiday could see you hopping around from place to place or really focusing on one particular area. You might choose to follow the iconic Garden Route from Cape Town to the game reserves of the Eastern Cape or to explore the mountains, beaches and moving battlefield sites of KwaZulu-Natal.
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Visitors today can choose to stay at the vibrant V&A Waterfront, with its array of shops and restaurants or the historic City Bowl, which sits close to museums and the serene Company’s Garden. For a more relaxing stay, enjoy one of the city’s beachside suburbs including upmarket Camps Bay or Bantry Bay or alternatively, venture just a few minutes from the city to the affluent suburban areas of either Constantia for its stunning rural setting and some of the country's oldest and most renowned vineyards or Newlands, proudly standing in the shadow of majestic Table Mountain.
Cape Winelands, The Cederberg Mountains & Paternoster
Base yourself in lively Stellenbosch, with its galleries, shops and cafés; beautiful Franschhoek with its charming French ambience and fine dining restaurants or venture up the coast to the stunning Cederberg Mountains or coastal fishing village of Paternoster for a slice of relaxation and natural beauty.
Enjoy fabulous tasting tours, local gourmet delights and incredible rolling scenery along the way. Our Winelands overnight tour also includes a visit to pretty neighbouring Paarl.
Garden Route & Beyond
Travel via Hermanus, observing whales as they breech near the shore (Jul - Nov) before continuing along the coast to Plettenberg Bay or St Francis Bay, beautiful beachside havens offering relaxation and adventure. Alternatively explore the dramatic Route 62, travelling inland through rugged valleys and rolling vineyards.
South Africa Big 5 Safaris
Johannesburg, Pretoria & Sun City
KwaZulu-Natal & eSwatini
In KwaZulu-Natal, explore historic battlefields, Zulu heritage, sandy beaches and the Big 5 amid sweeping savannah scenery and a year-round tropical climate. With royal traditions and a rich culture, peaceful eSwatini offers guests rugged scenery and plentiful bird and wildlife away from the crowds.
HOW TO GET AROUND SOUTH AFRICA
With three luxury rail operators riding the rails in Southern Africa, the Blue Train, Rovos Rail and Shongololo Express, travelling by rail would make a fabulous centrepiece to an amazing holiday.
Lastly, no holiday to South Africa would be complete without some time in a safari lodge. You’ll find Big 5 game reserves almost all over South Africa meaning adding a few days to any holiday is straightforward with our help - speak to one of our travel consultants about the different reserves and the best options for your trip.
OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN SOUTH AFRICA
What you won’t find here are thousands upon thousands of hotels to wade through. We have done the hard work for you and selected the best places to stay and our travel consultants are on hand to help, often with first-hand experience.
Camps Bay Retreat
Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge
Tsala Treetop Lodge
THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH AFRICA
Robben Island & Walk to Freedom
Cape Point & Peninsula Tour
Franschhoek Wine Tram
Shark Cage Diving Tour From Cape Town with Transfers
Cape Winelands Tour
When is the best time to visit South Africa?
Top Tips From Our Experts
If you are going to Plettenberg Bay then stay at least 3 nights as there are so many things to do there: horse riding, zip lining, hiking in Robberg National Park, Knysna Elephant Sanctuary and bungee jumping to name a few.
Staying in Franschhoek for at least a couple of nights will allow you to enjoy all the incredible vineyards that surround the charming village and it will give you more opportunity to enjoy the brilliant hop on hop off wine tram!!
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South Africa Fast Facts
Flight Time to South Africa
11 to 11½ hours
For stays over 90 days only
£20 Off your visa service charge if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.
Hepititis A (vaccine recommended)
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