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South Africa Holiday

Golden beaches, lively cities, mountain landscapes and nature reserves teeming with wildlife await in Africa’s southernmost country.

South Africa appeals to adventurists, backpackers, honeymooners and families with a spellbinding mix of diverse cities, jaw-dropping scenery and majestic wildlife. Discover beach towns and tribal villages, hike to mountain peaks, search for Africa’s big five animals and tour magnificent vineyards.  

Often called the Rainbow Nation, South Africa is influenced by tribal communities and European and Indian settlers. Listen to some of the 11 official languages and dozens of dialects. English is spoken throughout the tourist areas. 

Start in the Western Cape, famous for winemaking. Visit Cape Town, home of Table Mountain, Dutch-inspired districts and chic beach suburbs, such as Camps Bay and Hout Bay. At the city’s lively Victoria & Alfred Waterfront precinct, take the ferry to Robben Island as part of the tour that shows you where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. From Cape Town, make your way down the west coast of the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope, an area of spectacular scenery. Travel back up the east coast to watch the antics of cute penguins at Boulders Beach, dive with sharks at Simon’s Town and surf big waves at Muizenberg

Delve into South Africa’s world-famous winemaking traditions in Stellenbosch. Enjoy local cuisine in Franschhoek, the heartland of the nation’s culinary scene. Go whale-watching in Hermanus or hike to mountain lookouts in Montagu.

Travel via bus, luxury train or rented car along the Garden Route, an enchanting coastal road stretching between Mossel Bay and Storms River. Stop at beach towns, including Knysna and Plettenberg Bay

The Eastern Cape has some of South Africa’s best surf spots, especially Jeffreys Bay and Port Alfred. Learn about the customs of the Xhosa people in Coffee Bay or trek across the Valley of Desolation’s barren landscapes. 

Toward the north is Johannesburg, with urban sprawl, historic architecture and a tourist-friendly shanty town, once Nelson Mandela’s home. Experience the country’s Indian influences in Durban, the gateway to the Drakensberg Mountains. Take side trips to Lesotho and Swaziland, two picturesque landlocked kingdoms. 

Join guided walks, jeep safaris and self-driven tours of superb game parks and nature reserves. Get close to endangered rhinos at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and walk with elephants at Addo Elephant National Park. Tsitsikamma National Park is great for watching birds and dolphins. In Kruger National Park, look for the big five animals in their natural habitats. 

Find a sun-drenched location to enjoy South Africa’s incredible diversity year-round.


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City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport NZ$210
Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2019
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City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

     
    4.3 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Convenient location and value for money.I highly recommend this property.

    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport NZ$188
    Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019
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    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I like the wine and cheese time because you mingle a the reception and meet people there

      The Table Bay Hotel NZ$492
      Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2019
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      The Table Bay Hotel

      The Table Bay Hotel

      Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        4.6 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Amazing location . Fantastic view of Table Mountain from my room .

        Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre NZ$81
        Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2019
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        Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre

        Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre

        Viewpoint Road, Bartlett, Boksburg, Gauteng
           
          4.2 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          clean and very tidy hotel . Good and quiet environment

          The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort NZ$586
          Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2019
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          The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort

          The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort

          Sun City Resort, Sun City, North West
             
            4.3 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            IO liked everything . The hotel is in very good chepe, conservation note 1000.

            Hilton Cape Town City Centre NZ$188
            Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2019
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            Hilton Cape Town City Centre

            Hilton Cape Town City Centre

            126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.3 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              everyone that works at the hotel is very friendly and outgoing. Also very helpful with directions, suggestions for shopping and dining and transportation

              Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport NZ$115
              Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2019
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              Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport

              Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport

                 
                4.1 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Close to airport and still quiet. Small room but great use of space

                Garden Court Sandton City NZ$145
                Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2019
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                Garden Court Sandton City

                Garden Court Sandton City

                Cnr West and Maude Street, Sandton, Gauteng
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Very close to Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square.

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