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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$212
Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2019
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City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

Above Multi-Storey Parkade 2, Level 5, OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park, Gauteng
     
    4.2 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Check in took over 30 minutes. Long line. Only at end did additional staff actually start helping out. Shower door does not close- water all over floor. Phones not working in room. Couldn’t call front desk etc. Clean room comfortable beds. Excellent location

    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport NZ$190
    Reviewed on 3 Jun. 2019
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    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

    Jones Road, Kempton Park, Gauteng
       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Absolutely fine, but the free 500mb internet is poor show. Not enough to work with and inadequate for a visitor seeking out info on Jo'burg

      The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort NZ$388
      Reviewed on 20 May 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

        Great location and friendly helpful efficient staff with one notable exception. Do not dine at the Grill Room unless you bring your own sharp steak knife. We ordered steak as main. May have been fantastic but would not know as the restaurant swapped regular cutlery for a 'steak knife' which had no ...

        Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport NZ$139
        Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2019
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        Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport

        Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport

        Corner of York and Gladiator Streets, Rhodesfield, Kempton Park, Gauteng
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Interesting design. Only problem was that proximity to airport leads to smell of jet fuel when sitting in garden area.

          The Table Bay Hotel NZ$417
          Reviewed on 9 May 2019
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          The Table Bay Hotel

          The Table Bay Hotel

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

            the hotel is part of the waterfront and its connect to mall

            Garden Court Sandton City NZ$154
            Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2019
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            Garden Court Sandton City

            Garden Court Sandton City

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

              Great location for Nelson Mandela Square and access to the City Sightseeing bu.

              Taj Cape Town NZ$150
              Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2019
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              Taj Cape Town

              Taj Cape Town

              1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                4.7 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great hotel and friendly staff. Location and view not quite what I had hoped. Free shuttle to Table Mountain and Waterfront excellent

                Premier Hotel OR Tambo NZ$127
                Reviewed on 7 May 2019
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                Premier Hotel OR Tambo

                Premier Hotel OR Tambo

                73 Gladiator Street, Rhodesfield, Kempton Park, Gauteng
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Convenient stopover, affordable, quiet and a useful shuttle service for OR Tambo.

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