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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$204
Reviewed on 19 Aug. 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

    Clean, safe, near the airport, suitable for arriving in the night or transit.

    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport NZ$169
    Reviewed on 18 Aug. 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

      Close to the airport with a reliable shuttle. The staff were friendly and helpful always. The buffet breakfast was fantastic and the food served at the restaurant was also of good quality. The best part of the experience was the staff. 5 stars for service. The bathroom needed a bit of an upgrade ...

      Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport NZ$125
      Reviewed on 9 Aug. 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

        Quick shuttle to airport is a big plus. Nice room, good bathroom

        The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort NZ$370
        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 ...

          The Table Bay Hotel NZ$364
          Reviewed on 17 Aug. 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

            Beautiful area and property. Within walking distance to many attractions. Incredible breakfast.

            The Onyx Apartment Hotel NZ$118
            Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2019
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            The Onyx Apartment Hotel

            The Onyx Apartment Hotel

            57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.8 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The property is centrally located in downtown CapeTown. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.

              Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel NZ$349
              Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2019
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              Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

              Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

              76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                4.8 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The Mount Nelson is just a beautiful property with many cozy places to sit and relax. Rooms are tastefully done to blend the original design with modern features. Staff are super friendly and well trained and provide a personal touch. Close to museums and other places of interest. Very good value ...

                Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport NZ$74
                Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2019
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                Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport

                Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport

                Adjoining BP Service & Filling Station, at Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  3.7 of 5
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Good for a one night stay whilst in transfer Front desk personnel was very friendly and helpful

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