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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.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in South Africa?

A: Why spend all your time waiting on trains or buses when you could be behind the wheel of your own rental car? Whether you're heading to Cape Town, Durban or one of the country's other major cities, a car is one of the best ways to take in the sights. If you're heading out into the region of Drakenstein or even farther afield, it makes even more sense. For Cheap Car Hire in South Africa, Expedia has you covered.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to South Africa?

A: When arranging your stay in South Africa, start your travel itinerary near one of these major international airports:

  • Johannesburg (JNB-O.R. Tambo Intl.): 3,927 international flights per month.
  • Cape Town (CPT-Cape Town Intl.): 710 international flights per month.
  • Durban (DUR-King Shaka Intl.): 103 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to South Africa?

A: Pack your bags and check in to one of the high-quality guest houses. They're among the most common accommodation. Apartments, hotels and bed & breakfasts are also plentiful in South Africa.

Q: What does a South Africa holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Everything from hotels to cars to flights. You can select just one or two or combine the lot. Expedia also offers a great range of experiences and activities to help make your South Africa trip even more exciting.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to South Africa?

A: You'll score some seriously fantastic prices if you bundle your Flights, Hotels and Experiences. It's simple (and cheap) to create your own holiday package with Expedia. So what are you waiting for? It's time to turn those travel daydreams into reality and experience more of this amazing planet for less.

Q: What are the best things to do in South Africa?

A: A visit to Cape Town would be missing something big if you didn't explore Table Mountain while you're in town.

On the other hand, if you're stopping for a while in Durban, head for uShaka Marine World.

If you've got a list of things you'd like to do in Johannesburg but not enough time, we can help you narrow it down. Carlton Centre is one fabulous attraction that visitors to the area keep coming back to.




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