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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$200
Reviewed on 12 Oct. 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

    Perfect for an overnight stay before a flight to Skukusa for a safari. Hotel close to airport arrivals and the 500 metre walk was all enclosed. Very friendly staff.

    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport NZ$193
    Reviewed on 9 Oct. 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

      The staff were courteous and client oriented. The concierge was helpful.

      The Table Bay Hotel NZ$561
      Reviewed on 12 Oct. 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

        This was one of the best “values” I’ve come across in a long time! The location is superb, the facility is beautiful, the staff is well trained, professional and efficient while still being friendly and attentive. I will always stay here when in Capetown and would highly recommend it to others!

        Premier Hotel OR Tambo NZ$95
        Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2019
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        Premier Hotel OR Tambo

        Premier Hotel OR Tambo

           
          4.4 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Very close to airport Clean and large rooms Excellent breakfast

          Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport NZ$139
          Reviewed on 7 Oct. 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

            great team, nothing was too much to ask. have stayed here twice this year. excellent on both occasions. will be my go to base in future.

            The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort NZ$486
            Reviewed on 24 Aug. 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

              This is just a beautiful place with something to do at every moment and for any person. If you are looking for luxury then this is the place fot you. Not all placese within sun city accept cash so make sure to clarify.

              Taj Cape Town NZ$250
              Reviewed on 14 Oct. 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

                Nothing's unique Location is good Hotel is ok but lacks amenities

                Hilton Cape Town City Centre NZ$228
                Reviewed on 19 Sep. 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

                  The hotel staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. A central location with beautiful view of table mountain. Loved the complimentary transfer down and back to the the V&A waterfront We stayed in the 2 bedroom suite which had a fabulous set up. We needed to add an extra room for a partial day ...

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