South Africa is often referred to as the “rainbow nation” to describe the country’s multicultural diversity, especially in the wake of apartheid. It is also known as the “world in one country”: South Africa is a great destination for a varied holiday. It offers fantastic wildlife viewing, beautiful beaches, trendy cities and much more. Kruger is its flagship park with many self-drive and budget options, and all of the Big Five are easily seen.  Head out on a Big 5 safari, soak up the sun on unspoilt beaches, sample fine wines in vineyard-clad valleys or revel in a world-class restaurant after playing 18 holes on a championship golf course. No matter what’s on your vacation wish list, a South Africa holiday will tick all the right boxes.

South Africa is most certainly the most diverse country in Africa and home to some of the continent’s most iconic wildlife, destinations and experiences. From family holidays and honeymoon escapes to value-for-money vacations and luxury safaris, holidays in South Africa cater for all tastes and budgets.

Here are the country top destinations:

  • Cape Town
  • Kruger National Park
  • Winelands
  • Garden Route

Best time to travel to South Africa

South Africa is a year-round destination due to its varying regional climates and wildlife opportunities. The Cape has beautiful hot, dry weather in its summer months between November and February, while the best time to visit for whale watching is between July and November. The northern regions can be rainy from November to February, but this can be the best time to travel for birding, while the cooler winter months from May to September bring superb conditions for viewing big game.