With majestic sweeping planes, spectacular wildlife and vibrant cities, South Africa is undoubtedly one of the most incredible places you can ever hope to visit.
From the high plateaus to the low-lying coastal cities, this is a country that offers visitors a choice of landscapes to make the most of. With opportunities to witness some of the world’s most magnificent creatures on a safari, swim in the ocean with a great white shark or cook up a barbecue with the locals, South Africa holidays will never be anything less than spectacular.
If you want action on your holiday, South Africa's most southerly city Cape Town is a thrill-seeker’s paradise. This stunning destination is set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, with bungee jumping, mountain biking, surfing and diving among the many activities on offer.
Johannesburg is a popular starting point for holidays. As the country’s largest city you’ll find heaps of action in this bustling metropolis, with excellent museums, shopping, eating and drinking on offer. If you’re interested in finding out about the history of South Africa, days out can be spent visiting Soweto for a true cultural experience.
If you’re planning on a beach holiday, Durban is famous for its wide sandy shores and crystal clear waters. This spectacular location on the east coast is home to the ‘Golden Mile’ of beaches that stretch along the lapping shores of the Indian Ocean. If you want to go on safari, holidays in South Africa are perfect. Durban itself is just a short trip from KwaZulu Natal National Park with its breath-taking vistas and more than ten nature reserves, making it a prime place to discover some of the best parts of South Africa.
Offering so many bucket-list activities from shark diving to safaris, South Africa is nothing short of a giant adventure-land. Those with a longing to explore will be perfectly suited to this country, with everything from riding ostriches, whale watching and leopard spotting to keep you satisfied.
With a history going back as long as the civilised world, there are some cultural places that simply must be visited in this great country. From the home of the great civil rights activist Mahatma Gandhi, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mapungubwe or the Cradle of Humankind, there is a huge amount of history just waiting to be explored.
Family holidays to South Africa couldn’t be more enjoyable. With a veritable playground of landscapes, animals and theme parks, children are in for an unforgettable experience. Visit the uShake Marine World for some fun in the sun and witness some of the award-winning dolphin shows that the park is known for. To make sure the younger crowd don’t miss out on exploring all that the country has to offer, there are also a range of child-friendly safaris. These fun experiences take the little ones on junior ranger training and closed-vehicle tours to see some of South Africa’s biggest mammals.
Out and about in South Africa
A huge part of the cultural identity of the country, safari tours offer a way to really experience what Africa is all about. Wild, rugged terrain, graceful animals and ferocious big cats each await you in this mesmerising country. A safari tour can be truly life changing, allowing you to learn a little about the delicate ecosystems and support the rangers who keep these magnificent animals safe from poachers.
One for those with a heart of steel, shark diving is a hugely popular activity in South Africa. Giving all those brave enough to try it the thrill of a lifetime, entering the water with a great white shark is an experience you will never forget. Witnessing the grace and power of these sharks in a safe, protected environment is sure to give you a newfound respect for these kings of the ocean – if you didn’t have enough of that already!
Those looking to relax rather than get the heart racing will find an abundance of things to do in South Africa. Tuck into a traditional braai (barbecue), explore the magnificent Table Mountain by cable car or simply take a relaxing river cruise and spot the wildlife en route.
If you’re looking for inspiration on things to do in on your South Africa Holidays, check out our guide.