South Africa Holidays

South Africa Holidays

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The food, the beaches, the culture. Everything about South Africa screams excitement and we’re loving it. Whether you’re after a day out spotting leopards or want to explore the big cities like Johannesburg, it’s a country that doesn’t disappoint. The local curries are tasty, the beaches are sandy and you may even see an elephant or two on your travels. Experiencing it all whilst being in the warmth of the sunshine, what more could you want from a holiday?

Beaches
With a coastline stretching to more than 2,500km in length, South Africa has its fair share of beaches. Don’t be fooled into thinking their all the same though, with the East Coast bordering the warm Indian Ocean and the West being met with the Atlantic. In the east, Durban is home to the golden mile, a popular and beautiful stretch of shore great for sunbathing and surfing. Nestled within False Bay on the west coast, Muizenberg Beach is one to visit, holding a blue-flag award and featuring the famous colourful beach huts. Further along the coast in Simon’s Town, Boulders Beach lives up to its name with large boulders between the white sand and is a must-visit as it’s home to the adorable African Penguins!

Food & Drink
South Africa’s food scene is as diverse as the culture, fantastic for those who enjoy a little variety in life. Biltong is a popular dry cured meat, usually made from beef or game, which is a perfect tasty snack and a healthier alternative to crisps. Those who love curry are in for a treat with Cape Malay curry, a delicious combination of sweet and savoury ingredients, and Bunny Chow, a street food dish originating from Durban consisting of hollowed out bread stuffed with spicy curry. For a sweet surprise try koeksisters, syrup soaked twists. Let’s not forget drinks, as South Africa is known for its outstanding local wine.

Culture
A tapestry of different lifestyles and languages, South Africa is an outstanding country for absorbing a variety of cultures in one place. From the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, to the Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) in Cape Town, there’s so much to learn about the beautiful country. If you’re lucky enough to catch a festival whilst there, it really is an exciting experience. Try the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in late March/early April, or the Grahams Town National Arts Festival in July, which is an 11-day celebration of theatre, street entertainment, opera, music and art.

Nightlife
Like most holiday destinations, heading into the bigger towns and cities, you’ll be greeted with an abundance of bars, clubs and pubs to choose from. Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg have their share of cool clubs and buzzing bars and even in smaller towns such as Dullstroom and Stellenbosch you’ll still stumble across some fabulous night time venues. But, as one of three of the country’s capital cities, there’s no surprise that the show-stopper is Cape Town when it comes to nightlife. With the city having five whole precincts filled with attractive watering holes for every mood, you’ll struggle to find a place that isn’t your kind of night out.

Important Information
Flight Time: 12hrs Direct
Time Difference: GMT +2hrs
Currency: South African Rand
Official Language: South Africa has 11 official languages including Zulu, Afrikaans and English.

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Top South Africa Hotels

Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

President Hotel

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Lagoon Beach

Century City, Cape Town, South Africa

The Commodore

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Spier Hotel

Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa

The Table Bay Hotel

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Southern Sun Cape Town Waterfront

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The Bantry Bay Luxury Suites

City Bowl, Cape Town, South Africa

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

City Bowl, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Lady Hamilton

City Bowl, Cape Town, South Africa

Radisson Blu Le Vendome

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre

City Bowl, Cape Town, South Africa

Vineyard Hotel

Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

ONOMO Hotel Cape Town – Inn On The Square

City Bowl, Cape Town, South Africa

Southern Sun Cape Sun

City Bowl, Cape Town, South Africa

Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa

City Bowl, Cape Town, South Africa

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Waterfront Village

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The Bay Hotel

Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Strand Tower

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Doubletree by Hilton Cape Town

City Bowl, Cape Town, South Africa

Hilton Cape Town City Centre

Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Hippo Boutique Hotel

City Bowl, Cape Town, South Africa

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands

Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa Weather

Although the weather in South Africa varies from region to region, its position in the southern hemisphere means that the country’s summer begins in December. As one of the capital cities, Cape Town sees its warmest temperatures between December and March, with averages ranging between 23°C to 20°C. April and November have average temperatures of 18°C and May to October are the milder months ranging from 16°C to 13°C.
Jan 26ºC
Feb 26ºC
Mar 25ºC
Apr 22ºC
May 19ºC
Jun 16ºC
Jul 15ºC
Aug 15ºC
Sep 18ºC
Oct 21ºC
Nov 22ºC
Dec 24ºC

Things To Do on South Africa Holidays

Table Mountain
Whether you hike, climb or ride in a cable car, reaching the top of Table Mountain is essential when in South Africa. Flat-topped and reaching a height of 1,084m, the mountain is the focal point of Cape Town whilst surrounded by the flora and fauna of the Table Mountain National Park. The 3km long plateau at the peak is the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views of the city and Atlantic Ocean.

Safari
When you think of South Africa, one thing that comes to mind is Safaris, right? Well, this would be because of the many game reserves across the country where you can experience seeing the animals, which are usually on the other side of the TV, first-hand in the wild. Elephants, lions and giraffes await and to see them out in the open is something you’ll remember forever.

Cage diving with sharks
Another species to get up close and personal with in South Africa is the great white shark. Gansbaai, on the south west coast, is known as being great white territory and so is the place to go for a fin-filled trip into the Atlantic Ocean. Secured into a cage, plunge into the water and come face to face with the magnificent creatures, or if you prefer to stay dry, you can view the sharks from the comfort of the deck.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Whether you fancy a spot of retail therapy, an exquisite dinner or an evening of cocktails, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is the place to go. Spanning the same size as 180 rugby fields, the V&A Waterfront holds over 450 shops, 22 landmarks and over 80 restaurants. With this much choice, no wonder it attracts millions of tourists each year!

Culture

Of course it's not all vines and fine wines and certainly there's no getting away from the fact the country has another face as certain areas are still suffering from severe poverty and illness. Nonetheless don't be deterred from visiting because above all a triumphant spirit prevails.

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