From the dreamy beaches of the southern coast to the safari parks of the northeast and the vineyards of the Western Cape, luxury South African holidays promise astonishing natural spectacle. Beyond the beautiful landscapes, Africa’s southernmost country also delivers on culture, cuisine, art and history in its vibrant, cosmopolitan cities.
South Africa is one of the top safari destinations on the African continent. Plan a holiday here, and you can visit beautiful protected areas such as Kruger National Park and the Madikwe Game Reserve. Spend your daylight hours spotting lions, leopards, elephants and rhinos and your evenings at a luxury safari lodge relaxing in five-star accommodation and dining under the stars.
If you’re seeking a different South Africa experience, head southwest to Cape Town, a coastal city framed by a world-famous natural landmark – the formidable Table Mountain. Known as a hub for art and design and its open green spaces, Cape Town has much to offer. Experience world-class romantic restaurants, designer shopping, and the best luxury hotels in the country.
Outside the city, further delights beckon. Wine connoisseurs will want to spend time touring the Cape Winelands area around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. For ocean lovers, a trip along the coastal Garden Route is essential. You can expect beaches, lakes, dramatic cliffs and spectacular vegetation. The best hiking and climbing, meanwhile, can be enjoyed in the Cederberg Wilderness Area, a nature reserve that boasts unusual rock formations and well-preserved cave paintings.
Different regions of South Africa enjoy different weather throughout the year. In Cape Town, the warmest, driest weather occurs between December and March. Green season in this region falls between June and August. These months are an excellent time to go whale watching along the southern coast.
In the safari parks of the northeast, such as Kruger, the winter months (June to August) are dry, warm and ideal for watching the wildlife. At other times of the year, the rains bring an abundance of greenery to the arid surroundings.
South Africa is a country of great diversity, a trait that’s reflected in its incredible culinary offerings. Drink cocktails at five-star hotel bars, dine àla carte under the stars in a luxury safari lodge or tuck into a hearty sirloin in a Johannesburg steakhouse. South Africa produces some of the best wine in the world.
You can tour vineyards in Stellenbosch, Constantia, Franschhoek Valley, and Breede River Valley. While South African produces white and red vintages, Cape port wine and dessert wines are particularly special.
British nationals don’t usually require a visa to enter South Africa. However, you should still check the entry requirements before you book your holiday. You can do this at GOV.UK. While travelling, it’s a good idea to carry identification with you.