South Africa escorted tours & holidays
South Africa is one of the most exciting destinations on Earth, with more than 2,500km of dramatic coastline along the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, historic cities, diverse landscapes and a rich variety of flora and fauna. Our escorted tours to South Africa are designed to show you the very best of this incredible country.
Heading out on safari in search of the ‘big five’ in world-famous reserves such as Kruger National Park or Mala Mala and coming face to face with these magnificent animals in their natural habitat is a truly magical and unforgettable experience. Along the coast, the Garden Route National Park, Knysna Lagoon and Featherbed Nature Reserve offer more opportunities to spot South Africa’s wildlife. And, of course, no South Africa holiday is complete without a call at the nation’s most photogenic city, Cape Town.View all holidays to South Africa
There are 11 official languages in South Africa
Tipping is customary for obtaining good service. For service in restaurants etc. 10-15% is usual.
Rand (R) 1R = 100 cents - there are import and export restrictions in place and the maximum that can be taken in or out is R10,000 (approx. £600) - figures stated are correct at time of going to print.
Typical dishes include sosaties (kebab), bobotie (curried mince dish). Food is of a high standard and there is an excellent range of local red and white wines, brandies and locallyproduced beers.
GMT + 2 hours
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From March-May and September-November days are usually long, warm and pleasantly cool in the evenings. December to February can be much hotter. The Western Cape’s climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean, in contrast to the Eastern Cape’s subtropical climate and the north-eastern interior’s subtropical highland climate.
For the latest country specific information please check the website for National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org
British citizens do not require an entry visa for South Africa. However, all visitors to South Africa are required to have at least two unused pages in their passport to enable the entry/exit stamps to be issued in the country. Because our holidays to Botswana and Namibia fly internationally via Johannesburg you are required to have an additional blank page for your South Africa transit visa stamps. A standard 10 year British passport is required for all holidays, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of return travel.
from London to Johannesburg is approx 11 hours and 45 mins
Situated right on the southern tip of South Africa, Cape Town has a reputation for not only being one of the most exciting cities in the country, but in the whole of Africa
Among the many attractions you can take in at the coastal city are the Cape of Good Hope, the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. If you'd rather take things a bit easier, why not relax on one of the many beaches in the city? These include False Bay, Boulders Beach and Camps Bay.
With the towering Table Mountain lying in the backdrop of the city, you may want to go on a cable car up to the summit, which - at 3,558 ft above sea level - will provide you with the chance to take in fascinating views of the landscape below.
Kruger National Park
Tours of South Africa provide you with the opportunity to see a wide range of beautiful and exotic creatures thanks to the abundance of national parks and game reserves in the country.
A trip to the Kruger National Park is the ultimate South African safari. Not only does the park contain the big five - lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants and buffalo - but also zebras, baboons and cheetahs, among others, so there's certainly plenty to see.
Ornithologists will also be in their element here, with starlings and kingfishers among the many bird species that can be spotted on a Kruger safari, while the park's river banks are a great place to look for water birds like storks and herons.
Similarly, the Mkuze game reserve is a great place to spot wildlife. Take a safari holiday here and you'll be able to see everything from blue wildebeest and giraffes to antelopes and hippo.
The reserve also encompasses some dramatically varied landscapes - including the Lebombo mountains in the west, woodlands and shallow water pans – and you will also get the chance to learn more about the ancient Zulu tribespeople who live in the region.
Visiting the coastal town of Knysna, part of the beautiful Garden Route region, is certain to be a highlight of any South Africa holiday.
Here you'll be able to enjoy a range of fun activities such as sailing and hiking, while there are also several golden beaches where you can relax on the sand before going for a dip.
Head to the historic harbour, meanwhile, and you can take in fantastic sea views, visit quaint teahouses for a refreshing drink and shop for souvenirs at boutique stores.
Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth)
Located on the fringes of the Garden Route, Gqeberha also offers a wealth of attractions, and is featured on three of our escorted tours to South Africa.
Nicknamed the Windy City, here you can visit the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and stop by attractions such as the Campanile belltower, which was built to commemorate the arrival of British settlers who came to South Africa in 1820.
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