Cheap Holidays to South Africa

South Africa is the adventure capital of the world, with many holiday makers returning for it's natural beauty, wildlife, amazing activities and attractions such as the safari excursions.

Another great excursion is Table Mountain which you can either hike to the top or take the cable car and experience some fantastic views at the top.

So whether you are looking to enjoy the high life or the wildlife, you are bound to find it in South Africa.

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How Hot?

South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, which makes its seasons the opposite to those in Europe and North America. Over much of South Africa, summer (mid-October to mid-February) has hot, sunny weather, often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly. The Western Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is the exception, getting its rain in winter.

The best time to visit South Africa depends on your itinerary, whale spotting along the coastline is easiest from mid-June to the end of October, the Garden Route can be enjoyed year round though November to April gets the best weather, and the ideal time for game viewing is September to October.

The Cape is hot, dry and sunny from around November to March, and particularly popular with South Africans on holiday during the Christmas and New Year season.

The Cape's weather is particularly changeable, April to August the temperatures cool down and there's some rain, during these months one day can be dry and sunny, then blustery and wet the next.

Out and About

Whether you're planning a laid-back beach escape, a romantic getaway, a multi-stop driving trip, a safari or an adventure activities holiday South Africa ticks all the boxes.

Cape Town and Western Cape provides everything needed for a relaxed and fun-filled holiday catering for all holidaymakers. Activities range from hiking to whale watching, and wine tasting to shark diving, or simply enjoying the long stretches of sandy beaches, whatever you want this region has it all.

From Cape Town take the cable car up Table Mountain, a ferry to Bird Island Nature Reserve or Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, take a wine tasting tour to the nearby winelands or wander round the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

If you're looking for a touring holiday the Garden Route is a popular choice and is regarded as one of the country's most beautiful regions. Stretching from around Mossel Bay to the Storms River Mouth, there are ample opportunities to experience something different along this route, such as abseiling, bird watching, black water tubing down the Storms River or shark cage diving in Mossel Bay.

Taking a safari here is a must do and South Africa has a number of both public and private game reserves, full with wildlife including Africa's big 5; buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino. Accommodation can be anything from bush camps to fully catered lodges, with packages including daily day and night game drives and bush walks.

South Africa is an ideal destination for golf, there are numerous courses across the country and with the ideal weather conditions, great scenery and even the added adventure of wildlife such as giraffes, ostriches and even crocodiles on the course this is a great place to enjoy the sport.

Out for Lunch!

South African cuisine is known as the Rainbow Cuisine, due to the variety of multicultural sources. It offers some amazing culinary delights including crocodile sirloins, sheep head and fried caterpillar, try if you dare. If you're not feeling brave try some other delicacies like Biltong - dried, salted meat or Boerewors - hand made farm sausages.

Most eateries in South Africa offer International menus, with something to suit everyone. You can choose American dining, sushi or spaghetti, whatever takes your fancy. In Johannesburg on a single street you will find Italian, Chinese, French, Indian and Portuguese restaurants. If you want to try a more exotic menu try the Congolese, Greek and Brazilian restaurants.

Quick Facts

Flight Time - Cape Town From London 13 hrs 15 mins, Durban From London 13 hrs, Johannesburg From London 11 hrs, Port Elizabeth From London 13 hrs 30 mins

Currency - South African Rand

Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs and Cafes - mixed

Best Time to Visit: All year round

Top Hotels In South Africa

Here's a list of our top accommodations in South Africa, ranked by our customer ratings and reviews.

Cape Town
The Commodore Hotel is located in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and boasts a certain quaint Victorian charm....

Johannesburg
A luxurious hotel in the heart of the business district that would suit both business and the discerning traveller looking for an upmarket hotel with plenty of services....

Cape Town
Located next to its sister hotel, The Commodore, on the trendy V&A Waterfront, The Portswood offers guests superlative accommodation, stunning cuisine and world-class service....

Johannesburg
Reminiscent of the grandeur of age-old Tuscany, the hotel epitomises the style and luxury of the themed casino complex and, together with personal service and world-class facilities, provides guests w...

Johannesburg
An impressive landmark on the Sandton skyline. The InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Sun and Towers is ideally located in the city's most exclusive business and residential district....

Cape Town
The hotel is an urban sanctuary with a romantic heritage, a unique sense of style, and a commitment to unparalleled service excellence....

Cape Town
This city hotel combines the elegance of the stunning neo-Victorian architecture with traditional hospitality. Ideal for all types of traveller who like a little luxury....

Johannesburg
Immerse yourself in the culture and breakneck pace of Sandton. Then return to the serenity and elegance of The Michelangelo....

Durban
With a hotel that offers a unique atmosphere, special hospitality and convenient facilities, the Royal Durban Hotel provides excellent accommodation that will make you feel right at home....

Cape Town
This hotel is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, within the Table Mountain National Park. The hotel features on-site a spa, 2 heated outdoor pools, a restaurant, cafe and a b...

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