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Capital city: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
Currency: South African rand
Language: Afrikaans, English
Flight time: London to Cape Town flight time is 11 hours 30 minutes.
Visas: British Citizens do not require a visa for leisure or business visits up to 90 days.
Vaccinations: Make sure your boosters are up to date – particularly Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio – and we also recommend the Hepatitis A vaccination. Book your vaccinations at our in-store Travel Clinic.
Top 3 Things to Do in South Africa
- Go on safari in Kruger National Park
- See Cape Town at sunset from atop Table Mountain
- Drive the Garden Route
When to Go to South Africa
The weather varies considerably dependant on where you are in South Africa, and the country also experiences a long summer and winter, and a brief spring and autumn. Choose your timings based on what you want to do – whether that be lazing on beaches, drinking in the vineyards, safari, or hiking – as it’s always a good time to visit somewhere in South Africa. For more advice see our seasonal guide on when to go to South Africa.
Why Book Your South Africa Holiday with Flight Centre
We know South Africa: Many of our Travel Experts have either visited, lived in or are from South Africa, and can easily craft a tailor-made trip to suit your needs and budget.
Local knowledge: Flight Centre has stores located throughout South Africa, giving us access to local insider knowledge and up-to-the-minute travel information.
Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure and fixed change and cancellation fees.
Travel Butler and 24/7 Emergency Assistance service: When you book a holiday to South Africa from our range of tailor-made Journeys, you’ll also enjoy access to our inclusive Travel Butler concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance services.
When to Go to South Africa
Summer: December to February
Warm and sunny, summer is a fantastic time to visit South Africa, particularly Cape Town and the eastern coastline. With temperatures in this part of the country averaging around 20°C (with the potential to heat up to 40°C), this is the best time to enjoy the beaches in South Africa. In terms of a safari, this is considered the wet season with afternoon storms a common occurrence and temperatures unbearably hot in the north and west of the country.
Best places to visit in summer:
Autumn: March to May
If you’d like to experience both the coastline and the countryside in one trip, then autumn is a fantastic time to do so. Offering warm temperatures without the summer crowds along the coastline, temperatures average around 16°C in Cape Town. It’s also a good time to explore the winelands as the foliage changes colour and days are relatively free of rain.
Best places to visit in autumn:
- Northern Cape
- The Garden Route
Winter: June to August
Winter marks the beginning of the dry season for north and central South Africa. While temperatures during this time are cool, they are also dry and thus one of the best times to go on a safari in parks like Kruger National Park. Dry conditions mean local wildlife is more likely to congregate around the water holes, making them much easier to spot. While winter is a great time to go on safari, it’s not the best time to visit Cape Town and the Western Cape with bursts of rain and gusts of wind quite common.
Best places to visit in winter:
Spring: September to November
Much like autumn, spring is a great time to visit South Africa to enjoy both the coastline and the national parks. During this time temperatures are mild, which means the conditions are perfect for hiking and seeing wild flowers, particularly in the Northern Cape. Going on a safari is also ideal at this time of year with temperatures reaching up to 29 degrees in Kruger National Park and sightings of new born wildlife common.
Best places to visit in spring:
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