South Africa Holidays

Man standing in front of Table Mountain in Cape Town

South Africa: Wildlife, Wine and Scenery

Stretching from sandy beaches and colonies of penguins in the west, to the open plains of wildest Africa at the stunning Kruger National Park, South Africa is one of Africa's most unique and vibrant destinations. With 11 official languages, a wide variety of awe-inspiring landscapes and a diverse mix of culture and tradition, South Africa captivates and inspires hordes of travellers every year. To experience the best of it, you’ll need to cover a lot of ground; sunbathe on the beaches, spy wildlife on the African plains and sample award-winning wine at Stellenbosch. With so much to see, we recommend hitting the road with a hire car and travelling at your own pace on one of our tailor-made holidays. You do the driving, we’ll do the rest. 

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Popular Tailor-made South Africa Holidays

South Africa is more than just a place you simply fly to and stay in. Instead you’ve got to get out and about with road trips along the coastline, tours of its wineries and safaris in the game reserves. To ensure you experience the best that the country has to offer, our Experts have created a range of South Africa holiday ideas. From driving routes to gourmet itineraries, South Africa holidays feature an array of unique travel experiences as well as flights, accommodation, transfers and car hire, and can all be tailor made to suit you.



Places to Visit in South Africa

South Africa’s landmark locations are peppered across the country: to the north are the cultural hubs of Johannesburg and Pretoria; head east from here and you’ll stumble upon the wildlife-rich Kruger National Park. Meanwhile, venture south for Cape Town, the Garden Route and the wine regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Click below to learn more about South Africa's most popular spots. 

South Africa Holiday Types

Whether you're heading to the country for a safari, a glass of wine, scenic beaches or all three, our Experts have created a great range of South Africa holiday types to ensure you make it happen. Choose your holiday type below or talk to our Experts today about tailor making a South Africa itinerary to suit your exact interests. 

South Africa Travel Advice and Ideas

Things to Know Before You Go to South Africa

Things to Know Before You Go to South Africa

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7 Unique Things to Do in South Africa

7 Unique Things to Do in South Africa

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Beyond the Big Five: 10 Alternatives to Safari in South Africa

Beyond the Big Five: 10 Alternatives to Safari in South Africa

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How I Ate My Way Along South Africa's Garden Route

How I Ate My Way Along South Africa's Garden Route

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More About South Africa

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

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:

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: