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South Africa Holidays

Explore the wonderfully diverse and breathtakingly beautiful South Africa; home to some of the world’s greatest. From cage diving with great white sharks and whale watching in Hermanus, to embarking on one of the best road trips of all time, The Garden Route, South Africa won’t disappoint.

Venture on a safari to see the Big Five at Kruger National Park, watch penguins waddle onto the beach in Cape Town, voted best city in the world, and tour the vineyards in Cape Winelands; there’s something for everyone. South Africa gives you the chance to combine city, safari, sea and mountains all in one trip, making it one to remember.

Why not add a beach stay on to your South African adventure? Visit Mauritius, only a four hour flight away, for a slice of paradise to end your trip.

Destination Highlights
  • Take in the view from the top of Table Mountain
  • Drive the spectacular Garden Route
  • Chill out in the serene winelands regions near Cape Town
  • See the big five in Kruger National Park
  • Visit the historic battlefields of KwaZulu Natal
  • Enjoy whale watching in Hermanus

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

The Bay

The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

Cape Town

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The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
Cape Grace

Cape Grace

Cape Town

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Cape Grace
Unique The Palace of the Lost City

Sun City - Palace of the Lost City

Sun City

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Sun City - Palace of the Lost City
Unique

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Cape Whale Coast

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Time Zone

GMT+2

Flight Time

Approx. 11 hours; direct flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town are available from London Heathrow. Indirect flights are available from UK airports; Emirates via Dubai and KLM via Amsterdam.

Currency

South African Rand (ZAR)

Visa Information

Irish passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. Strict entrance policies apply for passengers traveling with children under the age of 18.

Language

English is widely spoken

Health Information

Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa.

The dramatic scenery, award-winning restaurants and bewitching wildlife are all reasons to visit South Africa, a country with over 1,500 miles of coastline and a utopia for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five and you’ll fall head over heels for this country once you’ve tasted a glass of its finest cabernet sauvignon – especially if it’s poured in the heart of the Winelands.

  • Lions Head and Cape Town

    Table Mountain

    The dramatic scenery, award-winning restaurants and bewitching wildlife are all reasons to visit South Africa, a country with over 1,500 miles of coastline and a utopia for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five and you’ll fall head over heels for this country once you’ve tasted a glass of its finest cabernet sauvignon – especially if it’s poured in the heart of the Winelands.

  • Drive the Garden Route

    Once you’ve seen its incredible untouched coastline, you’ll understand why people holiday here again and again. You’ll find everything from quaint seaside towns to spectacular whale-watching opportunities. So leave plenty of time to explore.

Best Time to Go to South Africa

South Africa is a year-round destination due to its various seasonal events, natural occurrences and regional climates. If you are looking to enjoy cooler weather and activities such as whale watching, July and November are best. For hot, dry weather, great whilst on a safari, head there between November and February, with the tail end of the summer season perfect for a visit to the Winelands region.

 

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
22ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
27ºC
93mm
Johannesburg
21ºC
128mm
Sun City
24ºC
94mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
94mm
Pretoria
24ºC
103mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
23ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
26ºC
93mm
Johannesburg
20ºC
144mm
Sun City
24ºC
64mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
63mm
Pretoria
23ºC
113mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
21ºC
30mm
Kruger National Park
25ºC
68mm
Johannesburg
19ºC
102mm
Sun City
23ºC
61mm
Pilanesberg National Park
23ºC
61mm
Pretoria
22ºC
82mm

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
18ºC
50mm
Kruger National Park
23ºC
37mm
Johannesburg
16ºC
40mm
Sun City
20ºC
42mm
Pilanesberg National Park
20ºC
42mm
Pretoria
19ºC
44mm

Average weather in May

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
16ºC
70mm
Kruger National Park
20ºC
14mm
Johannesburg
14ºC
25mm
Sun City
16ºC
8mm
Pilanesberg National Park
16ºC
9mm
Pretoria
16ºC
18mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
90mm
Kruger National Park
16ºC
11mm
Johannesburg
10ºC
10mm
Sun City
13ºC
3mm
Pilanesberg National Park
13ºC
3mm
Pretoria
12ºC
9mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
100mm
Kruger National Park
17ºC
12mm
Johannesburg
11ºC
4mm
Sun City
13ºC
13mm
Pilanesberg National Park
13ºC
13mm
Pretoria
13ºC
3mm

Average weather in August

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
70mm
Kruger National Park
18ºC
9mm
Johannesburg
14ºC
14mm
Sun City
16ºC
7mm
Pilanesberg National Park
16ºC
7mm
Pretoria
16ºC
2mm

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
14ºC
50mm
Kruger National Park
21ºC
26mm
Johannesburg
16ºC
20mm
Sun City
20ºC
10mm
Pilanesberg National Park
20ºC
10mm
Pretoria
20ºC
20mm

Average weather in October

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
16ºC
40mm
Kruger National Park
23ºC
43mm
Johannesburg
18ºC
78mm
Sun City
23ºC
51mm
Pilanesberg National Park
23ºC
51mm
Pretoria
22ºC
71mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
18ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
24ºC
66mm
Johannesburg
19ºC
100mm
Sun City
24ºC
84mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
84mm
Pretoria
23ºC
108mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
20ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
26ºC
94mm
Johannesburg
20ºC
151mm
Sun City
24ºC
73mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
73mm
Pretoria
23ºC
108mm
  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “Why worry about Malaria tablets? Do your safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape which sits at the end of the beautiful garden route.”

  • Verity, General Manager

    Verity

    General Manager

    “Overlooked by many, KwaZulu-Natal has some lovely beaches. It’s rich in Zulu history and has some fantastic game reserves - so make sure to include it in your trip.”

  • Karen

    Destination Specialist

    “One of my best memories of South Africa is taking a bike ride around Soweto – an amazing history filled township in Johannesburg. Once home to Nelson Mandela, this vibrant neighbourhood will leave you wanting to learn more about this amazing country’s heritage.“

Our South Africa destinations

Lions Head and Cape Town

South Africa

Cape Town

Cape Town
Tsitsikamma Forest Garden Route

South Africa

Garden Route

Garden Route

South Africa

Sun City

Sun City

South Africa

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape

South Africa

Johannesburg

Johannesburg

South Africa

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park
Cape Winelands

South Africa

Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

South Africa

Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park
Hermanus

South Africa

Cape Whale Coast

Cape Whale Coast

South Africa

KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal
Jacaranda trees near the Union Building

South Africa

Pretoria

Pretoria

Types of South Africa holidays

South Africa Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Self Drive South Africa

Self Drive South Africa
Elephant about to cross the road in Kruger National Park

South Africa Safaris

South Africa Safaris

South Africa Rail Holidays

South Africa Rail Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to South Africa take around 11 hours. There are currently daily direct flight options from London Heathrow to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with South African Airways and British Airways from London Heathrow. British Airways fly daily into Cape Town International Airport.

Yes – South Africa is one of the best destinations in the world to do a self drive holiday, thanks to its excellent roads and spectacular scenery along The Garden Route. South Africans drive on the left side of the road and you’ll find various car hire options across the country.

The quickest hiking route up Table Mountain takes between 1.5–2 hours while more scenic routes will take longer. If you take the cable car, expect to queue for between 30 minutes and two hours. The cable car journey takes 4–5 minutes. 

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