South Africa Vacations

Famed for its remarkable wildlife and natural scenery, there is so much to see on South Africa vacations. As well as safaris and immersive game spotting, travelers who venture here can explore cultural hubs, from the thriving city of Cape Town to the gloriously green Cape Winelands. Also, ensure you sample Bunny Chow and other local dishes during your trip.

The environmental makeup of South Africa alone is enough to make any traveler’s jaw drop; South Africa is home to 20 national parks, 23 nature reserves and 28 protected environments, so there is plenty for nature lovers to feast their eyes on here. This long list includes internationally famed national parks and nature reserves, many of which are home to some of wildlife spotters’ most sought after species. Travel to the iconic Kruger National Park and spot Africa’s Big Five game (elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo), or for a unique safari experience, go to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi – the oldest game reserve in South Africa. Alternatively, visit the staggering Cape Peninsula and see South Africa’s penguin colonies, a species that few travelers associate with South Africa.

Once you’ve ticked every animal off your wildlife spotting list, take a thrilling cable car ride to the top of the iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town and embrace the awe-inspiring views, or witness the power of the dramatic Victoria Falls. Finally, when you’ve lived all of these inspiring experiences, take some time to catch your breath on one of South Africa’s idyllic beaches.

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Video Highlights

  • Spot the Big Five on Safari in the world-famous Kruger National Park

  • Climb the iconic Table Mountain or take the Aerial Cableway to the top, and soak up the views

  • Visit the colonies of South African penguins at Cape Peninsula, Cape Town

  • Sip from a great selection of wines during your visit to the Winelands

  • Visit the oldest game reserve in South Africa for a unique safari experience in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi

Key info

  • Capital city: Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative)

  • Language: English and Afrikaans

  • Currency: South African Rand

Zoe
Travel Designer & Safari Expert
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After my first safari at 12 years old, I haven’t stopped going back to Africa, and love South Africa for its incredible cities, world class food and wine, and of course the wildlife. My favourite memory is tracking elephants through the bush in Phinda Game Reserve. Despite their size, they’re so good at hiding!

South Africa Trip Ideas

All of our trip ideas are examples to inspire and give you a few ideas about the incredible experiences we recommend considering in South Africa, however, all of our trips are 100% bespoke and custom-made to your requirements. If you don't find something that takes your fancy, we are even happy to start from scratch until we’ve created the perfect trip for you.

Places to go in South Africa

SAFARI seekers must head to Kruger National Park; South Africa's largest game reserve and home to the 'Big 5'. If you’re feeling extra daring, take a cage dive with the great white sharks in Gansbaai.

CULTURE enthusiasts should consider a guided tour through the eighty-two different battlefields of KwaZulu Natal and learn about the significant battles and war-related incidents across the coast of South Africa.

CITY trips to Cape Town must include a visit to Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain towering over the city. Take a cable car, or hike if you're feeling adventurous, for breathtaking views over the city and its surrounding coastline. Be sure to see the Cango Caves, the oldest tourist attraction in South Africa. Explore the underground network of passageways with openings as narrow as 26cm.

FOODIES and wine buffs can relax and enjoy the delicious wines from the sun-kissed vineyards on the Garden Route. Visit the Stellenbosch region in Western Cape to sample some of the best wine around.

Things to do in South Africa

It’s the unique experiences which make a VIVID trip special, and here are just some of the things you can do during your trip to South Africa. Experience the real country beyond the obvious, whether it’s watching whales, fur seals and penguins at the coast, taking a tour around Robben Island or taking part in a cooking tour where you can learn to make traditional Cape Malay food.

To incorporate your favorite experiences into your dream trip, or learn more about the itineraries that we can custom-make for you, just give our Travel Designers a call: 020 3510 5777

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Cape Town & the Winelands
Eastern Cape
KwaZulu-Natal
Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands
Madikwe & the Waterberg

Cape Town & the Winelands

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Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands

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