South Africa holidays

Tailor-made South Africa tours created for you by local experts

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”

Desmond Tutu
 

One huge country, many different worlds.

There aren’t many holiday hankerings that South Africa can’t satisfy with aplomb. Even a brief gallop around the highlights will generally exceed expectations with a world-beating swagger. Dig a little deeper and visitors will find themselves as bowled over by the diversity of people, cuisine, heritage and wildlife as they are with the glories of the South African landscape. Should the mood take you, your trip could veer from penguin spotting to wine tasting to surfing to safari and back again. South Africa has it all. In spades.
 

What to do when you travel to South Africa

Walk in Mandela’s footsteps
Learn about Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid activists were detained, from a tour guide who served time in the prison.

South Africa Safari
Whether you choose to drive yourself through a national park or bow to the expertise of Wildlife Reserve guides, the chance to see elephants and lions in the wild isn’t to be missed.

Wet and wild
Where the Eastern Cape meets the Indian Ocean, this rugged and unexploited stretch of coast shelters a hinterland of traditional villages and rural scenes.
 

Inspiration for travelling to South Africa:
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
My Traitor's Heart by Rian Malan
A Dry White Season by André Brink
Disgrace by J M Coetzee
The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
Country Of My Skull by Antjie Krog
(Film) Cry Freedom
(Film) Tsotsi
 

Useful facts about South Africa:
Main international airports: Johannesburg, Durban, Capetown, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, Kruger
Cost of a restaurant meal: About 8 USD each and above
Cost of a beer: About 2 USD

 

Tailor-made holiday ideas for South Africa

All holiday ideas on TravelLocal are curated by us - we make sure our ideas showcase the best of each country. Take a look and be inspired!

  • 16 days
  • from £1,880pp
Hiking in South Africa
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  • South Africa
  • JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
  • AdventureOff the Beaten PathWildlife, +1
  • 17 days
  • from £2,610pp
Cape to Kalahari
Trip idea in South Africa

  • South Africa
  • CoastClassicCultural, +5
  • 14 days
  • from £2,210pp
South Africa: Off the Beaten Track
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  • South Africa
  • JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
  • Off the Beaten PathSafariSelf-drive, +1
  • 14 days
  • from £1,330pp
Cape Town and the Garden Route
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  • South Africa
  • DecemberJanuaryFebruary, +2
  • WildlifeSelf-driveHistory, +2
  • 14 days
  • from £2,110pp
Kruger and the Panorama Route
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  • South Africa
  • MayJuneJuly, +4
  • WildlifeSafariSelf-drive, +2
  • 15 days
  • from £1,480pp
Family Fun on The Elephant Coast
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  • South Africa
  • NovemberMayJuly, +2
  • SafariCoastWildlife, +2
  • 14 days
  • from £2,530pp
Beach and Bush Getaway
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  • South Africa
  • MarchNovemberMay, +3
  • SafariCoastWildlife, +1
  • 16 days
  • from £1,410pp
South African Adventure
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  • South Africa
  • JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
  • AdventureCoastBoat Journeys, +5
  • 10 days
  • from £1,070pp
Wine and Dine: South Africa
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  • South Africa
  • JuneJulyAugust, +3
  • Food & DrinkClassic
  • 9 days
  • from £1,950pp
South Africa: The KwaZulu-Natal Heartlands
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  • South Africa
  • JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
  • CulturalHistoryWalking & Hiking, +3
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Reviews for our partner in South Africa

A truly wonderful African adventure

– Sarah from London, UK

Travelled to South Africa


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  • November
A unforgettable holliday

– Andrew from I'm From Leeds W. Yorkshire but have lived in Germany for the last 23 years.

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  • September
Travel Local Does it Again!

– Derek from UK

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  • September
Magical Trip

– Anne from Live in Germany

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  • March
Great trip to Cape Town, wine lands and garden route

– John from UK

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  • January
Fantastic trip of a lifetime, love the TravelLocal concept

– Deidre from Germany

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Amazing trip in South Africa!

– Eileen from Ireland

Travelled to South Africa


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Explore our carefully curated collection of articles about South Africa to find ideas for your dream holiday.

  • Nov 12, 2018
Where to go hiking

Article by Samantha Fergusson

We've picked out the best destinations for your next hiking holiday, from Japan where you can follow the ancient Nakasendo Trail, to Kyrgyzstan or Namibia, where the breathtaking landscapes are best discovered on foot...


  • South AfricaEthiopiaNamibia, +7
  • Walking & HikingOff the Beaten PathAdventure
  • Nov 9, 2018
A guide to Robben Island

Article by Martha Hales

A trip to Robben Island honours the hardship and suffering of those who were incarcerated and celebrates the change which many of those individuals brought about. It is a humbling place and gives a fascinating insight into the history of South Africa.


  • South Africa
  • HistoryCultural
  • Oct 26, 2018
Your Ultimate Guide to South Africa

Article by Martha Hales

Our Ultimate Guide to South Africa gathers all the best locations to visit, best cuisine to try and top tips to bear in mind whilst in the country. With the help of our local experts, we've taken the stress out of planning your South African trip of a lifetime.


  • South Africa
  • AdventureCulturalFamily, +12
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