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From Shamwari Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape to the world-famous Kruger National Park, an unforgettable way to spend your South Africa holiday is on safari. You’ll love the excellent hospitality on offer at one of the many luxury lodges, with their comfortable accommodation and unmatched views. 

Game drives are organised each day at dawn and again in the late afternoon just before dusk which is are the best times for seeing the animals. Just like us, they don’t like to be out in the scorching heat. Keep your eyes peeled, as during your trip you’re likely to encounter lions, elephants, rhino, buffalo, leopards, hippos, hyenas, giraffes, zebra, kudu, wildebeest and antelope.

Wines produced in South African are some of the world’s most renowned and respected, and on a holiday to the home of these storied vineyards, a trip to the source is a must. The Winelands stretch from the West coast to the far Northern Cape, with the soil’s rich mineral content giving birth to some of the world’s most highly awarded wines.

Some of the region’s most famous and well-known wine estates such as those along the Stellenbosch or Franschhoek routes can be found here, or the more adventurous of you might seek out the lesser known gems, which produce smaller quantities of vintage product.

The real treat here though is the scenery as you drive through the glorious countryside. It’s spectacular, and if you travel during Summer or Autumn you’ll find the vineyards looking their absolute best. The hills come alive with fantastic greens, yellows and oranges on display as you make your way through this beautiful wine region.

Those with a historical bent may want to take a trip to Robben Island, best known for its most famous inmate, Nelson Mandela. The three and a half hour tour of the island and its prison is a fascinating yet sobering experience.

A 30 min ferry ride from Cape Town brings you to the entrance of the former maximum security prison. Here you’ll learn about its history, from its origin as a leper colony, to its days as a psychiatric hospital and finally prison for political prisoners. 

You can see the limestone quarry where anti-apartheid activists spent their time, before moving inside the prison. Here you’ll see the tiny cells, including the one which once belonged to Nelson Mandela. It’s a humbling look into the past of South Africa and a stark reminder of the history of this fascinating country. 

No holiday in South Africa would be complete without a trip to one of its thriving cities. From picturesque Cape Town, nestled in the shadow of Table Mountain and the surrounding Winelands, to Johannesburg, a bustling metropolis with its famed cultural and culinary attractions. We suggest driving the picturesque Garden Route, stopping at various villages and towns en route, to explore South Africa’s natural beauty, beaches and wildlife.

Or head to the KwaZulu province for the perfect combination of beach life and nature. Pick your spot along Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’ to soak up the sun, try a little windsurfing, then settle for the evening in one of the city’s fabulous seafood restaurants. Why not escape the city with a stay in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains? Pick a luxury mountain lodge, and spend a few days enjoying walking, horse riding and fishing in picturesque tranquillity.

Sun City is a great option for families, where you’ll find 5-star holiday resorts offering something for everyone. Sun City is a resort which boasts everything from water parks to tropical gardens, or more grown-up fun in the way of championship golf courses and fabulous nightclubs and casinos. There’s something for everyone.

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BEST TIME TO GO...

South Africa boasts year-round sunshine and a pleasant temperature that is comfortable for both sightseeing and relaxing by the beach. Its situation in the Southern Hemisphere means that South Africa’s seasons are the opposite of those in Europe. It’s also good to note the summer and winter rainfall areas, as these may have an impact on where you choose to visit at the best time of year. If you are interested in safari, the best time to visit is during the dry season between May and October. The Cape and Garden Route are best experienced during the summer months and in particular in February and March.

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FAST FACTS

Time difference: GMT +2 hours

Currency: Rand.

Language: South Africa has eleven official languages - Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu/ However, English is widely spoken in most areas.

Flight time from the UK (London): 12 hours.

Arrival airport: Cape Town International Airport.
 
Entry details (for British passport holders): A visa is required and can be arranged before departure or at the airport on arrival. Fees apply. Passports need to have 6 months validity beyond your period of stay. It is also advised that you have two blank pages in your passport on arrival. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.


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A local Thomas Cook Signature representative will meet you at your arrival airport and escort you to your pre-booked private transfer vehicle. Your travel documentation will contain all contact details should you wish to get in touch with a local representative during your stay. A local Thomas Cook Signature representative will meet you at your arrival airport and escort you to your pre-booked private transfer vehicle. Your travel documentation will contain all contact details should you wish to get in touch with a local representative during your stay.