South Africa has all that travellers long for in a perfect destination: gorgeous landscapes, great beaches, fine weather and superb cuisine. The southern tip of Africa also offers various exotic adventures, from 4×4 safaris to diving with great white sharks.
South Africa is a large, diverse and incredibly beautiful country with breath-taking wildlife, diverse plant life and indigenous forests. This is the place where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic giving life to diverse marine life. You will find there almost 3 000 kilometres of coastline and massive geodiversity.
South Africa's wine industry dates back over three centuries. A trip to Cape Winelands region is a journey of indulgence. Most of the local vineyards are located in the lush Boland Basin, around 80 km (50 miles) to the northeast of Cape Town. The river valleys are ideal for growing a number of varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. Explore the beautiful estates, sampling award-winning wines in cool cellars.
How to get there:
Take a look at the flight deals to South Africa:
- Flights from Ireland to Johannesburg for €299 >>
- Flights from Portugal to Cape Town or Johannesburg for €361 >>
- Flights from the UK to Cap Town for £381 >>
- Flights from Mumbai to Johannesburg for $278 >>
- Flights from Bangkok to Johannesburg for $445 >>
- Flights from Luxembourg or Brussels to Johannesburg, South Africa for €357 >>
- Flights from Germany to Cape Town for €437 >>
- Flights from the UK to Johannesburg for £352 >>
- Flights from London to Cape Town for £399 >>
- Flights from Australia to Cape Town for AU$773 >>
Where to stay:
In Johannesburg, we encourage you to stay at 4* Winchester Lodge for just €49 per person in a double room with private bathroom and breakfast included. This top rated bed & breakfast features an outdoor swimming pool and a tropical garden. The rooms all include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar and tea-and-coffee making facilities. The en suite bathrooms include a shower, and some also feature a spa bath.
In Cape Town we recommend you to book 3* Cape Wine Route Guest House for just €47 per person in a double room with private bathroom. This well-reviewed accommodation offers an outdoor pool, free WiFi, a garden, barbecue facilities and a children’s playground. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning, a DVD player and satellite channels. Complete with a microwave, the dining area also has a refrigerator and an electric kettle. Private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer.
What to do:
With plenty of sunshine, mountains, sea and rivers, South Africa is perfect for outdoor activities. You can paraglide over Cape Town’s beaches, cycle through the vineyards, horse ride in the Drakensberg or hike to the top of Table Mountain. Visit Kimberley, the diamond capital of South Africa, to see the famous Big Hole. If you are not claustrophobic, take the guided tour of a once-operational diamond mine, which descends a staggering 840m below the earth.
Drive the Garden Route from Mossel Bay to the Storms River, admiring the diverse vegetation, numerous lakes and lagoons alongside the Indian Ocean. Visit Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley. With numerous well-kept roads, the Kruger National Park is also perfect for self-driving expeditions. Hermanus is famous for its shore-based whale-watching. A 10 km (6 mile) long cliff-side walk with built-in telescopes offers visitors plenty of opportunities to view these social animals. Whale-watching boat tours are available as well. Head to Rocktail Bay for excellent diving and snorkelling. You can even go cage diving with great white sharks!
Have a drink in the Baobab Tree Bar in Modjadjiskloof! The tree that locals claim is the largest baobab in the world is located in Limpopo Province, near the border of Zimbabwe. Standing at 22 meters high and 47 meters in diameter, the centre is hollow and has been turned into a bar. Try an exclusive safari in the world-renowned Sabi Sands or Tswalu Kalahari. For a family safari, we recommend the Madikwe Private Reserve, Pilanesberg or one of the Eastern Cape reserves (all malaria-free). Visit Durban’s scenic beaches and admire the English Colonial architecture of the city, enlivened by a mix of Zulu murals, Hindu temples, Islamic mosques, and Christian churches. Visit the Cradle of Humankind, a paleoanthropological site about 50 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg. To learn all about Nelson Mandela, head to the Robben Island.
For more Destinations Fly4free click here >>>