‘A world in one country’ – as if cosmopolitan cities, a warm sunny climate and 2000 miles of beautiful beaches weren’t enough, 90 percent of visitors come to South Africa for the wildlife and unspoilt landscape.

"Whether it’s the people, the spectacular wildlife, the superb food or the wonderful wines, we defy anyone not to fall in love with South Africa, more fondly known as ‘the rainbow nation’."

With some of the most upbeat, welcoming and humorous people you’ll find anywhere in the world, and a cultural melting pot that’s as wide-ranging as its vibrant cities, unrivalled natural beauty and never-ending vistas, South Africa has to be one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.

The bustle of Johannesburg contrasts sharply with the fun-loving seaside ambience of Durban and the Euro-chic vibe of Cape Town, while in between are the magnificent game reserves, quaint towns and coastal resorts. And then there’s the Garden Route, famed for its pretty towns, superb seafood and amazing whale-watching; and the Cape Winelands, home not only to some of the world’s best wines but also some of its finest restaurants.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Pretoria

  • Time Difference

    GMT +1

  • Best Time to Visit

    Year-round

  • Currency

    South Africa Rand

South Africa

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Choose from the cream of South Africa’s finest hotels

  • Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel CAPE TOWN

    Known locally as The Nelly, this feels like a colonial outpost; in fact with such grand surroundings, you could almost be staying in an embassy: with all the grace and splendour of yesteryear, yet none of the stuffiness.

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  • Cape Grace CAPE TOWN

    Lying on its own private quay at the V&A Waterfront with Table Mountain as its backdrop, Cape Grace has the perfect position for those who like to be right in the middle of Cape Town’s action.

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  • Sea Five Boutique Hotel CAPE TOWN

    Light, airy and spacious, this really is a beach house with a difference: think Cape Cod-meets-stylish-Europe and sets up home in Cape Town, overlooking the crashing waves of über-trendy Camps Bay!

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  • Ellerman House & Villas CAPE TOWN

    High on a hill with to-die-for views of the gorgeous coastline, a stay at Ellerman House feels very much akin to that of a glamorously-seductive French Riviera hideaway.

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  • One&Only Cape Town CAPE TOWN

    South Africa’s premier urban chic retreat and as much of a stunner inside as it is out, so if it's the 'greatest hits' of SA's most sophisticated city you're looking to explore while in town, then look no further.

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  • Babylonstoren DRAKENSTEIN VALLEY

    One of the oldest and best-preserved Cape Dutch farms in the heart of the Winelands, where you can join in and assist with harvesting, pruning and planting the 8-acre vegetable garden.

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  • La Residence FRANSCHHOEK

    A unique combination of privacy, luxury and family-friendly flexibility. A bouquet of fresh lavender greets you. The ultra-extravagant décor hits you as you enter your room – no wonder Elton John loves it here!

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  • Le Quartier Francais FRANSCHHOEK

    Located slap-bang in the heart of Franschhoek, this would be our ideal home; with ​individually-styled rooms in glorious colours; spacious suites; lush courtyard gardens; lovely pools – what more could you want?

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  • Leeu House Franschhoek

    Equally as exclusive as its sister property, Leeu Estates, this family-friendly 13-room boutique hotel is an oasis of tranquility and comfort.

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  • Leeu Estates FRANSCHHOEK

    A 20-room five-star country house retreat and boutique winery set on 168 square acres, Leeu Estates is spectacularly set among vineyards, gardens and fynbos in the scenic Franschhoek Valley.

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  • Conrad Pezula KNYSNA

    Listen… The silence here really is quite striking… Conrad Pezula is a destination in itself; a world of luxury and unspoiled nature at the Eastern tip of Knysna on South Africa's legendary Garden Route.

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  • The Plettenberg Hotel PLETTENBERG BAY

    When you’re exploring somewhere as mesmerising as the Garden Route, you’ll want to stay somewhere that’s guaranteed to knock your socks off. And ​The Plettenberg – probably the area’s prettiest hotel – is just that.

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  • Birkenhead House & Villa HERMANUS

    Room One does it for us. There’s something surreal about being able to view whales from your bed! But that’s just one of the many natural attractions here at stunning Birkenhead House.

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  • Ulusaba Private Game Reserve SABI SAND RESERVE

    Meaning 'Place of Little Fear', Ulusaba is a place of fascinating sights, breathtaking wilderness and sunrise safaris – perfect for seeking out the 'Big Five', and taking time out to kick back and relax.

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  • Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve SABI SAND RESERVE

    Superb game-viewing and a wide variety of activities, along with outstanding fine dining and a professional and friendly staff; all combine to create the safari experience of a lifetime.

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  • Singita Boulders Lodge SABI SAND

    Set on the banks of the Sand River, surrounded by open grassland and bush, you’ll find yourself enjoying every creature comfort in the most beautiful of natural environments.

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  • Singita Ebony Lodge Sabi Sand

    Set on the banks of the Sand River, surrounded by open grassland and bush, you’ll find yourself enjoying every creature comfort in the most beautiful of natural environments.

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  • Chitwa Chitwa SABI SAND RESERVE

    Named after a giraffe that visited the adjacent lake, the stone lodges here feature an eclectic mix of African chic and European style to create gorgeous, unbridled luxury.

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  • Makanyi Private Game Lodge Timbavati

    A fresh face has arrived in the game-rich Timbavati, where old-world safari charm meets contemporary design and compelling adventures await.

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  • Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

    Malaria-free and ingeniously set in the middle of Madikwe amongst age-old Tamboti trees, if you’re taking the family on safari, we can’t think of anywhere better than Madikwe Hills.

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  • Singita Sweni Lodge KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

    Sleep under the South African stars and experience the ultimate safari in the heart of the Kruger National Park, where all the big hitters of the game world regularly stop by for a visit.

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  • Singita Lebombo Lodge Kruger National Park

    Sleep under the South African stars and experience the ultimate safari in the heart of the Kruger National Park, where all the big hitters of the game world regularly stop by for a visit.

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  • Molori Safari Lodge MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

    Located in the malaria-free region of the Madikwe Game Reserve, in South Africa’s North West Province and bordering Botswana, Molori is a perfect destination from which to enjoy the vast African landscapes.

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  • Royal Malewane THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE

    Anyone who thought a safari meant ‘roughing it’ should head to Royal Malewane, a beautiful fusion of nature’s wild beat with the quiet and sophisticated heights of colonial comfort, elegance and style.

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  • Karkloof Safari Spa PIETERMARITZBURG

    Could this be one of South Africa’s most chilled-out safari destinations? ​Well with no fixed schedule, unlimited spa treatments, private game drives and all-inclusive dining at any time, we think it's well on its way!

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  • The Oyster Box UMHLANGA ROCKS

    Right on the shore’s edge (complete with its own lighthouse!), this iconic landmark perfectly marries old colonial and African-contemporary design and delivers a truly-exceptional experience.

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  • Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse DRAKENSBURG

    Dedicated to sumptuous food and rustic luxury, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse has, over the last 10 years, earned global recognition as a delightful romantic gourmet getaway.

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  • Ellerman House & Villas CAPE TOWN

    Twin Centre Offer

    Stay 4 nights or more at Ellerman House in 3 nights or more at Delaire Graff Estate & receive a selection of spa, art & dining experiences during your stays. Valid to 30 Sep 18. (Certain room categories & conditions apply).​

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  • Ellerman House & Villas CAPE TOWN

    Ellerman Experience

    Stay 4 nights or more & receive a 10% room rate reduction, 1 one-hour massage per person, a South African brandy & chocolate pairing, & a guided tour of the private art collection. Valid to 30 Nov 19. (Certain room categories apply).​

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  • Ellerman House & Villas CAPE TOWN

    Honeymoon Offer

    Stay 4 nights or more & receive a room rate reduction of up to 20%, sunset canapés & cocktails, and one couples' massage, three-course honeymoon dinner & bottle of French Champagne.Valid to 15 Dec 18. (Certain room categories & conditions apply).​

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. Café Culture

    Café Culture

    Camp out in Camps Bay; with one of Cape Town’s largest and most picturesque beaches attracting the city’s beautiful crowd, this affluent suburb is a brilliant place to spend the day people-watching from one of many chic sidewalk cafés.

  2. Whale-Watching

    Whale-Watching

    Wonderful Hermanus, otherwise a quiet coastal town, is the centre for the world’s very best shore-based whale-watching. So much so that it has the planet’s only official whale crier (who signals their arrival in the bay with a blow on his kelp horn).

  3. Safari Sundowners

    Safari Sundowners

    Kruger is the largest of South Africa’s National Parks, and there’s no better place to enjoy a luxury safari. Many of the lodges are located next to popular waterholes for the best game viewing even when you’re in camp.