South Africa - Cape Winelands and Big 5 safaris

South Africa should be on everyone's bucket list. It is one of the most diverse holiday destinations on the planet; offering Big 5 safaris, jaw-dropping scenery, modern African cities and endless adventure activities.

Paarl south africa south africa game drive The view of Table Mountain at dusk from the VA Waterfront

South Africa Highlights

  • A Rainbow Nation of diverse cultures and landscapes
  • Spectacular wildlife and scenery
  • Year round warm weather
  • Child friendly
  • World class hotels and facilities
  • Value for Money Destination
  • Abundance of adventure activities
  • Malaria-free game reserves on offer
  • Flexible booking terms
  • Secured deposit
  • 100% financial protection
  • Stringent safety & hygiene standards
  • Tried & trusted by our clients
  • Emergency medical care

With cosmopolitan Cape Town, Big 5 safari in Kruger National Park, picturesque winelands scenery, adventure on the Garden Route and sun-drenched beaches, we are thoroughly enticed by South Africa's variety.

South Africa, fondly known as the 'Rainbow Nation' offers a melting pot of cultures and a rich history. For the most authentic interaction with modern African culture, don't miss out on the urban vibes of Johannesburg, or 'Jozi' for short.

What would a holiday be without food? South Africa's rainbow of cultures ensures that its food scene offers a fascinating variety of delicious dishes blending tantalizing European cuisine, the sweet-sour tastes of the Malays and the spicy curries from India alongside the indigenous cooking of the African people. We will expertly plan your gastronomic journey with personal restaurant recommendations allowing opportunities to taste South Africa's internationally renowned wines.

Did we mention the climate? South Africa averages up to 9 hours of sunshine a day, regardless of season!

Whether you are posing for photos at the top of Cape Town's Table Mountain, soaking up the sun on Durban's beaches or toasting the African sunset on safari, the country's first world facilities and excellent infrastructure make South Africa surprisingly stress-free to travel around, despite its size.

For our honeymooners wishing to experience a range of experiences, holidays to South Africa present one of the few places able to offer a safari, a city break and a beach holiday in one trip. Fabulous settings, luxury accommodation and high class service complete the package.

Forget Disneyland and take your children on a South African family safari. Our specially designed children's programmes bring the magic of a safari to life. Days will be filled with fun-filled and educational game drives and activities like collecting bugs, pods and feathers and learning how to identify game and animal tracks.

The South Africa adventure is diverse, from safari exploits deep in the wilderness to climbing the snow-capped peaks of the Drakensberg mountain range. Watch whales breach the waves from golden beaches or plunge below the water to cage-dive with sharks.

South Africa never fails to exceed our expectations. Start your planning today and contact one of our South Africa holiday specialists.

  • Arrival airports: Cape Town & Johannesburg
  • Time difference: EST +6 hours
  • Travel time: approx. 19 hours from New York
  • Visas: None required for United States citizens

When to visit South Africa?

When to visit South Africa?
Month Rating
Jan Best 'Summer in Cape Town and Garden Route. Turtles hatching in KwaZulu Natal
Feb Best Summer in Cape Town and Garden Route
Mar Best End of the summer but still warm. Whale shark sightings in KwaZulu Natal coast
Apr Best Light rains. Lush greenery and clear skies
May Best Day temperatures from 77F/25c to 82F/27c
Jun Best Very little rain and great game viewing
Jul Best Very little rain and great game viewing
Aug Best Very little rain and great game viewing
Sep Best Very little rain and great game viewing
Oct Best More clear skies in Cape Town and good game viewing in Eastern Cape
Nov Best Warm, sunfilled days in Cape Town and Garden Route
Dec Best Warm, sunfilled Summer days in Cape Town and Garden Route
Best Good Mixed

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Family Holiday to South Africa

Greg Espey

Mahlatini arranged an incredible family holiday for us at the Oyster Box, Umhlanga. The team were efficient, ever attentive, communicative and a pleasure to deal with. By the time we arrived at the hotel, everything had been prearranged, to our liking, and we could just unwind and enjoy! We have booked our next holiday with them already.

08/06/2021 Read full trip review

Holiday to South Africa

Dean Clabrough

The overall experience was amazing! Everything was well-coordinated and went according to plan. Great game viewing, great accommodation and the transfers between lodges went according to plan. Was very impressed with the meet and greet team - on arrival they helped me sort out a local sim card which was handy. On the last day, they were very helpful in sorting out a few dramas trying to check…

30/05/2021 Read full trip review

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