South Africa Travel Guide
Plan your dream holiday to the rainbow nation of South Africa with the help of our handy travel guide resources. Discover the best time to visit and top attractions you should visit, and find out what visas you'll need to get there. You can find out all about currency, vaccinations, internet access and more in our Top Travel Tips and if you still need help deciding whether to pick an overland camping or lodge-accommodated safari then we have detailed guides to both. For the ultimate safari adventure, use our comprehensive guide to Africa's Big 5 and where to find them or refer to our quick guide to Africa's wildlife and when best to find them.
Time your holiday with the seasons and discover what they mean for wildlife spotting
What to expect of an overland camping safari with details on tents, trucks and more
What to expect of lodge-accommodated safaris with details on vehicles and guides
Our guide to the best places to see the Big 5 of lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo & leopard
- Long Walk to Freedom
by Nelson Mandela
- Tomorrow is Another Country
by Allister Sparks
by JM Coetzee
Facts about South Africa
- Table Mountain has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.
- South Africa is home to the second highest waterfall in the world, Tugela Falls where the water tumbles down 2,789 feet.
- The oldest remains of modern humans, over 100,000 years old, were found in Klasies River Cave in the Eastern Cape.
South Africa Travel Advice for UK Travellers
We closely monitor the latest travel advice on South Africa and follow the guidance provided by the British Foreign Office. The safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the Foreign Office when planning your trip.
Flying to South Africa from the UK:
South Africa is a comfortable 11 hour direct flight from the UK. Our tours will either start and end in Cape Town or Johannesburg so which airport you will need to fly in and out of will depend on your chosen tour. From London you can fly direct to Johannesburg with Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways and British Airways. If you don't mind a short transit stop then Air France via Paris, Turkish Airlines via Istanbul and Qatar via Doha are all good options. From Manchester to Johannesburg Air France, KLM and British Airways are the faster flight options with a short transit stop. To Cape Town the average flight time is around 15 hours with one transit stop. We have a full ATOL licence (ATOL 6109) and would be glad to assist with your flight booking to South Africa.