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Welcome to South Africa - one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse countries in the world, not to mention friendly too. We’re a proud country, with a rich heritage; and home to one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders - Table Mountain. But that’s not all we have... read more

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Puschka Farm

Guest Farms in Magaliesburg

Enjoy an affordable country escape on an organic farm in the beautiful Naauwpoort Valley. The farm has 3 well presen...

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Bloemstantia Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Bloemfontein

A charming Cape Dutch style house, set in lovely garden with shaded seating area around a sparkling pool and fountain...

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Oluchi Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Game Lodges in Nelspruit

Oluchi caters for all, be it singles, corporate, holiday makers or families. Your visit will leave you refreshed, rel...

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Karoo View Cottages Prince Albert

Bed and Breakfast, Cottages, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Prince Albert

We would like to welcome you to our child, wheelchair & pet friendly luxurious self-catering accommodation married wi...

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Roundhouse Guesthouse

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Gansbaai

***Book direct with us and receive a discount on your Shark Cage Diving*** The house has unique features such as our ...

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Nambiti Plains Private Game Lodge

Game Lodges in Ladysmith

Nambiti Plains is an exclusive, intimate 5* Lodge in the heart of the malaria free Nambiti Game Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Nat...

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Lovemore Lodges Knysna

Self Catering in Leisure Isle, Knysna

GREENHOLE COTTAGE is a three bedroom cottage and sleeps 8 people. One bedroom is en-suite and the other two share a ...

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Constantia Cottages

Apartments, Cottages, Self Catering, Villas in Constantia, Cape Town

Constantia Cottages are located in the heart of the Cape's most famous and beautiful area, amongst the leafy vines of...

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R1306.0

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Groeneweide

Cottages, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Franskraal , Gansbaai

Treat your loved ones to a peaceful weekend or vacation in nature by booking one of our beautiful and comfortable sel...

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Paternoster Hotel

Hotels in Paternoster

The Hotel has 10 en-suite rooms with double and single bed, selected DSTV channels and coffee/tea tray. The atmosphe...

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Afrique Boutique Hotel O.R Tambo

Bed and Breakfast, Boutique Hotels, Guest Houses, Hotels in O.R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg (Joburg)

Features a rustic, art inspired character with the perfect location. Conveniently located only 8 kms from South Afric...

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Casa Mia Guest House

Guest Houses in Table View, Cape Town

A Tuscan styled guesthouse located on the banks of the Rietvlei Nature Reserve with 2 Standard, 3 Executive and 1 Pre...

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AM Lodge & AM Villa

Game Lodges, Villas in Hoedspruit

AM Lodge is an exclusive, award winning, five-star lodge that is situated in the Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa. W...

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Boskloofswemgat

Self Catering in Clanwilliam

The farm offers three self-catering, thatch-roofed cottages, 1 corrugated iron-roofed and 4 quaint prefab cottages, a...

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Blouberg Easy Living Guest home

Holiday Homes, Self Catering, Villas in Bloubergstrand, Cape Town

Blouberg lies on the west coast of Table Bay and is a relaxed 30-minute drive from the Cape Town city centre. Blouber...

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Bergsicht Country Cottages

Cottages, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Tulbagh

Bergsicht Farm & Town Cottages offer comfortable self-catering accommodation in a lovely farm setting, with the optio...

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Big Sky Cottages

Cottages in Wolseley

Our farm is 67ha in size and the cottages are situated high on the slopes of the Mostertshoek Mountain overlooking th...

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Vindoux Guest Farm & Day Spa

Cottages, Guest Farms, Self Catering in Tulbagh

The farm boasts four tree house suites, bed and breakfast, a self-catering Tree Lodge sleeping up to 8 persons and ru...

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Draaihoek Lodge & Restaurant

Bed and Breakfast, Game Lodges, Guest Houses in Elands Bay

4 Star Thatched accommodation with fully licenced a-la carte restaurant, heated pool and boardwalk to 5km private bea...

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Ezemvelo Nature Reserve

Camps, Chalets, Game Lodges, Self Catering in Bronkhorstspruit

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve is the hidden beauty of Gauteng. Located a mere hour’s drive from OR Tambo International airp...

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R473.0

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Eagles Nest

Chalets, Self Catering in Wilderness

The resort offers calm and tranquil surroundings with captivating and panoramic views of Swartvlei, Rondevlei and Lan...

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R785.0

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Thali Thali Game Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Camps, Chalets, Game Lodges, Self Catering in Langebaan

Thali Thali Game Reserve and lodge can accommodate up to 29 people and offers an ideal laid-back West Coast style atm...

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R1048.0

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Klein Welmoed Luxury Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Farms, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Raithby, Stellenbosch

See Winter Special Rates when booking online!

The Estate is close to Cape Town International Airport (30 km), Stell...

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R1600.0

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Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge

Chalets, Game Lodges in Ladysmith

Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge is situated in the Big 5, Malaria free,
Nambiti Private Game Reserve near Ladysmit...

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Crayfish Catcher Cottage

Cottages, Self Catering in Paternoster

Crayfish Catcher is a neat, clean and comfortable 6 sleeper cottage situated 20 meters from the main beach of Paterno...

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Island Way Villa

Apartments, Guest Houses, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Parsons Hill, Port Elizabeth

Island Way Villa provides luxury accommodation with spectacular views, friendly staff, and is a mere ten minute drive...

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Botterkloof Resort

Resorts in Still Bay (Stilbaai)

We have 17 self catering cottages from 2 - 5 bedrooms and 2 Bed and Breakfast units.

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R640.0

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Beau and I

Bed and Breakfast in Graaff Reinet

As the name of our establishment depicts, this is a team effort by Beau and Imelda to give top class service to our g...

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Old Mac Daddy Luxury Trailer Park

Bed and Breakfast, Caravan Parks in Grabouw

The Airstream Trailer Park idea was originally inspired by a natural rural setting so when The Daddy Long Legs Group ...

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Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Game Lodges, Self Catering in Hoedspruit

Pezulu Tree House Lodge is a small exclusive treehouse game lodge on Guernsey Private Nature Reserve, Limpopo, South ...

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South Africa Reviews

More info about South Africa

Welcome to South Africa - one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse countries in the world, not to mention friendly too. We’re a proud country, with a rich heritage; and home to one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders - Table Mountain. But that’s not all we have to offer. Each province is unique, and visitors can expect to find something different in each one; from our blue flag beaches, mountainous regions, dry savannahs, and national parks - you’ll find a place that speaks to you.

 

Things to do

South Africa is known for many things, but it’s mountain ranges are one of the most spectacular. For those of you heading to Cape Town a trip up Table Mountain is a must. If you’re a hiker, it would be worth your while to go up it’s many paths and come down via Cable Car. For those less inclined to climb, the cable car goes both up and down, giving you spectacular 360 degree views of the Mother City. And Table Mountain is merely the start; the majestic Drakensberg and Magaliesberg mountain ranges are something to behold.

While our gorgeous scenery will enrapture you, our wildlife will enthrall you. Voted the world’s number one safari destination, South Africa is the place for awesome wildlife sightings. The Kruger National Park is by far the most popular destination, and promises frequent Big 5 sightings. For those wanting to avoid large crowds, the private game reserves which surround the Kruger are ideal. To truly escape into the wilderness, and away from people, then Sawbona in the Western Cape or Hluhluwe in KZN should be on your list. Both are award winning safari destinations, that offer Big 5 sighting, spectacular natural wonders, and close encounters with  South Africa’s wildlife.

If you’re more of water-baby than a land-lover then South Africa’s multitude of coastal towns should keep you happy and busy. The sub-tropical climate of the east-coast and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean makes Durban, Margate, Ballito, and Jeffreys Bay, to mention just a few, ideal places to stay if you’re in search of an island-feel to your holiday. Surfing and bodyboarding are by far the most popular activities along the coast, and for those with experience, you’ll get to enjoy the thrill of surfing two of the best surf spots in the world with two international surf competitions held in Durban and  Jeffreys Bay respectively. For those just starting out, there are plenty of places to take fun-filled lessons. Other popular activities include swimming, snorkelling and swimming - regardless of the time of year. For those intune with waterlife Hermanus is a must visit is the month of September, where the Southern Right Whales come to birth.

While the water is colder along the west-coast, the untouched beaches, wild natural surrounds and high-thrill adventure activities make it a truly unique african adventure. The coastal towns of Paternoster, Elands Bay, Langebaan, and Arniston are among favourites of the locals and offer activities such as surfing, kitesurfing, diving, and even shark cage diving!


 

Where to eat

Each province in South Africa offers truly unique local fare, which reflects both the culture of the people and the place, as well as South Africa as a whole.

If you’re visiting the Mother City (Cape Town) the Mzolis is the place to go! Here you’ll tuck into traditional braai meat, pap and local beer, while enjoying a vibey party atmosphere with the locals.

Get stuck into traditional Cape Malay dishes at Joburg’s District Six Eatery. The historically named restaurant offers a selection of dishes that will open your eyes to a whole new culture, while tantalizing your taste buds.

Dining in Bloem you’ll find a blend of BaSotho and traditional Afrikaans food blending together to bring you a truly unique gastronomic blend of the Free State. De Oude Kraal Country Estate, serves up hearty traditional dishes, that have been refined to set even the most delicate taste buds a-watering.

The Jock Pub and Grill is the place to go if you want a true local experience. Named after beloved South African legend, Jock of the bushveld, the restaurant serves food that has itself become legendary in the Mpumalanga city.

For a respite from the Northern Cape heat, slide into a stylish table at the Lemon Tree in Kimberley. The cool, relaxing ambiance, modern interior, and good old fashioned fare make the restaurant a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.

Tuck into truly South African seafood dishes, all fresh from the day’s catch at Barnacles restaurant in Port Elizabeth. Fresh Kingklip, Hake, oysters and mussels are all on the menu, along with a fine selection of shellfish. And the best part, other than the food of course, the stunning ocean views.

Get hot and bothered with delightfully (and sometimes painfully) spicy food in Durban. The city which has the largest Indian population outside of India, is famed for it curry dishes and restaurants. For truly tantalizingly hot plate pop into local favourite House of Curries.

If you’re keen for lunch with the lions, then make Pilanesberg Centre, in the North-West’s Pilanesberg National Park. Situated in the very middle of the park, this historic building provides gorgeous views of the surrounds, enjoys visits from the locals, oh, and serves the best boerie roll in the country!

Craft beer tasting, delish freshly-made dishes and a friendly vibe make Dewside Restaurant and Brewery one of the most well known, and highly recommended spots to go for lunch or dinner in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo. All their craft beers are locally made, and capture the very flavour of South Africa, while their menu offers a variety of South African favourites to tuck into.

 

Where to stay

South Africa is a melting pot of cultures, lifestyles and habitats. Our four most popular cities offer their own experience as well as act as gateways to the rest of the magic this country has to offer.

Those in search of the hip city-life vibe, should definitely add Cape Town and Joburg to their places to go and see. Each city offers it’s own urban culture, history and experiences. Cape Town, with it’s stunning mountain ranges and famed beaches, offers a relaxed and artistic take on life. Join the hipsters in one of the many artisan coffee shops and art fairs, or chill at the seaside restaurants and cocktail bars of Camps Bay and Green Point with the socialites. The surfers and skaters are super friendly and welcome visitors to their local spots and hangouts; and everyone comes together at the many Saturday and Sunday Markets taking place in Gardens, Grand Parade, Woodstock, Muizenberg, Hout Bay and Milnerton.

Joburg, the City of Gold, is often called the New York of the Southern Hemisphere. Sophisticated, fast-paced and super-trendy, it offers visitors a multitude of upmarket experiences - the South African way. Disappear into Sandton and spend your days browsing high-fashion stores and fine art galleries, while a trip to Melrose will see you relaxing in leafy courtyards enjoying brunch or visiting the Saturday NeighbourGoods Market. Rosebank is the place to stay in the city, and is central to all the major destinations in the city centre. Of course Joburg is on the outskirts of the Kruger National Park, making it a favoured gateway to South Africa’s most famous Wildlife Sanctuary.

Durban and Port Elizabeth are the two major South African cities you can visit to just get away from it all. Durban offers a totally laid-back way of life, with city life tending to flow like the ocean’s tides. Find solace in the waves, or just on the beachfront of one the cities six blue flag beaches. If you’re not keen to head into the sea, check out the wavehouse, where you can ride simulated waves, sans sealife and wetsuits. A drive along the coast will not only allow you to take in the sub-tropical scenery of the city, but also stop at on of it’s many weekend markets. You'll find anything from authentic Indian curries, to locally made surfwear and trinkets.

Quiet, relaxed, friendly, and gorgeous; these are the words used to describe one South Africa’s smaller cities. Port Elizabeth, or PE as it is called by the locals, is the place to go if you want to feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, but with all the comforts and safeties a city provides. This is the place to go for lazy days on the beach, hikes and horse riding; or anything to do with being out in nature. For those wanting just a little more, there are the a variety of markets to pop into on the weekends, as well as the Aquarium and Dolphin arena, and the games, restaurants and activities offered at the Boardwalk.

South Africa offers a wide variety of accommodation types; which suit every need and budget you can imagine. Click here to browse through and find what you’re looking for!

 

Transport

Air: South Africa has three major international airports; O.R Thambo in Johannesburg; King Shaka in Durban, and Cape Town International Airport. All three of these are gateways into the country for International visitors. If you prefer to fly from destination to destination, not to worry, there are airports in and around the country's most popular locations and cities, in which both charter and local airlines use.

Car Rental: For the most part it is best to rent a car when visiting the country, as the local transport is known to be unreliable. It is easy enough to book car rental online or, if you decide you need it after arriving, in any of the major cities or towns.

Trains/buses/taxis: Most bus services in and around the country or relatively cheap and easy to use, although outside of the major cities they are quite infrequent. That said, the Myciti Bus in Cape Town, is highly recommended if you need an easy and affordable way to get around town and to and from the airport.  Mini-bus taxis are often unreliable and adhere to their own schedules. They can also be rather unsafe, and are best to avoid. Taxi cabs or Rikkis are great for short trips, but like most countries, they become quite pricey if you are travelling more than a few kms. Most trains in country are reliable during the week, but often don’t stick to schedule over the weekends. However, the Gau-train that runs through Joburg and Pretoria, is safe, reliable and an inexpensive way to travel through these major cities.


 

Did you know?

South Africa has many names and is often called the Rainbow Nation, RSA, SA, and Suid-Afrika. It’s official name is the Republic of South Africa.

There are eleven official languages in South Africa.

The country has only been a democracy for 21 years. Before 1994 South Africa was a minority ruled Apartheid (meaning separate) state.

South Africa is home to three Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, two of which lived on the same street - a world first. Former Presidents Nelson Mandela and F.W De Klerk were jointly awarded the 1993 Peace Prize, but it is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was awarded the prize in 1984, who shares the same street address as Nelson Mandela.

The Cradle of Life, where it is scientifically believed that human life began, is in the country’s Mpumalanga province.

South Africa is home to the Big Five.

In 1967 Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

The country is comprised of nine province, namely: Gauteng; Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal,; Eastern Cape; Mpumalanga; Limpopo; Free State; Northern Cape; and North-West.

South Africa landlocks two countries - Swaziland, and Lesotho.

The country is home to some of the  world’s most diverse, indigenous plant and animal life, making South Africa sixth in the world’s declared 18 Megadiverse destinations.