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South Africa is frequently and aptly described as a “world in one country” or the “Rainbow Nation”. It is a land of enormous diversity shaped by the historic hands of many races, creeds and nationalities.

Gifted with a temperate climate and flanked by two oceans, Mother Nature has been allowed a very free hand and she has seized the opportunity – sophisticated and cosmopolitan cities are a stones throw from bush wilderness, rugged deserts, unspoilt beaches, towering mountain ranges and an exceptional variety of animal, bird and plant life.

There are many areas of South Africa that are worthy of a visit, but do not be misguided into trying to see it all in one holiday. Whilst it is very easy to combine most areas it is worth taking your time as it is a country best explored at a leisurely pace. It has some amazing natural sights and a sophisticated tourist infrastructure which makes for an easy-going and unforgettable holiday of discovery. Self-drive holidays in South Africa are very popular, particularly in the provinces of Western and Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and they also drive on the same side as the road as the UK.

A safari in South Africa is often the highlight of an itinerary with the country offering a number of game reserves and parks, including the world-famous Kruger Park. They all offer superb standards of accommodation and wonderful game viewing experiences, with some being malaria-free, which is great for a family safari. We do recommend the private game reserves or lodges on private concessions to ensure you get the best possible experience.

Accommodation styles in South Africa vary from intimate and extremely comfortable guest houses through to world-class hotels and superb safari camps and lodges. The standards of accommodation are generally very high and prices range from ten’s to thousand’s to suit all budgets. South Africa is currently a very affordable destination as the Rand is very weak against the Pound, making the local cost of living very cheap. The standard of food, drink and service from the multitude of café’s, bars and restaurants is extremely high but you can expect to pay less than half the price of similar establishments in the UK.

Honeymoons to South Africa are increasing in popularity as there are so many romantic properties to stay at, wonderful places to see, plenty of things to do should you want, and very high quality standards of service and cuisine etc. Likewise family holidays to South Africa work extremely well with plenty of activities to keep children of all ages entertained.

As a destination South Africa will appeal to most travellers including: honeymooners and romantics; thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies; explorers and travellers; plus avid safari fans and first-time wildlife enthusiasts. Whether travelling as a solo traveller, with your family or as a group, simply contact Inspirational Travel and let us know of your interests and we would be delighted to tailor make the perfect South Africa holiday for you.

South Africa is also easily combined with other countries in Southern Africa such as Namibia, Botswana and Zambia and beach extensions to Mozambique or Mauritius are also very popular.

    • Flight Time:Approx. 11-12 hours


            • Time Difference: GMT +2 hours


                  • Language: 11 official languages although English is widely spoken


                        • Currency: South African Rand


                              • Area: 471,500 sq miles (about 5 times the size of the UK)


                                    • Total coastline: More than 1,500 miles


                                          • Population: Approx. 50 million



                                                  • Executive: Pretoria
                                                  • Judicial: Bloemfontein
                                                  • Legislative: Cape town

                    South Africa can basically be split into two different climatic zones: in the South (Cape Town, Winelands and Garden Route etc) they enjoy 4 distinct seasons that are opposite to the UK. Summer is December to February and is the best time to visit this region with temperatures being in the 30’s and beautiful clear skies. Autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November) are also excellent times to visit with temperatures still being pleasant but you could experience a few wet and windy days. In the North, East and West of the country the climate is more tropical with just two seasons – summer and winter. Rainfall then occurs in the summer months of November to February but the winter is an excellent time to visit as you will experience warm, dry days and the best prices!

                    BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
                    In the South (Cape Town, Winelands and Garden Route etc) the Summer months of December to February are the best time to visit these areas, although Autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November) are also good times to visit. In the North, East and West of the country then the period between March to October is the best time for a safari as it is dry, the climate is pleasant without being too hot and the grass etc is short making for better visuals. The whale season in Hermanus and surrounding areas is May to October, the flower season in Namaqualand is August / September but can vary due to the rains, and the turtle season in KwaZulu-Natal is October to March.

                    Health & Vaccinations

                    We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. In addition a course of malaria prophylaxis is required if visiting a malaria area. A valid Yellow Fever certificate will be required for entering South Africa (even in transit) AFTER entering Zambia. Applies to clients over 1 year old. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

                    Passport & Visa

                    British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey back from South Africa. In addition you will need to have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. Parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. British passport holders do not need a visa to enter into South Africa.

                    WHERE TO STAY BY REGION

                    CAPE TOWN

                    Cape Town is a world class city that literally has something for everyone and features an iconic mountain, a superb coastline, wonderful beaches, a plethora of restaurants and bars and excellent accommodation options.
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                    The Cape Winelands are a short distance from Cape Town and offer world-class wine estates, a collection of excellent cafes and restaurants and superb boutique hotels in a serene and picturesque setting.
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                    WESTERN CAPE

                    The Western Cape is a region with an amazing mix of flora, fauna, stunning scenery and scenic beauty where you can enjoy a safari viewing awesome wildlife, relax on a beautiful beach, dive with sharks or enjoy great food and wine.
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                    THE GARDEN ROUTE

                    The Garden Route is the coastal route between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth and is an area full of lakes, ancient forests, stunning beaches and excitement and adventure.
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                    EASTERN CAPE

                    The Eastern Cape offers superb safaris at numerous "malaria-free" wildlife reserves, miles of unspoilt coastline and stunning beaches and fascinating historical cities and towns.
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                    NORTHERN CAPE

                    The Northern Cape is a region dominated by vast fragile deserts with huge dunes, wonderful wildlife and fascinating people. Harsh but compelling and beautiful in it owns unique way.
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                    A stunning province that offers the most diversity of any in South Africa. Explore lush subtropical forests, the highest coastal dunes on the planet, miles of stunning beaches, towering mountains, battlefields, and enjoy fascinating cultural experiences and amazing wildlife.
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                    LIMPOPO AND MPUMALANGA

                    These two provinces offers an enormous amount of diversity with verdant forests, towering mountains, spectacular scenery, fascinating towns and villages and are the gateway to the "safari kingdom" of South Africa.
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                    GREATER KRUGER AREA

                    This area probably offers the greatest diversity of wildlife and birdlife in Africa and provides visitors with an exceptional safari experience in the capable hands of experienced game rangers and trackers whilst staying at luxurious lodges.
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                    MADIKWE AND NORTH-WEST

                    The North-West province offers excellent "malaria-free" safari lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve with superb game viewing options, plus the playground of Sun City with its plethora of activities and entertainment including world class golf courses, a man-made beach and family entertainment a plenty.
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                    Home to Johannesburg and Pretoria, the two heavyweights in the South African commercial and political scene and the beating heart of the country. Enjoy fascinating museums, raucous street markets, world class shopping centres, lively clubs and pubs, and stylish restaurants.
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                    South Africa offers two superb trains for the discerning traveller - Rovos Rail or The Blue Train - both offering world-class levels of accommodation, service and cuisine. A wonderful experience that would complement any itinerary of the country.
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                    SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

                    THE ROYAL SOUTH AFRICAN

                    A magnificent exploration of the best South Africa has to offer from a stay at one of the finest game lodges in the world and its sister in the heart of the winelands, staying in the vast vistas of the Cape hinterland, finishing with a stay in the beautiful city of Cape Town.
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                    CAPE TOWN, SAFARI & MAURITIUS

                    This multi-centre holiday is as dramatic as it is luxurious. Stay 3 nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, enjoy an awesome 3 night safari experience in the Malaria-Free Welgevonden Game Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg and then finish with 7 nights on the idyllic island of Mauritius.
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                    This itinerary offers a smorgasbord of Southern Africa's most seductive delights. Spend time in the colourful & cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, enjoy a scintillating safari at a top game reserve in the Kruger and finish at an exclusive island retreat in Mozambique.
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                    CAPE & KALAHARI

                    During this amazing safari trip to South Africa, spotting some amazing game within the reserves that you will be visiting. Also explore some of the amazing culture in the areas whilst staying the heart of Cape Town.
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                    Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to South Africa. Call us on 01778 382764.