A WORLD IN ONE COUNTRY WORTHY OF DISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION
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.
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.