South Africa: A land of snowcapped mountains and sunkissed beaches, where the wine flows and the lions roar. A holiday in South Africa, one of the most diverse destinations in the world, offers an eclectic range of landscapes, activities, culture and luxury resorts catering to all tastes. In short, you’ll be able to enjoy the whole spectrum of holiday experiences in one country. As the Republic of South Africa motto goes, ‘Unity in Diversity’; holidaymakers can witness this multiplicity through vibrant cultural heritage, divine cuisine, the cohabitation of various wildlife, and a comprehensive array of both affordable and luxury accommodation.
Luxury Holidays in South Africa
South Africa impresses travellers at every turn, and since its in-resort dining, accommodation and facilities all attain such exacting standards, the destination is regarded as a dream getaway for connoisseurs of luxury, too. At Kenwood Travel our 30-plus years in the industry has taught us what to look out for, and you can rest assured we have handpicked only the very best luxury hotels and resorts available.
5 Great Reasons to Holiday in South Africa
- Take a ride on the Table Mountain cable car in Cape Town and enjoy the view from South Africa’s iconic monolith.
- Enjoy the scenic drive on the Garden Route and encounter a land of fantastic forests, lakes, mountains and beaches.
- Go on a Safari and view wild animals up close.
- Don’t leave South Africa without visiting Cape Town, without a doubt one of the greatest cities in the world.
- Food and wine! You can have exceptional meals for great value, plus South African wines are renowned the world over.
Things to Do Whilst on Holiday in South Africa
Big game safaris, whale-watching, surfing, jungle trekking, wine tours, beach lounging, shopping, nightlife... Your to-do list in South Africa is liable to be brimming with options for a rounded and enriching holiday. One of its most intriguing points of interest however is the unique story of this region's political history. Follow the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, Hector Pieterson and many other revolutionaries by learning about the nation’s struggle for freedom. Take the KwaZulu-Natal Freedom Route and discover all the fascinating museums, statues and other landmarks that depict South Africa's challenging past, offering a multi-perspective view of the conditions endured by those affected by apartheid.
South Africa is part of the subtropical zone in the Southern Hemisphere but due to a higher latitude it experiences more diverse climatological changes than other countries in sub-Saharan areas. The western part of the country has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The eastern coast however experiences hot and humid summers with occasional thunderstorms and cool yet dry winters.
Interesting Facts About South Africa
- Population – 50,586,757
- Area – 471,443 sq miles
- Language – Eleven official languages: English, Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Ndebele, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Zulu, and Xhosa.
South Africa Holidays 2017
Book early and avoid missing out on your 2017 holiday to South Africa. This is a country whose popularity is on the rise as a top tourist destination so now is the prime time to visit. At Kenwood Travel, our experience in the travel industry ensures your holiday reaches the high standards you deserve.
Safaris in South Africa
A South African safari is the ultimate outdoor adventure which can be as diverse as the animals that you will spot in their natural habitat. So take your time and pick the tour that better suits your taste, budget and itinerary.
Safaris can be easily booked from whichever South African destination you chose for your holiday. However, if you want to be really close to the action, staying in a nature reserve is always an exciting option.
You might have heard that Kruger National Park is the most popular destination when it comes to Big Five game-viewing, and that's for a reason: it's an immense protected territory with every iconic creature on it, from lions to giraffes or elephants. Although it may get busy in some parts, you can always move to a quieter corner.
Once you have chosen the right park, you may want to start thinking about accommodation. Ulusaba Safari Lodge
, owned by none other than Sir Richard Branson, offers twice-a-day safaris across 13,500 hectares of savannah. Other tours featured at this majestic resort include trips to cascades and canyons by helicopter and visits to Blyde River Canyon.
Another great choice is the Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
, set on the stunning Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, in the south-west of Kruger National Park. For more luxury lodges in the area, just check our list of resorts in Kruger
and take your pick.
See beyond the "Big Five"
Of course it's great to encounter lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants and Cape buffaloes, but there is much more to your safari experience than these famous five. Be ready to see zebras, giraffes, impalas and warthogs, just to name a few.
What to bring
You might have the idea that a safari is always done in scorching temperatures: wrong. Winter safaris around Kruger may be quite cold so layers and gloves are a must. Binoculars are recommended and if you are expecting to take great pictures bring a potent telephoto lens with your photographic equipment.
When to go
A South African safari is a great experience all year round, and for different reasons. The leafless trees and shrubs of winter (remember, their winter is from June to September) make wildlife super-easy to spot. The lack of food and water is another reason for seeing animals out and about more often. Alternatively summer means that animals can be hidden in the dense foliage. However, this is the season when the lanscape turns into an impossible lush and exuberant one.