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7 Best Holiday Destinations In South Africa – The Perfect Guide

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South Africa is a beautiful country offering diverse attractions to its
tourists. The holiday destinations in South Africa are extremely different from
one another and offer contrasting landscapes. From golden beaches to deep
gorges, from majestic mountains to wild national parks, this place has plenty
in store for its visitors. It is really an impossible task to pick up the best
vacation spots in South Africa. But we have made your job easier, by
shortlisting 7 best holiday places in South Africa which you must definitely

  • Cape Town, Western Cape

Known for its cultural
diversity and spectacular infrastructure, Cape Town is the most popular city in
South Africa and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It offers
breathtaking scenery, great dining options, and fun outdoor activities to
people of all ages. Enjoy the stunning beaches, hike to the famous Table
Mountain, visit the Cape Winelands nearby or just relax at the Kirstenbosch
Botanical Gardens within the UNESCO World Heritage, it is completely your
choice. A day trip to the Cape Peninsula to visit the iconic Cape of Good Hope
is worth it. Cape Town is also famous for Robben Island where Nelson Mandela
was imprisoned for 18 years. This city is definitely one of the best vacation
places in South Africa.

  • Kruger National Park

Touted to be one of the best
places for safaris in the world, it is also the largest reserve in South
Africa. If you want to spot the Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and
buffaloes), this is the place to go. Packed with rich flora and fauna, this
national park is full of amazing creatures and African wildlife. You can choose
the exclusive private safari tour or the affordable group tour, depending on
your convenience. There are tented camps and lodges where you can plan an
overnight stay or a short stay. They also have family packages, honeymoon
packages, and unique safari adventures. The timings of the park are from 6 am
to 5:30 pm. The park is open throughout the year and each season has its own

  • Johannesburg

Also known as Jo’burg, it is
the second-largest city on the continent. It is called the ‘City of Gold’ for
its rich deposit of the precious metal. It is a bustling city full of fantastic
hotels, lovely cafes and vibrant nightlife. For a bit of history lesson, a
visit to the Apartheid Museum is highly recommended. This entertainment hub of
the country also known for its boutiques, shopping malls, casinos, and
monuments too. You can also plan a trip to Pilanesberg National Park.

  • Garden Route: The Garden Route is around a 200 km scenic stretch
    along the country’s southeast coast. The route runs from Mossel Bay in the
    Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. This popular route passes
    through verdant greenery, laid-back coastal towns, lakes, lagoons, and cliffs.
    It is filled with adventures such as whale watching, elephant rides, and bungee
    jumping. But the highlight of the route is the charming waterfront town Knysna.
    Well known for the Knysna Heads, two striking cliffs that protect the entrance
    to the Knysna lagoon.
  • Stellenbosch, Western Cape


One of the most picturesque
towns in South Africa, it is a paradise for wine lovers. The town is surrounded
by valleys full of vineyards and is home to innumerable wineries. Located
approximately 30 minutes from Cape Town, this is South Africa’s second-oldest
town. Packed with historic Cape Dutch dwellings, lovely B&Bs, charming
Victorian-styled guesthouses, and oak trees, this place will certainly take you
back in time. It is also a university town with a big student population and
has some incredible eateries, clubs, and bars.

  • Durban


Located on the eastern coast,
Durban is the second largest city in South Africa. Known for its subtropical
climate, golden beaches and Indian culture. The magnificent Ukhahlamba
Drakensberg Park, which is a World Heritage Site, is situated in Durban. Golden
Mile, the stunning waterfront promenade lures thousands of tourists every year
because of its various water-based activities and attractions. The promenade is
full of swanky hotels, posh restaurants, shops, and entertainment complexes.
Aquariums, waterparks and craft bazaars and nature reserves, this city has got
it all.

  • Hermanus

Located in Walker Bay, around
120 km southeast of Cape Town is the beautiful seaside town Hermanus. Every
year southern whales migrate to this region to mate and breed. Hence, it is
popularly known as the whale-watching capital of South Africa. And the best
part is that you can see the whales from the shore. You can enjoy the whale’s
frolics for free from any of the viewpoints along the Cliff Path or take the
whale watching boat tours that are available. The whale watching period is from
July to November but there are delightful places to shop end eat throughout the

Best Time to Visit South Africa

South Africa is a year-round destination due to its wildlife
opportunities and changing climate. The months of May to September are the best
if you want to visit the national parks and watch the wild animals as most of
them are concentrated around water sources. The months of July to November are
the finest for whale watching. Cape Town is best visited during the summer
months from November to March as the weather hot, dry and wonderful. But no
matter when you choose to travel, South Africa has many memorable attractions
and experiences to offer.

Tips for Travelers traveling to South Africa:

The following tips will be useful to you while traveling to South Africa.

  • Carry all your important documents such as passport, travel insurance, and medical insurance
  • Pre-book your hotel/accommodations
  • Carry your international debit and credit cards
  • Withdraw some Rand (South African currency) from ATMs
  • Apply South Africa visa from Dubai
  • Use metered taxis and Uber for the commute as they are very reasonable in South Africa
  • Be vigilant about your belongings as there are many cases of petty theft carried out in South Africa
  • Normal tipping in restaurants is 10%
  • Pack clothing according to the season you are visiting in
  • Take proper safety precaution
  • Keep a big budget for your safaris

South Africa has so many fabulous destinations
that it is really difficult to shortlist just a few places. These are the top 7
places that we could think of. It is a perfect travel destination for families,
couples, and friends. Depending on the kind of holiday you want to take, budget
and convenience, you can plan a longer trip and visit the other stunning places
this destination has to offer.

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