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AAfter a wash-out British summer and most travel restrictions finally being scrapped, there are more than a few reasons to book a late escape to a sunny destination this year.
The pound goes further in South Africa, thanks to a favourable exchange rate with the Rand. Treating yourself with a dinner for two in one of the charming restaurants on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town would cost you around £35, or enjoying a cold glass of Chenin Blanc overlooking Table Mountain would cost you as little as £2.99.
Discover 11 reasons to visit South Africa now:
Thrilling Scootours Cape Town
Scootours® offer a unique way to experience Cape Town’s Table Mountain and its breathtaking views in a fun and active way. During the 1.5 to 2 hour Scootours you will get the opportunity the freewheel down two different off road tracks. The first track runs down the side of Signal Hill all the way into Bo Kaap. After getting picked up by our vehicle in Bo Kaap.
Find unique ways of exploring the Cape WWinelands - besides merely tasting wine. An hour’s drive from Cape Town, world-class winelands await. Sip perky pinotage, sauvignon blanc and more on a tasting. Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl bustled with nature reserves on the outskirts neighbouring. Find out more about some of the old vines in the region with our local guide Andre Morgental.
Marvellous marine safaris
Encounter the majestic ‘Marine 5’ (whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins) along the South African coastline.The Western Cape offers some of the best locations for viewing the diverse marine life mainly due to the currents of the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean meeting. But, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal also offer fantastic opportunities too. Learn more with our Marine expert Alison Towner.
GGorgeous Garden Route road trip
Soak up the scenery along the 124-mile Garden Route, stretching from Mossel Bay to Storms River. While the scenery is enough to make you stop and stare, it’s the hidden gems that can be found on the sides of the roads that are the real allure of the Garden Route. Read more here
IImmersive guided bush walks
Activate all your senses on a peaceful guided bush walk, discovering South Africa’s vibrant, colourful fauna and flora. It’s one that engages all your senses from the very first moment, sparked to life when you first hear the distant roar of a lion, the laugh of a hyena in the night, or the song of thousands of cicada beetles at midday. Read more here
SSee the sights in Soweto
Get the inside scoop on Johannesburg’s lively Soweto township during a local tuk tuk or bycicle street tour. Visit Vilakazi Street – one of the most famous street in South Africa that was once the home to Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Learn more with Charles Ncube, the Jozi local guide here
DDrive the Panorama Route
Often visited en route to Kruger National Park, the beautiful Panorama Route in Mpumalanga Province is a destination in its own right. Major highlights include Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, Long Tom Pass and the exquisite outlook spot known as God’s Window. Learn more with the nature lover guide, David Quihampton here
EEnjoy the cosmopolitan Durban
The beautiful coastline and warm Indian Ocean, the amazing calibre of musicians, the offering of fusion food and world-class distilleries, and the weather - summer all year around. This city is the perfect base for travellers who want to explore South Africa. Learn more with the Urban Storyteller, Jonas Barausse here
HHike the Drakensberg Mountains
A haven for adventurous travellers. From the simple pleasure of walking one of many trails, to exploring the rugged mountain peaks the Zulus call uKhahlamba—“the barrier of spears”—the Drakensberg experience offers you adventure, nature, culture and angelic hymns. Learn more with James Seymour, the "Mountain Rambler" here
CCape Karoo stargazing
Spot the celestial ‘Big Five’ in Cape Karoo, famed for its wide open spaces, clear skies and natural beauty. The vast Karoo is perfect for stargazing. Go on a guided tour at night or simply just set your dinner table outside during the summer months for a star -studded night time show. Read more here
MMore flights to South Africa
From 8th November, flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg will increase from three times a week to a daily service. From 17 December, you'll be able to fly direct to Cape Town three times weekly. Explore our Travel deals page here