South Africa

Beautiful, varied and exciting, South Africa rightly deserves its description as ‘a world in one country’. South Africa is literally brimming with exceptional wonders for the discerning traveller to experience; from among the world’s best wines and fine dining to exceptional wildlife and landscapes.

For all its natural beauty, South Africa easily competes with the world’s most chic cities. Cape Town is a truly cosmopolitan city of culture and contrasts, while just two hours drive away you can be whale watching or enjoying several malaria-free game reserves along the famous Garden Route.

Flight Time

London to South Africa: 11 hours

Time Difference

GMT +1

Capital

Cape Town / Pretoria

Language

Afrikaans and English

Weather

Renowned for its long sunny days, most of South Africa does experience some rainfall during the summer months of December through February, when average temperatures reach 23ºC. The exception is the Western Cape, which has winter rainfall. High-lying areas of the interior can be chilly during the winter months of June through to August, with July being the wettest month with an average of 10cm of rain.

Currency

South African Rand

Visas for British Citizens

Ensure your passport is valid for at least 30 days from the date of departure from South Africa and includes at least two blank pages for immigration stamps.

Top Tips

Kruger National Park – home to the Big Five and a great selection of safari lodges.

Explore the buzzing V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and take the cable car up Iconic Table Mountain.

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