Colours of the Rainbow Nation
A South Africa holiday isn’t easy to plan. How do you pack for such a diverse and multi-layered country into one trip? With Tourlane you can create your own bespoke, unique holiday from the comfort of your own home and we’ll take care of all the planning for you. So, no matter if you’re here for an authentic South African safari, coastal treks, or visiting vineyards there's something for everyone. Discover an ecosystem of rolling hills, short-grass savannahs, coastal bays and tropical forest—all of it is ready to be explored in the Rainbow Nation. Let our Travel Experts do all the research, all you have to do is get up and go.
The creviced mountainous town of Stellenbosch has more than 350 years of winemaking and 500 plus miles of vineyards. Relax and enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from the Cape Winelands in a picturesque setting. Take an iconic South Africa safari tour along the short grass plains and spot one of the “Big Five” in South Africa’s oldest and most revered Kruger National Park. Cruise along the coast as you drive the Garden Route with the windows down from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, a startling city with flattop mountain and sloping land that leads to False Bay. South Africa is a country where history, culture, and the wild combine in natural wonder.
The town of Stellenbosch impresses with its Cape Dutch style buildings and bountiful wineries that have been producing at a world-class level for 300 years. Surrounded by mountains in the Jonkershoek River Valley, a hike up can open your eyes to the natural beauty that surrounds you. Cool off under a waterfall after a day of outdoor tastings and adventures.
On a South Africa holiday, it’s difficult not to fall in love with the Garden Route, a 150-mile stretch of road that’s packed with beaches and easily within reach of vineyards. The sandstone cliffs of Knysna Heads, a lagoon, and forest are just some of the stunning nature you can experience on this enthralling drive. Among the scenery, you’ll find diverse wildlife in Garden Route National Park, home to 85 species of mammals.
The forests of Tsitsikamma National Park meet the Indian Ocean, a place where waves crash against cliff faces in dramatic fashion. Whale watch from land after a day spent kayaking between the rocks. If you’re looking for an even bigger thrill, a bungee jump from a suspension bridge should do the trick. Hike Otter Trail and learn of local flora as you look out and wave at dolphins and porpoises as they swim by. No South Africa tour is complete without a visit to this one-of-a-kind sight.
Ever dream of seeing a pride of lions sprawled across a road kicking up dirt with their tales, or the sight of rhinos locking horns? In the oldest and largest national park in the country discover luxury South African safari living with decking, gourmet food, and a night dining under the stars.
One of the world’s largest canyons, Blyde River Canyon is in the northeast of South Africa and averages 750 metres of depth. The canyon stretches 16 miles in length with subtropical foliage, steep cliffs, and a 200-metre waterfall making for a challenging but also enchanting hiking spot. Rise to the top of Three Rondavels—a viewing point that spoils with views of the Panorama Route.
The months of November through March are a popular travel period. The coast tends to be hotter than the interior, with locations such as the mountainous Drakensberg being cooler. Winter occurs between June and September and is dry and sunny. With the drier weather comes better wildlife viewing opportunities as animals feed from watering holes. Cape Town is a gorgeous coastal city where the best of all seasons can come and go in a single day. Depending on what you want to do on your South Africa holiday, your Tourlane Travel Expert can recommend the best time of year for your activities.
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