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South Africa

Vast natural wildlife sanctuaries, sweeping views of the ocean and a sunny, temperate climate make this African country a true treasure.  

South Africa promises a wonderful combination of rich culture, scenic landscapes and thrilling adventure treks. Spread out in the sunshine on one of South Africa’s beaches, follow a herd of animals grazing on the plains or wander through the villages to speak to the diverse people who call South Africa home. 

Visit the legislative capital, Cape Town, to discover picturesque wine farms, bustling street markets and delicious seafood restaurants. During the day, relax at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and enjoy views from above on a treetop walkway. As the sun sets, experience Cape Town’s nightlife by enjoying a cocktail on an outdoor terrace on Victoria Road.

One of the most famous natural wonders in South Africa is the Cape of Good Hope, a rocky coastal headland within Table Mountain National Park. Walk along the Cape of Good Hope Trail for pristine beaches and peaceful birdwatching.

South Africa’s nature reserves, including more than 20 national parks, provide a variety of terrain for the local wildlife, such as the “Big Five.” The Big Five refers to the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot: elephant, lion, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo.

Take a guided tour through Kruger National Park to see sleeping lions, or watch cheetahs dart across the dunes at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Book a trained guide to take you around the Addo Elephant National Park, or discover marine wildlife by swimming with the sharks in Sodwana Bay.

Winter in South Africa lasts from June to August. This is the best season for wildlife watching and the country’s least crowded season. The busy season is from November to March, when many tourists come for warm temperatures and sunny days. 

Three international airports are located near the major cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. After arrival, the most scenic way to travel around South Africa is by driving. Rent a car from the airport and enjoy miles of picturesque landscapes as you drive along the well-maintained roads.

Visit enchanting South Africa to appreciate the beauty of nature and explore culture and nightlife in the lively main cities.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in South Africa?

A: Why waste time waiting on buses when you could be on the road in your very own rental car? Whether you're heading to Cape Town, Durban or another major city, a car is the best way to soak up the sights. If you're heading out into the region of Drakenstein or somewhere else on a long road trip, it makes even more sense. For Cheap Car Hire in South Africa, look no further than Expedia.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to South Africa?

A: Most overseas travelers to South Africa start their adventures at one of these popular international airports:

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to South Africa?

A: The most sought-after accommodations in South Africa are guest houses. There are also plenty of apartments, hotels and bed & breakfasts.

Q: What does a vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: It's entirely your choice. Bundle flights, cars and hotels, or simply select one option. You can also add some top experiences and activities to your itinerary. Whatever it is you're looking for, we can help you plan a vacation that's perfect for you.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to South Africa?

A: Did you know that Expedia offers discounts just for bundling your Flights, Hotels, Activities and more? Start crafting your ideal vacation and find out just how much you'll save by booking a package. Watch out South Africa, here you come!

Q: What are the best things to do in South Africa?

A: Getting to Robben Island should at the top of your priorities if you're only in Cape Town for a short period.

Sahara Stadium Kingsmead is well worth seeing if Durban is one of the places you're visiting. It's a favorite with locals and travelers alike.

You can't take a break in Johannesburg and not see South African Museum of Military History. It'd be skipping a key ingredient in a great vacation recipe.



*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.


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City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport $117
Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020
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City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

Above Multi-Storey Parkade 2, Level 5, OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park, Gauteng
     
    4.3 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Easy to get to from Airport,friendly staff,food excellent and rooms vey spacious and clean

    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport $97
    Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020
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    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

    Jones Road, Kempton Park, Gauteng
       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Excellent chefs, great dining experience. Bathroom in bedroom in need of updating, but certainly acceptable

      The Oyster Box $353
      Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020
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      The Oyster Box

      The Oyster Box

      2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal
         
        4.8 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The food is incredible however breakfast service was slow even with lots of staff

        The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa $378
        Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020
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        The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

        The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

        Victoria Road Camps Bay, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          4.6 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          lovely spot over looking the sea. staff really made our stay . nothing was too much trouble and they made a lovely fuss of my husband for his birthday . fantastic sushi chef in restaurant and best breakfast of our trip no beach or easy coastal walk but try the hillside paths with great view .

          The Table Bay Hotel $315
          Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020
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          The Table Bay Hotel

          The Table Bay Hotel

          Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            4.6 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Stunning property. Amazing location. Lovely breakfast. Vibrant and relaxed city with an amazing waterfront

            Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport $43
            Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020
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            Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport

            Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport

            Adjoining BP Service & Filling Station, at Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              3.7 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Convenient location close to the airport. Good value for money.

              The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort $318
              Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020
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              The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort

              The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort

              Sun City Resort, Sun City, North West
                 
                4.3 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Pool area was lovely. Breakfast there were lots of different food but some of it was cold.

                Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg $232
                Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020
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                Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg

                Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg

                67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Randburg, Gauteng
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The services and amenities are excellent. It site on a beautiful hill site of Johannesburg, next to the Zoo. The location is not very convenient, 30 to 40 minutes ride to the airport. There is no public transportation.

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