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South Africa - The Most Popular Tourist Spot in Africa 

Reading through South Africa’s highlights is like reading the headliners for the whole of Africa. South Africa sits on the southernmost tip of Africa and boasts some of the continent’s biggest attractions, so much so that a quarter of all visitors to Africa head to this diverse country. From the Kalahari Desert to the iconic Kruger National Park, the dynamic city of Johannesburg, and the beautiful beaches of the South Africa Garden Route, South Africa offers its visitors the ultimate African experience. Brightsun Travel has a range of holidays to South Africa including beach escapes, a South Africa safari, and city breaks.  

Starting in the vibrant capital of Cape Town, you can stroll along sea front promenades, drive breath-taking coastal roads and take in some seriously eye catching urban landscapes. From Cape Town you can easily explore South Africa’s coasts, mountains, and tropical forests. What better place to start than Kruger National Park, home to the Lebombo Mountains and a diversity and volume of animals unparalleled in the rest of Africa. Kruger National Park offers a wealth of easy guided tours and plenty of accommodation options, even for the budget conscious traveller.  

Brightsun Travel offers many cheap holidays to South Africa and great value safaris. Or perhaps you'd like to take a tour of the country’s incredible coastal and mountainous landscapes. The Garden Route South Africa boasts some of the best beaches in the country and a coastline backed by ancient forests, a combination that makes this region one of South Africa’s most beautiful. Then there's the incredible Drakensberg range of table top peaks, or ‘Dragon Mountains’, offering one of the most breath-taking landscapes in the world – a sight not to be missed. Whatever it is you hope for from a holiday to Africa, South Africa can most likely provide. 

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Cape Heritage Hotel

Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Bed and Breakfast 5 Nights
From £1099 per person View Offer



The Cape Milner

2 Milner Rd, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Room Only 7 Nights
From £1179 per person View Offer

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

1 Alma Rd, Wendywood, Sandton, 2052, South Africa

Bed and Breakfast 7 Nights
From £1779 per person View Offer

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa

Bed and Breakfast 7 Nights
From £1959 per person View Offer

Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst ,Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

Bed and Breakfast 7 Nights
From £2719 per person View Offer

Top Destinations In South Africa


Cape Town

Talked up by many as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and located in one of the most visited countries in all of Africa, Cape Town offers stunning mountain scenery, UNESCO World Heritage sites, incredible hikes along the Cape of Good Hope, as well as picturesque neighbourhoods with cobbled streets and colourful architecture. And let’s not forget the vineyards surrounding the city, which are some of the oldest, and best, outside Europe. Book holidays to Cape Town with Brightsun Travel, so that you can explore everything that this amazing city has to offer on your next holiday to Africa. Cape Town sits beneath the majestic Table Mountain, and you can hike, or take a cable car up to the top of the mountain from the heart of the city, and enjoy incredible views of Cape Town and its surrounding natural landscapes. Down below, you will want to explore the famous neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap, one of the most photographed neighbourhoods in all of Cape Town, where you will find a historic and colourful area of the city backed by the beautiful Signal Hill Mountain.

The city has a range of other central attractions to explore, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Robben Island (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you can take canopy walkways to spot a range of plant species. Finally, in the District Six Museum you can learn about South Africa's apartheid history. Or, venture just outside the city, to the Cape of Good Hope in the Table Mountain National Park, and you could experience one of the Seven Wonders of Nature from magnificent circular walkways. And last but by no means the least, you could head to Cape Point Vineyards, nestled in high altitude hills surrounding the city, and taste some of the best Sauvignon Blanc coming out of South Africa. Contact Brightsun Travel and explore our cheap holidays to Cape Town any time of the year, and find out for yourself why so many people head to this amazing part of Africa.

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Go on holiday to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, and not only will you be wowed by its vibrant urban culture, but you could go on a safari adventure of a lifetime in its surrounding natural landscapes and National Parks. Brightsun Travel offers cheap holidays to Johannesburg so that you can experience the very best that South Africa has to offer this holiday. Starting in the heart of Johannesburg, you could explore a fast-changing art scene, fantastic markets, and a food and drink culture that could keep you entertained for days. Art lovers could head to the impressive ‘Arts on Main’, and discover an arts centre with working studios, retail areas and cafes in a former warehouse. For food, you can't beat the trendy ‘Neighbourhoods Market’ where you can get some of the best food and drink in the city, before roaming boutiques and stalls that showcase some of the best local designers in the country. Another must-see in the city is the Apartheid Museum, with installations that showcase personal and inspiring stories of residents who lived through the apartheid era in South Africa.

As well as a fantastic city break destination, Johannesburg is a gateway to some of the most impressive natural and historical landscapes in South Africa, if not the world. Just a day trip from the city, you could explore why the region has been named the ‘Cradle of Humanity’ at the Sterkfontein Caves, and explore ancient fossils dating back over 4 million years. Johannesburg is also famously surrounded by National Parks, where you can go on a world-class safari adventure. Under 5 hour drive from the city are Pilanesberg National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve and Mapungubwe National Park, where you can explore lush forests and spot a range of wildlife.  The showstopper however is Kruger National Park, a dramatic side trip from Johannesburg, where you will be surrounded by a diversity and volume of animals that is unparalleled in the rest of Africa. Here you can spot elephants, big cats and giraffes within easy guided tours. Contact Brightsun Travel about our exclusive holidays to Johannesburg and go on an African holiday to remember.

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Helpful Information about South Africa 

South Africa Currency: You’ll be spending South African Rands 

Language:  Zulu is South Africa’s most commonly spoken language, however there are a number of official languages spoken, including English and Afrikaans.  

Local Time in South Africa: Two hours ahead of GMT. 

Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 11hrs 30mins 

Tourist Information: Visit the official South Africa tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around. 

Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to South Africa, British citizens need a valid passport. A travel visa is not required. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for South Africa.  

Other FAQs:

Q: When is the best time to visit South Africa?

A: We’d suggest visiting between May and September; this time mostly falls in the country’s winter, and although the weather is cooler, especially in the country’s northern regions, the conditions are ideal for wildlife viewing.  

Q: Why does South Africa have three capitals?

A: South Africa’s Government is divided into three parts, therefore the Union of South Africa decided on three capitals: Pretoria – the administrative capital, Cape Town – the legislative capital, and Bloemfontein – the judicial capital.  

Q: Is South Africa safe to visit?

A: South Africa does have a high crime rate for robberies, petty theft, murder, and rape; however, the risk of these crimes happening to visitors in the country’s main tourist hotspots is low. We’d still advise that you stay vigilant throughout your trip.

Q: What are the entry requirements for South Africa?

A: Passengers can travel from the UK to South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa, as long as their passport has at least 6 months validity.  

Top Things to do in South Africa 

Top things to do in Cape Town include ventures to Table Mountain via cable car, abseiling, biking, or hiking with splendid views at the mountain summit, day trips to Boulders Beach Cape Town, famous for being home to an African penguin colony, the colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood which allows visitors to immerse themselves into the city’s Cape Malay culture, and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which boasts an array of leisure attractions. 

On holidays to Johannesburg, visitors can spend time exploring the Apartheid Museum which depicts what life was like during the country’s apartheid area and struggle for freedom through films, photographs, texts, and artefacts. Other things to do in Johannesburg include the Johannesburg Art Gallery which displays one of South Africa’s largest art collections, and the Johannesburg Zoo, protecting over 300 species of wildlife.  

South Africa Weather  

South Africa is renowned as a sunshine city, offering an average of around 2500 hours of sun per year. It’s also a dry country with average rainfall at just 464mm, most of which falls in the summer months only (South Africa’s location in the southern hemisphere means that its summer is between December-March, and its winter is between June-August). Cape Town, the South African capital has cooler winters with average highs of around 18 degrees Celsius, and hot summers with average highs of around 26 degrees Celsius.  

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