South Africa is ready to treat your clients to safari, Blue Flag-certified beaches and dramatic natural beauty. With great weather found throughout the country, diverse local cultures and a unique history, they should come ready for adventure.
African adventures await!
Inspired by our team in South Africa’s local expertise, we’ve curated a collection of their top recommended spots from Gisha, Lee-Anne and Priyanca and categorised them to suit diverse personas. Whether your clients seek serene natural escapes or engaging city tours, these suggestions ensure a tapestry of experiences that vividly portray South Africa’s rich cultural diversity and breathtaking scenic beauty.
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Travel to Cape Town for its picturesque views, and enjoy flights with British Airways from London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Cape Town International Airport in just over 11 hours.
Travel to Johannesburg for inspiring culture, and enjoy flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to O.R. Tambo International Airport in less than 11 hours.
Your clients can sample everything South Africa has to offer when they fly with British Airways.
Kruger National Park is South Africa’s best safari destination and home to all the Big Five species and much more — we recommend the Greater Kruger area, like Sabi Sands, where you’ll enjoy a more intimate experience.
Cape Town sits between the coast and Table Mountain and offers plenty to see and do for a wide range of interests, or you could visit Johannesburg to experience a different side to South African city life and learn about its apartheid history. You can hop between vineyards in the Cape Winelands, sampling wines as you go. And, along the Garden Route, you can visit small coastal towns like Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.
The best time to visit South Africa is from May to September, as the cooler winter months in the northern regions bring superb conditions for viewing big game. It can be rainy from November to February, and temperatures remain warm at 22°C to 33°C.
You’ll find African, Indian, Malaysian, and European influences in South Africa’s cuisine. On a guided food tour of Cape Town you might try Indian bunny chow (curry served in a hollowed-out bread loaf), South African pap, and Dutch koeksisters (honey-infused pastries).
South Africa is also renowned for its wine, and there are many vineyards you can visit, particularly in the Cape Winelands, where there’s also a big farm-to-table ethos.
Visa: No visa required for British nationals
Language: South Africa has 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Sepedi, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu. Most South Africans speak English, and signs, including road signs, are written in English and Afrikaans.
Currency: Rand (R or ZAR)
Time difference: GMT +2 hours
Flight duration from London: A direct flight with British Airways to Cape Town International Airport or O.R. Tambo International Airport is around 11 hours.