History

South Africa was initially used by Europeans as a stopping point for trading ships on their way to the East Indies, and fruit and vegetables were grown here to deal with the problem of scurvy aboard passing vessels. However, the Dutch eventually settled the area that was to become Cape Town in 1652 and expanded across the entire tip of southern Africa.

History

After the Napoleonic wars in 1815, South Africa became a British colony. Many of the Dutch went north to get away from the English, and here they encountered tribes that had slowly been moving south from central Africa. A period of war ensued between the Dutch Boers and the Zulus, which the Boers eventually won and they created an Afrikaner state in the north. In 1899, there were more Boer Wars as a result of the English trying to annex this Afrikaner state.

The discovery of diamonds and later gold triggered the 19th-century conflict known as the Anglo-Boer War, as the Boers (original Dutch, Flemish, German, and French settlers) and the British fought for the control of the South African mineral wealth.

In 1910, South Africa became a union, a coalition between the English and Afrikaner states, before eventually gaining independence in 1960 and becoming a republic. However this was a very difficult time for many people as Apartheid was being fully enforced. During the 1990s, with the release of Nelson Mandela (who eventually became president) and the abolition of the Apartheid laws, South Africa was transformed into the country we know today.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday

Plan your trip

Please tell us a few details about your vacation plans and provide your phone number so we can call you back..
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

When would you like to go?

Please select Enter your departure date
Please select Year

Where would you like to go?

Please select Select your interest

How many nights?

How many nights? Drag the slider to select nights
0 21 nights +

Guests

Number of adults (aged 15+). Minimum 1 adult  
Adults (age 15+)
Children (age 0-15)
Rooms

Select your budget per person

Please select  

Contact details

Your First name First name*
Your Last name Last name*
Your email address Email address*
Your phone number Phone number
+1
State is required State
Tell us about your trip
Let us know if you have fixed dates, who you’re traveling with or if it’s for a special ocassion
Please tick this box to continue  

Unable to submit your request

Unfortunately, we were unable to submit your request. Please try again later or contact us.