Luxury South Africa Holidays 2024/2025

Intrepid safaris, gorgeous vineyards, and stunning beaches – a luxury holiday in South Africa with Scott Dunn has it all…

  • A South Africa holiday crafted by award-winning travel specialists
  • 24/7 seamless support from the moment you contact us
  • Unique experiences led by trusted private guides
  • Carefully curated collection of hotels and safari lodges
South Africa

Combining stunning natural landscapes with bustling cities, South Africa is one of the world’s most beautiful and varied holiday destinations, offering something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you want to sample Cape Town’s eclectic local cuisine or discover the Garden Route’s hidden wonders, our travel experts will help you discover the best of this amazing country. If you’re looking for the best game-viewing spots, South Africa’s many national parks and game reserves such as Kruger and Madikwe provide ample opportunity to get up close and personal with a range of wild animals. For a different safari holiday, we recommend a unique canoe safari across Victoria Falls where you can gaze at colourful birds flying overhead as you take in the stunning scenery.

So, whether you’re planning an adventure-filled trip for the whole family or an intimate getaway with your partner, get ready to experience all that South Africa has to offer with Scott Dunn.

Top Tours in South Africa

Ready to taste delicious local wines in the Winelands or go on game drives through the country’s vast landscape? With a range of activities to choose from, our bespoke tours showcase the very best of this beautiful country. No matter what you want to see and do, our travel experts are on hand to help you plan itineraries that will allow you to explore South Africa at a pace that suits you.

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Top Luxury Hotels in South Africa

At Scott Dunn, our travel experts have tried and tested countless luxury hotels in South Africa, ready to help you find the perfect accommodation for your trip. From relaxing spa hotels that bring the calm, to rustic lodges that let you sleep under the stars - our handpicked selection of hotels has something for every kind of South Africa trip.

Meet our South Africa Experts

Our team of specialists are waiting to help you book your next adventure. Contact us today to start planning your tailor-made trip.

What Our Guests Have Said

Key information about South Africa

  • Best time to visit: April or October
  • Flight time: 11 hours
  • Time difference: +2 hours GMT
  • Currency: The rand

South Africa Holiday FAQs

  • Where is the best place to go on a family holiday in South Africa?

    When it comes to family holidays, South Africa is all about the safaris.

    For families comfortable with travelling to malaria-risk areas, our expert Matt Shock always recommends the Sabi Sands Reserve. This private game reserve is so much more than a safari, with chances to dine under the stars and visit local villages. If you have any concerns about travelling to malaria-risk areas, our experts are always on hand to answer any questions.

    For those who would prefer malaria-free areas, Waterberg and Marakele National Park are phenomenal options with plenty of safari lodges to choose from.

  • Where should we go in South Africa for our honeymoon?

    The ideal South Africa honeymoon begins with a luxury safari in the Greater Kruger, paired with a romantic sleepout experience.

    Then, once you’ve seen the mesmerising wildlife up close, head to Cape Town for fine dining and beach escapades and the Winelands for stunning vineyards and scenery.

  • When is the best time to go on holiday to South Africa?

    Depending on where you want to go in South Africa will determine the best time to go on holiday.

    For first-time visitors, we recommend April or October. The climate varies widely across South Africa, but in April and October, the weather in Cape Town and Kruger (two must-visit places for new travellers) is favourable in both places. October is hot in Kruger, so excellent for game viewing, and Cape Town’s weather starts to improve. In April, Cape Town is at its peak whilst the rains are starting to end in Kruger.

    If you’ve been to South Africa before or prefer not to travel during those months, you can visit South Africa year-round. There are amazing things to do across the country, so no matter what time of year there’s a perfect holiday waiting for you.

  • What sort of weather can I expect on a South Africa holiday?

    It’s important to note that South Africa is in the southern hemisphere and its seasons run opposite to those in Europe. So, when we’re feeling the winter chill, South Africa is experiencing summer and the hottest time of the year!

    South Africa’s climate is also a mix of coastal subtropics, humid highlands, hot deserts, and snowy mountains – so depending on where you go, the weather could be anything! That’s why booking with Scott Dunn is so valuable because they’ll be able to match you with the right destination at the right time and provide clarity when it comes to holidays in vast regions like South Africa.

  • Which South African tours do you recommend?

    For our South African tours, we always recommend experiencing one of the country’s breathtaking safaris. South Africa’s private game reserves are renowned for a reason and truly one of the most memorable things you’ll ever do on holiday.

    There are loads of things you can do on a South Africa tour, however. From checking out the city sights in Cape Town and whale watching in Hermanus to visiting the gorgeous vineyards and towns in Winelands. Explore our suggested itineraries to start getting an idea of our South Africa tours.

  • Do you offer safari adventures in South Africa?

    Absolutely! South Africa safari and wildlife holidays are our speciality, whether it’s for a family holiday, a couple’s adventure or a solo trip. Choose from private game reserves or national parks, walking safaris or game drives – we handle it all.

  • Where can I go for the best food in South Africa?

    South Africa is known for its eclectic traditional cuisine, calling on the influences of its European and Indonesian past, creating euro-styled dishes made with Eastern flavours and spices.

    To try this local cuisine, as well as other favourites, Cape Town and Franschhoek are our top choices. For specific recommendations, our Africa expert Matt Shock had this to say:

    “Cape Town and Franschhoek have the greatest selection of incredible dining experiences and restaurants. Some personal favourites are Salsify at the Roundhouse and then Reubens in Franschhoek.”

  • Do you offer beach holidays in South Africa?

    Of course! Beach holidays in South Africa are an amazing addition to your safari tour. We especially love Camp’s Bay in Cape Town for its delicious gourmet cuisine and Muizenberg Beach for its incredible surf.

    As a coastal country, there’s so much more to do and explore, so get in touch to find the best beach in South Africa for you.

  • Can I book a couples' luxury holiday to South Africa?

    Yes! Our team is well-placed to book your couples luxury holiday to South Africa. From exploring decadent wines and cuisine in the Winelands to game drives across intrepid landscapes, South Africa is the perfect place to find romance, adventure, and memories with your partner.

  • What is the best way to get around on holiday in South Africa?

    There are loads of self-driving and road-tripping routes throughout South Africa, like the Garden Route, however, depending on how far apart your holiday destinations are, we recommend flying.

    Typically, our South Africa tours utilise a combination of flying and private transfers.

  • Do I need a visa to go on holiday to South Africa?

    No, British passport holders can travel in South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa.

    For more information visit for foreign travel advice.

  • Where do your South Africa holidays fly from?

    The easiest way to travel to South Africa is the direct British Airways flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg or Cape Town.

    We do fly guests from other parts of the country though, with flights from Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, as well as a few others. Our travel experts will help find the best flight route for you.

  • How much do holidays to South Africa cost?

    Our South Africa tours start at about £4000 per person, however, the final price will depend on your finished itinerary.

    Don’t worry though, we’ll keep you aware of any and all costs of your trip before you book, including flights, experiences, accommodation, and whatever else we can handle for you.

  • How do I book my holiday to South Africa?

    To book a South Africa holiday with Scott Dunn, start by filling out our online enquiry form or calling us on the number listed below.

    From there, one of our travel specialists will be in contact to start planning your dream South Africa holiday.

Call us on 020 3468 1971 to start planning your holiday

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