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Join us on a holiday to South Africa

Rolling grasslands, flourishing vineyards, charismatic cities and rugged shores… The world revealed on holidays to South Africa is one full of stories waiting to be told.

When travelling with Newmarket Holidays, you might find yourself heading out on safari at Kruger National Park in search of the Big Five – elephants, rhinoceros, leopards, lions and buffalos – standing on Table Mountain, with Cape Town at your feet or following the Garden Route in search of stunning scenery and world-beating wines.

Dubbed the Rainbow Nation, South Africa has a mix of cultures is as diverse as its landscapes, wildlife and winelands. It is home to Khoi- San Bushmen, a number of Bantu-speaking tribes, and Afrikaner and English-speaking communities descended from European settlers. Make your South African trip a cultural one, and discover the traditions of the country’s earliest inhabitants at the Lesedi Cultural Village, learn about the country’s oppressive past at the Apartheid Museum and experience its bright present and even brighter future on the buzzing streets of Cape Town.

South African tours with Newmarket Holidays offer endless opportunities to come face to face with magnificent animals in their natural habitat. To make the most of this country’s extraordinary natural beauty, opt for a full-day game drive in one of its many National Parks, a bush walk or a sunset drive. Marvel at the spectacular scenery of the Panorama Route, and take in the view from God's Window on the Drakensberg escarpment.

South Africa is a melting pot of cuisines, so make sure you don’t leave without trying its wines, spicy-savoury meat dishes and traditional delicacies.

Our featured South Africa holidays

Encounter ancient traditions and awe-inspiring scenery, and search for the Big Five Kruger on one of our South African tours.

  • 7 Excursions Included, 21 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 23 Dates - Apr 2024 - Dec 2026
  • 8 Excursions Included, 16 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 5 Airports
  • 19 Dates - May 2024 - Nov 2025
  • 7 Excursions Included, 21 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 47 Dates - Mar 2024 - Nov 2026
  • 6 Excursions Included, 29 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 12 Dates - Mar 2024 - Nov 2025

Classic South African Adventure

South Africa, Eswatini
  • 13 Excursions Included, 21 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 7 Airports
  • 12 Dates - Jan 2024 - Nov 2025
New Popular
  • 10 Excursions Included, 36 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 9 Dates - May 2024 - Dec 2025
  • 7 Excursions Included, 21 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 43 Dates - Feb 2024 - Dec 2026
  • 7 Excursions Included, 21 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 14 Dates - Jul 2024 - Dec 2026
  • 7 Excursions Included, 21 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 3 Airports
  • 40 Dates - Feb 2024 - Dec 2025
  • 8 Excursions Included, 21 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 8 Dates - Jan 2025 - Nov 2025

New Year On Safari

South Africa
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 26 December 2023
  • 10 Excursions Included, 25 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 5 Dates - Feb 2024 - Nov 2024

Things to see in South Africa

South Africa tour highlights

Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of South Africa

South Africa FAQs

Here are some questions you might have about South Africa.

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South African Rand
  • South Africa is famous for its vast grasslands, national parks, abundant wildlife, vineyards, safaris, diverse cities and rugged coastlines.

  • The South African Rand is the official currency of South Africa. Visit XE to see the current exchange rate. 

  • South Africa has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, some of which include: Robben Island, Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, Mapungubwe Heritage Site, Cradle of Humankind and more.

  • South African cuisine is a fusion of cultural influences including African, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, and more. Be sure to sample traditional South African braai (grilled meat cooked over an open fire), boerewors (spicy sausage), and South Africa’s signature snack, biltong (meat jerky).

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Why book with us

Our award-winning collection of holidays covers all seven continents, with carefully planned itineraries ranging from rail journeys and river cruises.

Flexible booking

Our booking policy means we offer the best flexibility options for those who travel with us. We were even awarded Green in the Which? Holiday Checker.

Unique itineraries

From ancient wineries in the Caucasus Mountains to the cities of the Far East, we offer holidays bursting with curated itineraries to timeless and on-trend destinations.


We are delighted by the 56 British Travel Awards we have won over the past decade. These awards have been a much-appreciated recognition of what we love doing.

Sustainability promise

We believe the travel industry has a responsibility to care for the planet and its people. On our tours, we strive to minimise our impact on the environment and local communities.

Over 1m travellers

Over 40 years, we have delivered wish-list holidays to over one million customers. We hope you will be part of our growing community of travellers.

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Our knowledgeable customer service team are ready to help you with any enquiries you may have about your holiday, whether it’s a new booking or you’re already abroad.

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