The idea of holiday in any form never fails to excite the human soul, whether you're the student off on your first adventure after the final exam-slog, or the seasoned voyager looking for your next travel-bug fix..
Whatever your reason for the season, South Africa is one destination that delivers a satisfaction-guaranteed experience to holiday-makers of every age, creed and colour – we are the 'Rainbow Nation' after all, it's what we do. In fact, you don't even need to be a tourist to have a super holiday here – the locals do it all the time! It's one of the perks of living in a country where you can:
go on an elephant-back safari
jump on a jet-ski for some whale-spotting
take the plunge with the world's highest commercial bungee jump
AND hit the town for some 5-star 'night wildlife' of a different kind - all in the same day!
So if variety be the spice of life – you're going to need a glass of milk or two during your stay! (Did we mention we mention our tantalizing and colourful cuisine?)
Even if you're just after the simple relaxing 'summer at the beach' vibe (and no one would blame you), there is no better place than here to don your bikini and boardies! South Africa's temperate climate offers some of the best A-grade sunshine on the planet - with hot, friendly summers that aren't upset by rain on more than the odd occasion (by-the-by, a perfect opportunity to head off for some brilliant entertainment and shopping galore!) With a coastline that stretches its soft sands more than 2500km, you can choose to hit the warm waves with other sunseekers on our blue-flag beaches, or sneak off to find a stretch of personal paradise – you won't have to go far to feel like you're the only inhabitant for miles...
South Africa is one of 17 Megadiverse countries which contain more than two-thirds of the globe's biodiversity. So be assured, you'll be spotting much more than the Big 5 and some thorn bushes! We're talking dramatic waterfalls, mountains (with nice little snow-caps), lush forest, African veld...the list goes on. South Africa occupies only 2% of the earth's surface area, but is home to 10% of the world's plant species, and ranks 5th in Africa in terms of endemic mammal, bird and reptile species. And the best part is, you can bond with nature in your own style – whether at a luxury game lodge, or roughing it along some of the best open 4x4 terrain that Africa has to offer. And when you've thoroughly adventured yourself out, there's all-style accommodation to come home to - complete with proudly-South-African hospitality - suited to any budget.
For a guaranteed experience to remember, you can always count on tried and tested tourist favourites, including the famed Garden Route with its glorious forest-scapes, the tranquil beauty of the Cape wine route, and an unmissable cable-car ride up Table Mountain, with its views of the historic Robben Island, and the magnificent Greenpoint Stadium, the site of Holland's World Cup 2010 semi-final victory.
As you may have heard, South Africa is AYOBA!