South Africa Vacations Made Easy
For sheer beauty, jawdropping natural features and vibrant culture, South Africa vacations are hard to beat. It's the kind of bucket-list destination which can seem daunting to plan for. But that's the kind of vacation we specialize in. When you're in the mood for a vacation that is way beyond the ordinary, our packages and tours make it easy for you to discover the people, places and wildlife that make South Africa such a dream destination.
Lake Nakuru National Park. Masai Mara National Reserve. The St. Lucia Estuary. Cape Peninsula. Whether you're dreaming of spotting giraffe, lions, hippos, zebras or any other of South Africa's amazing wildlife, our trips are packed with game drives, safari lodges and sightseeing along some of the world's most beautiful routes.
Experience the roaring majesty of Victoria Falls. Gaze up at the extraordinary spectacle of Table Mountain - then ascend to the summit and gaze out over Cape Town and the surrounding ocean. Survey "the Majestic Moorland" of Aberdare National Park from a tree-top lodge. You've never seen anything like this before!
Culture & History
Visit a Cultural Village to learn about local tradition and history. Shop for handmade gifts created by local artisans. Or indulge in local wines in South Africa's wine country. With cultural explorations of everything from ancient traditions to colonial history and modern innovation, you'll leave with a new understanding of South Africa.
Discover the simplicity and fun of a Virgin Vacations tour package. Trusted hotels, experienced guides and curated tours are all included, giving you an incredible and unforgettable South Africa vacation, stress-free. And isn't that the best way to travel?
Plan Your South Africa Vacation
When to go, where to go, and what you'll need: planning your South Africa vacation doesn't have to be complicated.
When to Visit South Africa
South Africa is a year-round destination, so you can choose the time (and rate season) best for you. Looking for a sunny spring or mid-winter break? South Africa's summer stretches from December to March, and you'll probably find some pretty hot days to warm you up.
South Africa's winter occurs across June and August. In places like Cape Town and Botswana, this is the rainy season, which adds a new dimension to your trip. Cape Town's moody gray skies and occasional gales are brightened by beautiful flowering shrubs. Meanwhile, out in the preserves and national parks, animals are on the move, making the winter months ideal for wildlife viewing. Since seasons and temperatures can vary across the region, you'll want to pack some layers for winter travel and be prepared for a variety of temperatures.
Where to Go in South Africa
South Africa and its neighbors of Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania and Namibia are all rich with unique discoveries, so how do you decide where to go? We admit, this is a tough one!
A lot can depend on how much time you have. With a week to ten days, you can join some incredible wildlife discovery expeditions in South Africa or Kenya, or divide your time between Cape Town, Johannesburg, Limpopo Province and perhaps even Victoria Falls. Start with our week-long Essential South Africa and build from there with add-ons including Victoria Falls, Robbens Island and more.
The detailed itineraries on each of our South Africa vacations can help you narrow down the right trip for your interests.
Small Group Tours in South Africa
If you're dreaming of a truly unique exploration of South Africa's cultures and natural beauty, a Small Group tour is just the thing. With limited tour sizes, your experienced guides can show you hidden gems, take you to local spots and let you really absorb the culture of the region. Plus, first-class hotels - and that includes some amazing safari camps!
Small Group tours range from safari expeditions with game drives and stays in world-renowned reserves like Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park, to visits to exotic destinations like Zanzibar. Just look for the "Small Group" designation next to the vacation package name to find these unique itineraries!