- South Africa Luxury holidays
The Republic of South Africa occupies the southernmost tip of the African continent, including what was originally called the Cabo das Tormentas or 'Cape of Storms'. King John II of Portugal renamed this as the more optimistic Cape of Good Hope, in honour of the riches that lay to the east for those who were able to navigate through the cape's rough waters to the Indies. South Africa ranks among the world's top 25 countries by both area and population, with riches of its own including inland gold and diamond deposits.
Distinctive geography in South Africa
The Cape of Good Hope is not the only distinctive geographical feature in South Africa. It entirely suRounds the landlocked Kingdom of Lesotho - one of very few countries, along with San Marino and Vatican City, to be enclosed by another country in this way. The Great Escarpment, known as the Drakensberg in the east of South Africa, forms a natural border not only with Lesotho, but between several of South Africa's own geographical regions and microclimates.
South Africa's sporting culture
South Africa was the host nation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, for which it was awarded a near-perfect score of 9 out of 10. The event also brought vuvuzelas to the world's attention - the plastic instrument similar in principle to an uncoiled bugle, which provided the thrumming soundtrack to the sporting event. Rugby and cricket are both also important cultural themes in the country, while younger South Africans enjoy pastimes like skateboarding and surfing, creating plenty of opportunity for an active break whether you choose to participate in one of the many physical pursuits on offer, or simply travel to South Africa as a spectator when a major sporting event is due to take place.
When should I visit South Africa?
It depends on the reason for your visit. If you want to join the sporting tourism crowds, then of course you will need to visit when a major sporting event is taking place. For a sunny break similar to a typical summer holiday in Europe, head to the south-west of the country during the normal summer season for hot and dry conditions. The Garden Route further along the south coast receives more rainfall all year round, but its fertile landscape makes it a destination for environmentalists and photographers, so don't be put off by the precipitation if you are keen to do some sightseeing.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
A luxury holiday will help you make the most out of your next adventure. If you want to spend your days sampling the finest award-winning wines, you can. If you want to be moments from the best outdoor activities, your well-located luxury hotel will provide the perfect base. Luxury holidays are designed to make your getaway easy. Hotels will be located in the best locations and offer the best in service –making them well worth the extra spend. A luxury holiday in South Africa always promises something new to discover. From fabulous food and wine to epic safaris and tranquil beaches; you’ll experience affordable luxury at its finest.