There is something for everyone in South Africa, from relaxing beach holidays to adventures through the hills and mountains. Families, couples and single all travel to South Africa because it simply has something for everyone. The beaches in South Africa are very appealing, with white sands that lead on to warm, blue waters. There are plenty of sunbeds and parasols available to hire on the beaches and miles of coastline so that there is room for everyone. There are a wide range of hotels in South Africa, many being 5-star, ranging down to 1-star. All-inclusive, bed and breakfast and self-catering are all available in the hotels and apartments.
South Africa is home to some brilliant national parks, which offer you the chance to get up close to nature and the various species of wildlife. In Kwazulu Natal you will find elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards and rhinos. Hiking is also good in some areas as you get some brilliant views and get to see some stunning waterfalls. If you enjoy seeing the animals, then you will be pleased to know that South Africa is one of the top destination's for whale watching. Scuba diving is another highly popular activity, with hundreds of fluorescent fish and coral reefs to observe. There are also a number of sunken ships to go and explore. A trip to Table Mountain is a must, with a cable car that takes you up and down the mountain and gives you 360° panoramic views.
There are a lot of different dishes in South Africa to enjoy, with favourites being fresh fruit, meat and seafood. As well as this, international cuisines are available in restaurants in the big cities. It is usual to tip between 10 and 15% in a hotel or restaurant as service is not included. It is also customary to tip waiters. There is a range of nightlife in South Africa to suit everyone. Cinemas show many international films and there are many plays, musicals and concerts for you to enjoy. Nightclubs are open until late, with most located in Cape Town. Shopping in South Africa is very good, with a number of crafts and souvenirs and a lot of clothing and jewellery available.
South Africa is a very hot country, particularly in December, January and February. Temperatures in these months have been known to reach above 30°C, with around 14 hours of sunlight a day. June to August are regarded as the winter months in South Africa, however temperatures will still reach around 27°C and give you 9 hours of sunshine a day. The cooling sea breeze is a benefit in coastal areas of South Africa and nights are a lot cooler than the days. However air conditioning is still recommended in your accommodation as the heat can get uncomfortable very quickly.