South Africa is the most developed country in the vast continent of Africa, and the locals are some of the friendliest around. A country with a turbulent past South Africa is constantly evolving, which offers up an exciting mix of cultures, lively cities, beautiful beaches and nature reserves, amazing wildlife reserves, art and architecture, stunning wines and excellent cuisine, mountain ranges, national parks, and a dreamily warm climate to make the experiences all the more enjoyable. With their vibrant atmosphere the cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg are a must to get a taste of real South African culture – and if clubbing is your thing it’s here you will find a buzzing night scene too. But surely it is the wildlife of South Africa that steals the show, as the incredibly diverse natural landscape is home to everything from hippos, lions and elephants to penguins and dolphins – perfect for nature lovers.

Getting to South Africa is easy. The country boasts 3 international airports – OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, and King Shaka International Airport in Durban, with the majority of UK flights landing at Johannesburg. Airlines travelling to South Africa from London with scheduled weekly services include Air France, British Airways, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.