A South Africa holiday from The Co-operative Travel introduces you to a world that's big in so many ways - natural beauty, atmosphere, and the welcome for visitors among them.
This has long been an easy country to explore, thanks to its excellent road, rail and air networks. And of course, they drive on the left! Roads are also generally far quieter than here in the UK, so it's possible to cover considerable distances in relatively short times.
You could choose to base yourself in either of South Africa's two principal cities, Cape Town or Johannesburg to experience all aspects of this vast country, or opt for a destination where nature is the key attraction, whether it be in the form of the tranquil wine-growing areas, spectacular mountain regions, or the fascinating safari and wildlife parks where rare and beautiful animals roam free.
Northern province is South Africa's 'big game country', housing the Kruger National Park, an area the size of Wales containing several ecosystems and possibly the most varied wildlife for an area of its size anywhere in Africa. This is where to find nature red in tooth and claw!
The capital, Cape Town, is also considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Dominated by the soaring Table Mountain, and sitting on the Atlantic Ocean shore, it is a city of cobbled streets, vibrant street markets, and excellent shops and restaurants.
Head east from here along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth, and your route will take in all manner of scenic wonders, from the lush vineyards through rugged mountains, to small bays with golden beaches and dense forests.
From here, it's just a short detour north to Kwa Zulu Natal, one of South Africa's smallest, but wildest, provinces. Encompassing sub-tropical vegetation, golden beaches, and spectacular, craggy mountain peaks ideal for walking in the summer.
Considered the country's main gateway, Johannesburg is a couple of hours' drive from the bright lights of Sun City. Its attractions for fun-seekers and gamblers are well-known, but it also boasts the country's finest selection of golf courses.
Given the diversity of this incredible land, there are many options available for package holidays and all-inclusive holidays. Accommodation, too, comes in all forms, from luxury five-star hotels to simple hostels in the major cities, and luxurious villas to the functional game lodges of the national park areas.
May to August are the rainy months in the Cape Town area, but this pattern is reversed in Johannesburg. In both cities the temperature lingers between the high teens and mid-20s degrees C all year. This means that for much of the year it should be possible to find late deals on holidays to South Africa, especially if you can be a little flexible with your travel dates.
Come and check out what The Co-operative Travel has available for South Africa holidays for your chosen dates, and then book your once-in-a-lifetime visit to this dramatic country, where man and nature play an equal part in its appeal.