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Destination guide

South Africa holiday lettings

Surrounded by Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent. With its mass of people from diverse cultures, including Sub-Saharan, European and Asian, all gathering together to share their heritage, this wide range of cultures have led the country to be commonly known as the ‘Rainbow Nation’. As a hub of various national customs and home to vast and resplendent landscapes, it’s no wonder so many travellers choose South Africa homes for their holiday lettings.

History

History around South Africa villa rentals

The area surrounding South Africa’s villa rentals has a long and pronounced history. In fact, South Africa is home to ancient and significant archaeological and human-fossil dig sites, including Sterkfontein, one of the richest locations for hominin fossils in the world and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site located in an area known as ‘The Cradle of Humankind’, zones of great palaeontological significance which provide numerous insightful tours, as well as kid-friendly maropeng cave tours. Table Mountain is another popular travellers’ attraction with a rich history behind it, including the evidence of prehistoric inhabitation of the indigenous Khoikhoi people. Maybe you’d like to take a tour of the 17th-century Castle of Good Hope, crafted by the Dutch East India Company as a fort during the turbulent year of 1664, when tensions with Great Britain and the Netherlands reached a boiling point. South Africa was also home to renowned civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, who was the first black man to become the country’s head of state and the first to be elected in a fully representative election.

Outdoor activities

Things to do near South Africa holiday lettings

Finding a way to spend your days while remaining close to your holiday home is no problem in South Africa, with such majestic attractions as the Addo Elephant National Park, which also houses lions and black rhinos, or you may prefer a panoramic view of the city of Cape Town from atop Lion’s Head mountain. It won’t matter how you decide to spend your time here, because as soon as you get out and explore the country, you’ll be reassured that you’ve made the best holiday rental choice.

How to get around

Transportation around South Africa holiday rentals

Once in South Africa, you’ll have your choice of transport options to get you from the airport to your holiday cottage. Boating ports and railways are available throughout the country, as well as car services. A great majority of people choose to use the minibus taxis, as they are quite low-priced. Car rentals are relatively inexpensive and a good way to navigate the region. There are some more well-established rental companies, as well as local options to choose from. It should be noted that while taxis are readily available, they must typically be arranged beforehand.

Food & drink 

Dining around South Africa holiday cottages

You’ll find no shortage of restaurants and cafes near your holiday home, with menus as diverse as the country’s population. Popular dishes such as ceviche with nettle granita, shortbread with dark chocolate and duck with cauliflower and cheese are just a few of the delicious options you can find at local dining establishments. Many restaurants also offer outdoor patio seating and live entertainment.

Essential info

Facts for the trip to South African holiday homes

You should know the local lingo of the area surrounding your holiday rental, and South African residents speak a number of different languages, including English. However, there are some non-verbal imperatives that should be considered when visiting the country. Beginning with eye contact, South Africans tend to maintain a steady stare during a conversation, though older residents may avert their eyes as a means of showing respect to authority. Placing your hands in your pockets during a conversation can be misinterpreted as a lack of respect, and so can gesturing with your index and middle finger in the V-shaped ‘peace sign’ with your palm facing you. Respect is important to South Africans, and one way to quickly show and gain respect is by greeting them quickly and gregariously, complimenting the land and its people. The country and its people are friendly and inviting, but you should plan day trip activities with safety in mind.

How many holiday rentals are available around South Africa?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,838 holiday lettings around South Africa. From 1,209 houses to 1,476 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in South Africa?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in South Africa. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cape Town: 2,060 holiday homes
  • Camps Bay: 199 holiday homes
  • Sea Point: 197 holiday homes
  • Constantia: 95 holiday homes
  • L'Ormarins Estate Wines: 268 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in South Africa! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in South Africa?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in South Africa with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Cape Town: 2,060 holiday lettings
  • Franschhoek: 122 holiday lettings
  • Plettenberg Bay: 74 holiday lettings
  • Knysna: 74 holiday lettings
  • Benoni: 50 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to South Africa?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in South Africa are:

  • George Airport (GRJ): 69 self catering accommodations
  • Plettenberg Bay (PBZ): 124 self catering accommodations
  • Oudtshoorn (OUH): 19 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in South Africa?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in South Africa. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • L'Ormarins Estate Wines: 268 holiday rentals
  • Camps Bay Beach: 1,732 holiday rentals
  • Umhlanga Rocks Beach: 198 holiday rentals
  • Ballito Beach: 157 holiday rentals
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre: 43 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Africa listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around South Africa

Cape Town
2,060 holiday rentals
Franschhoek
122 holiday rentals
Plettenberg Bay
74 holiday rentals
Knysna
74 holiday rentals
Benoni
50 holiday rentals
Saint Francis Bay
35 holiday rentals
Saint Lucia
18 holiday rentals
Paternoster
23 holiday rentals
Hermanus
94 holiday rentals
Johannesburg
331 holiday rentals
Marloth Park
58 holiday rentals
Margate
48 holiday rentals
Hoedspruit
46 holiday rentals
Herolds Bay
27 holiday rentals
La Mercy
160 holiday rentals
Stellenbosch
231 holiday rentals
Paradise Beach
45 holiday rentals
Durban
146 holiday rentals
Mossel Bay
42 holiday rentals
Saint Helena Bay
18 holiday rentals