South Africa is one of the most physically stunning, varied, culturally fascinating countries on the planet – there can be few better places in which to celebrate Christmas. Not to mention the fact that the sun will be shining and the temperatures balmy.

Firstly, there's the sociable flight times and minimal time difference which are ideal if you're travelling en famille. And then there's the fact that much of it is malaria-free - a major bonus compared with many other African destinations. But aside from that what really makes South Africa so special is the old (but very true) precept that it contains the world in one country, from buzzing cities to epic wildlife, beautiful coastlines to looming mountains.

One thing most people don't want to compromise on at Christmas is food (who can deny the glory of a turkey-centric feast?) and you can rest assured that the trousers will definitely be feeling a little tighter on the return journey because the quality of food in South Africa doesn't disappoint. Cape Town itself has one of the best city food scenes in the world while if you head into the Cape and Winelands you'll find some excellent restaurants in impossibly pretty settings, and that's before we've even mentioned the wine.

Why not take a walk on the wild side over Christmas and go on safari? South Africa is home to some of the best game reserves in Africa and we have the inside track on where best to go to avoid the crowds and maximise the game viewing experience, as well as the best luxury camps to ensure your stay is a truly spoiling one.

And finally, the very best hotels book up very quickly for Christmas in South Africa so it pays to book well in advance... which is where we come in.

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Cape Town averages a lovely 20°C during December so for anyone craving a decent dose of Vitamin D, South Africa is the place for you this Christmas.

Louise Fitzgerald, Original Traveller

Where to go

Lion in Kruger

Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands

The Kruger is South Africa’s oldest and largest nature reserve, covering an area of 7,700 square miles, roughly the same size as Wales.

Aerial View of Cape Town

Cape Town

Surely the ultimate 'winter sun' city break from the UK; endless appeal, and minimal time difference.

Madikwe & The Waterberg

Madikwe & The Waterberg

There are many fantastic safari options throughout Africa, but South Africa's Madikwe and Waterberg region has the added advantage of being malaria free.

Vineyards of South Africa

The Winelands and Cape

Sample the many delights accessible via scenic drives from Cape Town, from wine tasting to whale watching, and countryside retreats.

Rhinos in cloudy skies

Eastern Cape

The second largest of South Africa’s nine provinces is a region of exceptional natural beauty and has so much to offer, particularly for families.

Mountain Ridges

KwaZulu-Natal

Often overlooked but offering a fascinating combination of game reserves, mountains, coastline and Zulu heritage.

Mountains

South Africa

The 'Rainbow Nation' has it all.

Where to stay

Ellerman House & Villas, luxury hotel in South Africa

Ellerman House & Villas

Ellerman House is perhaps Cape Town’s most exclusive address – a luxury boutique hotel of just eleven rooms (and two seriously lux villas) located in the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay.

The beach at POD hotel, luxury hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

POD

Camps Bay is without doubt Cape Town’s best beachfront district, packed with restaurants, bars, bodies beautiful and now – finally – a funky boutique hotel.

The main lodge at Singita Boulders, luxury safari camp in South Africa

Singita Boulders

On the banks of the Sand River in the Singita Private Game Reserve, Boulders Lodge takes contemporary African style - inspired by the striking boulders on site - to new levels.

The restaurant terrace at Le Quartier Francais, luxury hotel in South Africa

Le Quartier Francais

Le Quartier Français is a small, privately owned country inn situated in the heart of the historic village of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands.

Ant's Nest

Ant's Nest

Ant's Nest is Ant and Tessa Barber’s unique bush home, situated on a private game reserve in the Waterberg, between Johannesburg and the Limpopo River.

Cape Cadogan, luxury hotel in South Africa

Cape Cadogan

Originally built at the start of the 19th century and ‘Victorianised’ at the start of the 20th, this stately building in the heart of Cape Town is now home to the stylish Cape Cadogan hotel.

Leobo Private Reserve at night, luxury safari camp in South Africa

Leobo Private Reserve

Private islands are so yesterday, it’s all about private reserves, in particular ones in South Africa called Leobo. This place is totally cool, not to mention chic and exclusive for guests wanting a little more privacy when visiting this magnificent malaria-free destination.

Babylonstoren, luxury hotel in South Africa

Babylonstoren

The traditional Cape Dutch farmstead of Babylonstoren is slap bang in the middle of the Cape Winelands, within easy reach of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch and - of course - the world famous vineyards.

Private dinner at Londolozi, luxury hotel in South Africa

Londolozi

Made up of four separate camps in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve on the Kruger National Park’s western border, Londolozi offers unparalleled game-viewing and thoroughly luxurious accommodation.

We were particularly impressed by the level of contact from you. We have fairly intense jobs and the fact that you were so communicative and helpful made organisation so easy.

Lucy

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