Best Places in South Africa to Holiday

POSTED ON: April 9, 2018 IN Travel Blog

South Africa has some of the best and most beautiful holiday destinations on the continent, maybe even the world. There is no shortage of fun and exciting places to visit and resorts to stay in.

This list covers but a few of the best destinations, there are many, many more for you to find and discover.

San Lameer

San Lameer is one of the most well-known golf resorts in South Africa. Found in Kwazulu Natal, it is a beautiful mix of amazing views, wildlife, and an incredible resort. Whether you are a golf lover or not, San Lameer is fun for the entire family.

The immaculate golf course is ideal for a casual or more serious round of golf, but the resort offers a lot more. There are pristine beaches a short drive away, as well as some unique spots to visit, such as the reptile park.

If you are wanting to stay in luxury, the hotel is the place to be. It offers comfortable rooms, has an amazing restaurant serving delicious food, and a spa. If you want something more private, you are able to stay in one of the self-catering villas located across the resort.


If you are looking for luxury, Zimbali is the destination for you. Found of the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal, it is the epitome of style, class, and exclusivity. You will never have to leave the resort, it has everything you need.

The resort is located relatively close to Durban Airport, and the very lively party town of Ballito is just 5 minutes away, and Durban is only half an hour away, meaning you are nearby to everything Durban has to offer.

Besides having an incredible private beach for you to enjoy, Zimbali also has a famous golf course, a luxurious spa, a health club, a kids club, and of course, the 5-star accommodation and highly rated restaurant.

Pumula Beach Hotel

Pumula Beach Hotel, on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, is one of the most popular destinations for couples, families, as well as weddings. With varied accommodation and many activities on hand, there is something for everyone.

With different rooms available, and the choice of a sea or a garden view, there is something to fit everybody’s pocket. One of the things that makes Pumula different is how well they cater for kids, with their own dining room and many activities to keep them busy.

There is a beach that is perfect for swimming, as well as fishing, dolphin and whale watching, there is a mini-golf course, outdoor table-tennis, and beach volleyball. At night, there is an entertainment room, a tavern, and two ladies bars.

Sani Pass Hotel

Found in the famous Drakensberg Mountains, the Sani Pass Hotel is the definition of a relaxed, calm break from the hustle and bustle of the city. This idyllic hideaway is a gem waiting to be discovered.

This mountain oasis is brilliant for a family holiday, or a romantic weekend away. The hotel offers a large outdoor swimming pool, a 9-hole golf course, a spa, as well as many walking and hiking trails.

You have a choice between a rustic thatched cottage or a hotel room with satellite tv, both are incredibly comfortable and welcoming. The food is absolutely delicious, and you can enjoy candlelit dinners, hearty breakfasts, and amazing lunches.

Riverside Sun Resort

If you are looking for a retreat close to the city, then Riverside Sun Resort is a must. Found a short drive out of Johannesburg, this resort offers you all the fun and games of a beach resort, but at the Vaal Dam.

The resort has something for families and couples, young and old. With many outdoor activities available, there is something to do every minute of the day. The watersports and activities are, of course, a lot of fun.

Beacon Island Resort

Plettenberg Bay is very well-known for being one of the best beach destinations in the country. Popular with families, couples, and even groups of young people enjoying their last holiday before university, it has something for everyone.

The Beacon Island Resort ensures every member of the family has the time of their lives. The resort has a children’s program, that offers kids many activities and beach trips, as well as babysitting if parents want to enjoy a night out on the town.

Once the night rolls around, you can enjoy the many bars and clubs around the town, or if you are wanting something more laid back, there are many restaurants to relax in and enjoy a delicious meal.

Club Mykonos

Club Mykonos will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the heart of Greece, but you only need to travel to the glorious Langebaan Lagoon on the West Coast in the Western Cape. A short drive from Cape Town is all you need to take to get to this Mediterranean oasis.

You have a choice of many white-washed self-catering chalets or apartments. Each has their own kitchen, satellite tv, a balcony, and beautiful views of the lagoon and beach. Speaking of the beach, it is just a short walk away from your front door.

There are many things happening at Club Mykonos, you can go on fishing trips, play mini-golf, relaxing on the beach all day, getting fit at the gym, getting a massage at the spa, or watching your kids enjoy the many kid-friendly activities.

Sun City

Sun City is probably the most well-known South African holiday destination. It has absolutely everything you may need to enjoy a fun, fulfilling holiday, whether you are a couple, a family, or a group of friends.

With many different hotels and self-catering timeshare facilities, there is a hotel to suit every pocket, all offering their own unique experiences. Whether you stay at the Cabanas or the Palace, you will love every second of your holiday.

There is absolutely everything at Sun City. There is a casino, a beach, a waterpark, world-class golf course, many restaurants and fun nightlife establishments, wildlife drives, and everything in between.


No matter where you live in South Africa, or where you want to go on holiday, every corner of the country has a beautiful resort or destination that will tick every box you have for an unforgettable holiday.

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