The Palace of the Lost CitySun City, South Africa7 night stay from £2118 per personSouth Africa's most sumptuous hotel was based on the idea of a lost African Palace. The Lost City surrounds the Palace - a world of jungles, streams, waterfalls and swimming pools and each of the 338 luxuriously appointed rooms are fitted with individually crafted furniture. The Valley of Waves, one of the most advanced water parks in the world, stands as a central feature of the hotel and will provide endless fun for water lovers. There are also 2 golf courses designed by acclaimed designer Gary Player that will provide added enjoyment for lovers of the sport.Prices based on 2 persons sharing Standard Room on a bed and breakfast basis (air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar, butler station, electronic safe and hairdryer) with return flights from Edinburgh to Johannesburg and airport transfers. Prices shown are for guidance only and are subject to availability.
South AfricaWhy South Africaoadventure holidays oexciting cities mixed with first and third world influencesolocations and people full of vibrant culture and heritage o3000km of beautiful coastline owildlife & wilderness, more than the just the Big FiveoFlights from:▪Glasgow & Edinburgh
Fancourt HotelGarden Route, George, SA7 night stay from £1618 per personThe Fancourt is definitely one of South Africa’s premier hotels! Set against a dramatic mountain backdrop, rooms are split between the 150 year old Manor House, which has been completely remodelled to create a boutique hotel and the main hotel, which effortlessly combines modern luxury with traditional elegance. A golf estate – Outeniqua and Montagu 18-hole Golf Courses are two of the finest you’ll encounter – a must for any enthusiast! Meanwhile, those intent on a spot of pampering are also in for a treat. Rituals inspired by the four elements: air, water, fire and earth form the basis of all therapies, ensuring you leave your tranquil surrounds feeling balanced and on top of the world! Dining can be as formal or as casual as you please. There are several restaurants to choose from, including La Cantina, which is ideal for all the family. For that special occasion or just because you want to spoil yourselves, Henry White’s dedicates itself to excellence in the culinary arts – open five days a week, make sure you experience it at least once. When it comes to sightseeing, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area, including Garden Route excursions, a trip to the stunning Knysna Waterfront and trips into the wilderness to spot the Big Five.Prices based on 2 persons sharing a standard king size room on a B&B basis with return flights from Edinburgh to Cape Town. Prices shown are for guidance only and are subject to availability.
Travel GuideWeatherSummerOver much of South Africa, summer (mid-October to mid-February) is characterised by hot, sunny weather – often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African smell in the air.The Western Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is the exception, getting its rain in winter.AutumnAutumn (fall) in South Africa (mid-February to April) offers the best weather in some respects. Very little rain falls over the whole country, and it is warm but not too hot, getting colder as the season progresses.In Cape Town, autumn is fantastic, with hot sunny days and warm, balmy nights which many people spend outdoors.WinterWinter in South Africa (May to July) is characterised in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights, sometimes with heavy frosts. It's a good idea to bring warm clothes.The hot, humid KwaZulu-Natal coast, as well as the Lowveld (lower-lying areas) of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, offer fantastic winter weather with sunny, warmish days and virtually no wind or rain.The Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather. However, these are always interspersed with wonderful days to rival the best of a British summer.The high mountains of the Cape and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal usually get snow in winter.SpringNowhere in South Africa is spring (August to mid-October) more spectacular than in the Cape provinces. Here the grey winter is forgotten as thousands of small, otherwise insignificant plants cover the plains in an iridescent carpet of flowers.The journey to see the flowers of the Namaqualand in the Western and Northern Cape is an annual pilgrimage for many South Africans.CurrencyCurrency – Rand (R)