Road trips from Cape Town are also good all year round because of the semi-arid Karoo, which is such a great contrast with the temperate Garden Route that neighbours it.
If you’re limited for time you should ideally fly into Cape Town, do a little exploration of the Western Cape, then fly to the Kruger area for safari and depart from Johannesburg or Cape Town home.
Health: taking out medical insurance is advisable, as private hospitals in South Africa are expensive, as is air evacuation from remote rural areas.
Immunisation is not essential, unless you are arriving from a country with high incidence of yellow fever.
Luxury coaches operate between most major cities (the main companies are za, zaand za).
Taxis to and from stations should be booked through a recommended company; hailing a taxi is not recommended as South Africa has no centrally regulated taxi system.
Prophylactics against malaria are essential in some areas, but not all (see uk and also nathnac.org).
The three main international airports are Johannesburg, Cape Town and to a lesser extent Durban (King Shaka).
Only Virgin Atlantic (08; virgin-atlantic.com), British Airways (08; ba.com) and South African Airways (08; flysaa.com) fly direct to Johannesburg, and only BA and Virgin fly direct to Cape Town.Regardless, you will find this a most welcoming destination, and engaging with locals easy because most South Africans are able and happy to converse in English.That said, this is still a country of huge inequality.The exception if of course Blue Train (za) and Rovos Rail (rovos.com), both ultra-luxurious options that are well worth the money if you love a train journey.There are loads of scheduled flights a week from London to South Africa, most overnight.