Rorke's Drift Battlefield
By Katie Shaw
26 March 2018
On the afternoon of January 22nd, 1879, 4,000 Zulu warriors launched an attack on Rorke's Drift on the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.Read more
Discover South Africa by train with our Highlights of South Africa rail holiday.
From the world-class waterfront city of Cape Town, set against lofty peaks which soar dramatically out of azure waters, to the vast wilderness of Kruger National Park, home of the fabled 'Big Five' game animals, South Africa is a truly diverse country with outstanding landscapes to match. Discover the very best that South Africa has to offer when you uncover the sublime scenery and cultural highlights of a place that is all at once magical, beautiful and mysteriously alluring..
Discover the wonders of South Africa with a journey on the historical Ceres Railway, a fantastic game drive in Kruger National Park, and a trip along the glorious Garden Route to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.… see more
15 days from £2,195 ppView tour details >
Helping you plan your holiday to Africa
South Africa's summer falls during wintertime in the UK, making it the perfect destination for winter sun-seekers. At this time of the year, South Africa boasts glorious, sunny weather, and a slight increase in rainfall results in wonderfully verdant landscapes.
Winter is a fantastic time to experience the varied experiences South Africa has to offer its visitors, from the lively energy of coastal Cape Town to Kruger National Park, where adventuresome travellers have the chance to observe some of the world's most spectacular, exotic and rare wildlife.
Enjoy a truly unique experience with Ceres Rail Company as you
board a historic refurbished steam train for the return journey to
Elgin. Wind slowly through verdant valley scenery on this relaxed,
three-hour journey from Cape Town to
the Elgin Railway Market.
Housed in a former apple warehouse, the design takes inspiration from a bygone era of prosperous steam travel, and the space is transformed into an Art Deco, Victorian inspired market. Spend time perusing the many exciting offerings, including artisan gins, delicious street food, and handmade jewellery.
While the main language in South Africa is English, there are 11 official spoken tongues here, including Afrikaans, Ndebele, and Zulu; most South Africans can speak more than one language.
The time zone used in South Africa is South Africa Standard Time, which is two hours ahead of GMT. On average, a direct flight from London to Johannesburg takes around 11 hours. Visitors from the UK will require a passport with at least six months validity and a minimum of two blank pages. When visiting South Africa for tourist purposes (up to 90 days), a visa is not required.