Discover a selection of 4,000 holiday rentals in South Africa that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo holiday homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including pool and air conditioning. Prices start at £ 42 per night, and houses and villas are popular options for a stay in South Africa. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

South Africa holiday lettings

Surrounded by Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent. With its mass of people from diverse cultures, including Sub-Saharan, European and Asian, all gathering together to share their heritage, this wide range of cultures have led the country to be commonly known as the ‘Rainbow Nation’. As a hub of various national customs and home to vast and resplendent landscapes, it’s no wonder so many travellers choose South Africa homes for their holiday lettings.


History around South Africa villa rentals

The area surrounding South Africa’s villa rentals has a long and pronounced history. In fact, South Africa is home to ancient and significant archaeological and human-fossil dig sites, including Sterkfontein, one of the richest locations for hominin fossils in the world and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site located in an area known as ‘The Cradle of Humankind’, zones of great palaeontological significance which provide numerous insightful tours, as well as kid-friendly maropeng cave tours. Table Mountain is another popular travellers’ attraction with a rich history behind it, including the evidence of prehistoric inhabitation of the indigenous Khoikhoi people. Maybe you’d like to take a tour of the 17th-century Castle of Good Hope, crafted by the Dutch East India Company as a fort during the turbulent year of 1664, when tensions with Great Britain and the Netherlands reached a boiling point. South Africa was also home to renowned civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, who was the first black man to become the country’s head of state and the first to be elected in a fully representative election.

Outdoor activities

Things to do near South Africa holiday lettings

Finding a way to spend your days while remaining close to your holiday home is no problem in South Africa, with such majestic attractions as the Addo Elephant National Park, which also houses lions and black rhinos, or you may prefer a panoramic view of the city of Cape Town from atop Lion’s Head mountain. It won’t matter how you decide to spend your time here, because as soon as you get out and explore the country, you’ll be reassured that you’ve made the best holiday rental choice.

How to get around

Transportation around South Africa holiday rentals

Once in South Africa, you’ll have your choice of transport options to get you from the airport to your holiday cottage. Boating ports and railways are available throughout the country, as well as car services. A great majority of people choose to use the minibus taxis, as they are quite low-priced. Car rentals are relatively inexpensive and a good way to navigate the region. There are some more well-established rental companies, as well as local options to choose from. It should be noted that while taxis are readily available, they must typically be arranged beforehand.

Food & drink

Dining around South Africa holiday cottages

You’ll find no shortage of restaurants and cafes near your holiday home, with menus as diverse as the country’s population. Popular dishes such as ceviche with nettle granita, shortbread with dark chocolate and duck with cauliflower and cheese are just a few of the delicious options you can find at local dining establishments. Many restaurants also offer outdoor patio seating and live entertainment.

Essential info

Facts for the trip to South African holiday homes

You should know the local lingo of the area surrounding your holiday rental, and South African residents speak a number of different languages, including English. However, there are some non-verbal imperatives that should be considered when visiting the country. Beginning with eye contact, South Africans tend to maintain a steady stare during a conversation, though older residents may avert their eyes as a means of showing respect to authority. Placing your hands in your pockets during a conversation can be misinterpreted as a lack of respect, and so can gesturing with your index and middle finger in the V-shaped ‘peace sign’ with your palm facing you. Respect is important to South Africans, and one way to quickly show and gain respect is by greeting them quickly and gregariously, complimenting the land and its people. The country and its people are friendly and inviting, but you should plan day trip activities with safety in mind.

How many holiday rentals are available around South Africa?

Our 2021 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,983 holiday lettings around South Africa. From 1,942 houses to 393 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in South Africa?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in South Africa. From Vrbo UK travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cape Town: 2,189 holiday homes
  • Durban: 126 holiday homes
  • Southbroom: 53 holiday homes
  • Camps Bay: 233 holiday homes
  • Margate: 47 holiday homes

Vrbo UK offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in South Africa! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in South Africa?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in South Africa with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Cape Town: 2,189 holiday lettings
  • Durban: 126 holiday lettings
  • Southbroom: 53 holiday lettings
  • Margate: 47 holiday lettings
  • Ballito: 75 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to South Africa?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in South Africa are:

  • George (GRJ): 56 self catering accommodations
  • Plettenberg Bay (PBZ): 112 self catering accommodations
  • Port Elizabeth (PLZ): 51 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in South Africa?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in South Africa. From Vrbo UK travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • L'Ormarins Estate Wines: 278 holiday rentals
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre: 39 holiday rentals
  • N1 City Hospital: 1,834 holiday rentals
  • South Africa Library: 1,841 holiday rentals
  • V&A Waterfront: 1,811 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Africa listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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