Discover a selection of 4,000 vacation rentals in South Africa that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $81 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.
Destination guide

South Africa: an extraordinarily diverse country

South Africa is a country of extraordinarily diversity – rugged coastlines, soaring mountains and rolling desert dunes make up just a fraction of its land. It's perhaps best known for safaris and driving out in 4x4s in search of the Big Five is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, there's much more beyond wildlife spotting when you stay in a South Africa vacation rental, like rambling along the hiking trails, getting your thrill-seeking kicks by bungee jumping, or learning about South Africa's turbulent past and vision for a better future. This will be like no vacation you've ever had.

Things to do

Over 300 museums to explore in South Africa

South Africa's history dates back to the some of the world's earliest settlements and there are over 300 museums across the country which reflect its past and culture. Poignant apartheid-era museums commemorate those lost in the battle for equality and democracy, while others showcase South Africa's thriving contemporary art scene. If you've got a car, a drive along the extraordinarily beautiful Garden Route offers close encounters with the country's natural wonders and the fine winemakers in the Cape Winelands open their doors to passersby looking to discover South Africa's delicious reds and whites.


Adventure seekers love South Africa

South Africa might be known for its enviable safaris, but there's a whole host of action-packed activities to be had beyond the parks and reserves. Ramblers can walk along the diverse range of footpaths that snake around the coast, in the semi-desert interior or up the Drakensberg peaks. Rock climbers can scale the mighty Cederberg, while surfers can catch the rolling waves along the Eastern Cape. Adrenaline nuts can throw themselves off Bloukrans Bridge attached to bungees, soar over everything on hang gliders, or lower themselves into cages to get face-to-face with great white sharks.


South Africa's enviable climate

The best time to stay in a South Africa vacation rental very much depends on what part of the country you visit. The most popular time along the coast, particularly in Cape Town, is the summer months, which fall between December and February, while the low season is between June and August, when the nights can be a little chilly. In the most part, your best bet is booking a rental in one of the shoulder seasons, when the weather can still be delightfully warm, the crowds have thinned out and the prices have taken a nosedive.

Natural features

Spot the Big Five in South Africa

The wildlife of South Africa needs little introduction and is one of the biggest draws for vacationers. This is safari country where spotting the Big Five – rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards and buffalo – in the Kruger or Kgalagadi sits towards the top of most travel bucket lists. It's not all about these magnificent creatures, though. Watching packs of wild dogs, baboons and warthogs can be just as interesting, while birdwatchers catch sightings of African fish eagles and cape starlings. This is one of the greatest wildlife spots on Earth and its all within easy reach of your South Africa vacation rental.

How many vacation rentals are available around South Africa?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 4,163 vacation rentals around South Africa. From 1,900 house rentals to 329 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

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

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Africa. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cape Town: 2,323 vacation rentals
  • Ballito: 102 vacation rentals
  • Camps Bay: 210 vacation rentals
  • Pretoria: 86 vacation rentals
  • Durban: 149 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in South Africa! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in South Africa?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Africa:

  • Cape Town: 2,323 rentals
  • Ballito: 102 rentals
  • Pretoria: 86 rentals
  • Durban: 149 rentals
  • Port Elizabeth: 53 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to South Africa?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in South Africa are:

  • Durban North (VIR-Virginia): 170 vacation rentals
  • Oudtshoorn (OUH): 18 vacation rentals
  • Johannesburg (GCJ-Grand Central): 462 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in South Africa?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in South Africa. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Durban International Convention Centre: 145 rentals
  • South Africa Library: 1,973 rentals
  • Greenmarket Square: 504 rentals
  • Bruma Flea Market: 428 rentals
  • San Lameer Golf Course: 41 rentals

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

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