South Africa holidays ‘great value’ for British tourists

Holidays to South Africa represent better value for money than this time last year as the pound strengthens against the South African rand.

A survey conducted by Post Office Travel Money found that the value of the rand has dipped 16.1 per cent compared to the pound over the last 12 months, meaning British holidaymakers will get more for their money.

“Although the increasing value of sterling against the euro has dominated the headlines, there are very few places where the pound is not packing a stronger punch this year,” said Andrew Brown, head of Post Office Travel money.

“Our advice is for people to keep a close eye on exchange rates for all the destinations they are considering so they can judge where they will get the best return on their money,” he continued.

This is particularly good news for those looking to head South Africa to follow the England rugby team on their summer tour.

Scores of rugby fans are set to descend on the country when the tourists take on South Africa in Durban (9th June), Johannesburg (16th June) and Port Elizabeth  (23rd June); in addition to two mid-week games against SA Barbarians South (in Kimberly) and SA Barbarians North (in Potchefstroom).

As well as plenty of world-class rugby, the tour will encourage visitors to experience a different side to South Africa away from Cape Town, the country’s most popular destination.

Port Elizabeth (the Friendly City) will no doubt be a particular highlight of the tour. Blessed with year-round warm temperatures and glorious beaches around Nelson Mandela Bay, the city is a staggeringly under-visited jewel on South Africa’s famed Garden Route.