South Africa – a ‘Rainbow Nation’

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South Africa’s blend of culture and diversity will captivate any traveller and will provide an educational experience that will never be forgotten. Known as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, the contrasts of this country are strikingly apparent in the bewildering mix of race, language, colour and culture. Coupled with its breathtaking scenery, incredible wildlife, year-round sunny climate, true unity

Cape Town
South Africa

Also known as the ‘Mother City’, Cape Town, with its majestic Table Mountain backdrop, is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront serves as the hub to the many tourist attractions that are in the city vicinity. Table Mountain itself offers amazing panoramic views. The Castle of Good Hope (the oldest building in South Africa), Houses of Parliament, Bo-Kaap and Malay Quarter, Aquarium, South African National Gallery within the Company Gardens, are but some of the city attractions. Daily excursions also leave the V & A Waterfront for Robben Island, which has an interesting history of its own. Within easy reach of the city are beaches, Cape Point, wine estates, whale watching, and numerous other attractions and activities.


For a long time after its birth as a gold rush boomtown in 1886, Johannesburg had to fight hard to shed its reputation of being a bawdy, brawling tent town. Today, little more than 100 years later, the city and suburbs have taken on a certain refinement, almost elegance. The Johannesburg and surrounds of the 1990s is alive with world-class theatre, art, entertainment, shopping and events of many kinds, making it a warm-hearted area that lives with gusto and has earned the title of South Africa’s ‘Golden City’.


Gauteng’s two major cities are just 50km apart, but could hardly be more different. Pretoria has been the epitome of staid traditionalism, with its graceful government buildings, wide avenues of purple flowering jacarandas and staunchly Boer farming origins. Pretoria is near enough to Johannesburg’s airport to provide a practical alternative base for exploring Gauteng.

Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is one of the most famous wildlife parks in the world, as well as one of the biggest and oldest – established in 1898 by Paul Kruger. The Kruger has one of the greatest varieties of animals in Africa including the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black rhino – as well as cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and many species of antelope.


Durban, the gateway to the Kwazulu-Natal Province , is famed for its wide sandy beaches and superb surfing in the warm Indian Ocean. Durban-Ethekweni is a vibrant African city, a city that merges with perfect harmony the rustic simplicity of Africa and the modern sophistication of an international business centre. Durban offers a sub-tropical carnival atmosphere, endless summers, an effervescent ocean lined with golden beaches and thousands of pleasure options. The city is an intriguing blend of east, west and Africa: “Durban – where the fun never sets!”


Mpumalanga, meaning ‘Place of the Rising Sun’, is the gateway to the Kruger National Park ,but is often overlooked. The area includes the Klein Drakensberg escarpment, picturesque and historic towns such as Pilgrims Rest, Sabie, Graskop and Barberton as well as the spectacular Blyde River Canyon.

Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

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All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Return travel on Eurotunnel (or P&O Ferries, if you prefer)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500