While some bundle up and take invigorating walks on their holidays, most (we see you!) prefer lounging on sun-kissed deckchairs, savouring leisurely sundowners. Don’t despair during South Africa’s winter — chase the sun in the following havens, handpicked by GILTEDGE for July and August getaways for Saffas. Embrace the sunshine, replenish that vitamin D, and head to these solar-powered destinations.


Average temperature: 21°C

July and August are perfect for visiting this tropical paradise. Enjoy warm weather without sticky humidity, a less crowded beach experience than in December, and epic kite and wind surfing conditions. If you’re not into water sports, go golfing, hiking, or mountain biking. And in the cool evenings, savour Mauritian rum, local curries, and lively samba dancing to heat things up.

Where to stay: Mauricia Beachcomber Resort will tick all the boxes. It’s close to the enchanting village of Grande Baie, which happens to be Mauritius’ very own Saint-Tropez. It’s the perfect spot for you to effortlessly switch between being a laid-back beach bum at the resort and diving headfirst into the village’s shopping and café scene. Or surrender yourself to a week of worry-free fun at C Resorts.


Average temperature: 29.7 °C

Ah, the European summer at its finest! From Italy’s romantic Venetian canals to Greece’s ancient ruins in Athens and Croatia’s stunning coastal towns, there’s no shortage of beauty to explore. However, with flights and accommodation at a premium, why not consider a cruise? It’s an affordable and unique way to experience these gems without enduring the chaotic airports and queues.

Where to stay: Set sail on a fantastic adventure aboard the MSC Sinfonia, where you can effortlessly toggle between breezy poolside bliss and cultural ventures in Split, Croatia, Venice and Brindisi, Italy (hello gelato!), and Mykonos and Athens, Greece. Oh, and let’s not forget the blissful at-sea days, where you can unwind and recharge as you glide over the sparkling Mediterranean waters.


Average temperature: 26°C

Did you know July and August are the perfect months for diving in Zanzibar? The water is warm, calm, and the rain is minimal. Snorkelling is incredible, but why not take it to the next level and learn to dive? Zanzibar is an ideal place to start. The dive sites are stunning, teeming with marine life like turtles, manta rays, dolphins, and even sea snakes. For a week-long holiday in Zanzibar, spend 2-3 days exploring historic Stone Town and the rest of the time relaxing in a beachside hotel.

Where to stay: When it’s time to pick a beachside escape in Zanzibar, the options are aplenty! But if you’re in the mood for some serious R&R without any loud beach tunes ruining your vibe, Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar is the place to be. This beach resort will blow you away with its jaw-dropping architecture and 15 unique domed rooms in 50 hectares of lush jungle along Zanzibar’s northern coastline. And if you’re all about absolute privacy, look no further than the heavenly andBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge. With just a handful of fellow guests, the incredible staff will treat you like royalty.


Average daily temperature: 29.1°C

The Maldives is the ultimate luxurious sun-soaked getaway, and it totally lives up to the hype! Thanks to its location near the equator, this place enjoys a monsoon climate that means non-stop warm weather and around eight hours of daily sunshine. When the wet season rolls in over July and August, divers get an extra treat: more marine life, including manta rays and whale sharks, thanks to the increased plankton in the area.

Where to stay: Here’s a happy coincidence – the July/August holidays coincide with the Great Migration in the Serengeti. This means a bush and beach combo holiday could be on the cards for you. Explore Tanzania’s highlights and indulge in the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort on Gaaf Alif Atoll. It’s an unforgettable itinerary, blending adventure and luxury.


Average daily temperature: 27.1°C

July and August mark Seychelles’ dry season, offering warm temperatures and ample sunshine. The weather is ideal for swimming, surfing, hiking, and exploring reserves and forests. It’s a birdwatching season as well, as birds feed their fledglings. August hosts vibrant festivals, granting tourists an immersive experience of local culture and traditions. La Digue’s grand carnival, parades, dances, and songs are highlights of the Assumption of Mary celebration.

Where to stay: What’s better than one tropical island? Two! You can split your time between both Mahé and Praslin islands. Begin your journey at Raffles Seychelles on Praslin, where you can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Immerse yourself in the untouched forest, home to ancient coco de mer palms. Then, venture to Mahé Island and indulge in the beauty of Petite Anse Bay from the luxurious Four Seasons Resort.

Looking for a great sunny escape for your July and August holiday?

Let one of GILTEDGE’s travel experts assemble a getaway you will never forget. Contact us today so we can start organising your sun-soaked break.