While travelling overseas is a joy everyone should experience at least once in their lives the task of getting a visa to travel to your country of choice can be a serious hassle. Not to mention the fact that it adds exorbitant extra costs to your travel budget! Luckily for South Africans there are a few travel destinations that cut out the visa process completely (Hallelujah!) so you can avoid all the nasty paperwork and just enjoy booking your holiday. Check out these top ten visa-free destinations for South Africans.

1. Peru

Covering the largest part of the Amazon rainforest (second to Brazil), Peru offers some of the most mysterious and beautiful sites in the world. The South American country is probably best known for its incredibly well preserved ancient Incan ruins, with thousands of tourists trekking to Machu Picchu every day. But, in addition to the incredible history, the country also offers plenty of luxurious places including world-class hotels and fabulous resorts.

2. Argentina

From learning to tango to drinking some pretty spectacular wine, Argentina offers plenty for visitors to enjoy and discover. The largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Argentina has distinct and beautiful geography, interesting history and culture, thriving nightlife, and unique local cuisine. The capital Buenos Aires is also renowned for being one of the world’s most exhilarating cities.

Jamaica

Jamaica.

3. Jamaica

The home of Reggae, the Bob Marley Museum, and the perfect spot for cocktails on the beach, this Caribbean island is known for having the best snorkelling and diving spots. The beautiful island has become one of the most popular vacation spots in the western hemisphere for so many reasons. The food, beaches, music, and unique culture are just some of the reasons why people from all over the world rush to visit this unique place.

4. The Bahamas

From sandy white beaches to crystal blue waters, the Bahamas is home to almost every breed of shark, and a scuba divers’ paradise. But the crystal blue beaches and white sand isn’t the island’s only attractions. The archipelago’s geographical location, its 700 unique islands, the weather, and its cultural and entertainment activities make it the perfect place for your next holiday.

5. South Korea

South Korea is fast emerging as one of the hottest holiday destinations in the world. A tiny country with diverse landscapes, colourful cultures and traditions, South Korea offers the ideal holiday destination for anyone looking for a combination of tranquillity and buzz. Don’t miss out on trying the traditional street food or visiting some of the most beautiful Buddhist landmarks.

Thailand

Thailand.

6. Thailand

With constant warm weather, endless days on the beach, and warm, friendly locals, this postcard-perfect tropical island is on every list of must-visit spots. From beautiful temples to breathtaking beaches, and moreish food, Thailand offers so much for visitors to enjoy.

7. Zambia

Just a stone’s throw away from home, Zambia offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with Africa’s wildlife. Of course, coming from South Africa many of us might be looking for something other than great safari locations. For the more outdoorsy type, the country offers white water rafting down the Zambezi river or bungee jumping from Victoria Falls bridge.

8. Botswana

With its diverse ecosystems, extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities, and friendly people, Botswana is known to many as the jewel of Africa. With the Okavango Delta being the countries biggest drawcard, Botswana is indeed a bucket-list-worthy destination.

New Zealand

New Zealand.

9. Fiji

This island nation offers crystal-clear South Pacific seawater along protected reefs (renowned for their brilliant soft coral formations and 1,000 species of fish), making it ideal for snorkelling and diving holidays.

10. Ireland

Known for its pub culture, trying a Guinness beer here is compulsory. Farmer’s markets are scattered across landscapes and castles are around every corner.

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