Visit South Africa for all types of holidays from excellent safaris to the beautiful mountains and beach holidays; suitable for all types of visitors, especially honeymooners and families.
Situated at the southern tip of the African continent; South Africa shares its borders with Namibia in the northwest, Botswana & Zimbabwe in the north and Mozambique and Swaziland in the northeast.
South Africa is fondly called ‘The Rainbow Nation’; due to its transformation after the fall of apartheid. Since then South Africa has increasingly become the destination of choice; for all types of travelers from family holidays, weddings, honeymoons to conferences, and incentives.
South Africa is the most value-for-money safari destination in Africa.
Best time to visit South Africa:
South Africa is a great African country to visit all year round. It offers great wildlife safaris, culture, awesome scenery with mountains for the more athletic, and beaches; if you are just wanting to relax in summer. Throw in the fantastic wine and fine cuisine, and you can see why South Africa is such a popular tourist destination.
South African safaris are best during the winter months (May to September), and usually, it is a cheaper time of year for accommodation. Temperatures during the day are usually warm (around 20ºC) but the evenings do get chilly. Rainfall in the north is mostly in the summer (Kruger area).
If visiting Cape Town between mid-August to mid-September; a visit to see the flowers of Namaqualand when the desert terrain transforms into a spectacular carpet of flowers. A great self-drive option situated outside of Cape Town, stretching up into the Northern Cape.
Kwa-Zulu Natal is on the east coast, and the coastal towns offer year-round warm waters (Indian Ocean) for swimming at the beaches. The climate here is fantastic and winters are very mild. Inland from Durban; it may be a bit chillier in winter; you will find the Midlands Meander, Drakensberg Mountains, and Battlefields.
Please bear in mind; that the South African holiday season/school holidays; (mid-December to late January, April, and July) and coastal areas (especially Cape Town, Garden Route, and Durban) and the Kruger can become very busy so you will need to book well in advance.
Links to South African attractions
Battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal
Eastern Cape including Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), Grahamstown, and East London plus also malaria-free game reserves
Garden Route including Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn, George and also Storms River (Tsitsikamma)
Johannesburg and Pretoria
Kruger National Park
Madikwe Game Reserve
MalaMala Game Reserve
Northern Cape including Kimberley, and national parks such as Augrabies Falls, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (both in the Green Kalahari), Namaqua, Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, and Tankwa Karoo.
Phinda Private Game Reserve
Pilanesberg National Park
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Sun City and The Palace of the Lost City
The Zulu Kingdom incl. Hluhluwe, St Lucia, Lake Sibaya and Sodwana