One of the world’s most diverse destinations, South Africa has it all! From exciting big five safaris to impressive coastal landscape along the Garden Route, the cosmopolitan cool of Cape Town to the rich history of KwaZulu Natal’s battlefields, the gastronomic heartland of the winelands to the parched sands of the Kalahari; South Africa’s description as the Rainbow Nation couldn’t be more apt.
The most southerly country on the African continent, South Africa offers one of the most varied holiday destinations imaginable. Whether you’re a honeymoon couple looking for luxury and romance, a family in search of your first malaria-free safari, or perhaps friends looking for the ultimate road trip, there’s certainly something for everyone and we will expertly guide you to your perfect South African experience.
Explore Cape Town – the Mother City – a cosmopolitan, cultural melting pot with a strong European influence. Crowned by the iconic Table Mountain, a stone’s throw from the chic Atlantic Seaboard resorts of Camps Bay and Clifton, and a short drive from the most south-westerly point on the continent; Cape Town is screaming out to be discovered.
For wildlife lovers South Africa does not disappoint either. The vast Kruger area is the perfect spot to head to for a big five safari, and there are great malaria-free options on offer in Madikwe. For the seasoned safari aficionado you can’t beat the uniqueness of the Kalahari, with its red dunes and famous black-maned lions. If you’re looking for an ocean safari, the beaches of the Garden Route and Hermanus are an absolute must – with regular dolphin sightings and the famous southern right whale migration from June to November.
South Africa’s ever-changing landscapes make it the ideal self-drive destination. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or foodie, the Winelands are the perfect place to indulge, with world famous wine estates, boutique vineyards and top class restaurants, as well as some of the best examples of Cape Dutch architecture. For those looking to get off the beaten track we recommend the Panorama Region, dominated by Blyde River Canyon, or how about exploring the spectacularly dramatic Drakensberg Mountains in combination with the KwaZulu Natalbattlefields for a completely different take on South African history and an insight into Zulu culture?
Often seen as the preserve of the business traveller, Johannesburg has undergone something of a renaissance and is worth a visit for those interested in South African culture and history. Occasionally an overnight stay in Johannesburg is necessary when combining South Africa with the beach destinations of Mauritius, Mozambique and the Seychelles, but this should certainly not be seen as a wasted opportunity.
When to visit
South Africa is a year-round destination due to its varying regional climates and wildlife opportunities. The Cape has beautiful hot, dry weather in its summer months between November and February, while the best time to visit for whale watching is between July and November.
The seasons fall as follows, spring September and October, summer November to February, autumn March to April, winter June to August.