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South Africa, located at the continent's southernmost point, has a large variety of beautiful destinations that cater to a wide range of needs and desires. South Africa is renowned for its rich wildlife reserves such as the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand and Timbavati.
South Africa is perfectly located to offer visitors Malaria free holidays and safaris, making it a great option for families with young children. Cape Town provides visitors with a great city break, and is easily combined with other options such as safari, the Cape Winelands and the renowned Garden Route. One of the things that makes South Africa an ideal destination is that it can accommodate almost any budget and any taste. Its fantastic diversity offers many types of holidays and experiences.
The country is also one of the best golfing destinations in the world, with first-class courses in spectacular settings.
South Africa is a stellar safari destination with parks packed with fascinating wildlife. With over 20 national parks (excluding private reserves), South Africa’s wildlife reserves make up more than 3% of the country’s total territory. The Kruger National Park alone is as big as the entire country of Israel. The vast land and resources dispensed towards conservation has ensured that visitors to South Africa can experience an authentic safari by viewing wild animals in their natural habitat and minimal human interference.
Travellers should note that many of the game reserves work in conjunction with the local communities. Visiting the reserves not only helps to protect endangered species, but also empowers local communities through a variety of projects. Going on Safari in South Africa means to make a positive impact by simply arriving and enjoying.
Attractions & Activities
A closer look at what your holiday could be.
Cape Town is also known as the Mother City and is country's oldest and founding city. Famous features like Table Mountain and Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) are obvious attractions, just like the area's spectacular beaches, world-class shopping, fine dining and adventure activities. Cape Town is a short 120 kilometres away from Africa’s whale-watching mecca in Hermanus, and is only a 40 minute drive away from the Cape Winelands.
Delving into the city's history and culture, you will find that Cape Town has many lively and cosmopolitan subcultures. Cathedrals, mosques, cafés, markets, clubs and colonial Dutch buildings share space in the city, with its inhabitants creating a flourishing city filled with local and international food, architecture, music and art. A wander through Greenmarket Square and its surrounding streets will quickly reveal this.
The Cape Winelands
Those who enjoy great cuisine, fine wine and a touch of history will find great satisfaction in the Cape Winelands. The Cape Winelands is made up of a series of old historic towns, connected by vineyards and wine farms. The region can be explored as a destination by itself, or as an add- on to your African holiday. According to South African wine maker Dirk Coetzee, the Cape Winelands is one of the only regions left where the process of wine making is not highly mechanized, making sure the wines are crafted instead of produced. He asserted that this ensure wines of the finest quality, authenticity and originality.
The Cape Winelands is best discovered leisurely, with wine in one hand and cheese in the other. The most popular towns to visit in the Winelands are Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschoek and Wellington; each bringing something unique to the region. Franschoek has more award-winning restaurants concentrated in its town alone than in the whole country. Stellenbosch on the other hand has the most wine awards per capita/wine than any other region in South Africa. Wellington again is home to Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky: South Africa's first Single Grain Whisky, and was voted the "World's Best Grain Whisky" at the International World Whisky Awards.
The Garden Route
The Garden Route is the adventure hub of South Africa, located on a scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It includes picturesque towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and George. The Garden Route is only 400 kilometres from Cape Town, and is famed as an “all-in-one activities route” where visitors can participate in everything from adrenaline sports to cultured wine tasting and game viewing.
The Garden Route is also a golfers paradise with many world class gold courses including the Links at Rancourt, Pezula, Pinnacle Point and St. Francis Links. The Garden Route even boasts the world’s highest commercial bungee jumping bridge: The Bloukrans Bridge. It stands at an impressive 216m above the Bloukrans River, and complements the adventure filled Garden Route quite perfectly.
Timbavati: Exceptional Big 5 viewing and home to White Lions
Timbavati is situated on the border of the Kruger National Park located in the north east of South Africa. There are no fences between the neighboring reserves, allowing the wildlife to roam freely, aiding the already exceptional game viewing. This luxury reserve is home to seven unique safari lodges, each catering to different needs of visitors. There are family-friendly lodges, exclusive honeymoon suites and authentic mobile adventure camps on offer. The Timbavati is approximately 5 or 6 hours drive from Johannesburg. Normal passenger vehicles can reach all lodges within the reserve, although daily flights are also available from Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Sabi Sand: Exceptional Big 5 viewing, and home to the most leopards
Sabi Sand Game Reserve is the oldest private game reserve in South Africa and is located on over 65 000 hectares of precious African bushveld. This reserve is one of the most exclusive and luxurious private game reserves in the world and has an outstanding track record for providing more than 50 years of ultimate luxury safari and wild game photography experiences. The reserve is particularly famous for its easy viewing of the Big 5, especially the leopard.
Madikwe: Malaria free safari Close to Johannesburg and home to Big 5
Madikwe Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s foremost Big 5 malaria-free game reserves. Bordering on Botswana and the North West Province, it is located just a 3.5 hour drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. It is one of South Africa’s largest nature reserves, being home to 66 mamal species and 300 magnificent bird species.
Sanbona: Malaria free safari close to Cape Town, Big 5 viewing and White Lions
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is on the world renowned Route 62 between Montagu and Barrydale. It is located at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain Range in South Africa’s Little Karoo. It is approximately 270 kilometers or 170 miles from Cape Town, making it easy to add the Mother City to your safari vacation. Sanbona Game Reserve offers 5 Star accommodation in the form of 3 luxurious lodges, all catering to different tastes and needs. The San people were the first to roam this area, and their “Bushmen” rock art dating back over 2000 to 5000 years can be seen at certain sites.
When to Visit South Africa
Choosing the best time to visit South Africa depends on where you want to go and what you want to do.
The best time for safari is usually between the months of May and September. This is the dry winter season when temperatures are lower. The lack of rain means the bush is less dense, making it easier to spot animals. The dry season also sees animals congregating around water sources, making it them more visible.
Cape Town and the Cape Winelands has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild, but wet winters. Cape Town’s hot, dry summer months run from late October to end of March/ beginning April. Temperatures are highest between December and February. Do try to visit Cape Town in the summer; it provides you with the ideal weather to explore the city in full.
The Garden Route is a great all year round destination, because of its mild and temperate climate: Temperatures rarely fall below 16 degrees Celsius/ 60 degrees Fahrenheit, even in winter. The time you visit should largely depend on your interests: whale watching season runs from July to October (peaking in September), hiking is also good in winter, and the 10-day Knysna Festival in July is a great combination of sporting events, food and live local music. Temperatures are highest in the summer months running from November to April. February to April is a great time to visit the Garden, because the weather is mildest at this time.
Kwazulu Natal enjoys a sub-tropical climate, also making it great all year round destination. Kwazulu Natal’s climate is generally quite warm and even the winters are mild. Durban boasts an average of 320 days of sunshine a year. Temperatures range from 16 to 25 degrees Celsius (60-77 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter. During the summer months (between September and April) temperatures range from 23 to 33 degrees Celsius (74-92 degrees Fahrenheit). December and January is particularly busy period as it’s the choice holiday destination for many South Africans during their summer holiday.
"South Africa really is the country that has it all, from amazing safaris, cosmopolitan cities, great beaches and world class food and wine. Make sure to spend enough time here so that you can a chance to experience what is is all about. "
Owner & Founder - Adam Malmnas
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