South Africa’s diverse landscapes consist of dry savannahs, gorgeous rainforests, deserts and wetlands - not to mention intriguing landscapes in the high mountains. From these spectacular landscapes to the multitude of diverse cultures, a trip to South Africa really is like a trip around the world!
South Africa is also a country that excites and enchants travellers with its amazing animals and refreshing wines. Offering some of the best-known and well-established national parks and wildlife safaris, those looking to get up close with Africa’s ‘Big 5’, as well as numerous other wildlife, will not be disappointed. South Africa is also known for its world-class wineries and creative cuisine. A visit to the wine lands near Cape Town is a must for any wine lover and some of the world’s top chefs make sure your food excels as much as your wine.
One of the most popular activities in the country is to drive the Garden Route - a remarkably diverse ecosystem, dominated by idyllic lagoons, wild bays and tropical forests. If you are searching for a very special holiday destination, that will appeal to everyone in your group, look no further than South Africa.
For the wine connoisseur, the Franschhoek Wine Tram tour is an excellent way to discover the real soul the Franschhoek Valley. Delight in this unique experience as you visit some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wineries. From picturesque vineyards, spectacular scenery world-class cuisine and of course fine wines, this tour will surely make for a memorable experience!
For a truly memorable holiday in South Africa, a game drive or walk at a wildlife reserve is a must. Game drives are offered in unique open-air 4x4 vehicles, specially outfitted for finding wildlife wherever they are. For the more adventurous souls, game walks are also often available. Sometimes you are able to get quite close to the wildlife for a totally different viewpoint to game drives. Be sure to partake in this thrilling and unique experience during your South African holiday!
Stellenbosch is a world-famous wine region only a stone’s throw away from Cape Town. Whether you visit South Africa’s leading wine region on a day trip from Cape Town, or spend several days in the area, you’ll be entranced by the beauty and aroma of Stellenbosch’s numerous, outstanding, wineries.
Exploring this picturesque, coastal route at the south-western tip of the country, is a trip of a lifetime for travellers the world over. The Garden Route, running 150 miles, roughly from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, is a feast for the eyes. Here you’ll find diverse landscapes and wildlife as you pass through numerous nature and marine reserves, featuring lagoons, lakes and primaeval forests. Of course, no coastal drive is complete without visiting a beach and some of the best in the world await you here.
Tsitsikamma is known for its beautiful, pristine forests brushing up against the Indian Ocean. Its most unique attraction could be its seaside cliffs, used for excellent, shore-based whale-watching opportunities. The Tsitsikamma National Park is also a great location for hiking with short and extended trips available. Thrill seekers will be sure to notice that Tsitsikamma also offers the world’s highest bridge-based bungee jump as well as whitewater rafting opportunities.
The Kruger National Park is doubtless South Africa's most popular destination for exciting game drives. It is the oldest, largest and best-established park in South Africa. Discover the enormous variety of wildlife here, including the legendary Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) spread throughout the parks 7,700 square miles. With a park this big to explore, you’ll want to spend the night (or seven) in one of the luxurious tent camps or exclusive lodges found within the park.
Located in the north-east of South Africa, near Kruger National Park, The Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world and an outstanding natural beauty of Africa. Covered in red sandstone rock as well as lush, subtropical foliage, the canyon is truly a unique world wonder. Offering possibly the best view in Blyde River Canyon is the "Three Rondavels" viewpoint, overlooking the three huge, towering rock formations.
Many travellers come to South Africa in the summer (November to March). Coastal areas tend to be hottest, with interior locations, like the Drakensberg mountains, being cooler. Winters in South Africa occur between June and September and are usually dry, warm and sunny. Winters are considered the best time for observing wildlife at the national parks and game reserves around the country. The dry weather forces animals to spend more of their time at various waterholes, helping to increase the number of animal sightings.
There are also great festivals you’ll want to integrate into your trip. The carnival Kaapse Klopse, for instance, takes place January 2 in Cape Town, where thousands of minstrels take to the streets garbed in bright colours, typically playing an array of musical instruments.
The annual Jive Cape Town Funny Festival is a month-long comedy festival starting in mid-July. It showcases an array of acts from around the world, together with a selection of top local and national artists.
In the winter, be sure to visit the university town of Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) for the National Arts Festival. Starting in late June or early July each year and running for 11 days, it is the biggest annual celebration of the arts in Africa.