When to visit
|Jan||Good||'Green Season' with rain but beautiful landscapes|
|Feb||Good||'Green Season' with rain but beautiful landscapes|
|Mar||Good||'Green Season' with rain but beautiful landscapes|
|Apr||Best||Generally dry days and cool nights. Large wildlife concentrations|
|May||Best||Generally dry days and cool nights. Large wildlife concentrations|
|Jun||Best||Warm, dry days but cool nights|
|Jul||Best||Great game viewing in Okavango, Chobe and Linyanti and warm, dry days but cool nights|
|Aug||Best||Elephant herds in Chobe and warm, dry days but cool nights|
|Sep||Best||Great game viewing in Okavango, Chobe and Linyanti. Warm, dry days|
|Oct||Best||Hottest of the 'dry' season and animals gather around watering holes|
|Nov||Best||Warm, dry weather with animals gathering around watering holes|
|Dec||Good||High day time temperatures but regular rainfall|
A country of extremes, South Africa is one of Africa’s best safari destinations, offering a wide variety of game reserves to experience the Big Five. Soak up the sun on its unspoilt beaches, discover the vibrant city of Cape Town, sample world renowned wines in the Cape’s winelands and explore the treasured Garden Route. Whether it’s a family holiday or a honeymoon escape, a cost-effective itinerary or a luxury safari, South Africa caters to all tastes and budgets. A holiday to South Africa will certainly allow you to explore and expand your horizons.
The Cape WinelandsLocated 40 minutes’ drive from the city of Cape Town, the major wineland towns include Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl. Complete with incredible natural beauty, the Cape Winelands offer a unique selection of award-winning wines, historical charm and gastronomic delights.
Kruger National Park
Undoubtably South Africa’s most sought-after safari destination, the Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest Big 5 game reserves and is South Africa’s largest game reserve. All these iconic animals share the reserve with over 140 other mammals and over 500 varieties of bird species. The reserve is home to a wide variety of accommodation options from luxury safari lodges to magnificent tented camps. Plan your safari to the Kruger National Park from our range of recommended safari itinerary options which offer both upmarket private safaris to more affordable safari options.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
The Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve is a premier safari destination that forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Home to a number of luxury and award-winning safari lodges, the Sabi Sands offers an exclusive safari experience encompassing unsurpassed service and fine dining. With one of the richest game populations in the country, the Sabi Sands assures travellers of unrivalled Big 5 game viewing and a first-class African safari.
The Garden Route
Stretching along 300-kilometres along South Africa’s scenic south-western coast from Witsand (a few hours outside Cape Town) to Plettenberg Bay, the Garden Route is one of the most beautiful destinations in South Africa. Encompassing indigenous fynbos, expanses of beach, ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, dunes, lakes and mountain vistas, this coastline offers an array of adventures, charming seaside towns and magnificent ocean views.
The Drakensberg Mountains comprise the country’s highest mountain range forming the boundary between South Africa and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. It offers one of the most remarkable and dramatic landscapes in South Africa. Stretching over 1000 kilometres and 250 000 hectares of KwaZulu-Natal’s landscape, the mountains offer unlimited opportunities for outdoor activities including hiking, rock climbing, horse-riding and birdwatching. This mountain range is also home to the richest collection of San rock art paintings in Southern Africa.
Madikwe Game Reserve
Situated against the border of Botswana and close to the Kalahari Desert, the Madikwe Game Reserve is the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa and is one of the countries lesser-known parks. It is one of the few reserves in South Africa that is malaria free making it the ideal location for family safaris. The Big 5 can be found in the reserve along 66 other wildlife species. Accommodation of offer within this 80 000-hectare private game reserve is mainly 4 and 5 star luxury private game lodges.
Pilanesberg National Park
Only three hours’ drive away from South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, the Pilanesberg National Park is one of the most accessible game reserves in South Africa. Covering 55 000 hectares, the park is the fourth largest in South Africa and borders with Sun City. The malaria-free game reserve is situated within the remnants of a volcanic crater and is home to the Big 5. A variety of accommodation is available from more affordable to luxury lodges.
Addo Elephant Park
This diverse national park is situated close to Port Elizabeth and is the country’s third largest game reserve. This malaria-free park is home to one if the densest populations of Elephant in the world. The park is split into sections from the Karoo right down until the ocean. Over and above great sightings of elephants, the park is home to lions, zebras, black rhinos, Cape buffaloes, spotted hyenas and numerous bird species. The park also offers sightings of great white sharks and southern right whale off its coastal sections.
This friendly city is unpretentious and offers so much to see and do. Commonly called Joburg or Jozi, this city is transforming at a rapid rate and is often referred to as the vibrant heart of South Africa. Stocked with superb museums, mostly offering deep insight into the country’s unfortunate past namely the Apartheid Museum, travellers can really immerse themselves in a historical and cultural journey when visiting Johannesburg. The success of the city’s growing urban-renewal projects such as the Maboneng Precinct, allow visitors to really dive in and experience the buzz and growing charm of this city. Top experiences in Johannesburg include the Apartheid Museum, Liliesleaf Farm, Soweto and Constitutional Hill.