Travel to South Africa
Greater Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand, Cape Town, world class beaches, the Elephant Coast, Great Karoo, Bushman Rock Art
The third most biologically diverse country on Earth is home to wildlife safaris, vibrant cities, dramatically beautiful landscapes, diverse cultures, the planet’s richest floral kingdom, the world’s greatest concentration of plants and animals and the 2010 World Cup.
PLACES TO VISIT IN SOUTH AFRICA
Greater Kruger National Park – One of Africa’s best wildlife regions is home to abundant and diverse game viewing along with spectacular safari lodges; Kruger offers visitors the chance of seeing the Big Five game species every day.
Cape Town – South Africa’s premier tourist destination is a combination of historic coastal charm and urban sophistication with stunning scenery, a pleasant climate and endless activities. Learn more about Cape Town.
Cape Winelands – Just an hour outside Cape Town, set in the gorgeous Cape Floral Kingdom, are some of the most beautiful scenes and settings of any wine region in the world. Well-established wine routes offer tastings, tours, meals, entertainment, and accommodation in charming inns of both Dutch and French architectural styles.
The Cederberg Wilderness Area – Just a three hour drive north of Cape Town, the Cederberg is home to picturesque rugged scenery, weathered and unique sandstone formations, and numerous Bushman rock art sites.
Great Karoo – An enchanting and vast ancient rugged landscape, and now one of just two southern African regions bestowed the honor of designation as a Biodiversity Hotspot by Conservation International, the Karoo was formed millions of years ago and is one of the great natural wonders of the world because it hosts such a fascinating and unique diversity of life.
The Garden Route – Named for its lush natural gardens, the Garden Route is a 400 mile, visually stunning stretch of charming seaside villages, wineries, mountains, beaches, forests and myriad activity opportunities.
Eastern Cape Game Reserves – This locale offers Big Five game viewing in a malaria-free environment conveniently located close to the coast and the Garden Route with some wonderful safari lodge options.
Drakensberg Mountains – “The Dragon Mountains” — also known as “the soul of the Zulu kingdom” — rise in a place of intense natural beauty declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its tapestry of Bushman Rock Art.
Battlefields – Set amongst dramatic scenic beauty are historic battle sites between the Zulus, Boers and Brits.
West Coast – Beautiful and seldom traveled, the West Coast is all about laid-back relaxation amongst incredible scenic beauty away from the crowds, hence it offers some of the greatest small town experiences in South Africa.
Elephant Coast – South Africa’s most tropical region is home to warm water, miles of untouched beach, scuba diving and snorkeling, and excellent game viewing.
KwaZulu Natal Game Reserves – KwaZulu Natal is a tropical part of South Africa rich in Zulu culture, lush scenery, golden beaches, and huge game reserves, as well as the place where the white rhino was saved from extinction.
Wild Coast – A dramatically gorgeous stretch of rural coastline totally unspoiled and un-commercialized, this rugged coastline is one of South Africa’s most fascinating and beautiful areas, and a place for adventure away from the crowds.
Richtersveld – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this dramatic and hauntingly beautiful mountain desert contains the world’s richest desert flora including the unusual halfmens, a tall succulent plant bearing an uncanny resemblance to the human silhouette.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – One of Africa’s great parks is a rugged wildlife sanctuary with an abundance of game. This International Peace Park shares an unfenced border with Botswana, allowing animals to migrate within one of the largest protected wilderness areas in the world.
Johannesburg and surroundings – The most populous city in South Africa and the third most populous city in Africa is known as the “city of gold.” Home to 3 million people, it’s the financial and commercial heartland of South Africa and the main entry point for most overseas visitors.
Madikwe Game Reserve / Pilanesberg Game Reserve / Sun City – Two game-rich parks are nearby a beautiful inland Las Vegas style resort that offers a casino, Gary Player designed golf courses, and numerous restaurants and bars.
Kimberley – “The Diamond City” is the center of the world’s diamond industry and home to the headquarters of the De Beers Mining Company founded by Cecil John Rhodes in 1888. Kimberley is still the diamond capital of the world and the place where the Industrial Revolution began in South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA ACTIVITIES
Safari Activities: Game drives, walking safaris, bird watching
Cultural and Historical Activities: Bushmen cultural interactions and rock art sites, experience inviting Xhosa culture, Cultural day trips through Zululand, visit a working sheep, ostrich or game farm, visit Soweto township, see the Cradle of Mankind at the Sterkfontein Caves, visit Gold Reef City Theme Park and experience 19th century gold mining, enjoy a guided tour of the Kimberley Mine Museum with a former diamond miner
Fitness Activities: rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, ziplining, downhill skiing, golfing, mountain biking, bungee jumping
Water Activities: fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching, kayaking, surfing, boating, swimming, white water rafting, shark safari, crocodile cage diving
Art, Museum and City Activities: Visit the childhood home of Nelson Mandela and the Nelson Mandela Museum, wine tasting, dining on fresh seafood, battle site tours with resident specialist historians, arts and craft markets, Visit the District Six Museum, shopping – high-end shopping complexes, African craft stalls, jewelry stores, art galleries and open-air markets, the Castle of Good Hope, the National Gallery and Two Oceans Aquarium, New Rest Township, Apartheid Museum, Museum Africa and Mandela Museum, the Johannesburg Zoo, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the largest hand-dug hole in the world
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT SOUTH AFRICA
Rated as possessing one of the best climates in the world, South Africa is subtropical and famous for its sunshine; however, because of location, varied topography and oceanic influences, great climate variety exists. Most of the country is a summer rainfall region except for the Western Cape (Cape Town area) which is a winter rainfall region.
- Summer: from October to February; hot and sunny days with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly.
- Autumn: from mid-February through April; warm and sunny days, with nights getting cooler. It’s a great time to visit Cape Town.
- Winter: from May through July; dry, sunny, crisp days, along with cold nights, make it a great time for the hot and humid KwaZulu-Natal coast and game viewing
- Spring: from August to mid-October; incredible spring flowers and excellent game viewing.
- Cape Town: from May through September, the weather is cool and rainy; from November through March, it’s warm and dry
- Best game viewing in the North: Kruger National Park, from May through September
- Best game viewing in the South: Eastern Cape Game Reserves, from September through April