13 August 2018
South Africa is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, and has a number of enthralling historical attractions including the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum, and Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town. However the true allure of South Africa lies in its untamed wilderness. Spot the Big Five along with thousands of other species in nature reserves like Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, or try a hot air balloon safari and gently drift over the wonders of the South African landscape.
Best time to visit South Africa
The climate of South Africa varies markedly between regions, making it important to check the weather of the specific regions you are visiting. Generally, the best time to visit South Africa is late spring (October and November) and early autumn (March and April) to avoid the intense heat of summer and the cold and wet winters in the Cape. However, many tourists relish the hot summer months between December and February.
Recommended length of stay: At least two to three days for a wildlife safari, 10 to 14 days to explore further in South Africa or stay in multiple lodges
Local currency: South Africa Rand (ZAR)
Top three experiences
Travel the Garden Route
Stretching from Mossel Bay in the west to Storms River in the east, the Garden Route is home to picturesque beaches, rolling hills, and the mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges. Experience the incredible wildlife along the coastline on a whale-watching expedition, or try cage diving to get up close and personal with the fearsome Great white shark.
Embark on a safari experience
Choose from a variety of game reserves to spot the Big Five of African wildlife (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino), and experience the breathtaking scenery and untamed beauty of South Africa.
Explore Cape Town
Cape Town offers award winning restaurants, incredible natural beauty (Table Mountain), adventure activities, historical and cultural experiences, and much more. Don’t forget the winelands area with a plethora of wine estates to choose from and fantastic restaurants on your doorstep.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.