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“From the classic safari country of Kruger National Park to the stately ‘mother city’ of Cape Town; from the snow-sprinkled heights of the Drakensberg to the parched red dunes of the Kalahari; from the gorgeous Winelands around Stellenbosch to the paradisiacal beaches of the Garden Route – South Africa is a true all-rounder that attracts more than its fair share of repeat visitors.

Eliud Karimi

Head Wildlife Guide/Director Of Operations

With so much variety and things to do, it’s easy to see why South Africa is such a popular destination for adventure travel. Here you can explore the bustling city of Cape Town, search for the “Big Five” in Kruger National Park, and discover the valleys and farmsteads of the Winelands. Dive deep into the country’s colonial past with a visit to the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal and take to the open road on a journey along the Garden Route, enjoying views over the wave-lashed coast. Don’t forget about the popular rail excursions that take you through majestic mountain ranges and lush grasslands providing you with an unmatched view of the rainbow nation. South Africa truly has something for everyone.

South Africa is home to a number of great National Parks & Game Reserves including: Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Phinda Game Reserve, and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Here, all the Big Five are present along with other wildlife including giraffe, hippo, and a variety of antelope species. White rhino can also be spotted at many of the parks while its black counterpart is much more elusive. Cape mountain zebras take to the west of the country while leopards lurk in waiting while in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in search of their next meal.

While visiting South Africa can be done year-round, the best time to experience the parks is during the Dry Season (May to September) when various wildlife congregate around rivers and waterholes. With less vegetation, the bush thins out allowing for better wildlife viewing accompanied by little to no rain and an abundance of sunshine. In the Wet Season (October to April) the landscape is lush with greenery welcoming a number of exotic migratory birds. While there are some rains present, most occur in the afternoon as short showers and won’t interfere with any activities you have planned.

South Africa has a temperate climate with plenty of sunny, dry days to be had. During the Dry Season (May to September) there is almost no rainfall and the humidity remains relatively low. With summer coming to an end, temperatures remain cool around 79°F in the afternoon with colder mornings of 50°F. Keep in mind that a majority of the game drives will be in open vehicles, so it’s reccomened to pack warm winter clothing. Towards the end of the Dry Season the heat comes back into play with temperatures reaching 82°F in the afternoon while mornings still remain cool. Moving into the Wet Season (October to April) temperatures start to get warmer while occasional afternoon storms make their first appearance. These are the wettest months, but still offer comfortable conditions with temperatures during the day and afternoon around 84°F.

It’s no surprise that South Africa is a premier wildlife destination with a majority of the popular safari animals being easily spotted. Kruger National Park offers the chanve to see the “Big Five” while scenic parks such as KwaZulu-Natal are best to encounter rhino. Heading to Mountain Zebra National Park gives you the opportunity to see the Cape Mountain zebra which is endemic to South Africa. The elusive and rare black wildebeest is also another endemic to the country and can be found within the Karoo reserves. Smaller wildlife take to the dry habitat in the Kalahari such as meerkat, gemsbok, springbok and bat-eared fox. Overall, South Africa offers a great combination of diverse wildlife in iconic destinations that are waiting to be discovered.

When it comes to things to do and places to see, South Africa spoils its visitors with a wide variety of different tours and excursions. Whether you want to explore the Winelands, take a self-drive route through the Eastern Cape, or even learn about traditional Zulu culture in KwaZulu Natal – there’s no shortage of exciting opportunities in a country so diverse. Here are some ideas to spark inspiration as you begin planning your dream trip to South Africa:

 

  • Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of the city below
  • Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid
  • See the Big Five on morning, afternoon and evening game drives in the Kruger
  • Indulge in fine food to accompany the great wines of Franschhoek and the surrounding vineyards

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With so much to do and see planning a trip to South Africa can be daunting and overwhelming for first time visitors. For those that are looking for the classic safari experience head to Kruger National Park where you immerse yourself in the African bush. If you are wanting more of a combination of culture and wildlife, consider adding in a stop to the bustling city of Cape Town. Planning a romantic getaway? The Winelands offer seclusion and exclusivity while getting to savor some of the countries finest wine varietal exports. No matter what you are looking for, South Africa has something to suit every taste – and budget.

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“This was the best trip I have ever taken. It truly was life changing. Not one aspect of this trip was disappointing. Our guide, Jackson was the most patient and informative guide, I think we could have ever asked for. We saw everything – the big five, a cheetah hunt, herds of elephants, lions, hippos! It was the greatest experience I ever had.”

“We have just returned from the most wonderful and amazing trip we have taken! We have traveled in Europe, Asia, North/South and Central America and this was the best trip we have had. The variety of animals and abundance we saw was beyond our expectations. We are looking forward to our next trip!”

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