Many countries boast about being diverse, but South Africa is really right at the top of the list. From wildlife safaris in the Kruger National Park, to penguins in the Cape, the majestic Drakensberg range, the tropical Kwa Zulu Natal where it’s always summer ( iSimangaliso Wetland Park alone hosts five distinct ecosystems), the Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers, the iconic Table Mountain in the cosmopolitan mother city of Cape Town, the charming winelands (and delicious wines they produce), the deserted Kalahari, the lush green Garden Route and the remote beaches of the wild coast. South Africa really earns its reputation as being one of the most epic countries on the African continent.
Whilst the natural beauty of South Africa is not to be disputed, it also offers wonderful urban experiences. Cosmopolitan Cape Town (the Fairest Cape in all the world) hosts striking architecture and is the ‘design hub’ of the country. Streets are filled with graffiti and art installations, interesting people and creative workshops (and shops!), and at night locals and visitors alike fill the local bars, sidewalk cafes and remarkable restaurants. Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse and ‘city of gold’ is a fascinating city, vibrant, diverse and rich in history (the Apartheid museum is a must see for all visitors!). The roads are safe and easy to navigate, making South Africa a great self-drive or guided destination, and if you only have little time, there are daily flights between Cape Town and Kruger National Park areas, so you can get the best of both worlds with very little fuss!
Ideal to combine with:
Everywhere! South Africa is a great starting point for any Southern African adventure. There are loads of international flights to choose from, and neighbouring countries are easily accessible through daily affordable flights.
Our top experiences:
Cape Town | Garden Route | Winelands | Kruger National Park | Various Private Game Reserves | Kwa Zulu Natal | Drakensberg region
November – March: Whilst these summer months predict rainy subtropical weather in most parts of the country (afternoon showers), the Western Cape is dry and hot.
April - August: it cools down in the Cape and there's some rain, whilst the rainfall reduces in other parts of the country. The weather is still mostly mild, although in the Western Cape region the months of June and July are traditionally wet and cold.
September – October: The rainy weather stops and the temperatures start rising again. In the Namaqualand region Spring is announced with a spectacular appearance of wild flowers.