Safari Holidays in South Africa

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Discover the Wildlife of Kruger National Park and Beyond

One of our favourite destinations, South Africa is not only a great safari destination but offers so much more for those wishing to experience its remarkable scenery, history and cultural heritage. The enormous and game rich Kruger National Park is South Africa’s principal game-viewing region where visitors will find a diverse range safari activities and accommodation at their disposal from less sophisticated, more rustic properties to the finest and most exclusive luxurious lodges.

 

There are several safari regions which are non-malarial including Madikwe on the South Africa/ Botswana border and Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. Beyond enjoying South Africa’s fantastic game-viewing opportunities, you might consider heading along the beautiful Garden Route or spending a few days in and around Cape Town. South Africa produces some of the finest wines in the world and is a gastronomic delight. Franshhoek is the epicentre of the Cape’s extensive winelands.

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Great Places You Can Visit

South Africa is famous for many a good reason and the below regions are certainly some of them.

Cape Town & The Winelands

Cape Town epitomises an extraordinary meeting of old and new. It is a fascinating confluence of ancient and modern architecture, history and culture. Overlooked by the impressive Table Mountain and set on a peninsula of soaring rocks and verdant valleys, the region combines the bright lights and urban sophistication of a modern cityscape with fabulous scenery and the beautiful surroundings of the Cape Winelands.

 

Cape Town itself is bustling with life and along with its many restaurants, shopping malls, theatres, nightclubs, jazz cafes and casinos its best known attractions include the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and Cape Point. It is a city steeped in history and culture, where African tribes live beside Dutch, German, French, British and other settlers.

The Garden Route

South Africa’s Garden Route is a lovely stretch of coastline in the Eastern and Western Cape extending roughly from Tsitsikamma to Mosselbay, with its western boundaries being the mountain ranges of Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma. This picturesque area is characterised by a wonderful, sunny climate and beautiful, indigenous forests that support a range of flora and fauna. It is well known for its watersports, its friendly towns and its fabulous coastal scenery. There are numerous opportunities for expending some energy along this coastline too! Activities here include golf, snorkeling, sea kayaking, quad-biking, bungee jumping, scuba diving and polo playing.

 

Half way along the Garden Route between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town is the town of Plettenberg. The beautiful bay is fringed by white sand against a dramatic mountain backdrop. The sea here is a meeting point of the Indian Ocean’s cold and warm currents,
thereby supporting an uncommonly rich marine life.

 

Another lovely town on the Garden Route is Hermanus. This pretty, coastal resort offers the best land based whale watching in the world, with up to 100 Southern Right Whales coming to Walker Bay from Antartica between July and December every year. Hermanus has some glorious beaches and some great mountain walks. In town, there are some super restaurants and the craft market is well known for its art.

Kruger National Park

The world-renowned Kruger National Park is, without doubt, South Africa’s flagship park. Covering nearly 2 million hectares, the park boasts an impressive array of both flora and fauna including over 500 species of bird, 300 different types of trees and around 150 different mammals. The park is also of great historic importance with abundant bushman rock paintings and fascinating archaeological sites such as Masorini and Thulamela.

 

The park is unparalleled in terms of facilities and range of accommodation and visitors will find something here to suit every budget. The park is also cross-crossed by an expansive network of all-weather roads, allowing visitors to explore this diverse habitat with the greatest of ease. Despite the park being a highly developed tourist destination, it still remains one of the country’s largest un-spoilt wildernesses.

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South Africa

There’s just so much you can do in South Africa and we are full of ideas to suit you. Here are three of our favourites.

Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail is a train journey back in time. Effectively a train safari throughout South Africa and beyond, Rovos Rail is a luxury Edwardian-style train. Accommodating up to 72 guests in spacious suites, each suite has its own bathroom and subtle modern conveniences. The Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences.

 

This exceptional journey combines some of South Africa’s most magnificent scenery with an authentic colonial style and understated elegance.

 

The nine scheduled journeys begin or end at Rovos Rail Station and the routes encompass South Africa and further afield to Namibia and all the way to Victoria Falls and Dar Es Salaam. Journeys range from 2 days up to 28 days.

Whale Watching in Hermanus

Potfolio-SOuthAfrica1Hermanus is a beautiful coastal destination located just down the coast from Cape Town. It’s the most idyllic retreat after a few busy days in Cape Town. It’s also famous for the whale watching on offer, especially after being recognized by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world.

 

Between July and November is known, by history, as the best time to enjoy whale watching. However earlier in the season is a bit less guaranteed whereas you are almost guaranteed of seeing whales in September, October and November.

 

For those who really want to get up and close to the action, a guided sea kayaking trip promises you this. This unique opportunity to watch whales and explore the magnificent coastline is an unforgettable experience.

Great White Shark Cage Diving

South Africa is well established as the best place in the world to go cage diving with Great White Sharks.

 

A number of excellently run outfits operate within a short drive from Cape Town and whilst this is not an activity for the faint-hearted, safety is paramount and these close encounters offer an adrenaline rush like no other.

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When You Should Visit

Timing is everything and when you choose to visit will play a huge part in the experience you have. Here’s some advice to help.

JANUARY

Nice and hot month in Cape Town. Wet in the Safari Parks.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 31°C

In Cape Town – 28°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 68mm

In Cape Town – 15mm

FEBRUARY

The hottest month of the year in Cape Town. Heavy rain in the safari parks.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 31°C

In Cape Town – 29°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 62mm

In Cape Town – 17mm

MARCH

The last hot and relatively dry month in Cape Town. In the safari parks the rain is heavy, the bush is thick and it’s a great time of year for bird watching.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 29°C

In Cape Town – 27°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 56mm

In Cape Town – 20mm

APRIL

Temperature cools down and the rain level increases in Cape Town. The safari parks conditions improve.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 27°C

In Cape Town – 25°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 31mm

In Cape Town – 40mm

MAY

A wet month with temperature dropping in Cape Town. In the safari parks the landscape is beautiful and green; the air is very clear with some rain around.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 25°C

In Cape Town – 22°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 17mm

In Cape Town – 68mm

JUNE

The wettest month of the year in Cape Town, traditionally. In the safari parks, start of the peak season as the weather dries up, although nights can be very cold.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 22°C

In Cape Town – 19°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 15mm

In Cape Town – 93mm

JULY

In Cape Town July can be a rainy month and nights can be cold as this is the heart of the winter. On Safari, whilst nights can be close to freezing expect fantastic weather and game viewing during the day.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 22°C

In Cape Town – 19°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 13mm

In Cape Town – 84mm

AUGUST

In Cape Town it can be beautiful and dry one moment, but blustery and wet the next. On safari it is a clear and dry month.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 25°C

In Cape Town – 19°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 16mm

In Cape Town – 78mm

SEPTEMBER

In Cape Town the weather starts to improve. In the safari parks nights can be close to freezing but during the day it warms up quickly; this is a great time for game viewing.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 29°C

In Cape Town – 21°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 17mm

In Cape Town – 40mm

OCTOBER

In Cape Town temperatures start to rise again and the rainfall levels drop. It is a very hot time to be on safari but this is good for game viewing.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 31°C

In Cape Town – 23°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 38mm

In Cape Town – 30mm

NOVEMBER

The best time to visit Cape Town starts as wet season approaches the safari parks.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 31°C

In Cape Town – 25°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 53mm

In Cape Town – 14mm

DECEMBER

A great time to be sunning yourself in and around Cape town. In the safari parks the rainy season begins.

Average Temperature:

On Safari – 31°C

In Cape Town – 27°C

Average Rainfall:

On Safari – 64mm

In Cape Town – 18mm

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Did You Know?

 

The Cape of Good Hope is the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and has long been of special significance to sailors as a safe harbour on long voyages.

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THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

 

Originally named ‘Cape of Storms’ by Bartholomeus Diaz in 1488, the ‘Cape of Good Hope’ is an infamous landmark for sailors as the convergence of two oceans and erratic weather patterns can make for ferocious conditions at sea.

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