Why go to South Africa
South Africa is truly a world in one country. From grassy plains and bushveld teeming with elephant and lion, to soaring snow capped peaks of the Drakensburg; there is the floral kingdom and the pristine beaches of the Garden Route and then on to the Cape – home to penguins and seals, Robben Island and world Class wines. There is adventure and culture, solitude and frenzy; wild animal and friendly people; this is truly a land of great and immense beauty.
Where to go in South Africa
Kruger National Park
This incredible park that was started in 1898 and boasts 2 million hectares is without a doubt, one of South Africa’s greatest attractions. It is unrivalled in its diversity of animals and is a leader in its environmental policies. The park has an impressive array on offer: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. With its population of over 11000 elephant, 150 000 Impala, 7000 rhino and over 17 000 Zebra, you will not leave this incredible park without having seen an abundance of wildlife.
Warm beaches and towering mountain peaks. Rock art and mountain climbing, Diving and fishing, hikes and waterfalls, battlefields and beaches. Natal truly has something for everyone. The elephant coast is home to the Hluhluwe – Imfolozi Game reserve is on of the oldest and home of the White Rhino where it was brought back from extinction.
Visit Isandlwana, Rorkes Drit, Spioenkop and Blood River. Kwazulu-Natal has seen some of the fiercest battles and you can visit the area and its 14 historical towns and surrounds.
Wetland Park: This UNESCO world heritage site is also a divers paradise. The area boasts sand dunes, beaches, mangrove swamps and wetlands, Coral reefs and lakes, woodlands and grasslands and beautiful grasslands. This is also home to one of the world’s great turtle hatcheries.
Also known as the Mother City, this vibrant city has so much to offer. There is an incredible nightlife and shops galore. There are art galleries, museums and social cafes, nightclubs and cuisine to die for. With all of this, just minutes away there is also peace and tranquility. You Can climb table mountain or take the cable car. There is shark cage diving and Robben Island; penguins and the peninsula, winelands and District Six; crafts and curios, art and museums; sky diving and boat trips. There is something for everyone.
Stretching from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth this floral kingdom is great for those that only have a week. The flora is magnificent and boasts almost 300 species of bird life in a variety of habitats from fynbos, to forests to wetlands. There is shark cage diving and elephant parks, aloe factories and oysters. There are ostrich farms and Cango Caves and wherever you go there are beautiful vistas and warm people.
When to go to South Africa
South Africa has two different regions and two different rainfall patterns. In the Cape the Winter months of June, July and August are the rainy season whereas the rest of the country has summer rains. The best would be to determine what you would like to see. June, July and August would be the best time for the game reserve as the dry weather brings all the animals down to the waterholes. But you would not miss out if you came in September and October as this is when all the animals drop their young.
Many flock to the Cape during its warm summer months, but to visit this area in winter is also not a bad thing – there is something quite pleasing about warm fires, good wines and great food I the winter too. There are certain things that can only be experienced at certain times, such as the sardine run which attracts great sharks and whales and that is in May – July.
Namaqualand and its flower display is September and October. Hiking trails and walks would be September and October too. Whichever time you come, South Africa will not disappoint in any way.
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