South Africa

South Africa is packed with natural beauty, culture and wildlife.

Travel to South Africa

South Africa is a popular tourist destination, a land of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine, wide horizons, endless stretches of golden sands and seas of red dunes, rocky plains, beaches and nature.

South Africa is the continent's most developed country, and is many worlds in one: modern bustling cities, ancient rock art, gorgeous beaches, fabulous game lodges and national parks, mountain ranges, desert, wildlife, and winelands.

Discover the most popular destinations with us:
Table Mountain | Kruger National Park | Robben Island | Victoria & Alfred Waterfront | Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden | Blyde River Canyon | Apartheid Museum | Cradle of Humankind | Gold Reef City | Cape Peninsula | Cango Caves | Drakensberg | Winelands

The best time to travel to South Africa
To sum up the areas, below is a good idea of when its best to do what activities:
Wildlife safaris are best from May - October (dry season).
To visit the Cape and Garden Route, the best time would be the summer months , in particular February and March.
The best time to see whales off the Cape’s coast is July - October.
The wild flowers of the Western Cape and Namaqualand are best seen in early spring (August and September).
The Drakensberg Mountains are best seen during the summer months (October - February).
The KwaZulu-Natal coast has year-round sunshine, a beautifully mild winter and warm ocean temperatures so any time is a good time. Kwazulu Natal is home to the oldest proclaimed park in Africa, Hluluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve and the St Lucia Estuary, the first African declared World Heritage Site.

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Large botti size oak barrels in Chianti by Rob & Lisa Meehan - originally posted to Flickr as Wine Cellar. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Large_botti_size_oak_barrels_in_Chianti.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Large_botti_size_oak_barrels_in_Chianti.jpg

Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities and a top international destination. Large numbers of tourists flock to Cape Town to enjoy this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines and laidback lifestyle. Whether you are a serious tourist or just want to lie on the beach and enjoy life, Cape Town will satisfy your needs. With its magnificent natural beauty, its rich cultural heritage and its world-renowned wines - the Winelands Region in the Western Cape is synonymous with all the best that the Cape has to offer. A short drive to the Winelands where splendid mountains form a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads steeped in history. Experience the hospitality and beauty, visit some of the many wine farms, or stroll down a beautifully restored street in one of the historical town centres. The excellent wines produced in this area are world-renowned. The Cape Winelands region is the source of many legendary Cape wines, the produce of row upon row of grapevines, many of which were first planted hundreds of years ago. Its classic Cape-Dutch homesteads, mountainous surrounds, grand heritage and sumptuous restaurants have earned the Cape Winelands the right to call itself South Africa’s culinary capital. See itinerary

Safari South Africa big five

South Africa is one of the continents premier destinations for game safaris. South Africa has a scattering of diverse parks and reserves known the world over for superb big game viewing and luxurious lodge accommodation. For many, a safari in South Africa is synonymous with the Kruger National Park, the country's largest and best known game reserve. However, South Africa has many excellent safari destinations ranging from the Madikwe Private Game Reserve set on the edge of the Kalahari to the Big 5 reserves of the Eastern Cape and sub-tropical KwaZulu-Natal.

All main safari animals are easily seen in certain places. Kruger Park offers excellent general game viewing, in Sabi Sand, the main focus is on seeing the big five; it is famous for its leopards. Seeing these normally shy cats is almost guaranteed here. Wildlife is scattered in Kgalagadi, but sightings in this arid environment tend to be exciting. Madikwe in the North West is home to the rare African Wild Dog. See itinerary

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