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Travelling in South Africa

Embark on an extraordinary South Africa tour and immerse yourself in thrilling adventures and captivating wonders.

South Africa is a year-round travel destination, known for Big 5 safari experiences, adrenaline fuelled activities, as well as world-class dining, vibrant cultures, awe-inspiring landscapes, from breathtaking winelands to stunning beaches.

Travellers to South Africa love to visit the iconic Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves, where the majestic Big 5 roam freely including lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos. Venture into the Greater Kruger Area for exclusive encounters and an intimate safari experience, away from the crowds. 

Discover the hidden gem of Madikwe, a conservation area brimming with wildlife. Or for those preferring a shorter journey, explore the rich safari offerings of Pilanesberg National Park, a true South African travel gem. Both of these great destinations are popular with families.

KwaZulu-Natal is a coastal South African province, where picturesque beaches, majestic mountains, and wildlife-filled savannahs await. Delight in immersive game drives and combine your safari with visits to the Zulu Battlefields, the enchanting Drakensberg Escarpment, or the impressive Umhlanga Rocks beaches. Traditional villages around the town of Eshowe showcase the traditions of the indigenous Zulu people.

In Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, you will be captivated by the panoramic views from Table Mountain's cable car and will be moved by the historic significance of Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela.

Just one hour drive east of Cape Town lies the winelands; a connoisseurs dream, with endless fine restaurants, acres of vineyards and an amazing array of hotels to choose from. The region’s three main towns — Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl — form a triangle that you can easily visit all in one trip.

The scenic Garden Route is a stunning 200km stretch of coastline where picturesque landscapes, charming towns, and pristine beaches beckon. Immerse yourself in nature's splendour, with majestic mountains on one side and the enchanting Indian Ocean on the other, with numerous lovely towns, beautiful beaches, indigenous forests and beautiful flowers.

South Africa’s Eastern Cape boasts some excellent private game reserves just a short distance from Port Elizabeth. Experience thrilling safaris in a unique environment, a perfect complement to your journey along the Garden Route.

If you are looking to travel in South Africa many wonders await, and we would love to help plan your ultimate adventure.



What currency is used in South Africa?

The currency of South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). Major credit cards are generally accepted at most hotels, restaurants, and larger establishments, although when traveling in South Africa it's advisable to carry some cash in rand for smaller expenses, such as local markets and smaller establishments that may not accept credit cards.

Is it safe to visit South Africa?

South Africa is generally a safe country to visit, but like any destination, it's important to take certain precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

If you plan to visit national parks or wildlife reserves, always follow the instructions of experienced guides and park officials. Maintain a safe distance from wild animals and never approach them on foot unless accompanied by a knowledgeable guide.

Read more about visiting South Africa safely as a solo female traveller on our blog.

When is the best time to visit South Africa?

The best time to visit South Africa depends on your preferences and the specific experiences you seek. South Africa has a diverse climate and a range of activities and attractions to offer throughout the year. Here's a breakdown of the seasons to help you plan your visit:

Summer (December to February):
South Africa's summer months bring warm to hot temperatures and are ideal for beach activities, wildlife sightings, and outdoor adventures. It's a popular time to visit coastal areas, such as Cape Town and Durban, as well as the Kruger National Park and other game reserves. However, it's worth noting that some regions, particularly the coastal areas, can get crowded during the peak holiday season.

Autumn (March to May):
Autumn in South Africa is characterized by mild temperatures and fewer crowds compared to the summer months. It's a great time to visit Cape Town, the Winelands, and the Garden Route, as the weather is still pleasant, and the landscapes are beautifully colored with autumn hues. The game viewing in the Kruger National Park and other reserves remains good during this time.

Winter (June to August):
Winter in South Africa brings cooler temperatures, especially in the evenings and early mornings. It's an excellent time to visit game reserves, as the dry conditions make wildlife easier to spot. The Kruger National Park and other reserves in the northeastern parts of the country offer fantastic game viewing opportunities. The winter months are also a good time to explore cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg, as they experience fewer tourists.

Spring (September to November):
Spring in South Africa brings mild temperatures, blooming flowers, and vibrant landscapes. It's a great time to visit the Cape Winelands, the Namaqualand region, and the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. In game reserves, the spring months offer pleasant weather and the chance to witness newborn animals and migratory bird arrivals.

Can I go on safari in South Africa?

Absolutely! South Africa is a fantastic destination for safari experiences, offering a diverse range of national parks and private game reserves that showcase the country's rich wildlife. The most widely known safari destination in South Africa is Kruger National Park, which is one of Africa's largest game reserves and is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) as well as numerous other species.

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