South Africa truly lives up to its reputation as a "World in one Country." This captivating nation offers an array of experiences and stunning landscapes that will enchant you. From the breathtaking natural wonders like the Garden Route and Table Mountain to the rich cultural tapestry that spans from the Zulu people in the south to the Shangaan further north, South Africa has it all. Our top recommendations include indulging in the luxury of a safari lodge in the Sabi Sands or Kruger National Park, dedicating several days to explore the vibrant city of Cape Town and the picturesque Winelands, and concluding your journey with a leisurely exploration along the enchanting Garden Route.
Cape Town & the Winelands: Cape Town, one of the world's most beautiful cities, combines coastal splendor with urban elegance. It's also the gateway to the historic Cape Winelands, known for its world-renowned wines and enchanting Cape Dutch architecture.
Eastern Cape: Home to the traditional Xhosa people, this region offers diverse landscapes, from stunning coastlines to the arid Karoo, rich in wildlife and culture.
Kruger National Park: A sanctuary for Africa's Big 5 and a multitude of other wildlife, including giraffes, hippos, and zebras. The best way to explore this diversity is in one of the private game reserves.
Madikwe National Park: This malaria-free reserve, located along the Botswana border, boasts over 60 mammal species, including the Big Five. Enjoy game drives, guided walking trails, or birding safaris.
The Garden Route: A stunning 200km coastal stretch between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, featuring charming towns like Knysna, nestled beside a picturesque lagoon.
When to go / useful information
When to go
South Africa is a year-round destination, with seasons akin to New Zealand.
However, we highly recommend visiting between May and September, which is the prime game-viewing season. Although mornings and evenings might be a bit chilly, this period offers the best wildlife encounters.
Currency: South African Rand
Language: 11 official languages including English, Afrikaans, IsiZulu, IsiNdebele and IsiXhosa.
What makes it special: South Africa offers a mesmerizing array of natural beauty, from stunning landscapes to cosmopolitan cities and exceptional wildlife encounters. The country boasts some of the finest hotels and unique safari lodges, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay.
Weather: South Africa enjoys a temperate climate, making it a year-round destination. Summers run from October to February, while winters are mild in the northern regions. Indian Ocean beaches can be enjoyed year-round.
Social customs: South Africans represent a diverse tapestry of backgrounds, slowly forging a united nation. This mixture includes Afrikaaners, Cape coloureds, British, Indians, and various ethnic black populations such as Zulu, Shangaan, and Sotho. The nation proudly celebrates icons like Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Charlize Theron. Familiarize yourself with some useful words: Braai (BBQ), just now (soon, not immediately), biltong (dried meat snack), and bokkie (sweetheart).