A golden country which has everything to offer the traveller – vast empty spaces, wilderness, glorious beaches, dramatic scenery and scorched plains.
It is a country where two oceans – the Atlantic and the Indian – meet and converge to provide a spectacular coastline, a country so rich in soil that it’s fynbos is a protected element, and yet it still houses one of the most inhospitable deserts on earth, the Kalahari.
But most of all it is a land rich in wildlife; it teems with lion and elephant, thousands of antelope, the elusive leopard and the endangered wild dog, not to mention a myriad of antelope, zebra, wildebeest & giraffe and hundreds of species of bird. It is also the ideal place to see the greatest creatures of the deep during the whale-watching season and is one of the few places on the planet where you can spy penguins on the sands & dive with great whites. Add to that the lushness of the Garden Route, the bounties of the Wine Region, the riches of the Kruger National Park and the cosmopolitan glamour of Johannesburg and Cape Town and you have a land for all seasons, all tastes.
- Enjoy the view from the top of Table Mountain
- Spot the Big 5 on safari
- Take a trip to Robben Island
- Enjoy whale-watching in Walker Bay
- Sample a tasting tour through the Wine Region
- When in Cape Town make sure to visit The Test Kitchen, now the city’s top restaurant
- If flying domestically on British Airways consider upgrading to Business Class as their SLOW airport lounges are amongst the world’s finest.
- If staying overnight at Johannesburg airport, choose the City Lodge rather than the Intercontinental – it is 30% of the cost and is just as easy to reach
- When paying for petrol remember that only cash is accepted
- Summer – October to February. Characterised by warm sunny skies, but can lead to mild thunderstorms, which clear to leave an earthy, truly African scent.
- Autumn – February to April. Very good weather where it’s not too hot and minimal rain.
- Winter – May to July. In South Africa it has dry, sunny does with cold nights. ZwaZulu-Natal Coast, Limpopo and Mpumalang provinces celebrate amazing weather, with no signs of wind or rain.
- Spring – August to September. The weather is relatively good everywhere.
- For whale-watching travel between July & November
- To experience the flowers of Namaqualand visit in August or September
- The best game-viewing in the Kruger is in the UK’s summer months
- Fly into Cape Town at the weekend and avoid the weekday traffic queues into the city
- Big Five, Whales, Sharks, Birds, Zebras, Giraffe