South Africa Travel Guide
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- Best Time To Visit
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From its vibrant cities and safari havens to its stunning natural landscapes, South Africa offers something for every kind of traveler. Spend your days exploring the stunning Garden Route towns of the Western Cape, come face-to-face with some of the world's most iconic wildlife in Kruger National Park, or take in the raw beauty of the subtropical coast in northern KwaZulu-Natal - South Africa promises an unforgettable experience. With a mix of diverse cultures, delectable cuisine, vibrant cities, and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, South Africa offers something that will be sure to captivate and fascinate any traveler. Be sure to explore all this remarkable country has to offer and make lasting memories.
Rates (USD) $128 to $561 pp/day
Best Time To Go May to September, Cape Town: November to March
High Season October to March (Crowded during school holidays)
Size 1,221,037km² / 471,445mi²
- Excellent and easily accessible wildlife viewing
- Self-drive, package or custom safaris for any budget
- A wide variety of habitats and scenery
- Excellent service and a well-run tourist industry
- Good infrastructure and shops
- Less wilderness appeal and fenced parks
- Popular parks can get crowded
- High crime rate in cities
South Africa is a wildlife lover's paradise, offering hundreds of species of game across the country. From the Big Five, including the African elephant, white rhino, lion, leopard, and Cape Buffalo, to the abundance of antelope and rare African wild dog, there is something for all wildlife enthusiasts. From renowned parks like Kruger to lesser-known reserves like Sabi Sand, visitors are lucky enough to spot enormous hippos, majestic giraffes, and many other large species. Even the endangered marine mammals like the humpback and Bryde's whale can be seen off the country's beautiful coastlines. With some luck and knowledge, even the elusive black rhino can be found in the more remote regions of the country. Whether you're an avid photographer or just a curious nature lover, South Africa promises an incredible array of wildlife encounters.
Best Time To Visit
Kruger and its surrounds provide optimal conditions for adventurers between May and September, offering sunny days and cool nights. Although rainfall in the region is sporadic during this season, it typically stays near waterholes and rivers allowing visitors the best chance of interacting with its natural wonders. Similarly, those who wish to immerse themselves in all the wonders of Cape Town should plan to visit from November to March, when the Dry season brings in warm, sunny days and the perfect conditions to explore the city, coastline, and beaches.