South Africa has something for everyone with its game parks, conservation projects, Winelands, battlefields, cultural cities, beaches, penguins and whales.
Its landscapes are just as enticing with desert, mountains, wild coastlines, wilderness and endless space. The beauty of South Africa is there is so much to do and see and you can self-drive and explore the country at your own pace, staying in lovely little guesthouses or boutique hotels and lodges along the way.
Did you know?
- South Africa is really a year round destination. Seasons are the reverse to Europe with midsummer in December and mid-winter in June. The climate varies considerably between the different regions.
- The Cape is very popular in the summer (November to March) but can be a bit wet in June and July but mild. It generally has a Mediterranean type climate.
- Further north Kwazulu Natal has a subtropical climate with plenty of sunshine year round. Summers (December/January) can be hot and thundery. In winter the Drakensberg can be cold with some snow on the tops.
- The Kruger area has sunshine year round, summers can be hot and thundery but winter is sunny and dry. Winter is also the best time for game viewing but can be quite cold at night and early mornings. The Northern Province is definitely pretty cold at night in winter months but sunny in the day time and warm clothing is a necessity for early morning and evening game drives.
- South Africa is the most cost effective safari in all Africa.
- Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world and one of the planet’s 12 main energy centres, radiating magnetic, electric or spiritual energy.
- The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms – and the only one which is wholly contained within a single country.
- South Africa has: deserts, wetlands, grasslands, bush, subtropical forests, mountains and escarpments.
- South Africa is home to the highest commercial bungi jump in the world at 710 feet.
- The oldest remains of modern humans were found in South Africa and are well over 160,000 years old.
- The Karoo region in the Western Cape is home to some of the best fossils of early dinosaurs. In fact, it is estimated that some 80% of the mammalian fossils found to date were found in the Karoo.
- If you want to go to a big cat orphanage, walk with lions or feed and play with cubs please look at this website first: bloodlions.org