The highest mountains in South Africa provide incredible winding scenic roads, mountainous landscapes as far as the eye can see and the kinds of streams and forests you would expect to see in a movie. The region offers a great number of activities outdoors for every preference.
South Africa - An Introduction
South Africa is a country of diversity, serenity, vast landscapes, liberated people, exotic cultures that are absolutely breathtaking. Nestled in the southernmost part of the continent lies South Africa. Here you find a country surrounded by the crystal clear, pristine Atlantic and Indian Oceans, whereby the former falls against the backdrop of majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town. Its history of colonialism and the mix of Dutch and Cape Malay background gives popular tourist city, Cape Town, a unique edge while still being home to many natural spectacles, all of which you can enjoy with a South African safari vacation packages.
Venture along the coast to the Garden Route, a stretch of land dotted with rolling hills and picturesque lagoons and lakes. Further inland, and separated from the Garden Route by the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua mountains, lies the arid Karoo, a semi-desert region in the heart of the country. With its beautiful endless plains, flat top hills, windmills occupying empty fields, thick, fluffy cloudscapes and endless skies, a road trip through the Karoo is the perfect escape from reality and a once in a lifetime South Africa adventure.
Speaking of adventure, it is along the Lesotho border that you will find grand landscapes characterized by the Great Escarpment of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. South Africa’s mightiest mountain range, its name meaning Mountain of the Dragons, is a must-see on your South Africa holiday itinerary. Just 3 hours from the Drakensberg lies the warm, tropical East Coast where you can find the city of Durban, a mix between Zulu and Indian culture, and further north where you can find the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site and perfect destination for an amazing safari in South Africa due to its abundance of hippos. To the northeast of the country, you’ll find Blyde River Canyon where you can enjoy phenomenal, panoramic views of the third largest canyon in the world.
Last but not least (In fact, this is the biggest highlight of all), 1.5 hours from the canyon lies the Kruger National Park, home to the Big 5 – (African elephant, Black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, African lion, African leopard). Picture The Lion King sunrises, kilometers of elephants roaming freely and evenings spent under a blanket of dazzling stars as far as the eye can see.
South Africa Highlights
Pristine beaches, rugged coastlines, indigineous forests, lakes, rivers, wildlife, and nature. The Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. It's an extremely scenic destination and a jewel for any kind of traveler. If you look towards the horizon for whales and dolphins.
A game drive in Kruger gives you the opportunity to cross out a few things from your bucket list such as seeing “The Big Five” – lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants and Rhino. Created in 1898 to safeguard the flora and fauna of the Lowveld, Kruger National Park is home to an assortment of plants and animals.
Chosen as one of the natural wonders of the world, Table Mountain is probably the most iconic landmark of South Africa. Beyond the spectacular views, it's the home of a diverse biodiversity like caracals, rock hyraxes, chacma baboons, or more than 2000 different flora species.
A hidden gem between the riches of South Africa. Blyde is one of the largest canyons in the world that provides habitat for a great variety of fauna, specially all five species of South African primates. You can enjoy some of the most incredible views in the country when you stop at the PanoramaRoute in Mpumalanga
Best Time to Go to South Africa
- : high season. From the beginning of December to the middle of January is the peak season and accommodation and activities can be fully booked and more expensive. The ideal time to go is late January and February to enjoy the warm weather while not having to pay peak prices or wait in queues.
- : low season. Temperatures start to drop but this is also the time for optimum wildlife watching conditions. If you’re planning a South African safari, this is the time to go.
- : low season. Most areas, except KwaZulu-Natal, are very cold. Cape Town gets lots of rain.
- : low season. Spring is a very rainy period in most of the country. Lots of sunshine and warmer weather.
things to do in South Africa
whale & dolphin watching
Wine Tasting Experiences
Learn and Travel
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Things to carry on South African tours
- Power adapter – Universal and South African
- Passport Holder
- Closed shoes - for hiking, safari; preferably ventilated shoes
- Sandals or flip-flops for beach and shared showers
- Hats/caps and sunscreen - to protect from the sun
- Swimwear - incase you decide to visit the beach/hotel pool
- • Rain jacket if you come in winter
- Sunglasses and goggles for snorkelling
- Medication - customs allows you to bring 1 month supply of medication
- Comfortable clothes - light-coloured is best for safaris. Long sleeves and long pants to prevent bites.
- Insect repellent
- Casual clothes that can get damaged if it needs to
- Bank card such as Visa or Mastercard are recommeded
- Cellphone or camera – to capture the memories