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From the premier game viewing of the Kruger and malaria-free options in Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, to riding safaris in the Waterberg and getting off-the beaten-track in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – there is truly something for everyone. Here we give our lowdown on all that South Africa has to offer safari-wise – now all you have to do is decide which one(s) will suit you best!
One of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, rail travel couldn’t be further from a daily commute in the luxurious surroundings of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. Here we give you the lowdown on what to expect and what separates these two outstanding experiences.
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
This off-the-beaten-track itinerary is perfect for those searching for an authentic, scenic and cultural adventure as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer.
When to go to South Africa
South Africa is a year-round destination. The summers are generally warm and dry, while winters tend to be wet and cool, the rains brought on by fierce north westerly gales. Neither season experiences extremes of temperature, thanks to prevailing winds.
Summer - November to March
Summer days can get quite warm, temperature rises up to 34-40 degrees C on average, but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable.
In Kruger National Park, the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see.
Autumn - April to May
Autumn days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average temperature ranges from 22-28 degrees during the days to 10-15 degrees in the evenings.
In Kruger NP, rainfall drops off dramatically. Many animals are breeding and elephants from Zimbabwe and Mozambique migrate to winter grazing grounds in northern Kruger.
Winter - June to August
Winter days are warm, but in the evenings and early mornings expect low temperatures with average early morning temperatures of as low as 5 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry.
In the Kruger, game begins concentrating around waterholes; animals are much more visible as the bush thins out.
Spring - September and October
Spring days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.
In the Kruger, there are occasional showers but water is still scarce. The grass becomes greener and game viewing is still good as bush is still not too thick.
In Cape Town and surroundings it cools down with some rain.