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South Africa Travel Guide

The word staggering comes to mind when you think of South Africa. Here, a formidable yet beautiful land plays host to exciting cities, wild coasts, captivating landscapes and wildlife sightings you would be hard-pressed to forget. It’s one massive playground for thrill seekers, outdoor lovers and even urbanites who enjoy their modern luxuries. One thing is for sure: you'll never want to leave.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    December to February; July to October

    As South Africa is a big country and a mostly year-round destination, it’s hard to determine its peak season. We guess you can say it’s got several. The summer months from December through February are excellent for explorations and wine tastings in the Cape, the Garden Route and Karoo. The winter and spring months from July through October, on the other hand, are a great time for whale watching, shark viewing and safaris in the north. Festivals abound during these months: Knysna Oyster Festival in July and Hermanus Whale Festival in September are great examples.

  2. Low Season

    May, October and November

    There is honestly no low season in South Africa. In the summer months, the southern region is in full swing and the rainy north attracts the bird watching enthusiasts. In the spring and winter months, the northern region attracts the big game viewing set while the coast also draws the whale and shark watching crowds. To score cheaper rates and rub elbows with fewer travellers, the “shoulder months” of May, October and November are excellent alternatives. Visit in November when you might catch the tail end of the whale, shark and wildflower seasons as well as catch the Ficksburg Cherry Festival while enjoying warmer temperatures.

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