South Africa Holidays
South Africa is a destination that offer some of the best Safari and beach combinations on the continent. Kruger National Park is home to classic safari country while Cape Town has more of a stately feeling. Then there is Drakensberg with its snow-sprinkled mountain peaks, the dry red dune-scapes of the Kalahari Desert, and the gorgeous Winelands country around Stellenbosch, with the paradisiacal beaches of Garden Route also being a favourite amongst tourists. South Africa is a true all-round destination which attracts more than their fair share of new and repeat visitors. South Africa is well suited to singles, couples, families and group tourists due to its affordability, well-equipped safari destinations, is malaria-free and has a beach holiday and/or city feel, depending on where you go.
The team at Sensational Africa recommend spending a few days touring Cape Town and its surrounds. Our guests enjoy exploring the breathtaking views from the iconic Table Mountain, indulge in winery tours at Stellenbosch or Franschhoek and experience Cape Town’s gorgeous countryside whilst enjoying sampling fine wine and great food. History buffs can also tour the famous Robben Island which is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. For the adrenalin seekers, cage diving with Great White Sharks is bound to get the blood pumping. Nature lovers are also well catered for in South Africa with Kruger National Park being home to elephants, lions, rhinos and leopard, with plenty of other wildlife in large numbers.
The Best of South Africa
Wildlife and Best Viewing Times
The Big Five call South Africa home as does a wide range of incredible wildlife species. On of the best places to go on Safari in South Africa is in the Kruger National Park or one of the highly awarded Private Game Reserves that border the Park. The Kruger region is extensive and has a wide range of lodges that accomodate every type of traveller, from families, honeymooners, solo travellers and small or large groups. Another great option is the Madikwe Game Reserve.
South Africa is a large country and it is extremely diverse.The dry season in South Africa is from May to October. This is the best time to visit most game parks in the northern part of the country, including Kruger National Park. This encompasses the winter dry period which can be cold at night. Temperatures warm up in September with October becoming hot. In the dry period wildlife frequents waterholes and river banks. The wet season runs from late October to April and is less attractive for wildlife viewing due the abundant water levels and animals dispersing into the thick, rain-fed bushland. This is still a great tie to visit with Cape Town experiencing its best weather of the year. Kruger National park also has phenomenal birdlife and although the bush is thick, wildlife is still seen frequently in the neighbouring Private Game Reserves of the Kruger.
Traveling in South Africa
In our opinion, South Africa is a safe country to visit and even more so if your holiday is organised by the team at Sensational Africa. More than 10 million holidaymakers visit South Africa each year with most tourists having a trouble-free experience. South Africa does, however, have a high level of crime statistics so caution must be taken at times.
Tourists can sometimes be a target for criminals. Common-sense should always be at the forefront when visiting other countries. Stick to tourist areas and walking around cities or suburbs unaccompanied at night should be avoided. Use a reputable transfer company to get around or Uber is highly rated too. Visiting South Africa’s many attractions in or around the city during the day is generally fine and travelling with partners or friends and in groups is always best. If you are uneasy consult your hotel concierge for advice.