South Africa

Rich in natural beauty from the sub tropical east coast , to the arid Kalahari and the temperate Cape, the often -called ” world in one country ” has much to offer. While South Africa’s political issues have been most prevalent throughout the world in the past few decades, its history, culture, ethnic diversity and its physical geography are among the most interesting in Africa. The country offers a broad spectrum of sights and cultural activities as well as some of the best game viewing in Southern Africa. From the Cape coast to the Drakensberg Mountains and Kruger National Park, South Africa is sure to have something to suit every traveler’s interests.

Kruger National Park is South Africa’s most reputable tourist destination due to its outstanding game viewing, self drive safaris, and private game reserves. Whether you desire to drive your own vehicle within the park, or to be pampered with great food and luxury accommodation, one can spend days wandering through its winding roads that stretch 257 miles north to south. Further down the coast in the KwaZulu-Natal province, the Drakensberg Mountains, historical battlegrounds, and traditional Zulu villages are among travelers’ favorites. Heading further south, travelers enjoy meandering down the Garden Route coast from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town taking in the unique and often breathtaking flora, fauna and seascapes. The Western Cape is home to fair Cape Town with it’s cosmopolitan style, and the world famous Winelands – the perfect opportunity to see Cape Dutch architecture at its best and a taste of some of South Africa’s finest wine.

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Best Time to Visit

Due to its size, there are geographical variations in South Africa’s weather. The Cape offers unpredictable but generally temperate climate, while KwaZulu-Natal to the northeast is more tropical. Summer days (September – March) are warm with cool nights and winters are mild with temperatures below freezing at night at higher elevations. The best game viewing in the Kruger area is July – October, but game can be found year round.

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