South Africa

South Africa

Known for:

  • Great variety of landscape, culture and activities
  • the Big 5 including substantial populations of endangered rhino
  • safari lodges that boast of top notch comfort and style
  • numerous private wildlife conservancies
  • “living history”
  • great whale watching
  • first world infrastructure
  • Cape Town
  • award winning wines and intimate wineries in beautiful settings

We suggest you visit:

  • Sabi Sands
  • Timbavati
  • Kruger
  • Cape Town and surrounding area
  • the Winelands
  • the Garden Route
  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • the Wild Coast

Cool things to do:

  • Stand on top of Table Mountain on a clear day and soak up the gorgeous views
  • Visit the townships around Cape Town with James Fernie from Uthando, learning about the history of the area and what people and communities are doing to overcome the socio-economic challenges that they face
  • Get a close up view of Great White Sharks from an underwater cage
  • Explore the vast and beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Go on safari and see a variety of wildlife (and if lucky, rhino) on a private concession area in Sabi Sands
  • Hike camp to camp along the Wild Coast and take in pristine, wild and stunning coastal scenery
  • Visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg; be sure to have enough time to take in the many photos and presentations
  • Visit Robben Island (on an island just off of Cape Town), where Nelson Mandela had been imprisoned, hearing stories from guides who were imprisoned there during the struggle to end apartheid
  • Enjoy South African wine- for sundowners when out on safari, when visiting wineries, when watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean from Lion’s Head look-out in Cape Town, when out to dinner, when chatting with other guests at a comfy B&B / boutique hotel …. You get the idea!

Practical Info:

Seasons:

  • for wildlife viewing
    • July-Oct: “dry season” – best time for overall game viewing
    • May/Jun and Nov: “shoulder seasons” – good viewing
    • Dec-Mar: “emerald season” – best time for birding and great for photography
  • for visiting the Cape and Winelands area
    • Oct-Mar: great summer weather
    • Late Aug-Sep: the time for wildflowers
    • Jul-Oct: great time for viewing whales
    • Apr-Aug: can be cold and rainy at times but still worth a visit!

Access: direct and non-stop flights between the US and Johannesburg

Official Language: 11 official languages, English is widely spoken