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Cape Town night view

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Top Reasons To Go:

Big Game:

You’re guaranteed to see big game – including the Big Five – in national park parks and at many private lodges.

Escape The Crowds:

South Africa’s game parks are rarely crowded. You’ll see more game with fewer visitors here than you will almost anywhere else in Africa.

Luxury Escapes:

Few other sub-Saharan countries offer South Africa’s high standard of accommodation, service, and food amid gorgeous surroundings of bush, beach, mountains, and desert.

Nature’s Playground:

Love to play? You’ve come to the right place. There’s everything from big game adventures and bird watching to golfing and hiking, surfing and scuba diving.

Beyond The Parks:

After you take in the animals you can hit Cape Town, one of the most stylish cities in the world; the nearby Winelands; the inspiring scenery of the Garden Route; the vibrant port

of Durban; and soft white-sand beaches.

Kruger National Park:

A visit to Kruger, one of the world’s great game parks, may rank among the best experiences of

your life. With its amazing diversity of scenery, trees, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals,

Kruger is a place to safari at your own pace, choosing between upscale private camps and simple


Sabi Sands Game Reserve:

The most famous and exclusive of South Africa’s private reserves, this 153,000- acre park is

home to dozens of private lodges, including the world-famous Mala Mala and Londolozi. With

perhaps the highest game density of any private reserve in Southern Africa, the Sabi Sands fully

deserves its exalted reputation.

KwaZulu- Natal Parks:

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is less than 6% of Kruger’s size but delivers the Big Five plus all the plains

game. It also has about 1,250 species of plants and trees –more than you’ll find in some

countries. Mkuze and Itala are even smaller but worth the visit, and if you’re looking for the

ultimate in luxury, stay at Phinda or Thanda private reserves.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park:

Together with its neighbor, Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park, this park covers more than

38,000 square km (14,760 square mi) – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left

in the world. Its stark, desolate beauty shelters huge black-maned Kalahari lions among other

predators and provides brilliant birding, especially birds of prey.

Kruger Safari Drive

Kruger Safari Drive

travel planning to south africa

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seasons & touring : when to go

When to Go:

The best time to go on safari is in winter, May through September. The vegetation is sparse so

it’s easier to spot game, and water is scarce so game congregates around photo-friendly water

holes. However, although it’s very hot in summer (October through April), the bush looks its

best; there will be lots of young animals, and the summer bird migrants will have returned. That

said, keep in mind that hotel prices rise dramatically, and accommodations are at a premium

November through March. At most private game lodges you’ll see game year-round.

Johannesburg has one of the best climates in the world. Summers are sunny and hot (never

humid), with short afternoon thunderstorms. Winter days are bright and sunny, but nights can be

frosty. Although November through January is Cape Town’s most popular time, with glorious

sunshine and long, light evenings, the best weather is between February and March. Cape

winters (May through August) are unpredictable with cold, windy, rainy days interspersed with

glorious sun. The coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal are warm year-round, but summers are steamy

and hot. The ocean water id warmest in February, but it seldom dips below 17C (65F).