Picture South Africa and no doubt Kruger National Park springs to mind. It’s the perfect place to tick the big five off your list. But why stop there? Venture into the Kalahari Desert for anteaters and pangolins, or the Eastern Cape for elusive porcupines and bat-eared foxes. South Africa’s diverse environments mean animal spotting could take up your whole trip if you want it to.
If you only visit one city, it has to be Cape Town. The rugged mountains towering above and sandy beaches provide the backdrop to a vibrant metropolis and super-friendly people. No trip to the Mother City is complete without a hike – or cable car – up Table Mountain. The view is second to none.
With lots of sight-seeing, you’ll most likely build up quite a thirst. Luckily for you, South Africa is one of the world’s finest wine producers. Head to the wine regions, all within easy reach of Cape Town, to sip some of the nation’s renowned tipples. Further inland, the scale of the Drakensberg mountains are sure to impress, while the Battlefields provide a sobering experience.
When to go
When to visit South Africa depends largely on your reason for visiting. The best weather in The Cape is from November to February when the days are hot and dry. The northern parts can be rainy during this time, but it’s the ideal for bird-watching. The cooler weather from May to September creates the best conditions for seeing wildlife on safari.