06 December 2017
The diverse geographical landscape and fascinating history stretching back to the very dawn of man ensures South Africa is a destination you will want to come back to time and time again. From the inviting golden sanded beaches of the east warmed by the Indian Ocean, to the Drakensberg peaks and Table Mountain dominating the port city of Cape Town, diversity is at the heart of every getaway to this Cradle of Humankind.
The lengthy list of attractions when visiting South Africa is topped by the ethereal natural scenery, where national parks and nature reserves harbour marvels of biodiversity across varied landscapes inclusive of rolling hills, towering mountains, and coastal shrubbery leading into crystal clear oceans home to playful penguins and great white sharks.
When considering which time of year is best to make the most of this stunning natural vista, November through March is best for a beach holiday, while the subtropical climate of Kwazulu Natal coast is best explored April through October. Safari getaways can be enjoyed throughout the year, as is the case when embarking on a scenic road trip along the Garden Route.
The Big Five
A primary reason why many venture to South Africa is for a chance to spot The Big Five at one of the many world class game reserves available.
The chance to see an African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros in the stripped back wilderness of their natural habitat is an unforgettable opportunity, particularly when taking a safari family holiday, with many game reserves also offering dedicated bush tours for children alongside the excitement of game drives as part of a trip of a lifetime to see their favourite animals brought to life before their eyes.
Art and wineries
Art collectors now list Cape Town as a vital stop on their international journeys, with some of the finest collections in the world to be found in Africa’s creative capital. This, bolstered by the imminent opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, offers an intriguing glimpse into the latest works of the continent’s leading imaginative minds.
The vineyards outside of the city see travellers just half an hour’s drive from high quality yet affordable wines which can be sampled against a mesmerising mountainous backdrop and where an established tradition of grape cultivation dating back as far as the 1600s sees the area as South Africa’s largest winemaking region. The area offers plenty of wine tourism opportunities adjacent to comfortable accommodations, fine dining, casual eateries, wine pairings and tastings which are often agreeably priced.
Interspersed within the seemingly unending natural landscapes are some the world’s most forward-thinking cities, each making for great twin-centre holiday options allowing you to observe the various cultural faces of South Africa. The Shosholoza Meyl train service connecting Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth is a great way to take in the key cities of the nation, allowing you take in some of the most picturesque cityscapes in the world, including Durban’s inviting nightlife and cultural offerings and Port Elizabeth’s beachside serenity. The country boasts a host of diverse metropolises you won’t forget in a hurry.
9 Day Eco Ranger Experience
Be a ranger for a week while experiencing the magic of the northern Kruger National Park on this incredible tour. This is an authentic, life-changing adventure, which will enable you to engage in the basics of typical ranger training including practical bush cooking and bush survival strategy! Starting in Johannesburg, you'll experience 1-night in Hoedspruit, 6 nights in Makuleke (Kruger National Park) before ending the tour with 1 night back in Hoedspruit, staying in game lodges and camps throughout. You're sure to have an unforgettable experience in sensational South Africa.
Prices from £2,794 per person
Price is based on 2 people on a 'Eco Ranger Experience' tour for 9 days/8 nights from 25/11/17. Price includes return flights from London Heathrow and a 1-night pre-tour stay at Timbavati Safari Lodge or similar on a Half Board basis. Tour includes accommodation throughout in 3 and 4-star game lodges and camps, luxury sedan or minibus and open safari vehicle throughout, baggage allowance of one suitcase and one shoulder bag, services of FGASA-accredited nature Tour Guide for the duration of the tour (excluding transfers), meals consisting of 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners, entrance fees to Kruger National Park and excursions including 2 open safari vehicle game drives at private game lodge. Travel insurance, porterage, 3 lunches, all beverages, gratuities, personal expenses and transfer from Hoedspruit to airport/Johannesburg are not included in the price.
For more information and to book your getaway to sensational South Africa, contact your local Travel Counsellor.