For its sunrises in the Kruger National Park, and ocean sunsets in Cape Town – What a better way to start a day than witnessing the sunrise in the savannah? Seated on the terrace of a lodge, facing a watering hole, admiring the passage of large wild animals just a few meters away. In the background, hear the growling of predators moving in the tall grass and the incessant chirping of birds. It’s en route for the first safari of the day.
Enjoy unforgettable sunsets over the ocean on the west coast of Cape Town. Ascend to the top of Signal Hill or walk along the promenade in Sea Point and appreciate the magnificent sunset that gets the city glowing. Don’t forget your camera!
For family friendliness Trips– South Africa is the most suitable destination on the continent for a family trip. Arrive assured and in confidence with your children. The infrastructures are of a high standard everywhere, prices are affordable for a family and sanitary conditions quite comparable to those found in Europe or the States. See the Big Five up close with competent and passionate safari rangers. There are dozens of game reserves across the country – the Kruger is the most famous park, but there are also underrated and infrequently visited parks. As for the beaches on the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, they will delight everybody, popular beaches have life guards on duty.
Some suggestions for children – Most restaurants offer children’s menus and often have playgrounds. Paradise for parents!
Big cities, especially Cape Town, offer many experiences for kids like; the Two Oceans aquarium, swimming with penguins in Simons Town, ride the cable car to Table Mountain, enjoy an ice cream on the seafront. The beautiful Garden Route, offer other “kid-friendly” gems which include Monkey land in Plettenberg Bay, a sanctuary with more than 700 primates, Birds of Eden, the world’s largest free flight aviary and Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation & Awareness Centre.
For world-famous wines of the Cape – South African wines accompany all kinds of delicacies in restaurants around the world. The vineyard region near Cape Town is full of great wine estates with beautiful, authentic Cape Dutch manor homes, where visitors are welcome to taste and enjoy cellar tours. The historical towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, form the big 3 of wine production. Originally, the cultivation of the vine was the work of French Huguenots who arrived in the Cape from 1658, Franschhoek means “the French corner”.
For its gourmet restaurants – Feast in haute cuisine restaurants. In South Africa, the range of flavors will satisfy all appetites. Indian and Asian influences are mixed with European cuisine. Local meat, and bush game, like oryx, impala and ostrich are favorites. The ingredients are refined by talented chefs who work in renowned restaurants, some Michelin accredited. The vineyard region, especially Franschhoek has great gastronomic addresses. Treat yourself !
For its healthy and pleasant climate – It is said to be one of the healthiest in the world. No stifling heat like you can find elsewhere in Africa. The Cape region is often compared to the Côte d’Azur for its climate: hot in summer (not excessive), dry, windy, with temperate and sunny winters. If you go to the Indian Ocean (Durban, Kwazulu Natal), the climate becomes subtropical. In this region, the off-season period (April-May and September-October) is the most favorable. Further inland (Johannesburg and Pretoria region), temperatures are still acceptable due to the altitude (over 1,700 m). In game reserves, each season has its advantages. South Africa can be visited all year round! Whatever the season, there are always activities and regions to explore.
For its oceans and mountains – Because you will no longer need to choose between sea and mountain, rather combine the joys of the seaside with the pleasures of the mountains, in one place. In South Africa, it is possible! The city of Cape Town offers this privilege: it has its head in the sky and its feet in the ocean. Table Mountain overlooks the city from the top of its 1200 m, while Lion’s Head, in front, rises to 690 m. At the foot of these two mountains are magnificent beaches. In a matter of minutes, thanks to a cable car, you go from the lively atmosphere of the ocean to the top of Table Mountain, from where you can enjoy exceptional 360 ° panorama. Hikers will be delighted: a number of trails allow you to find the peaceful corners of this rocky massif, which are filled with dozens of endemic and protected plants. At the end of the day, recharge your batteries in one of the many cool bars along Camps Bay beach.
For its hiking trails – The Drakensberg mountain range (UNESCO world heritage site) is breath taking, a mixture of ridges topped with snow packed mountain tops of different shades of colors. The highest peaks exceed 3300 m. A dream environment for hikers. One can visit the nearby Lesotho, a mountainous Kingdom crossed by the Drakensberg.
For star gazing – The Karoo Desert is a paradise for astrotourism. The absence of light pollution and incredibly pure skies favor the observation of the universe under ideal conditions, with the naked eye or telescope. The town of Sutherland in the Great Karoo offers astronomical trips supervised by professionals.
For a Big 7 safari – On land: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes – the famous Big Five. These animals are one of the great treasures of Africa. People come from all over to visit our many national parks and private game reserves. The infrastructure is excellent, with accommodation to suit all budgets.
The exceptional show of nature continues on the oceanside with whales and great white sharks. In Hermanus (near Cape Town), whale boat cruises allow you to approach them and other marine life like dolphin, turtle and whale shark. As for the great white sharks, they can be observed from the safety of a cage. Thrills guaranteed!
For being almost malaria free – The risk of malaria is very low in South Africa, it is limited to one area, the Kruger Park and adjoining private reserves, mainly during the hot season (American and European winter). Protect yourself by wearing long, light clothes, and apply mosquito repellent, especially at first light and nightfall. All of the country’s other animal reserves and national parks, especially those located in the Eastern Cape Province (Addo Elephant National Park, Amakhala and Kariega Game Reserves), are malaria free!
For the absence of jet lag – South Africa is simply due south of Europe. So when it’s 10 am in Vienna, it’s 11 am in South Africa. In summer, the time is the same. Therefore no untimely awakening in the night or a period of adjusting your sleep pattern, you can immediately enjoy your safari holiday.
For a favorable exchange rate – South Africa’s exchange rate is favorable to holders of euros, dollars and the like. For an equivalent service in Europe and the States, the prices will appear to you to be very advantageous, up to 40% cheaper, whether for restaurants, activities and more. No other country offers such value for money on a world wide scale.
For the diversity – of what you can see in one trip is just incredible. Whatever your interests, you can make your dreams come true in South Africa. Magnificent cities, historical villages, a rich history and culture, exceptional culinary experiences, two oceans, endless beaches, deserts, savannahs as far as the eye can see, tropical wetlands, estuaries, jungles and an incredibly diverse fauna – lions in the morning, whales in the afternoon! In short: one country and an infinity of attractions.
Cape of Good Hope
See the end of the world at the Cape of Good Hope- From Cape Town, enjoy a full day road trip along the Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope, offering some of the most beautiful passes in the world. Along the way, you may observe a colony of Cape penguins on a white sandy beach in Boulders National Park, take a boat cruise to visit the largest Cape fur seal colony in the world. Next is the Cape of Good Hope Reserve, at the very end of the peninsula, Africa’s terminus! Here you can climb up to the lighthouse, perched on a cliff, to enjoy a sumptuous panorama view of both the Indian and Atlantic oceans, facing south, the next destination is Antarctica!
A grand finale at Victoria Falls – Mother Nature has outdone herself by creating Victoria Falls. Located on the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia, these impressive cataracts on the mighty Zambezi river have the advantage of being easy to access from Johannesburg. Find a few extra days to witness this incredible spectacle. Not too far from Victoria Falls are some of Africa’s Great Game Parks, like Chobe and Hwange National Parks.