With its stylish cities, fantastic roads, enticing cuisine and accessible national parks, a South Africa holiday is a superb choice for those who just want to dip their toes into the continent. But most of all it is a land rich in wildlife, making South African safari holidays one of the most unique experiences you will ever enjoy.
The population of South Africa is made up of people form a wide range of backgrounds, including people that are of mixed African, Asian and European descent. Therefore, South Africa’s culture isn’t homogenous; rather it’s a collection of different cultures, with different ones being predominant in different regions.
Generally, South Africa’s summer lasts from about December to March before winter takes over from June to August. Most of the rest of the country, including the Kruger Park area, have summer thundershowers and dry winter. The Garden Route and Eastern Cape can experience rain at any time of year.
For most first time international travellers to South Africa, we would recommend 8-12 days as a starting point, as South Africa has an extensive variety of attractions on offer.
Cape Town cannot be justified in less than 4 days.
The Western and Eastern Cape region, in particular, is a wonderful area to explore by car, with charming B&Bs, wine farms, and guest lodges wherever you choose to rest your head. There is a choice of malaria-free game reserves in the Eastern Cape, and as such, it makes logistical sense to go on safari here. If you can afford the time, though, I'd recommend you fly north, either to the Kruger area or the Delta. Or, if you've experienced these destinations on a prior trip, head east to the majestic mountains and lush subtropical game and coastal reserves of KwaZulu-Natal.
If you have limited time to cover Africa's large distances, flying is your best bet.
Given enough time, this is by far the best way to enjoy rural South Africa.
If the journey is as important as the destination, splurge on a Deluxe Suite in the world-famous Rovos Rail, or the longer-running Blue Train.
The three established intercity bus companies are Greyhound, Intercape, and Translux; all offer unbeatable value when it comes to getting around the country.
All travellers must have a PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate issued by a recognised facility within 48 hours from the date of departure, in line with WHO guidelines. Yellow fever and Malaria vaccination certificates are required from those travellers coming from areas of risk. Furthermore, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you are away.
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
The Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal
Kruger National Park
The Garden Route