South Africa, often referred to as the Rainbow Nation, is a melting pot of geographical, cultural, and natural beauty. With 8 major land biomes and a myriad of plantlife, birdlife, and wildlife on land and sea, South Africa is a prime example of abundant biodiversity, best enjoyed in its various national parks and private reserves. Travellers adore South Africa for its endless list of adventures between mountains, vineyards, and oceans and of course, wide-open plains where the Big 5 roam.

South Africa, often referred to as the Rainbow Nation, is a melting pot of geographical, cultural, and natural beauty. With 8 major land biomes and a myriad of plantlife, birdlife, and wildlife on land and sea, South Africa is a prime example of abundant biodiversity, best enjoyed in the various national parks and private reserves. The endless list of adventures includes searching for the Big 5 in the wide-open savannah, surfing the famed waves along the azure coastline, ascending dramatic peaks of glorious mountains, sipping top-class wine between vineyards, and learning more about the rich history and diverse cultural groups.

Highlights

Discover hundreds of species, including the Big 5, on a Kruger National Park safari.
Road trip through the Garden Route’s scenic 300 km stretch of lagoons, forests and beaches.
Reach the summit of Table Mountain via cableway or hike and admire Cape Town’s beauty.
Explore the Wild Coast’s rural charm and pristine wilderness of secluded bays, ragged cliffs, and incredible hills.
Taste South Africa’s top-class wines while overlooking the mountains and rolling vineyards of the Cape Winelands.
See Africa’s second-largest canyon, Blyde River Canyon, and its waterfalls and rock formations from various viewpoints.

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South Africa is a year-round destination with excellent weather conditions. The best time to visit can depend on your activity of choice. Lengthy summer days are best spent at the stunning Cape beaches, while both whale watching and game viewing are best in the dry winter months. On the south coast, visitors can expect wetter winters but enjoy various outdoor activities in the Mediterranean climate summer, while the north-eastern coast’s subtropical climate and surrounding savannah plains offer humid summers which are ideal for birding.

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