South Africa

Overview

South Africa is a perfect place for your first self drive adventure. There is so much to see and great roads throughout the country to get you there. South Africa safaris have all the elements that make up a truly great holiday – stunning landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and fantastic accommodation.

Cape Town offers the perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries either at the beginning or end of your journey and you can also take time out to enjoy the Winelands and whale watching from here. For stunning flora it is hard to beat a visit to Namaqualand in Springtime and you might also catch a glimpse of the world’s smallest tortoise, the Speckled Padloper. Other specialist species in South Africa include the black maned lion, which can be found in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park a few hundred kilometers north of here.

For the wildlife enthusiast, the Kruger and Sabi Sands are some of the best game viewing locations in the world, with all the big five in abundance and many truly impressive safari lodges and camps offering world class hospitality and guiding to enhance your stay.If you just want to soak up South Africa’s stunning scenery, the world famous Garden Route offers great driving along 300km of scenic coastline, perfect for your first self drive.

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When to go

January

27°C
15mm

A nice, hot month. A good time to travel.

February

28°C
17mm

The hottest mont of the year. A great winter escape.

March

24°C
20mm

Temperatures start to drop, though still a great time to travel. A little less busy too.

April

19°C
41mm

Shoulder season. Cooler with little rain, but still lovely.

May

18°C
69mm

More rain and again cooler.

June

17°C
93mm

Heavier rain at this time of year.

July

17°C
84mm

Wet and cool, though there will be sunny spells.

August

17°C
78mm

Like July, a lovely time to travel. Excellent wildlife viewing. Cold evenings.

September

19°C
40mm

A mix of rain and very nice conditions.

October

20°C
30mm

Temperatures start to climb and less rain.

November

23°C
14mm

The start of the peak season

December

26°C
18mm

A glorious Christmas get-a-way

What to see

Cederberg, Western Cape

The Cederberg mountains are located 300km North of Cape Town. Known for their dramatic rock formations and the stunning countryside which surrounds, we strongly recommend trying to add on a few days here.

Cape Town

Cape Town is the perfect beginning or end to your safari in South Africa (or other destinations). The food, wine and activity list will keep you very busy.

Winelands

South Africa is world famous for the vineyards surrounding Cape Town. Allow us to direct you to the best ones, making a perfect addition to your stay in Cape Town.

Namaqualand

The landscapes in Namaqualand come spring (August/ September) are one of the most beautiful sights anywhere in Africa as the flowers open and carpet the hills.

The Garden Route

The perfect introduction to a self drive in Africa, South Africa's famous Garden Route is a 300km stretch of good roads along the scenic coastline of the Western Cape.

National Parks - including Kruger

A classic safari destination, South Africa’s national parks are packed with the big five species, which roam in the Kruger, Sabi Sands, Madikwe, Phinda in abundance.

Experiences

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Something else to inspire

All our itineraries are tailor made, but here are some of our favourite routes and camp combinations.