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Why South Africa
From world-famous game viewing and stunning scenery to cultural diversity and cosmopolitan cities, South Africa is a the ideal destination for travelers of all types and ages. The Big Five (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros) roam the world-renowned Greater Kruger National Park. Magnificent landscapes are at every turn, from Table Mountain to the Cape Peninsula, Winelands, Garden Route and the Southern Kalahari. Diverse cultural heritage gives the country the name “The Rainbow Nation.” Cape Town is on everyone’s “It” list. And, the Winelands boasts some of the finest culinary, wine and art experiences in the world.
Where to Go
Kruger National Park – This iconic park is one of the world’s most famous game reserves. Home to the Big Five, Kruger has the distinction of holding more species of large mammals than any other reserve in Africa. It is possible to see all the classical African big game, including elephant, black and white rhino, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthog and many antelope species. Large carnivores include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena. There are also many smaller mammals and bird species. The private reserves bordering the Park have the highest game densities and lowest visitor traffic. The two most well-known are:
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve –Two rivers supply valuable water that attracts one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations of any area in Africa.
Timbavati Private Game Reserve – A relatively undiscovered wilderness jewel, the Timbavati is known for its population of rare white lions.
Madikwe Game Reserve – A malaria-free option for Big Five game viewing uniquely located in a transition zone on the edge of the Kalahari Desert.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve – Kwandwe means “Place of the Blue Crane” and the reserve is home to the endangered Blue Crane. This malaria-free private reserve is also game-rich and easily accessible from Port Elizabeth.
Southern Kalahari Game Reserve – A true wilderness area referred to as the “Green Kalahari” due to higher rainfall than in the central Kalahari. After the rains, the desert turns into a lush green spectacle, glittering with golden flowers and the Kalahari’s breathtaking “diamond skies” offer a sparkling stargazing spectacle.
Cape Town – With its cosmopolitan vibe, this colorful city is as much beach casual as it is glamorous, with Table Mountain as its backdrop. White sand beaches, adventures such as shark-cage diving, world-class dining and shopping and fascinating townships make this city a “must-see” on any South Africa itinerary.
Winelands – A region of stunningly beautiful agricultural valleys and scenic vineyards, and the charming villages of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch with their Cape Dutch architecture.
Garden Route – A lush, scenic region stretching along the southeastern coast. Attractions along the route include Oudtshoorn, the capital of ostrich farming since Victorian times when fortunes were made from the fashionable feathers and the Cango Caves drip with limestone formations.
Johannesburg – Apart from being the major international arrivals city into South Africa, Johannesburg is known most notably for Soweto and the townships’ struggle against apartheid.
When to Go
South Africa’s climate is generally mild, with a high number of clear, sunny days and is relatively dry throughout the year. Wildlife viewing in the Greater Kruger National Park is good year round; however, there are nuances depending on the season. December to March is hotter with higher rainfall. As a result of the water, there is more vegetation in the bush, which makes searching for game more of an adventure. Many animals also have their young at this time.