HOW LONG SHOULD I SPEND IN SOUTH AFRICA?
This will largely be determined by what you wish to experience. If wildlife is your primary quarry, then three to five days would suffice when combined with other countries. However, the variance of experience warrants 10 to 14 days if you are looking for a wealth of activities, sights and locations.
With the cosmopolitan excitement of Cape Town, the lush rolling hills and cuisine of the Cape Winelands, the abundance of fauna within Kruger and surrounding game reserves and the uniqueness of the Kalahari region, your extended vacation could easily be contained within South Africa.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
Again, this is dependent on the experiences you wish to enjoy. For game viewing, May to September is the optimal window for Kruger National Park to the northeast of South Africa. This is the dry season, the climate is far more pleasant and animals are in abundance.
These are, however, the cooler months, and on the southern cape, it can become quite fresh. If it is the country’s south that appeals, November to January is pleasantly warm, with the humpback whale migration also concluding in mid to late December.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM ACCOMMODATION IN SOUTH AFRICA?
All your wishes, plus a little more. South Africa is renowned for exceptional, innovative, luxurious and highly professional accommodation. From the opulent hotels in the south to the divine safari lodges of the northeast, South African accommodation is invariably exceptional.
Tented camps are a little lacking, but the wonderful facilities and traditionally-inspired architecture of the lodges and villas more than compensates for the lack of canvas.
Visas are required, though are available free of charge upon arrival. Inoculations may be recommended and we suggest you contact your travel designer or a travel medicine specialist for advice.
International flights are convenient and accessible, with most flights arriving at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo airport. Internal flights and ground transport are then easily arranged to reach your destination.
Though many languages are spoken in South Africa, with Afrkiaans – a blended evolution of Dutch with a hint of German – as the country’s official language. However, English is widely spoken throughout South Africa and you should find little issue in communication wherever you travel.
The third wealthiest of Africa’s nations, South Africa offers a premium level in all it does, including accommodation, transportation, experiences and staffing. Guides are of exceptional standard, combining warm hospitality with deeply informative experience and professional service.
As mentioned numerously, South Africa is a culinary paradise. Wherever you go, whether on a food safari through the Stellenbosch or on an actual safari through the Kalahari or Kruger, you will be spoiled for choice. South Africans take great pride in this reputation and food of all kinds is crafted, prepared and served at an exceptional standard.