Why South Africa?
South Africa truly is one of the most magnificent and diverse countries on our Earth.
Rugged flourishing mountains, powdery sand beaches lapped by two oceans, desert skies peppered with stars and the king of Africa – the lion – proudly gazing over the African Savannah. Add to the mix arid deserts, rugged mountain ranges, winelands with high quality restaurants and vibrant cities teeming with culture, and you will realize there truly is something for everyone in this entrancing country, whether you are looking for a luxury honeymoon, a family adventure or an unforgettable safari.
Let us show you the spellbinding magic that is South Africa.
Wildlife – From a marine encounter with penguins, Great White Sharks and seals, to witnessing the Big Five (lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard and elephant), your possibilities are only limited by your imagination! South Africa is one of the best safari destinations on the continent, and the vast variety of wildlife on offer will astound you.
Breathtaking Landscapes – Gaze across the desert plains and craggy terrain of the national parks of Zululand, the Kalahari and the Greater Kruger Region as the sun sets and wildlife awakens for it’s nightly hunt. Ride a bicycle through the world-famous vineyards blanketing the Winelands. Cable car to the top of Table Mountain and admire the expansive vistas over Cape Town and beyond, to where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet in a spectacular display hugging one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world.
Fascinating History – There is much to discover about events and experiences that have shaped this nation and its people. Delve in to the history of the many wars fought and the Apartheid movement and how different cultures live today. Understand the individual experiences of Mandela and other important political and cultural figures. Visit local villages, schools, shamans and explore the traditional Cape Dutch architecture. You are sure to leave with a much broader insight in to what has shaped this country and its people.
Outdoor Adventures – In the south around Cape Town and the Winelands areas you can bicycle and walk through vineyards, hike or abseil Table Mountain, kayak with playful penguins, or for the bravest of heart – immerse yourself in a cage to come eye to eye with a Great White Shark. We can’t forget the safari adventures – whether you want an open-top 4×4 game drive or to dine under the stars, a guided hike or to immerse yourself with the local wildlife or a visit to a local village. We can even arrange a ‘sleep out’ under the stars at some of our favorite lodges and camps.
Luxury lodges, fine dining and wine at its best – A sensory journey of discovery. Some of the best accommodation in Africa can be found here, from Cape Town’s classic hotels with expansive ocean views, to luxurious safari lodges and camps with a private plunge pool on your veranda and impeccable service from your lodge staff and guides. You’ll be spoilt for choice in Cape Town and the Winelands, with award winning and world-famous vineyards and restaurants at your fingertips, all begging you to stroll in and indulge.
Where To Go?
Cape Town – Cape Town combines a mild Mediterranean climate, gorgeous ocean front setting, spectacular mountain backdrop, dramatic white sand beaches, world class dinning and outstanding shopping and nightlife. Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa after Johannesburg, and the provincial capital and of the Western Cape. The city is famous for its harbor as well as such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point.
Garden Route – Stretching alone the coastline from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route is a scenic journey and popular for self-drive explorations. Discover the fishing village of Hermanus, buzzing bars and restaurants of Plettenberg Bay, tranquil Knysna and the many sandy beaches in between. There are many activities on offer, including whale watching, mountain biking and world class golf courses.
Zululand – Home to the Zulu people and site of their 19th-century kingdom. The area contains a rich range of flora and fauna. Beautiful lodges and fantastic game rich areas can be found here.
Kruger National Park – Kruger is South Africa’s largest and best known game reserve, an enormous tract of land which runs for 350km along the borders of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Trans-frontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Kruger has the distinction of holding more species of large mammals, including the Big Five, than any other reserve in Africa. The park also supports the endangered African Wild Dog.
Madikwe National Park – Located in the far north and bordering with Botswana, this is the perfect introduction to the African bush. One of the largest parks in South Africa, but lesser known, making for an exclusive safari experience with the Big Five.
When To Go?
South Africa is a year-round destination; however weather can vary between the southern Cape and the north & eastern game conservancies. Talk to one of our Travel Designers for recommendations on the best time to travel, based on your safari itinerary.
December – March: Summer is the warm dry season in Cape Town and peak season for travelers. However, in Kruger and Zululand it is the rainy or Green Season with hot days and clear mornings that build to late afternoon / evening thunderstorms. The grasses where animals lie are longer and water holes are full.
April – May: Fall season, warm and pleasant temperatures with occasional short rains.
June – October: Winter months are drier. This is peak season and the best time for game viewing and star gazing in Kruger and Zululand, while the water holes are drier and animals are easier to view. As you head further south to Cape Town the weather will be quite cold over June-August.
November: Spring has a chance of light thunder showers, but brings beautiful new floral blooms.
At Rothschild Safaris, we believe that the design of your trip is very important. We put great time and care in to the order and logistics of your you travel. A typical transit day on safari might include a game drive in the morning followed by a mid-morning shared scenic charter flight, arriving at your next camp in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. We are prepared with expert advice and first-hand experience on the most comfortable and convenient way to travel between locations, so that you have minimum stress and maximum time on the ground.