A safari through South Africa is ideal for the period from mid- June to mid-September – during the day it is mostly sunny and pleasantly warm, but it can get very cool at night. Mid-December to mid-March is mid-summer in South Africa. Especially inland, high and muggy temperatures are to be expected during this time. In addition, most tourist centers are overcrowded during this “Christmas” summer time and therefore the prices are higher than at other times of the year.
Who lives there in South Africa?
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning “I am because we are”. A word that stands for family and togetherness and that beautifully describes the colorful coexistence of cultures and nationalities in South Africa. Over 50 million people live here in the rainbow nation.
The country has three capitals: Pretoria is where the government sits, Parliament is in Cape Town and the Supreme Court of Appeal is in Bloemfontein. The lingua franca in South Africa is English, other official languages are Afrikaans and nine Bantu languages.
Experience the rainbow nation: tips, sights and highlights in South Africa
- Safaris in Kruger National Park or Sabi Sand Game Reserve
The largest national park in Africa is also one of the most famous in the world. Around 130 species of mammals live here, including the Big Five. Elephants, buffaloes, impalas, zebras, lions, giraffes, hippos, rhinos – on a safari here you can experience many highlights and great animal observations. Adjacent to the Kruger National Park you will find the wildlife sanctuary Sabi Sand Game Reserve , which is a little less frequented by tourists.
- Enjoy the beautiful Garden Route
The wonderful Garden Route , named after the Garden of Eden, stretches 300 kilometers along the Indian Ocean. Through the impressive Drakensberg, past magnificent game reserves, through wonderfully wild nature and along the most beautiful stretches of coast.
- Discover the Big Seven in Addo Elephant National Park
Most people know the Big Five: lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephant. The Addo Elephant Park also extends to marine areas and is therefore also home to whales and great white sharks. It is the only national park that houses the Big Seven. Especially between July and November countless right whales and humpback whales come to the coast. There are also African penguins, dolphins and Cape gannets here. Thanks to its elevated position at the end of the Garden Route, it is malaria-free, which also pleases many visitors.
- Cape Town & Table Mountain
Many say it is the most beautiful city in the world. We see it that way too! Cape Town nestles at the foot of the mighty Table Mountain and quite honestly: Don’t miss this fantastic view from up there! From the 1086 meter high plateau you have a brilliant view over the mountains, the sea and: Cape Town. There are so many sights and highlights here that we can’t even list them all!
- Unwind on South Africa’s most beautiful beaches
South Africa has around 3,000 kilometers of coastline – enough space for fantastically beautiful beaches, secluded bays and unique surf spots! Heading east from Cape Town you come to the Eastern Cape, the “wild coast” on the warm Indian Ocean, a true beach paradise. It starts from Cape Agulhas . The highlights include the town of Wilderness with its eight kilometer long, white sandy beach, Plettenberg Bay, or “Plett” for short, a bay with five beautiful beaches, the world-famous surfing spot Jeffreys Bay and Boulders Beach with its African penguins.
- Take your breath away: Drakensberg Mountains & Blyde River Canyon
According to current research, the Drakensberg should have inspired JRR Tolkien to “Lord of the Rings”. Well then: off to Middle-earth! One of the highlights of this impressive and breathtaking region is the Blyde River Canyon, a 26 km long gorge and one of the natural wonders of Africa. The best viewpoints are God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes .
- The Cape of Good Wines
Discover the great wine regions of South Africa! Stellenbosch, Franschoek, Montagu and Somerset West are not far from Cape Town and are a paradise for wine lovers from all over the world. Visit the Winelands, take a tour of one of the many wineries and enjoy a first class tasting!
- Experience culture and nature in the kingdoms of Swaziland/Eswatini and Lesotho
The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly: Swaziland) is a landlocked country in southern Africa, an absolute monarchy. It lies on a beautiful, scenically varied plateau of the Drakensberg. Here you can experience many original traditions and customs, all of which are still part of the daily life of the population. The country’s national park is one of the most biodiverse in southern Africa! The Kingdom of Lesotho , a parliamentary monarchy, is an enclave in the Republic of South Africa. At up to 1,800 meters above sea level, it is also high up in the mountains of South Africa, which is why it is also called the “Kingdom in Heaven”. A magnificent mountain panorama, remote villages and a traditional, warm-hearted population await you here.
- On a discovery tour through the Cango Caves
At the foot of the Swartberg you will find the Grade I listed Cango Caves . These listed stalactite caves are among the most beautiful and largest stalactite cave systems in the world. An impressive natural wonder that will inspire you with its play of colors and its many shapes and rock formations!