South Africa

At the foot of the  African continent lies a destination like no other.  Far stretched semi deserts border on mountain ranges covered in snow, long white sandy beaches,elephant and buffalo herds ....  Here you'll find a land of unequalled beauty with proud inhabitants who are eager to show and share a part of their colorful life!

This is South Africa!

Cape Town

The most beautiful city in the world? Some would say so!  At the foot of Table Mountain is the city of Cape Town with beautiful buildings and parks, vibrant flea markets and the very famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the  harbor.  Cape Town is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and The Atlantic Ocean offering some beautiful bays and beaches. And then of course, just 40 minutes away, visitors can experience the famous and magnificent wine route!

Cape Town has a wide range of accommodations - truly something for everybody.  Some of our favorites include:

  • Exclusive and spectacular   Ellerman House on the cliffs of Bantry Bay, if you are looking for unashamed luxury!
  • The Bay Hotel in famous Camps Bay - the hotel "to be seen"
  • The Table Bay Hotel & The Cape Grace Hotel in the bustling and now famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
  • The Grande Roche Hotel inmidst the Paarl vineyards

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T
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 Garden Route

Between the towns of Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth lies a magnificent stretch of coastal gardens, the so-called Garden Route. Here you will find the center of the South African Ostrich Farming Industry, whale watching opportunities, stormy coastlines and the  enchanting indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest.

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Whale Watching

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Knysna Lagoon

As there are many seaside resorts along this spectacular coastline, there is no shortage of accommodation, either in Knysna, Plettenberg Bay or St.Francis Bay. In these resorts one will find some of the   most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the world, offering a beach holiday of a lifetime



 

 National Game Parks

South Africa is world famous for its Conservation efforts and its large variety of National parks but we will only briefly touch on The Kruger National Park and its neighboring Private Game Reserves.  Please contact us should you require information on the other Parks.The Kruger National Park is one of  the best known game parks in Africa with a large number of amphibians, birds, reptiles and 147 mammals species including the "big five" all roaming in free wildlife..  Being a government run national park, the accommodations are simple and game viewing is controlled by staying on roads and in closed vehicles.  For the last few years the Park runs game drives at night in an open bus, departing from certain camps. Some  tour operators have permission to operate game drives in open vehicles.  The park runs various walking trails which  are highly popular and are very often booked years in advance - early bookings are recommended.

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Wild Life: the big five


 

Private Game Reserves


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Singita Room, with private pool

The Sabi Sand Reserve is probably the most famous Private Game Reserve and borders the Kruger National Park on the south west border with no fences in between. All animals roam as freely here as in the Kruger park.  Accommodation in a variety of privately owned lodges is far more luxurious and game drives with professional game rangers and trackers in open landrovers offers excellent value in game viewing. Most of these camps are very luxurious and offer gourmet wine & dine experiences.  The Timbavati and Klasserie, just north of the Sabi Sand are also options with a variety of privately owned lodges. The eco-system here differs slightly from the Sabi Sand as the Timbavati normally gets less rain. Which camp you choose will  once again will depend on your budget

 

Blue Train / Rovos Rail

South Africa has two of the most luxurious trains in the world, both offering incredible service, accommodations with en suite facilities and the finest cuisine.  Over the past few years new train routes have been explored and today a traveler can choose from a variety of routes, such as:

  • Pretoria to Cape Town and vice versa
  • Pretoria to Victoria Falls and vice versa
  • Cape Town - Garden Route and vice versa
  • Pretoria to the Kruger National Park and vice versa
  • Pretoria to Dar Es Salaam and vice versa
  • Pretoria to Durban via Swaziland and Game Reserves and vice versaCheck our inspection visit on Rovos rail


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Sun City, Lost City and Palace Hotel

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The Palace Hotel

This incredible resort with its world class resort hotels and top class golf courses in the middle of an ancient and extinct crater is only a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg.  Here you can swim and enjoy an artificial sea amidst the Valley of the Waves, gamble the night through in the casino or play a round of golf at the home of the annual "Million Dollar tournament" which takes place (by invitation only) each year in early December..


 

General Information

South Africa lies south of the Equator and therefore its' season are in reverse to the Northern Hemisphere.  Temperatures are generally comparable to the Mediterranean climate

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Table Mountain




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Table Cloth over Table Mountain

Cape Town and Garden Route
The summers in Cape Town can be warm to very hot, with mid-Summer occurs December - January with average daily temperatures of +-35 º. The winter months, June to August bring rainy weather with them although "sunny" days also make an appearance!


Northern regions of the Country
Johannesburg and Pretoria enjoy warm and hot sunny summer days, with rain and thunder showers occurring in the late afternoons. Johannesburg lies on 1600m and is slightly cooler than Pretoria and Sun City. The Kruger National Park at 400m enjoys the same kind of weather pattern, with temperature generally 4 - 5° warmer. The winters are normally dry and sunny, with radical temperature differences during day and night.The days are sunny and warm with 22°, but the night temperatures can drop to 0°


Durban and the East Coast
Along the Indian Ocean Coast one can enjoy the beaches throughout the whole year. Durban has a subtropical climate and temperature seldom drop below 15° and the highs can go up to 35°. During the summer months Durban has quite a high humidity which can be uncomfortable.               



 

When to travel

One can visit South Africa at any time of the year. Tell us where your interest lies and we will advise you of the best time. If you want to spend most of your time doing a safari, the best time for game viewing are the South African winter months (due to virtually no rain, shortage of water etc the animals can be viewed better). If you would like to experience the Garden Route, the best time the year would be from November through to April. It is however advisable to try and avoid the South African summer school holidays (early December to early January) as well as Easter. As in any other holiday destination most resorts are then rather fully booked!

South African has so much more to offer in other regions as well, such as the Drakensberg mountains, the northern kwa-Zulu Natal Coastline with wonderful diving spots, Bushman paintings, etc etc. We have not even touched on the sites of our neighboring countries such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique or Namibia.....too much to see, and too little time!

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