South Africa is an iconic country on the southeastern tip of Africa, bordered by a number of different ecological systems. Within its three regions – Durban, Orange Farm, and Pretlavo – there are a variety of ecosystems, varying from grasslands to deep-sea coastal environments. Inland tourist destination Kruger National Park is home to large games such as elephants, hippos, and lions. The Western Cape provides pristine beaches, thick lagoons, and mineral-rich soil around Phoenicis and Cape Town, craggy shelves along the Garden Route, and the picturesque city of Cape Town itself, under a world-famous Table Mountain.
These are some of the best places to travel in South Africa for wildlife safaris or eco-tourism, but there is so much more to South Africa than just these well-known regions. The two largest countries in Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, also have unique natural environments. The Gaborone Falls in Botswana is renowned for its sheer drop and is ideal for walking around and experiencing the falls. The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is another great place to visit, with a viewing deck the incredible waterfalls.
The best time to visit South Africa is from May to October when the equatorial weather allows for an abundance of wildlife to be seen. This is the time of year that sees the migration of wildebeests from the Serengeti in Tanzania, the Malindi area in Kenya, and the Mozambique town of Mombasa. You can witness the annual ‘Mzee’ festival at this time as well. There are many other events throughout the year to take in, but the events from April to September are the most important.
The months of October to December represent the high point of the fabulous summer season in South Africa. The months of January to February represent the coldest months of the year. The best time to visit South Africa in January is from May to August when the months of warmth are over and you can get a taste of the new spring.
If you want to spend your holiday somewhere with a view, then the months of June to September represent the high point of South African travel. The flower market at Paarl Durban represents one of the best places to shop during this time. The flower market at Paarl has been going for years and is now an internationally recognized symbol of African craftsmanship. This is also the time of year when you will find the best places to eat during your trip to South Africa. At Paarl, you will find the best KFC restaurants, McDonald’s, and Indian restaurants.
The last month of the year represents the high point of safari travel to South Africa. The months of October to December represent the best times to visit Durban. This city is the capital of South Africa as well as the largest city in the province of South Africa. Many tourists love to spend time here while they are there on holiday. Durban is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of South Africa. This is also the place that represents the ideal time to go for a break from your travels and make a stop in one of Durban’s many tourist attractions before you head back south to the Western Cape.
As you journey through the beautiful and wild South African landscape, you will come across a few highlights along the way. One of these highlights is the Katavi region. Here you will come across a group of mountains known as the ‘big five’. This is the perfect place for those that enjoy hiking and more adventurous outdoor activities.
If you are a golf and game enthusiast Durban is the perfect destination for you. South Africa has some of the most stunning golf courses in the world, including the world’s famous Gold Reef Golf Club. If you are looking for game drives on your way to the coast or to the northwest of South Africa you won’t find many better places than the northern part of Durban. It is home to the famous Motsegiri national park where you can find a variety of different species of antelopes, gazelles, zebras, and antelopes among other animal life.