South Africa is located on the southern tip of the African continent, bordered by northern neighbours Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It encompasses the independent mountain kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland and is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the warm Indian Ocean on the east – giving the country its spectacular range of biodiversity.
South Africa enjoys a temperate and pleasant climate, with warm sunny days most of the year. The seasons of the southern hemisphere are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere so our summer runs from November to February, when most of the country is characterised by warm to hot weather.
South Africa is a year-round destination so when you visit depends on what you intend and prefer to do. The best time for game viewing is in early spring (August to October). The Southern Right Whales can be seen off our coasts from June to the end of October, and the Humpback Whales from August to December. Game viewing destinations are scattered throughout the Nation and have unique biodiversity of Flora and Fauna in these areas
Destinations of great interest are:
- South Africa World Heritage Sites
- Cape Town and Robben Island
- Whale watching along the Whale coast and Eastern Cape
- Garden route Eastern Cape
- National Botanical Gardens
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Upington)
- Hot air balloon safaris
- Pilansberg game reserves
- The Kruger National Park game reserve
- Kruger National Park surrounding private game reserves
- Golf courses throughout the nation (500 +)
- Many sport destination
The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserve on the continent and one of the main tourist attractions in South Africa. The Park boasts more species of mammals than any other African game reserve which includes the Big Five, cheetahs, giraffes and more. Unlike most other safari parks, Kruger can be a self-drive destination or with Nature Guides and Game Rangers through the local many Private Game Lodges that are around an excellent infrastructure and many places to stay inside the park, from tented camps to luxury lodges.