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WHEN TO GO

Best time to visit South Africa

Two distinct climatic zones means the best time to visit South Africa depends on your priorities.

Cape Town, the Whale Coast and the Winelands enjoy long, hot and dry summers from November to April and short, cool and wet winters from May to September. Visitors to Cape Town and the Garden Route in high summer (December – March) may experience very windy weather. Cape winters on the other hand are often marked by long periods of dry, windless and sunny weather.

The rest of South Africa – including all the safari destinations – is the reverse: a short, hot and wet summer season and a long, mild and dry winter. Safaris are best enjoyed in the comfort of winter but summer season safaris have their own attractions – lush landscapes, off-the-scale bird watching and lots of new-born animals.

Dec/ Jan/ Feb
Peak holiday season for Cape Town & Garden Route; hot & rainy in Sabi/Kruger & KZN
Mar/ Apr/ May
Good time for Cape Town, Garden Route & Sabi/Kruger – gradually milder & drier weather in most destinations
Jun/ Jul/ Aug
Cold & rainy winter in Cape Town; great game viewing at safari destinations – mild, dry & sunny weather
Sept/ Oct/ Nov
Whale watching & flowers in Cape Town; excellent game viewing at safari destinations – mild to warm weather with showers across the country
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WHAT TO DO

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN SA

1. Visit the Mother City

Whether you hike or take the cable car up, the best view of Cape Town is from the top of Table Mountain but leave time for Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront and Kirstenbosch Gardens.

2. Catch the View at the Cape

Cape Point is often wild & windy but you can’t get further south-west in Africa. Dramatic views, baboons & antelope plus penguins at nearby Boulders Beach – a great day out.

3. Go on a Big 5 Safari

The very best Big 5 game viewing is at the Sabi Sand but there are other great Big 5 destinations, many of which are malaria-free & perfect for families.

4. Sip a Sauvignon

Or a Shiraz … South Africa has been producing wine for 350 years & you’ll be spoilt for choice in the majestic mountains of the Cape Winelands. Expect stunning views & heavenly food too.

5. Watch Whales … or Sharks

The Whale Coast’s seasonal whale watching is famously land-based but you’ll need to get onto a boat – or even better, into a cage – to see great white sharks.

6. Luxury Train Travel

Luxury train travel takes on a new dimension with five star luxury hotels on rails. Multi-day train journeys take in South Africa but also go as far as Dar es Salaam.

7. Hit the Beach

Cape Town has the most fashionable beaches but if it’s a proper beach holiday you want, head for the Garden Route or KwaZulu Natal for warm water, easy swimming & safari add-ons.

8. Bring the Kids

Safari camps designed for families, malaria-free game reserves, sunny holiday resorts, sandy beaches & easy logistics … South Africa was made for family holidays.

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY

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Reviews

An incredibly well organised tour with no hassles whatsoever.

Safari Online understood our needs and was able to present us with sensible options to choose from. It was evident that this tour operator has knowledgable and experienced agents who can arrange a seemless tour. We were provided with a professional online itinary which was comprehensive and easy to use, knew exactely what to expect, and encountered no stumble blocks along the way.

Gwen (AU)
Safari Online made our fantastic family holiday dream come true!!

Safari Online have been nothing but professional and incredible from the time we made our first enquiry to the last day of our stunning holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Walter. We are now starting to plan our next family Safari for 2019. Guess who we will be booking with??? Safari Online we hope you are ready!!!!!

Penni (AU)
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver.  We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
Safari Online were extremely efficient and absolutely charming to work with.

Our 28-day itinerary took us to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. A magnificent and unforgettable adventure. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently from the flights, transfers, rides, connections, etc. Absolutely wonderful! Can’t thank them enough!

Ann and Mario (Canada)
Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional. Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Neena
Walter has always been an excellent communicator and has supported us fully

We have been to Africa for 24 of the last 27 years so know a bit about what is involved. Walter has arranged the details for the last couple of years, and has done a superb job. He is always quick to respond and comes up with answers immediately……..no evasive tactics, always head-on!

Roger (UK)
Professional, quick and top of the edge service!!!

From the very first contact we’re very happy about the respond time and quality of information from safari-online.com. Based on the received first tailor-made quote, which is a weblink with all the details about the flights, photos of the lodges etc. we knew that this is “our” partner for this trip. Our expectations were excelled!!!

Lukas (Germany)
Very helpful good suggestions for holiday ideas always available for questions good organising

Excellent service and they supplied good suggestions for our holiday they also organised all internal flights and arranged check in for us so we had no worries while on holiday. We have had a most memorable holiday staying at wonderful places thanks to Sabrina and Safari Online. Would recommend Safari Online to organise your holiday.

Lorraine (UK)
Best trip I have ever been on. Highly recommend.

Would highly recommend. Safari online asked questions when booking and were efficient and knew exactly what we were looking for in terms of accommodation and animals were wanted to see. Gave advice on a few little extras with no pressure, which we did and am very grateful which make trip even more exciting. Would definitely recommend booking with them.

It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

Our mom grew up in Central and South Africa so we had visited the continent many times. My sister and I wanted to take our teens and husbands to Africa to experience the magic. We had a limited budget but big and specific expectations and by some miracle Walter was able to manage both.

Heather (USA)