Part urban jungle, part African wilderness, South Africa is an eclectic and exciting destination with a lot to offer. Home to a coastline renowned for offering unforgettable diving experiences, countless wildlife reserves including the world famous Kruger National Park, bustling cityscapes filled to the brim with culture, and majestic mountain ranges perfect for hiking, South Africa has it all.
South African Highlights
How to Get There
International flights from all over the world fly directly into OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airport. Certain direct international flights are also accommodated at King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
OR Tambo International is the Southern African flight hub and is responsible for linking this part of the continent to the rest of the world. Depending on where you are arriving from, flights to OR Tambo International are generally quite cheap due to the fierce competition amongst airlines.
Once you’ve arrived, self-drives are a popular option with rentals available from most airports. The other option, should you have booked a tour, is to travel by arranged transfer. There is a lot of ground to cover in South Africa, with destinations being quite a distance from each other.
Best Time of the Year to Visit
Most of the country experiences fantastic weather all year round, but when planning a trip, it’s a good idea to plan according to what you intend to do.
Safaris are best enjoyed from March to September before the intense heat of summer arrives.
The Cape is best visited in the summer months between October and April, as from about May to August, the area gets its annual rain.