South Africa: When Is The Best Time To Visit

Table Mountain, South Africa

South Africa is a country that both Mr ESLT and I have visited, independently, many moons ago. Therefore, it is high on our list of places to visit, together, soon. I was only young when I visited and Mr ESLT worked on ships out of Durban, so neither of us really got the opportunity to explore and see what wonderful things it has to offer. Having read a number of blogs and listening to our best friends who visited South Africa on their honeymoon, it got us thinking about what we would like to see when we finally get around to visiting ourselves. Therefore, after a lot of thought, we have put together our ultimate travel wish list and the best times to visit to ensure we get the most out of our trip.

To Go On Safari

Kruger National Park, South Africa

No visit to South Africa is complete without going on Safari, there are many national parks and game reserves in the country however, the most popular is the world-famous Kruger National Park. If you want to see as many animals as possible up close, the first thing to do is research when is the best time to visit South Africa. Kruger is home to the Big 5 and is a year-round destination, however, April and September are the best months to visit as the vegetation is sparse meaning there is a higher chance of spotting animals.

To Visit Cape Town

Boulder's Beach, South Africa

The best times to visit The Cape are March to May and from September to November. This is because even though these months fall in shoulder seasons they still offer great weather whilst at the same time attracting fewer tourists and lower hotel prices. There are so many amazing things to do in Cape Town, narrowing them down to just a few is difficult. However, taking a cable car to the top of Table Mountain is a must as is visiting the penguins on Boulder’s Beach.

To Go Whale Watching

Whale Watching

The best time to go whale watching on the Cape south coast is from June to November. There are a number of tour operators along the coast offering daily trips. Of course seeing a whale cannot be guaranteed, however, you’ll have a great time trying. You can also use the tour as an opportunity to bird watch and seal and dolphin spot too. If you are feeling adventurous you can even go white shark cage diving, although be warned, it is not for the faint-hearted.

To Indulge In Wine

South Africa Winelands

The Winelands are one of South Africa’s most popular attractions and every June Robertson Wine Valley hosts the Wacky Wine Weekend which is one of the events of the year in the Western Cape. Every year more than 40 wine farms, wineries and producers take part, allowing you to try numerous wines along the route over four days. Not only are wine tastings available but also live music, outdoor sports, arts and crafts, local cuisine and family fun, meaning kids are welcome too.

There are so many things to see and do in South Africa all happening at different times of the year, deciding exactly what you want to do should dictate when you should visit. We can’t wait to plan our trip!

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