The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage.
Things to know before visit South Africa
Mid October to February is hot with tropical rainstorms and thunderstorms. Mid February to May experiences little rainfall with temperatures remaining moderate while Mid May to August is the winter season. It is usually dry and sunny in the day but cold at nights.
The scenic beauty of the modern and urban Cape Town is worth the admiration it gets specially for its V&A waterfront and table mountains national park. Cape Town is a hub of fancy restaurants and clubs that offer a sight of luxury and lets the travellers relax and enjoy in style. It is also home to the famous Table mountain that offers fantastic views of the Indian Ocean. While in Cape Town visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela served in prison for 27 years.
The winelands of South Africa are a great place to unwind and relax. Boland, which means upland is a great wine-producing area in South Africa. It lies between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and offers some of the most delicious wines produced in the country. You can plan a wine tasting tour here and sample a wide variety of wines.
With beaches, forests and rivers at sight and as the city’s backdrop, the Garden route is worth the drive when in South Africa. The unfathomable beauty of the route is awe-inspiring for most travelers.
Kruger national park has set matchless standards in forest density and wildlife diversity. The national park is filled with species such as lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, giraffe, buffalo and what not in huge numbers. A traveler on a safari in Kruger national park is sure to not be disappointed by the ride inside the park.
iSimangaliso wetland park is pure beauty that has Indian ocean on one side and several clear lakes on another. The wetland park is huge and shelters 5 ecosystems including offshore reefs, lakes, wetlands, woodlands, and coastal forest. The beauty of iSimangaliso wetland park justifies the name that is given to it which means ‘Wonder’.
Madikwe Game reserve on the edge of Kalahari is a huge malaria free game reserve that covers the Big five. The bushveld, forest and lush green pastures of the Madikwe game reserve is what adds beauty to the place.
Travel Advisory: For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity: South Africa supplies electricity at the same range as Australia i.e. 220-240 volts.