South Africans are some of the most upbeat, welcoming and humorous folk that you will encounter.
Each of the nine provinces offers stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife and cultural cuisine.
Home of the ‘Mother City’ and Table Mountain, the Western Cape is unmatched in natural beauty. It is a gastronomic melting pot, offering enough culinary and liquid delights to satisfy any taste!
Highlights include: Cape Agulhas | Cape Town CBD | Penguins | Quaint fishing villages | Robben Island | Table Mountain | The Garden Route | The Winelands | Whale watching | White, sandy beaches
Climate: Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers (November - March) and cool, wet winters (May - July).
Gauteng is the smallest province of South Africa, and the heart of its economy. It is a vibrant mix of cultures and colours with first and third world traditions
Highlights include: Big business district | Excellent nightlife | Gold Reef City | Johannesburg (‘Jozi’) CBD | Shopping | Soweto | The Cradle of Humankind | Union Buildings | World class golf courses
Climate: Hot, wet summers (December - February) and crisp, clear winters (June -August). Beautiful summer thundershowers are often harsh, but brief and followed by warm sunshine.
Holidaymakers adore the beaches of KZN for the white sand and warm Indian Ocean. The various geographical regions offer visitors a world of diversity in one province.
Highlights include: Battlefields & Isandlwana |Beautiful beaches | Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park | iSimangaliso Wetland Park | Midlands Meander | Phinda Private Game Reserve | Sani Pass | uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park | uShaka Marine World
Climate: Long, hot, humid, wet summers (September - April) and very mild winters, seldom dropping below 17⁰C.
This is big game country! Dozens of sanctuaries are home to a huge variety of animals and birds. Eager fly fishermen flock to streams that were once panned for gold.
Highlights include: Big 5 | Blyde River Canyon | Charming mining towns | Exceptional bird life | God's Window | Highlands Meander | Kruger National Park | Scenic hiking trails | The Panorama Route
Climate: The Highveld (Western region) has extreme seasonal temperature differences. The Lowveld (Eastern region incl. Kruger National Park) has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures and high summer rainfall.
This is the northernmost province, lying within the great curve of the Limpopo River. To the east lies the magnificent Kruger National Park, teeming with wildlife.
Highlights include: Ancient forests | Big 5 | Echo Caves | Entabeni Game Reserve | Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre | Hot mineral springs | Kruger National Park | Ruins and relics | Untamed Africa
Climate: Hot summer months (October - March) where short thunderstorms in the evenings are common. Winters are sunny with chilly mornings and evenings.
Seaside escapes, forest trails, Karoo adventures and Big 5 safaris... The Eastern Cape offers it all!
Highlights include: Addo Elephant National Park | Birds of Eden | Bloukrans Bridge | Garden Route National Park | Otter Trail | Port Elizabeth ‘The Friendly City’ | Storms River Mouth | Tsitsikamma National Park | Water sports (in, on & under the sea)
Climate: Eastern Cape climate is varied, but generally the winter months fall between April and August. Inland, semi-arid conditions characterise regions such as the Karoo. Temperatures get cooler as you approach the coast.
The ‘Platinum Province’ is best known for the wealth of minerals underground and the Pilanesberg National Park, a Big 5 reserve picturesquely set within the crater of an extinct volcano.
Highlights include: Big 5 | Golf courses| Hartbeespoort Dam | Lesedi Cultural Village | Madikwe Game Reserve | Magaliesberg Mountain range | Pilanesberg Game Reserve | Sun City | Untamed bushveld | Valley of Waves
Climate: Almost year-round sunshine, with brief but refreshing thundershowers cooling the summer afternoons (August-March). Winter (May-July) is dry and sunny, with chilly nights.
Home to the nomadic San (Bushmen) of the Kalahari, the Northern Cape is a wonderful contrast of vast, blazing landscapes and carpets of bright wild flowers.
Highlights include: Battlefields | Brilliant starry nights | Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park | Kimberley 'The Diamond Capital of the World' | Namaqualand wild flowers | Orange River (water based activities) | SALT 'Africa’s Giant Eye on the Universe' | Spectacular Augrabies Falls | The Kalahari | The Great Karoo
Climate: Winter days are warm, but the nights can fall below 0⁰C. Summer days can reach 40⁰C! Spring (July-October) is the perfect time to visit to see the explosive displays of wild flowers.
The Free State lies in the middle of South Africa between the Vaal River in the north and the Orange River in the South. This is a year-round destination due to its nearly 340 days of sunshine and numerous outdoor activities.
Highlights include: Excellent fishing | Gariep Dam Nature Reserve (water activities) | Golden Gate National Park | Highlands Treasure Route | Maluti Mountains | Rock art and fossil rich | The Thabo Mofutsanyana Region | Vaal River (Lined with Willow trees)
Climate: This high-lying inland area offers a lot of sunshine with summer rainfall and frosty winters.