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South Africa is a world in one country. In this southernmost country of Africa, you will find white sandy beaches, majestic mountains, elegant wine estates, championship golf courses, beautiful game lodges with incredible wildlife, open wilderness areas and so much more. Combined with these offerings, South Africa has a range of excellent accommodation options, fine restaurants, trendy eateries, art galleries, stylish wine bars, and cozy coffee shops. There is no shortage of creativity in this country. The difficulty in planning your holiday to South Africa is how to fit it all in. This is where you need a specialist to assist you and tailor-make your vacation to suit your personal style and preferences.
Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, and Table Mountain
Cape Town and its peninsula is an area of incredible natural beauty. Cape Town city is the quintessential melting pot. It is alive with creativity, color, sounds, and tastes. With an incredible range of hotels, guesthouses, eateries, coffee shops, wine farms, mountains, and white beaches, there is little more that one can wish for in order to create a wonderful vacation. Whether your interest is cooking classes, mountain biking, golfing, yoga, deep-sea fishing, art galleries, or botanical tours, we at Cape Classics have the specialist guides and knowledge to ensure that you have the very best experience.
Stellenbosch, Franschoek and the Wine Farms
One hour from Cape Town, one is spoiled for choice by the range of elegant wine farms situated in this area of abundant natural beauty. South Africa’s second-oldest town, Stellenbosch, is a delight with its Cape Dutch architecture, oak-lined avenues, water furrows, eateries, galleries, and coffee shops. The beautiful little town of Franschhoek (a corner of France) is all about fine wine, bistros, and French finesse. Cape Classics specializes in arranging wine touring days on our various beautiful wine routes.
The West Coast
North of Cape Town, the arid West Coast is bordered by the cold Atlantic Ocean. The region is known for its rugged special beauty including the West Coast National Park and 17 km (10 miles) long sparkling Langebaan lagoon. In the spring, this area becomes a mass of wildflowers and attracts many visitors to enjoy the natural splendor.
The Cederberg Mountains
Three hours north of Cape Town, this is an area of raw dramatic beauty. It is perfect for hiking, swimming in clear mountain pools, rock climbing, and viewing Bushmen art. There is also some wonderful wine tasting to be done in this area. It is a perfect weekend getaway.
The Garden Route
Four hours from Cape Town, the Garden Route is an area of diverse natural beauty with beautiful white beaches and lush indigenous forests.
The Knysna Lagoon is one of the main attractions. This sparkling water is a perfect spot for watersport enthusiasts. The lagoon enters the sea through two huge sandstone cliffs known as The Heads. Thesen Island and Knysna Quays abound with restaurants and shops and make for great entertainment for the whole family.
Plettenberg Bay is a very popular seaside town. With its variety of beaches, gorgeous views, and great hotels and restaurants, it is every holidaymaker’s dream beach destination. The Robberg Hiking Trail with its spectacular views is not to be missed.
The Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape is a province of rolling green hills, long stretches of pristine coastline, and game reserves ranging from rustic to 5 stars. Unlike most of Africa, these game reserves are malaria-free. Known as “The Adventure Capital” of South Africa it is a destination for people who love sunshine, surf, wildlife, and nature.
Addo Elephant National Park is the third-largest national park in South Africa. Stretching from the arid Karoo, to the coast, the park also includes offshore islands and their bird and penguin populations. The park’s claim to fame is that it’s the only national park in the world to protect the Big 7-the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard) as well as the great white shark and southern right whale.
Kwazulu Natal and the Battlefields
Durban is a cosmopolitan city and Africa’s busiest port. The seaside resort town of Umhlanga has a range of excellent accommodation as well as superb restaurants. Kwazulu Natal’s spectacular scenery, game lodges, and pristine coastline make it a wonderful vacation destination.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a unique area of white beaches, wetlands, and lakes, reed channels, raffia palm forests, and mangrove swamps.
The Drakensberg Mountains Range with its awe-inspiring basalt cliffs towering riverine bush, yellowwood forests, and cascading waterfalls is a special area for hikers. The lodges nestled in the mountain are perfect for family getaways. There is a lot of Boer War history in this area and visitors can visit the battlefields and hear tales of the events of those days.
The Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and home to more species of wildlife than any reserve in Africa. Bordering the park are many wildlife concessions with superb game lodges and viewing.
Best known is the world-famous Sabi Sands, followed by The Timbavati and the Klaserie to name but a few. With so much choice, choosing your safari can be daunting. That is where we can assist and guide you with expert advice.
Johannesburg is the commercial heart of South Africa and the countries financial hub. Sandton City is one of the largest shopping centers in Africa. Johannesburg is South Africa’s premier style and fashion destination. Here we recommend that you include a day tour, to walk through South Africa’s history in the steps of Nelson Mandela. One can also do a tour to The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
North West of Johannesburg, this ancient area of plummeting mountain gorges, clear streams, and rolling bushveld is home to a range of excellent accommodation and game lodges.
Best time to travel:
South Africa is an all year round destination with a mild climate which varies hugely between the Provinces.
- Western Cape: has a Mediterranean climate and is therefore best in the summer months from October to May. The months from May to September bring cold and wet conditions – mild however in comparison to the Northern climates.
- Kwa-Zulu Nata:l boasts an average of 320 days of sunshine a year. Light rain falls all year round with the most rainfall in the humid summer months being November to April. The winter season from May to September is warm and generally dry.
- Eastern Cape: has dry cool winters from May to September, very cold at times. Summer is from October to April. Generally this province receives rainfall throughout the year.
- Mpumalanga and The Kruger National Park: is best in the dry winter from May to October when the bush is shorter making spotting the animals easier. However, the summer rain from November to April brings beauty in its green lushness making it an all year round excellent safari destination.
Talk to us about your travel plans
Take the stress out of planning. Free yourself up to look forward to your adventure. We at Cape Classics strive to understand your personal style in creating itineraries that will feed your soul.