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We thought we would start our "Monthly Spotlight" with an ultimate guide to South Africa. Famous for its safaris, wines and delicious food, this stunning destination should be at the top of your bucket list. 
 
Keep reading for our guide to South Africa including the best safaris, hotels and more. 

How many days should you spend in South Africa? 

We recommend staying in South Africa for 2 weeks to really experience everything as there is so much to do and see. You could also hire a car, and the Garden Route is usually explored this way.  

Best time to visit South Africa 

Overall, South Africa is a year-round destination, but different seasons offer different experiences and activities. Here's a breakdown of the best times to visit based on various factors: 

1. Wildlife Viewing in Kruger National Park and other Game Reserves 

The dry winter months from May to September are generally considered the best months for seeing wildlife in South Africa. Due to vegetation being at its lowest, animals gather around water sources, making them easier to spot. However, the summer months from October to April have lush landscapes, new-born animals and very vibrant birdlife. Just be prepared for higher temperatures. 

2. Cape Town and the Garden Route 

November to March are the peak tourist season for Cape Town and the Garden Route, so you'll get warm temperatures and long sunny days. However, Cape Town can get crowded during this time, so if you prefer fewer crowds and milder weathers then Spring (September to November) or Autumn (April to May) are the perfect months for you. 

3. Whale-Watching in Hermanus 

The best time for whale-watching is from July to September when sightings are most reliable, and the annual Whale Festival is hosted in September. 

4. Wine Tasting in the Winelands 

The ideal time for wine tasting and other outdoor activities is during the dry summer months from November to March, but the autumn months, April to May are also lovely times to visit when the vineyards turn golden and the temperatures are milder. 

Most popular game reserves in South Africa 

South Africa is home to a wide array of game reserves, each with its own unique wildlife, experiences and landscapes. Here are some of the most popular game reserves in South Africa: 

1. Kruger National Park 

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa and it is home to the Big Five - lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, rhinos and leopards - and also antelope, hyenas, wildebeest and hippos. Covering nearly two million hectares, Kruger offers a diverse range of terrain, from mountains and rivers, to savannah and tropical forests. There isn't anyone who won't enjoy Kruger. 

2. Sabi Sands Game Reserve 

Sharing a border with Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands hosts game drives that allow you to get as close to nature as possible. This reserve is famous for its high density of leopards, as well as lions and elephants. Sabi Sands offers exclusive safaris with expert trackers and guides. 

3. Madikwe Game Reserve 

Near the Botswana border, you'll find the Madikwe Game Reserve, currently the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa and is now home to 66 large mammal species including the Big Five, wild dogs and cheetahs. It also has over 300 bird species, as well as rarer creatures like aardvarks, pangolins, and aardwolves. Wildlife sightings are phenomenal with surprises around almost every bend and game rangers are allowed to off-road for special sightings. 

4. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve 

Grootbos is a luxurious eco-reserve located along the Garden Route, near to Hermanus. This game reserve is known for its breath-taking natural beauty with 2,500 hectares of land, covered in fynbos. While Grootbos is not a traditional Big Five safari destination, you can still spot Cape mountain zebra, baboons, antelope species and over 100 bird species.  

Where to stay in South Africa 

1. Chitwa Chitwa Lodge 

Chitwa Chitwa Lodge is a luxurious safari lodge located in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, one of the most sought after safari destinations in Africa. The lodge features spacious suites and a private villa, each offering panoramic views from the private decks or plunge pools. 

2. Jock Safari Lodge 

Jock Safari Lodge is in the heart of Kruger National Park, in an area known for its abundant wildlife and scenic beauty. The lodge has luxurious accommodations in the form of private suites and a family villa each designed to blend seamlessly with its surroundings. 

3. Mount Nelson 

You will find Mount Nelson in Cape Town, at the foot of Table Mountain, surrounding by stunning gardens. The rooms, suites and cottages are all extremely elegant with both colonial charm and modern comfort. 

Getting around South Africa 

We can arrange private transportation for your trip to South Africa, with guides and drivers picking you up and dropping you off, you won't have to lift a finger! Alternatively, we can arrange car hire for you as this is one of the best ways to explore the Garden Route. Whatever method you choose to get around, we can help plan, book and coordinate the smoothest option. 
I hope this guide well help you with your trip to South Africa and know that this is just the tip of the iceberg! South Africa is such an amazing place for couples, families, solo trips - it has something for everyone! 
 
If this blog has inspired you, contact us now to book your summer getaway on 01442617777 or email us on holidays@tailoredjourneys.co.uk 
 
We look forward to hearing from you! 
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