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Glorious beaches, spectacular winelands, cosmopolitan cities, the best land-based whale watching in the world, sanctuaries teaming with game. South Africa offers you an endless range of excellent options.
South Africa is vast (about 5 times greater than the United Kingdom), and one of the most diverse and interesting countries in the world. Nowhere else in the world will you find such diversity, offering a great variety of holiday options and endless things to see and do.
Among the most popular excursions is a visit to the country’s many superb national parks and game reserves, including the world-renowned KRUGER NATIONAL PARK.
Cape Town with its familiar landmark, Table Mountain, remains a favourite and must visit destination. The picturesque wine estates produce some of the world’s best wines, with stunning scenery to match.
Magnificent mountain scenery, including the famed Drakensberg and the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon, competes with the semi-arid desert of the Karoo and ancient forests of Tsitsikamma and Knysna for visitors’ attention. The forever-landscape to the east of Cape Town, the Garden Route, is an amazing treasure of all kinds of good things and places, including spectacular mountains, indigenous forests, lakes, lagoons and coastal beaches to rank with the best in the world.
South Africa is a country of enough contrasts and diversity to satisfy any safari needs. A safari in South Africa is perfect when combining a visit to the many other must see attractions of the Rainbow Nation. The world-famous national parks and wildlife areas; the Kruger, the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal amongst many others, are home to mind-blowing wildlife, including the ‘big five’. They boast superb game viewing opportunities alongside some of the most luxurious lodges in Africa.
Here are a few of the must-see wildlife options:
• Big Five – Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard
• Whale Watching
• Great White Shark
• Leatherback Turtles
• Safari must be on every visitor wish list!
• African sunset from the top of Table Mountain
• Helicopter flight
• Jackass Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach
• Cape Point
• Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
• The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
• Robben Island
• The Namakwa & the West Coast Flower Route in Cape Town. (July until late October)
• Whale watching in Hermanus; the best land-based whale watching in the world. (June to December)
• Great White Shark cage diving in Kleinbaai
• The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour
• Drive Route 62 (Western Cape), the longest wine, fruit and mountain route in the world.
• The Garden Route
• The Panorama Route
• The Anglo-Boer War and Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields in KwaZulu-Natal
• The Drakensberg Mountains
• The Outeniqua Mountains
Best Time to Visit:
When it comes to visiting South Africa, there is no simple answer to “When is the best time to visit?” The best time to visit South Africa depends on your objectives, what are the important issues for you;
• Safari in the Kruger – May to September
• Safari in the Cape – All year round, but when added with a visit to the rest of the Cape, June to August can be wet
• The north of South Africa enjoys summer rainfall (Oct to March) & dry winters (May to September)
• The south of South Africa enjoys winter rainfall (June to August) and dry, warm summers (December to March)
• From a budget point of view, visit from May to September when you will find low season rates predominantly and specials
• Looking for wall to wall sunshine with temperatures more than 28 to 30 degrees centigrade – December to March
• Whale watching – season runs from late June through to late November
• Flower season – July to October but dependant on rainfall
What to Expect:
• The time difference is one hour during UK summer time and two hours in UK winter
• South Africa is generally free of the common infectious diseases, but we recommend that you visit your local GP for advice when travelling to a malaria area (Mpumalanga in the north of the country, including the Kruger National Park and northern Kwazulu-Natal)
• The currency used in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR) – 100 cents equals 1 rand
• South Africa drives on the left and most road signs are in English
• Roundabouts are referred to as circles and traffic lights are robots
• Credit and debit cards are widely accepted throughout South Africa
• Electricity – 220 Volt AC – plugs have three round prongs, ensure that you take an adapter for your mobile phone etc
• Medical – when it comes to International visitors, we recommend that you take out adequate Travel / Medical Insurance cover as most medical providers are privately operated
• South Africa has an advanced banking system and you will find ATMs throughout your visit
• Fuel can be paid using your cards, but in smaller towns card facilities may not be available so always have a cash back up
• GPS systems are available, but at Cape Tours we recommend that you do not waste your hard-earned money. Any decent Tour Operator worth its salt, will provide you with Door to Door directions and at Cape Tours we have never lost anyone!
What to Bring;
• Valid passports with no less than six months validity and two blank pages
• Visas are not required for holders of UK passports. If travelling from anywhere other than the UK, please drop us an email
• Families travelling with children under the age of 18 or not with both parents are required to produce documentation on arrival. Please discuss with us.
• Adaptors for your electrical devises i.e. mobiles and cameras
• Valid drivers licence together with a valid DVLA Code (replaced the pink paper segment of UK licences)
• Credit / debit cards – please check with your provider to understand the cost implications of using your cards overseas
• Adequate travel and medical insurance cover
• Mobile phone – where possible we recommend that you bring an old Pay As You Go mobile. On arrival in South Africa, purchase a Pay As You Go SIM card with airtime for use whilst on holiday (you will need to produce your itinerary as proof that you are a visitor)
• Should you prefer to take your contracted mobile phone, please ensure that your data roaming is turned-off and discuss costs with your provider. This will avoid tears at the end of your holiday!
• Sun hat, sun screen and good sun glasses
• A light fleece will suffice for most seasons. Avoid bulky coats
• Good trainers for walking and visit to game reserves will suffice
• Bring sufficient prescription medication as this may not be available in South Africa
• Badly structured holidays will only lead to disappointment. The best structured holidays require intimate knowledge of each region
• South Africa is a vast country and must be enjoyed like a fine wine. Savouring each region demands time, so don’t rush and I guarantee that once bitten you will be back for more!
• Selection of accommodation, in terms of location, is just as important as the overall structure of your holiday. Bad (or lack of expertise) advice will lead to disappointment and add to stress levels. Not why you are on holiday. Local expertise is required, and we have this covered!
• The cheapest airline fare is not the sole answer. Taking 24 hours to get to your destination only adds to stress and is often the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
• Having been around since 1995, Cape Tours has a comprehensive database of exceptionally favourable rates for both airfares and accommodation and as such we are more than confident that we will not be bettered on like for like quotes.
• Cape Tours has developed over the years through our returning clients and their recommendations. We are happy to put you in touch.
• 10 nights B&B
• 3 nights Fully Inclusive (Game Reserve) & includes 2 game drives per day
• Car hire – 14 days Europcar Group D car hire; fully insured, no excess, unlimited mileage, additional driver fee and contract fee
• Flights – British Airways direct economy class; inclusive of current taxes
☆☆☆ – £1,750.00 p/p
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☆☆☆☆☆ – £2,309.00 p/p