Why you should visit South Africa
Why you should visit South Africa
One of Africa’s top tourist destinations is without a doubt South Africa. Whatever time of the year you choose to visit, you are richly rewarded – there is something for everyone. Safari experiences are among the best that the continent has to offer, the landscape incorporates all the beauty and diversity of other African countries and more, allowing for a vast range of activities. From the Karoo and Kalahari semi-deserts to the misty heights of the Drakensberg and other beautiful mountain ranges running the length of the country, the massive Blyde River Canyon, the slopes of the magnificent Cape Town Table Mountain and the picturesque and justly famous winelands, the wonderfully diverse culture, cuisine and hospitality, it is no wonder that the country was declared one of the 17 mega-destinations in the world by Conservation International in 1998.
The “Rainbow Nation” comprises multicultural inhabitants who are a fascinating mix of European, African and Asian cultures, known for their friendliness and hospitality. Despite the difficult past, there is great pride and love for the country, and a great desire among the majority, to live in peace and harmony. English is widely spoken and is one of 11 official languages. Gourmet restaurants are world class standard and South African wines are known for their excellence. Read on and see how this is a must-see holiday destination
When is the best time to visit
There is such a variety of things to do and see, that any time of the year is a good time to go. However, if you have various interests and ideas of what you would like to see, we at Asante would be delighted to make recommendations and help accommodate your wishes. We are in the business of making your holiday dreams a reality. If you would like to see wildlife, the best time is during the dry season from May to November, in the Kruger National Park area. Please bear in mind that this falls during the winter, and the mornings and evenings can be chilly, especially on early morning safaris.
One of the reasons we recommend this time of year is that the grass is shorter and therefore visibility better – particularly where the wildlife congregates around watering holes. Another reason is that many of the young are born around November and December when the bush is lush and green and there is plenty to eat. The dry season also means fewer mosquitoes and less chance of catching malaria. If you are particularly concerned about this, please ask us about game lodges which are malaria free.
Cape Town offers so much that it is really a year-round destination. For browsing the markets, hiking up Table Mountain, water sports and beaches and visiting the winelands, the dry summer season is best. Be aware that local tourists love to visit this area and during peak summer season (Christmas holidays) it can be very crowded. The quieter months are between September and November, or March and April, when it is still dry and not too windy or chilly.
What to pack for your trip to South Africa?
The country has an abundance of sunshine, so make sure to wear sunblock during the days, even in the winter months. Hats, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes are also advised. A light jacket and lightweight clothes are good for summer months, and a warm jacket and jerseys and long sleeved shirts for layering up work well in the winter.
For game viewing, neutral coloured items are useful and remember that layering up like an onion for the early morning game drives is essential. Winter mornings and evenings can be very cold. If dining at upmarket restaurants or attending shows, smart casual attire is acceptable.