Spectacular natural beauty with a Mediterranean climate, abundant wildlife, a fascinating mix of cultures and a historic struggle for freedom all combine to make South Africa one of the world’s most compelling destinations. For the beach lovers there are miles of unspoilt coastline, food and wine enthusiasts will be right at home in the Winelands, and wildlife photographers and adventurers won’t be disappointed with the selection of safari camps in and around Kruger National Park.
When to go: June to August are peak times for wildlife viewing when game is most concentrated around watering holes. Cape Town is a year-round destination, but the beaches are best enjoyed December to March.
South Africa's Western Cape
Culture & Wildlife
Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari
The Garden Route
Route 62 which runs 850 kilometers from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth is the world’s longest wine route. Sandwiched between the coast and inland mountain range, this scenic route is dotted with wineries, lakes, hiking trails and lush scenery. Visit Tsitsikamma National Park, an elephant sanctuary and towns such as Plettenberg Bay, Krysna, and Oudsthoorn.
Ethnically diverse, this state is the homeland of the Zulu tribe and the cosmopolitan, busy port city of Durban. Immerse yourself in Zulu culture at villages around the province and visit the San (Bushmen) and thousands of their ancient rock paintings in Ukhalamba-Drakensberg National Park. In and around Durban, miles of golden beaches front the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
As the air gateway to South Africa, Johannesburg is a good place to get a restful night or two on either entering or leaving the country. The city’s leading attraction is the Apartheid Museum. Combined with a visit to Soweto, South Africa’s largest black residential area, you’ll gain a closer insight into the forces that created modern-day South Africa.
Who we support
We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit communities in need. For this trip, our donation will go to a non-profit organization we support that is having a very positive impact around the world: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS—a humanitarian-aid organization that provides ongoing emergency medical aid around the world.