Less than an hour from Cape Town the Winelands of the Western Cape are some of the most famous in the world. The city of Stellenbosch is the area's beating heart, and Franschhoek, is a gastronomic haven surrounded by a stunning mountainous backdrop and home to some of the country's best restaurants. And then there is The Garden Route, breathtakingly beautiful (semi-desert areas, sub-tropical forests and endless stretches of beaches), running from Heidelberg to Port Elizabeth, and also including the small coastal town of Hermanus.
When it comes to whale watching, South Africa is world class, with Hermanus and Plettenberg competing for the best whale watching opportunities. Best time to come for whale watching in South Africa is June to November, when Southern Right and Humpback whales habituate the Cape.
The less explored and much wilder Eastern Cape offers a remote and breath-taking coastline, mountain retreats and private game reserves. KwaZulu Natal is famous for its fascinating history (centred around the Battlefield region) as well as the greatest concentration of rhino in the world and two World Heritage Sites; the imposing Drakensberg Mountains and the St Lucia Park.
For the ultimate South African safari, Mpumalanga is internationally renowned for the wildlife rich Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park (also a huge draw),the majority of which falls in Limpopo Province - home to the mountainous Waterberg region and private concessions such as Timbavati and Manyeleti. And the North West Province offers gambling in Sun City and safari in the adjoining Pilanesberg Nature Reserve and Madikwe, a huge conservation area bordering Botswana where one can see the Big Five as well as a healthy population of endangered Wild Dog.
Contact Chris Evans, to design your own South African safari holiday +44 (0)1242 787806.