Considered the gateway drug to the safari affliction, South Africa has it all within its bounds: stunning coastlines, diverse landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and prolific wildlife. In that sense, it is the perfect combination trip for those seeking a bit of everything. You will find its colorful people and welcoming culture make for a memorable adventure nearly year-round. Catering to all types – families, honeymooners, single travelers – it is a versatile destination and each stop will be distinct and unique.
The best combination is a visit to Cape Town, a meander through the Cape Winelands, and to Hermanus, and then a grande finale in the bush of Greater Kruger Park. Time-permitting, tack on an extension to Mozambique or South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast.
Please note this is just a suggested itinerary highlighting some of the best aspects of South Africa. We can tailor any aspects of this safari to best suit your needs, feel free to talk to us to explore all of the available options.
Day 8 & 9
Game drives in the Sabi Sand area.
Accommodation: Kirkman’s Camp, Sabi Sand
There’s a saying in South Africa that you can have four seasons in one day because climate varies both on topography and ocean currents, and given the fact that the country is surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic Ocean, there is considerable variation.
Climate from October to March: these months are the country’s warm months, and with the exception of the Cape region, when the rest of the country receives its rain. You can be assured of excellent beach weather, and wildlife viewing will always be steady, though the occasional rainstorm should be anticipated. It will be busier in Cape Town and the coast, but not as busy in the parks.
Climate from April to September: the country’s cooler months, and in the Cape region the time of the most significant rains. The Greater Kruger area can be very cold, but grasses will be low, and water at a premium, meaning wildlife viewing will be excellent. This tends to be South Africa’s primary tourism season for northern hemisphere guests despite it being the country’s winter. And year-round the country is quite mild weather-wise.
Depending on what time of year you travel, we will recommend the best areas and camps to visit and which parts of the Serengeti National Park to go to in order to have the best chance of seeing the migration. We want to make sure that you have the best chance of seeing a lot of game - the migration is more than just wildebeest – it means predator action, and generally a huge congregation of all kinds of mammals!
From mid July to October, the migration is usually concentrated in the the northern part of the Serengeti and the wildebeest accumulate in the Mara River area. From December to March, the migration is usually located in the Southern Serengeti where the wildebeest congregate for calving season. Some of the camps (like Olakira) move twice a year to follow the migration, so will be located either in Southern or Northern Serengeti depending on when you visit. At other times of the year, the migration won't be so concentrated, but there is still plenty of game in the Serengeti - we will advise the most appropriate locations to visit.
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