En route to Cape Town!

We have just arrived back home after nearly two glorious weeks in Cape Town and the surrounding areas. On February 21st, Lina, Freddy and I packed us and a whole lot of stuff into the car and headed south. Its about a 1 400 km drive, so we chose to stay one night along the way. There is not a whole lot of places to choose from, and as we’ve done previous times we have driven this route, we stopped in Beaufort West. In Beaufort West you sleep, fill up with fuel and eat, that’s all this tired little town has to offer.

We had booked a very neat self-catering accommodation on the outskirts of town, Haus Holzapfel, and the next day we continued our journey. We stopped in Matjiesfontein, just under 250 km from Cape Town. This is a well-preserved Victorian railway village, and here you’ll find ,for example, a museum with a collection of historic cars and trains. Rovos Rail stops here during the journey between Pretoria and Cape Town.

We arrived in Cape Town just in time for rush hour traffic which, if you live in Johannesburg, was not so bad and we found our way to the townhouse in Rondebosch that good friends let us use.

We had two exciting weeks, so stay tuned for more!

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Tanzania

Hi everyone🙂

If you’re dreaming of travelling to Tanzania you should definitely keep reading.

Wildebeest in the Serengeti

Wildebeest in the Serengeti

Serengeti is perhaps the world’s best game viewing area and here you can really experience one of nature’s most spectacular shows. It’s best known for the great migration that takes place every year in May and June, when around a million wildebeest, along with hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles, migrates to better pastures. In long lines they throw themselves into the crocodile dense rivers and throughout the journey they are followed by predators such as lion and leopard.

What an experience! And what is so amazing is that we at Destination South Africa offers you a 10% discount on all our trips to Tanzania from 1 May and 31 August exactly during that period!

Beach in Zanzibar

Beach in Zanzibar

So do yourself a favour and contact us to get an itinerary and a quote, no costs involved. Maybe you want to combine Serengeti with a week in Zanzibar (to be sure that you at least get some sun this summer😉 )

And don’t forget that we will help you book your flights too!

When is the best time to travel to South Africa?

There’s no easy answers to the question of when the best time is to visit South Africa, as all seasons have their positive and negative elements. It simply depends on what one is looking for and what one wants to do.

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Safari is good all year round, but the best time to travel is during winter and spring, say from May to October. There’s less vegetation, which makes it easier to spot the animals, and because it doesn’t rain, there’s less and less water available for the animals, so they seek out the watering holes.

Along the west coast we are each year treated to a great show, when the first rain of spring falls and transforms this dry and rather barren landscape into a fireworks of bright colours, when the ground is covered in flowers. It’s impossible to say when this annual flower parade will occur, but the safest bet is probably August – September.

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South Africa has a long coastline and both the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean offer wonderful adventures. Beach life is perfect in KwaZulu-Natal all through the year with warm and sunny conditions, even in the middle of winter. But if sun and sea is most important to you, you should travel between November and February.

From mid-June to November is the best time for whale watching and for scuba diving the period from April to September is the best choice for most coastal areas, except perhaps for the coast off Western Cape.

Diving with Great White Sharks is something that can be done all throughout the year, but the best time is during the winter months. From when the baby seals are born in November and through to March, there is so much “natural” food for the sharks that it’s more difficult to attract them to the boat, which reduces the chances to experience sharks up close.

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And if you don’t want to travel when all South Africans have their vacation you should avoid December and January.

In short – every season has something to offer and there are of course no bad time of the year to travel to South Africa!