South Africa – the whole world in one country
South Africa is the land of unlimited possibilities: here cultures from all over the world meet and celebrate life. Climb Table Mountain, explore the surrounding oceans with their picturesque beaches or discover the barren semi-desert of the Karoo with imposing mountain landscapes. The species-rich Kruger National Park, the exclusive Madikwe National Park as well as the countless private reserves of the Eastern Cape invite you to amazing animal sightings and gives every guest unforgettable memory.
Picturesque gorges in the Blyde River Canyon, the enchanting Garden Route, and the breathtaking biodiversity of the isiMangaliso National Park demonstrate the incredible diversity of this country. Award-winning wines and fantastic wildlife complete this diverse offer. Experience the fascination of a country that unites the world with in itself. Let yourself be captivated by South Africa with African Luxury Travel.
The magic of South Africa
- Take off and explore Cape Town on a helicopter-flip over Table Mountain
- Taste fine wines on the best wine estates in the world
- Dive into the world of whales in Hermanus
- Follow the tracks of wild cats in the species richSabi Sands Private Game Reserve
- Enjoy teeing off on South Africa’s award winning golf courses in breathtaking locations
Climate and travel seasons in South Africa
The climate in South Africa is characterized by the opposite summer and winter months, pending where you are in South Africa.
The summer months of October to April bring warm temperatures of between 25°C and 35°C in the Western Cape, peaking in January and February. This is the dry season in the region, so wildlife viewing is perfect. On the eastern side of the country, summer is part of the rainy season. Temperatures are similar to those in the west. However, daily thunder showers in the afternoon lead to very high, sometimes humid conditions.
The winter months of May through September bring cool temperatures around 15°C in the western Cape and rain that lasts for several days. However, due to its direct location by the ocean, the perceived temperature is quite lower. In the east, on the other hand, average daytime temperatures are around a dry 23°C. The animals are now dependent on a few waterholes, which makes for excellent wildlife viewing.
The official whale season takes place between July and October. In order not to miss this breathtaking natural spectacle, we recommend the months of September and October for a trip to this region to enjoy both the whales and the warmer temperatures. For a safari in the Kruger National Park, on the other hand, we recommend the months of August and September. The now prevailing water scarcity and dry vegetation, offer the best conditions for successful animal observations.
South African Travel Info
To enter South Africa, you need a valid, machine-readable passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the return date. For minors entering the country, a certified, translated birth certificate is required, as well as a power of attorney from the parent or legal guardian (who is not traveling with you).
You do not need a visa. When entering South Africa, you are granted a 3-month tourist visa free of charge at the point of entry.
The western part of South Africa and the region around Madikwe in the north are malaria-free. Only the region around the Kruger National Park is a malaria area. Please contact your family doctor regarding possible malaria prophylaxis if you plan to travel in this region of South Africa.
The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). You can conveniently withdraw cash from ATMs using your international credit card. Credit card payments are accepted at all hotels/lodges, restaurants and stores.
In South Africa they will refuel for you. Since most gas stations outside the major cities do not accept credit cards, you will have to pay in cash. A small tip is not obligatory but will be gratefully accepted by any gas station attendant.
Watch out for speed cameras when traveling along the Garden Route. Especially between George and Plettenberg Bay, speeding is strictly controlled.