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Africa offers an enticing mix of vibrant cities, cultural immersion, action and adventure, natural beauty and a thriving wine culture. The country is diverse and has everything from tropical rainforests to towering mountains, sweeping deserts, beaches, traditional villages, and nationals parks to explore. Safari areas are many and vast and home to Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos – plus hundreds of other animal species. Accommodation ranging from camp sites to five star lodges make a safari stay possible for every type of traveller. Framed by sun-splashed vineyards and rugged mountain peaks, the picture-perfect valleys of the Cape Winelands are famous for their grand old estates, pretty towns and award-winning restaurants. This region also has picture postcard scenery and beautiful beaches. The urban vibe of Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province, the economic and commercial hub of South Africa, is vibrant and creative and encapsulates the old and the new. Africa offers visitors a rich, rewarding and diverse travel experience. 

THINGS TO SEE AND DO 

See lions and giraffes on safari
Hear the thunder of Victoria Falls
See the sights in Casablanca
Marvel at Mount Kilimanjaro
See penguins at Boulders Beach
Head to the top of Table Mountain
Visit Serengeti National Park
See the Sossusvlei Dunes
Kayak at Lake Malawi

Go on safari in Africa

Visit the Cape Winelands

AFRICA WEATHER

Africa experiences the four seasons although you’ll notice this more in some places than others. Summer, which runs from November to February, is warm and predominantly sunny throughout the country. Not surprisingly, this is also peak season so you’re unlikely to pick up any bargains around this time of year. The weather starts to cool down in autumn but it is never cold. This is the best time of year to go on safari or hike one of Africa’s spectacular national parks. From May to September winter offers predominantly sunny days and lower prices. The weather in Spring, which runs from September to November, can be changeable with a mix of cool and occasionally very warm days so pack clothes you can later. 

TRAVEL TIPS

Africa is a big country which means you’ll need a lot of time to really do it justice. It’s best to choose just a few spots to see and do them well.

You don’t need to buy special clothes to go on safari. While excessively bright colours aren’t recommended, your regular outdoor gear is fine. 

Africa gives New Zealand a run for its money when it comes to adventure activities. Operators are professional and prices are very reasonable. 

There are three clearly marked paths on top of Table Mountain that take you around the top for stunning 360 degree views of the national park. 

TRAVEL INSPIRATION

  • Cape Winelands are famous for their scenery, grand estates, and award-winning restaurants. Here are a 12 reasons to explore this South African wine region.

  • If you are going on a solo safari in South Africa there are some things you need to know to make the most of your luxury South Africa safari holiday.

  • Our expert guide filled with Table Mountain tips tells you all you need to know about visiting Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Shamwari Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s largest conservation initiatives, has six different 5 star lodges. Here is a review of Bayethe Tented Lodge.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.