The best time to visit safari Africa depends on what you want to do and see. Most countries’ peak travel season depends on the rainfall and wildlife. If you are planning on visiting South Africa – book some time in the Kruger National Park. The best time to visit is during the dry winter months (April to September). During this time, it is also Cape Town’s slow season (May – August) that brings along some light rain. The best part about visiting Cape Town on your safari trip is that you can come at any time of the year and see so much. While most people head to South Africa for the exceptional wildlife, you can also do some wonderful sightseeing without the long queues and crowds during the U.S. and UK summer.
Cape Town should be on everyone’s travel bucket-list with such iconic attractions. Here are our top five things you can add to your itinerary for a memorable time in the Mother City this winter:
Whale Watching in Hermanus
Plan to include a relaxing stay at Birkenhead House in Hermanus and spend some time spotting some Southern Right Whales in their breeding grounds during the winter months until November. The whales can sometimes get close enough to spray you from their blowhole.
Visit the Winelands
June is the ideal time to visit Stellenbosch and Franschhoek to see the harvest and even taste spectacular local wines and cheese. The sceneries are truly something to behold! Enjoy scrumptious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in front of the fire and overnight at one of these beautiful destinations. Enquire about a private cellar tour or simply bask in the luscious grounds and mountains surrounding you.
Spend Time in the Kruger National Park
The inland areas are dry during the winter months making vegetation sparse. This is perfect conditions for safari as the animals are easier to spot since they cannot hide amongst the thick, long grass. Your view is likely to be obstructed from the vehicle and the fewer waterholes means that animals will congregate in large numbers – making for exceptional photographs. There is lots of wildlife activity and your chances of spotting all your favourite animals are excellent.
Take advantage of the short queues and take a cable-car ride up the iconic Table Mountain with 360 degree views. Or for those more adventurous, summit this majestic mountain by foot on one of many hiking paths.
If you want to take it easy after an exhilarating safari experience and you happen to be in town on the first Thursday of the month – experience Cape Town’s arts and culture scene with dozens of art galleries and cultural events open to the public. The aim is to showcase local artists that you can experience at your own leisure.
Capture Beautiful Photographs at Cape Point
Winter brings with it epic photo opportunities in the Cape. Head down to Cape Point where the two seas meet and see how the clouds, rain, and clear skies come together in a single hour to bring the natural scenery to life and create beautiful backdrops. Spend the day here admiring the fauna and flora and be mesmerised by the towering cliffs that rise from the sea.
Cape Town certainly has something to bring everyone out of hibernation. Whether you’re starting or ending your safari journey in Cape Town, there is a whole world of coffee shops, restaurants and jazz shows waiting for you.
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