One week in South Africa

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South Africa has something to enchant every visitor, from amazing indigenous animals to unbelievably beautiful landscapes and seascapes, to fun cities to explore. Go on safari to see the ‘Big Five’ or African wildlife before relaxing in an eco-lodge, surrounded by national park. Swim in a crystal blue sea before exploring sea caves and hidden beaches. South Africa has so much to offer that you will never be bored on a 7 day tour, no matter your tastes.

Best things to see and do for one week in South Africa

What to see in one week

South Africa’s turbulent history makes up an important part of its modern day identity and as such it’s important to get a sense of this on a one week trip here. Visit places such as the Apartheid Museum to learn all about these turbulent times and to gain valuable insights into recent South African history. For the best views around visit Cape Point, where you can explore a 19th century lighthouse as well as benefit from panoramic views. Why not pack a picnic and make the most of this day trip? If just looking out to sea isn’t enough for you, you can rent a boat and go exploring offshore. South Africa has several fascinating islands to visit too, with Robben Island being home to an ex-prison, perhaps best known for housing Nelson Mandela. Active visitors should visit Table Mountain, where hiking, biking and climbing is on offer no matter your ability. For animal lovers, visit Boulders Beach where you can see a colony of African Penguins as they go about their business.

What to do in one week

For many people, the wildlife is one of the main reasons for visiting South Africa. As home to the Big Five of safari; the Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Rhino and Elephant, South Africa is one of the best places in the world to see a huge range of the most majestic animals all in one place. Go on a day safari or spend several days tracking and observing the animals with your experienced local guide. There are so many places to choose from, with just a few of the best safari spots being The Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant National Park and Sabi Sabi Game Reserve. Sabi Sabi is a private game reserve which specialises in luxury safari tours and lodging, so you’ll be able to combine adventure and adrenaline with relaxation. The Wine Route is another excellent place to visit on a week long tour of South Africa. The wine route is a route following through the South African wine country, where wine is produced in the perfect conditions here. Stay in a vineyard and sample some of the local wine before moving onto the next stop. You can also visit Oudtshoorn, a huge ostrich farm where you can meet the livestock and learn all about these majestic animals.

Best time to travel to South Africa for a week

Since South Africa is so large, it can be considered as a year-round destination due to its diverse weather patterns. The best time to visit South Africa for safari is during the drier months between May and October. For a beach holiday, the summer months between November and March are a great time to visit. Some visitors may find the summer sun a bit intense, so it’s important to take this into account if you do plan on arriving during these months. In Cape Town, you are likely to encounter rain during the months between June and August, since winter showers are frequent. Whenever you decide to visit, you will make incredible memories on your one week South Africa tour.

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South Africa is marked by two seasons: a hot and humid summer (November to March) and a dry cooler winter (April to October). The Western Cape region has winter rainfall from June to August. The good thing is that South Africa has something to offer for each season. Safari season is from April to October. From November to March, the beaches of the Western Cape are idyllic. If you come between June and September there is a fair chance you will see whales… And then there is the Kwazulu-Natal coast, perfect for bathing all year round.
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