dubaimuseum/ June 24, 2015/ Tourism

South Africa is one of Africa’s top safari destinations, with most tourists travelling to the country to enjoy a combination of game safari, beach vacations and African cultural inspirations.

The following are some of the top safari destinations in South Africa:

1.) Kruger National Park Located in the far north-eastern region of South Africa, Kruger National Park offers an unrivaled safari experience. The 360 km long national park is home to 147 animal species and more than 500 species of birds

Kruger attracts over 800, 000 visitors yearly, the majority of whom tour the southern half of the park – either on self-drive safaris or escorted safari tours. The park’s border are lined with many Kruger park safari lodges that offer luxury accommodation and private game rangers.

When to visit?

The best time to go on a Kruger park safari is from May to September when animals tend to assemble around the waterholes, risk of malaria is reduced and temperatures are cool.

2.) Cape Town With dozens of scenic tourist attractions, Cape Town is one of the world’s top safari destinations. Located in the south-west corner of South Africa near the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town is the base for tours to the Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years), the Table Mountain (for spectacular views of Cape Town), Hout Bay (for whale watching) among other areas.

When to visit?

Although Cape town is an all year-round destination, the best time to visit the city is March and April when the scorching summer heat gives way to warm autumn weather.

3.) Cape Winelands Located just a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, the Cape Winelands – the largest wine producing region in South Africa – is a magnificent natural beauty comprising dozens of world-renowned wine farms. The Winelands is divided into six main wine regions, each offering a unique wine route, the most popular being Stellenbosch, Paarl, Constantia, Wellington, Robertson and Franschhoek.

When to visit?

The Cape Winelands are best toured from November to April (the summer and spring months) when daytime temperatures permit open-air picnics and unhurried wine tasting sessions.

4.) UNESCO  World Heritage Sites South Africa has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include the Cradle of Humankind (Gauteng) where the oldest hominid fossils were discovered; Robben Island (Cape Town) where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years; Lucia Wetland Park (KwaZulu Natal) and the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Others are uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park (KwaZulu Natal) – gallery to the world’s richest collection of rock art paintings; Mapungubwe (South African northern border near the Limpopo River) –  legendary for the gold artefacts unearthed in the remains of this ancient African kingdom dating between 970 to 1290 AD and Vredefort Dome (outskirts of Johannesburg)- recognized as the world’s greatest meteorite impact site.

5.) Beaches South Africa’s 2500 km coastline is endowed with some of the finest beaches in Africa. Some of the country’s most popular beaches include Durban beaches, Cape Town beaches, Garden Route beaches and  Port Elizabeth beaches.

When to visit?

The best time to go on a beach holiday in South Africa is from November to April (spring and summer months) when the weather warms up. However, as usual, beware accommodation problems during Christmas holidays.

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