Travelling to Cape Town on an Explore trip to South Africa allows you to get under the skin of this vibrant and beautiful city. You can meet local people in the Langa Township, visit the penguins at Boulder's Beach, witness the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and take a boat to Robben Island, the home of Nelson Mandela for nearly 30 years. For food lovers travelling to Cape Town, the city has a popular bar and restaurant scene with menus populated by South African wines, produced in the nearby winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
Best time to visit South Africa's Garden Route
Moving south-east along the Indian Ocean takes you on a tour of South Africa's Garden Route and from June to November it is possible to see southern right whales all along the coastline. A visit to the Garden Route is a popular holiday for South Africans so December and Easter can be busy, however on a two week trip to South Africa with Explore, you will be staying off the beaten track in small intimate places which avoid the crowds.
An Explore tour of South Africa isn't complete without a Big Five Safari and there are many ways of getting excellent sightings of lion, cheetah, elephants and rare animals such as wild dogs and honey badgers. In Ithala National Park there is the opportunity to get out on foot and take a guided walking safari, this is a fantastic way of seeing wildlife, as you really get a feel for their environment as you walk through the bush.
Best time of the year for wildife spotting in Kruger
Safaris in Kruger National Park mean big game sightings. The area is a great year round destination but the best time to visit for seeing wildlife is from April to November. This is the dry season and as the grass is low animals start to converge on waterholes which means there are fantastic game viewing opportunities. The weather in Kruger is subtropical, with hot and wet summers and warm dry winters