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SOUTH AFRICA DESTINATIONS

South Africa is a haven for adventurous travelers, a visit to this beautiful country is truly an unforgettable experience. The Drakensberg Experience Route offers just that - adventure! The base area of the Drakensberg Experience Route is the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, from where you’re always aware of the rugged mountain peaks. There is so much to the Drakensberg tour, so many villages in its valley to explore, trails to hike, people to encounter and sites to visit, that one needs to set aside a good few days for this experience.

IT’S ALWAYS A 'BEST TIME TO VISIT SOUTH AFRICA', ALL YEAR ROUND

Picking a best time to visit South Africa is not a task easily accomplished. After all, this is a country famous for its sunshine and relatively warm winters.

Perhaps it's wise to consider what it is you wish to do and see, along with the South African tourism seasons. For example, if you are an avid twitcher, the country is on the flight path of birds from the north in mid-October - November. If it's the floral carpet spread of the Cape flower season that you wish to catch, visit the area when the winter rains are over at the first sign of spring, namely August and September. If you are going on a game safari, the best time is July through September, when the visibility is best and it's birthing season.

Another point you might want to take into account are the major South African holiday seasons, when the schools close and families en-masse head for the coast. The busiest period of all falls between mid- December and early January, coinciding with the Festive Season. Mid-winter is another prime time when locals head for warmer climes. You'll find the holiday crowds in destinations like Durban and Cape Town, but they do bring a lot of buzz in their wake.

If action and adventure is your thing, a number of activities are at their best after the summer's peak, such as diving, hiking and surfing. You may also want to time your trip to include a major sporting or entertainment event - these generally take place out of season too. And don't discount winter holidays either - the South African winter compares favourably with the European summer, and the tropical province of KwaZulu-Natal with its fine coastline will still offer a good beach holiday. The best time to visit South Africa? Well, just about all year round

THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

When you think of South Africa and iconic the Kruger National Park most certainly comes to mind. Not only can you catch a glimpse of the famous Big Five here but you will find yourself surrounded by hundreds of species of birds, ancient trees, winding rivers and so much more. Basically, it’s your one-stop shop for all of your wildlife dreams.

DID YOU KNOW?

Some baobab trees live for thousands of years, with the world's oldest and biggest around 6000 years - the Sunland Baobab can also be found in Limpopo province.

Imagine rising with the South African sun. Driving out of your camp, filled with anticpation as you keep your eyes peeled for an overnight lion kill, a leopard casually draped over the branch of a big tree or a herd of elephants taking a morning stroll. Then ask yourself, is there anywhere else in the world you’d rather be?

The Kruger National Park is home to thousands of animals. From giraffes browsing for Acacia leaves to chew on and a herd of buffalo crossing the road right in front of you, to elusive big cats enjoying a spot of shade and fish eagles letting out their distinctive call – it’s the Lion King in live action.

It’s hard to believe your eyes when you see the herds of hundreds of antelope or crocodiles basking in the afternoon sun while the hippos keep cool under water. Not to mention the things you’ll hear, they are just as unbelievable – hyenas cackling the night away as male lions roar for dominance, and if you’re lucky, the almost silent footsteps of a pack of wild dogs on the prowl.

This is just a small taste of all the things you can see, hear and do in one of the world's most-loved game parks.

The Kruger National Park enjoys a great year-round sunny climate and offers all kinds of activities, from guided game drives and bush walks with an armed ranger to three-night walking trails in deep wilderness areas.

With so much to see and do, it’s hardly surprising that the Kruger National Park gets over 1.4 million visitors a year. However, because it's so big – 352km from north to south, and covering over 1.9 million hectares with 2500km of tar and dirt roads – you will be amazed at how often you find yourself being treated to a private sighting. Don’t be fooled though, with so many expertly-camouflaged animals calling the park home, you’re never really alone.

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