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South African Holiday Ideas

Members of a Zululand tribe, a cultural discovery from our South African Holiday Ideas

South Africa is a large, picturesque country known for its vast array of diverse wildlife. With over 20 national parks to explore throughout the country, there are great opportunities to see many of the amazing species which reside here. This awe-striking destination can be visited year-round with each and every month offering different benefits. Holiday anytime between June and August, South Africa’s winter months, and see a greater concentration of animals near the rivers and watering holes of Kruger National Park as they forage for sustenance. Visit from October to December and smell the delicious Citrus trees in bloom in Addo Elephant National Park.

With so much for you to see and do in this beautiful country, it’s hard to decide which areas to visit. To help, we’ve come up with some South African Holiday Ideas enabling you to find the right trip for you. Read on to discover which national parks we visit and all about the astounding wildlife you’ll discover on our amazing South Africa itineraries. Make the most of our wonderful South African Holiday Ideas.

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Like the look of the South African Holiday Ideas above but feel there’s something’s missing? Simply give us a call on 0333 800 2033 or speak to one of our friendly travel advisers using our online chat system (during office hours) and we’ll do our utmost to design a tailor made break for you.

Kruger National Park

Rhinos in the Kruger National Park, a highlight from our South Aftican Holiday Ideas

Visit Kruger National Park and discover Africa’s astounding Big Five. With around 1,800 lions, 9,125 elephants, 25,000 buffalos, 2,300 black and white rhinos and over 1,000 leopards, you are guaranteed to spot plenty of different animals in this magical park. There are also many species of birds here, including the Martial Eagle and Saddle-Billed Stork.

During the rainy season, from October to March, the park blossoms into a flowering paradise making the scenery almost as stunning as the wildlife. However, game can be best viewed here from April to September as animals flock to watering holes, making them easier to spot.

Addo Elephant National Park

An elephant at the Addo Elephant National Park

Our South African Holiday Ideas include a trip to tantalise your senses as you visit this fantastic park. Smell the pungent citrus trees as you travel the area. See large herds of majestic elephants as they wallow in the Sundays River, hear lions roar as they prowl the park and birds call as they circle the air above you.

The best time to visit the Addo Elephant National Parkis during at the start of their summer season (October for us) when the trees are in full blossom and the elephants head to the watering holes more often, increasing your chances of viewing them.

Hluhluwe and Umfolozi

A lioness in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

Head to Hluhluwe and Umfolozi National Park and see an impressively large concentration of Black and White Rhinos. With around 1,600 White and 370 Black Rhinos, there is a high probability you'll be treated to fascinating sightings of both species. There are also many other types of animal here including around 24,000 impala.

Whilst in the park, take part in self-drive safaris, self-guided walking tours or expert-led hikes. Walking around the park offers you a great chance to get up close to the amazing animals, however drives are also an excellent way to see the park as you’ll cover more land and see a wider variety of wildlife. Watch out for the elephants that reside here as they tend to be mischievous and block the road right in front of your vehicle.

Other Parks

A magnificent scenic view of the Drakensberg Mountain Range

Our South African Holiday Ideas include many other fascinating national parks and nature reserves - all offering different attractions. Travel to Ukhalamba Drakensberg Park and revel in the beautiful scenery of this World Heritage Site. This stunning area includes spectacular green grasslands, steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges. There are also many species of birds and plants here.

Visit Tsitsikamma National Park as you travel along the picturesque Garden Route. With mountainous landscapes, beautiful seascapes and a distinguishing dark brown river (Coca Cola Water), a visit to this fascinating park is absolutely captivating.

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is an impressive park with lush scenery, surrounding the third largest canyon in the world. Here, you’ll experience breathtaking views as you look out over the amazing canyon. There are also many strange formations in Bourke’s Luck Potholes and a number of icy waterfall pools which you can swim in.

Drive along the Garden Route and stop off at Knysna National Lakes. The fabulous lagoon contains oysters which you can view on a boating or canoe trip. There are also many beautiful scenic viewpoints as well as lush forests and white sandy beaches.

Whichever national park or nature reserve you visit, you can rest assured it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget!

And There’s More!

A Cheetah in South Africa

Need more South African Holiday Ideas? We are specialists in creating the perfect, tailor made holiday. Just let us know where you’d like to go, which wildlife you’re hoping to see and anything else that we can do to create your ideal getaway and we’ll do our best to organise it for you. Just give us a call on 0333 800 2033 or chat to our travel advisers via our online chat system (during office hours) and we’ll make your South African Holiday Ideas a reality!

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