South Africa is most popular for the summer holidays that it offers both locals and foreigners. The beaches and game reserves are crowded as people unwind and the festive season has everyone on leave. Winter, however, is giving summer a run for its money as tourists are realizing that the South African winters are just as beautiful as Summer whilst often offering lower prices and different activities.
Winter is a time of year that many dread. Not only does one often get wet whenever they venture outdoors but they can hardly move from the layers of clothes they start wearing. In South Africa, however different areas react differently to this change of season, making it an interesting tourist destination for visitors. In summer, Cape Town is dry and Johannesburg rainy, however in winter this changes as Cape Town becomes wet and Johannesburg dry. And although one wouldn’t usually holiday in a place during its winter, unless they’re planning on skiing, the atmosphere in South Africa changes and invites people to experience something a little different.
Getting around in South Africa can be difficult as public transport isn’t too reliable, forcing many foreigners to rely on planes and car hire. South Africa is easy to get around though as road networks and infrastructure are easy for any tourist to follow. For your winter road trip, you can expect a wet Western Cape, however the views you will get during your visit will be incredible, as the mountains and sea look truly majestic with thunderous clouds surrounding them, making them turn dark colours. And although some of the time the city will be dark, the jovial nature of the locals ensures that feel the warm and welcome in the city. You can be sure that it won’t rain everyday though, so a trip up the Cable Way or a hike is not completely off the cards. The odd hot day also allows the occasional beach trip. One thing you can be certain of is that accommodation and tickets to tourist attractions will be cheaper as it is the low season on the tourist calendar.
The Garden Route is another beautiful place to see during winter. Hikes, walks and trails are enjoyed during this time of year as the temperatures are cooler, and the majestic view of the sea and mountains that could be seen in Cape Town is still available. To get around however, you will have to rely on car hire. South African airports all have companies which allow you to hire a car to get around, and give you the opportunity to drop the vehicles off at another of their branches at another airport.
Johannesburg up towards the Kruger National Park is dry during the winter season, and these areas are the most popular areas for tourists during the winter months. Car hire from Johannesburg Airport will allow you travel to Kruger where you will see the park alive with game and hot under the sun. This is the perfect time of year as you’ll be able to watch some of the animals feeding their young, the waterholes are full after the wet summer months, and the temperatures are just hot enough to let you work on your tan but not sizzle.
South Africa is often over-looked as a holiday destination during the winter months, and although many would perhaps like to vacation here when the beaches are hot and dry, you can be sure that a holiday in South Africa, regardless of the time of year will be an unforgettable experience and see some of the most beautiful and awesome views of South Africa.