Places in South Africa

The Republic of South Africa is located at the southern tip of Africa and is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east. South Africa is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. South Africa has 9 provinces and Gauteng, which houses Johannesburg and Pretoria in the northeast, is the smallest and most densely populated. Cape Town in the south of the country is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is a popular South African holiday destination, while the Kruger National Park in the north is one of the finest safari destinations.

Best time to visit South Africa - Although South Africa's climate is seasonal the country can be visited comfortably any time. The winter months can get quite chilly (June- August/September) dominated by a cooler and drier climate which is ideal for hiking and trail blazing. This is also a good time for wildlife watching and whale watching (September) along the whale coast. It's pleasantly warm and sunny in spring and autumn, and delightfully hot in summer (November-March) with frequent heavy tropical rains and hailstorms along the central and eastern provinces. The rainiest months in Cape Town are May to August, and Johannesburg receives most of its rain in summer. Christmas can be very hot for game viewing in the safari parks, and it's also peak season for South African holidaymakers.

GMT +2 Hours. Approximate flight times to South Africa from London (12-13 hours), from New York (19-23 hours), from Sydney (15-20 hours) and from Rio de Janeiro (12-15 hours). See below excellent safari lodges in South Africa as well as charming country lodges for a relaxing holiday.
South Africa
Cape Winelands : Wellington | Franschhoek
Eastern Cape (Sundays River Valley | Addo Elephant Park) | Amakhala Game Reserve | Karoo Heartland | Alicedale | Grahamstown
Western Cape : Montagu (Cape Town | Constantia | Hout Bay) | Oudtshoorn | Stellenbosch | Swellendam (Hermanus | Stanford) | Robertson | Albertinia | Franschhoek | Paarl | Overberg
KwaZulu Natal (Zululand | iSimangaliso Wetland Park) | Drakensberg (Maputaland | Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park | Phinda Game Reserve) | Dolphin Coast | Durban
Limpopo Province : Waterberg (Limpopo Highveld | Welgevonden Private Game Reserve | Entabeni Game Reserve) | Makalali Wildlife Conservancy | Thornybush Game Reserve | Bela Bela
Mpumalanga : Sabi Sand Game Reserve | Kruger National Park | Manyeleti Game Reserve | Hazyview | Kiepersol | Dullstroom | Sabie | White River
North West Province (Sun City | Pilanesberg National Park)
Garden Route : Knysna | Plettenberg Bay | Natures Valley | Tsitsikamma

Gauteng (Johannesburg | Muldersdrift) | Pretoria
Northern Cape (Upper Karoo | Tswalu Kalahari Reserve)
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5 Mountains Lodge Beauty and Lifestyle Spa.

5 Mountains Lodge Beauty and Lifestyle Spa | Wellington Country Hotel

5 Mountains Lodge Beauty and Lifestyle Spa is an exclusive example of Cape Winelands accommodation set amongst beautiful gardens
Exterior of Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm.

Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm, near Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Addo Dung Beetle is an Eastern Cape Guest Farm near Addo Park offering a drop of luxury in Big Seven safari territory
Dinner on the deck at Addo Elephant Safari Lodge.

Addo Elephant Safari Lodge, Addo Elephant National Park

For a sophisticated retreat this Eastern Cape safari lodge near Addo Elephant Park offers exhilarating wildlife encounters and Elephant back safaris
Exterior view of African Game Lodge in Montagu.

African Game Lodge, Montagu, Western Cape, South Africa

African Game Lodge is set in the mountains and valleys of the Klein Karoo. At this South Africa game lodge guests will experience a uniquely African
Unwind in the elegant lounge of Alphen Boutique Hotel.

Alphen Boutique Hotel | Constantia Valley Hotels

The Alphen Boutique Hotel, one of the most elegant of the Cape estates, is an historic Cape-Dutch privately owned hotel located in the leafy suburb of Constantia
The exterior of Altes Landhaus Country Lodge.

Altes Landhaus Country Lodge | Garden Route Country Lodge Estates | Klein Karoo

Altes Landhaus Country Lodge is a charming Cape Dutch farmhouse, appointed with beautiful antique furniture, set on a working Ostrich farm near Oudtshoorn. The lodge boasts luxury en suite bedrooms
Hammock on the deck at the river suit.

AmaKhosi Safari Lodge, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

AmaKhosi Safari Lodge in KwaZulu Natal, welcomes you to the kingdom of Zululand, where Kings celebrate the Big Five animals
An afternoon of leisure can be spend around the swimming pool.

Ants Nest, Waterberg, Limpopo, South Africa

Ant's Nest is the ideal retreat in which to enjoy being with friends or family or on honeymoon in a malaria-free area of South Africa
Dinner for two at the waterhole of Arathusa Safari Lodge.

Arathusa Safari Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Arathusa is a game lodge in South Africa situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve forms part of the world famous wildlife sanctuary, Kruger National Park
Have breakfast and enjoy the views at the estate.

Asara Wine Estate and Hotel | Cape Winelands Stellenbosch Hotel

At Asara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, guests can indulge in 5 star luxury accommodation, gourmet dining and wine tasting in glorious surroundings. This Cape Winelands hotel and wine estate offers
Guests walking down the pathway at Auberge Rozendal.

Auberge Rozendal | Cape Winelands Stellenbosch Hotel

Auberge Rozendal in Stellenbosch is a working wine farm offering fresh organic produce, award winning vinegar and idyllic country accommodation
The lounge at Audacia Manor.

Audacia Manor, Morningside, Durban

Guests looking for a KwaZulu-Natal country hotel will love the peaceful and tranquil ambiance of Audacia Manor. This gracious country lodge hotel in Durban is situated on the edge of the city
Babylonstoren farm hotel exterior.

Babylonstoren, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, South Africa

Babylonstoren is a one-of-a-kind historic farm hotel located in the scenic Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Paarl in the Cape Winelands.
Drink at the Bakubung Bush Lodge bar.

Bakubung Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa

Bakubung Bush Lodge offers malaria-free safari lodge accommodation in the scenic Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa.
Enjoy breakfast with an amazing view of the Wellington countryside.

Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse | Wellington Country Hotel

At Bartholomeus Klip you stay in a restored Victorian farmhouse, just over an hour's drive from Cape Town, on one of the largest farms in the Western Cape. Surrounded by the Cape winelands
Guest relaxing poolside at Blackwaters River Lodge.

Blackwaters River Lodge | Garden Route Country Hotel in Knysna

Blackwaters River Lodge is a leading country guest house in Knysna on the Goukamma River with several hectares of pristine gardens surrounded by indigenous forest
Breakfast setting inside Bloomestate Luxury Retreat in Swellendam.

Bloomestate Luxury Retreat | Swellendam Country Hotel

Bloomestate Luxury Retreat is a guesthouse on a 6.5 acre estate at the foot of the Overberg mountains in Swellendam, Western Cape. Swellendam
Breathtaking views from the estate.

Blue Gum Country Estate | Stanford Country Hotel

This country lodge and wine estate in Stanford near Hermanus offers the ideal Overberg stopover and getaway. Sublime surroundings, delectable cuisine and top
Zebras roaming around the lodge premises.

Blyde River Canyon Lodge, Mpumalanga, South Africa

This lodge in South Africa is a convenient 35 minute drive from Orpen Gate and the Kruger National Park. The lodges location also places it along the majestic Panoramic Route
Exterior of Bohms Zeederberg Country House.

Bohms Zeederberg Country House | Mpumalanga Country Lodge near Kruger Park

In the beautiful setting of the Sabie Valley and Hazyview in Mpumalanga, amid majestic mountains and verdant forests, Bohm's Zeederberg Country House is ideal for complete relaxation in the country
Lounge with picture perfect views of Botlierskop Private Game Reserve.

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Mossel Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa

This Western Cape game reserve is situated in the lush mountains near Mossel Bay, and offers an impressive diversity of wildlife, flora and fauna.
Hippos roaming in front of the lodge.

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, Oudtshoorn, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is a Garden Route lodge that offers guests a genuine African experience in a safe, malaria-free environment
Relax on the cosy lounge deck.

Bukela Game Lodge, Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

Bukela Game Lodge, an Eastern Cape lodge is situated in the 7000 hectare malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve which is just a 40 minute drive from Port Elizabeth
Tee off at the Bushman Sands Country Estate Hotel golf course.

Bushman Sands Country Estate Hotel | Garden Route Country Hotel in Alicedale

Bushman Sands Hotel comprises individual buildings around a pool area and overlooking the Bushman Sands Golf Course. Original houses form the cornerstones of what are now three rows of
Picturesque views of Addo National Park from the Camp Figtree viewing deck.

Camp Figtree, Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Camp Figtree is a remote, private lodge set on top of the stunning Zuurberg mountain range. Resting between a conservancy and the Addo Elephant National Park
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