Safaris in South Africa – when you want to come on safari to South Africa it depends on your interests and how long and when you are going to travel as to how to get the best out of your precious time available for going on a safari to South Africa. It could be that you will spend very little time in South Africa.
South Africa is a wonderful country to visit and if you have 3 weeks or more available then that is ideal as you will have a chance to explore the many different places and experiences which South Africa has to offer.
If time is short and you just have a week then our suggestions are as follows:
If that week is during the winter months May to October:
Fly into Johannesburg and spend 3 nights in Johannesburg. Visit the Apartheid Museum and Soweto. If you are in Johannesburg over a weekend so much the better as you can visit the Rooftop Market at the Norwood Mall and Maboneng Precinct.
Transfer to the Waterberg and spend 3 nights at a game lodge. Back to Johannesburg via Lesedi Cultural Village and Pretoria. Maybe sleep over in Magaliesburg. Go straight to the airport from Magaliesburg.
Although Johannesburg gets cold in winter it is unlikely to rain. When you travel to the Waterberg it is warmer in the day and the game viewing is best in the winter months which are the dry season,e which forces animals to come to watering holes and also when the grass is shorter.
Option 2 for one week in Southern Africa in the winter.
Fly into Johannesburg – and transfer to Kasane
3 days of game viewing in the Chobe game reserve on a houseboat, 2 days at a game lodge and then transfer to Victoria Falls. 2 nights at Victoria Falls
Itinerary for 1 week in South Africa during the summer months November to April – option 1
Fly to Johannesburg and transfer to Port Elizabeth. Spend 3 nights in Addo, fly to Cape Town and 4 days in Cape Town.
Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate which means rain falls during the winter. In recent years that has been during the months July to October. The climate in the Eastern Cape and along the Garden Route is more settled with less rain in winter.
Itinerary for 1 week in South Africa during the summer months November to April – option 2
This is not really a safari option but a wonderful way to spend a week in South Africa.
Fly to Johannesburg and transfer to George. Stay for 3 nights in Knysna and then drive or fly to Cape Town. If you are going to drive allow 2 days for the journey and you are likely to sleep over in Swellendam. Stay the rest of the week in Cape Town – or as many days as you can.
Even if you had 3 weeks to spend in Cape Town you would not be bored there is so much to see and do or to just enjoy in Cape Town.