November 7

Escape Winter to Southern Africa

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November 7, 2022

Leave the bitterly cold weather behind and enjoy the toasty summer temperatures of Southern Africa! With degrees in the high positives and endless things to do, there's no doubt your end-of-year holiday will be filled with sunshine and plenty of positive vibes. What are you waiting for? Here is why you should escape winter to Southern Africa with us!

Escape winter with Rhino Africa and spend a wonderful summer in southern Africa

Skip winter and travel to Southern Africa instead

Summer in Southern Africa

Summer in Southern Africa presents a plethora of experiences to keep you entertained from start to finish. From fine dining, casual picnics and lively parties to surfing, beach horse riding, tropical island hopping and family-friendly safaris – these activities mark just the very tippy-top of the iceberg! Take a look at just some of the destinations you can discover.

Three children watching the Lion King via projector and screen out in the open bush - escape winter to southern Africa with us

Keeping kids entertained with a movie night in the bush at Saseka, Image Credit: Thornybush

Soak up the Sun at South Africa’s Beaches

South Africa has some of the most desirable beaches in the world. There are the sun-worshipping beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton in Cape Town; a bounty of Blue Flag beaches in Plettenberg Bay; the surfing and kite-surfing favourable shores of Muizenberg; Boulders Beach bursting with African penguins, as well as plenty of beaches perfect for frolicking fur-babies! Escape snow-saturated landscapes and swap them out for a summer in Southern Africa, replete with warm, sandy shores.

Plettenberg Bay coastline

Blue Flag beaches in abundance

Wine Country and Gourmet Capitals

The Cape Winelands offer a tranquil paradise replete with rolling hills, verdant valleys and lush scenery. The region offers a spectacular array of award-winning restaurants, world-class wines, picnic spots, art galleries, artisan shops and activities for every type of traveller.

Whether you are keen to sample some of the world's best wines, indulge in French-inspired cuisine, Segway or cycle through vineyard valleys, make sure to visit StellenboschFranschhoek and Paarl. The Cape Winelands come to life during summer in Southern Africa!

Escape winter and travel to Africa: Landscape of Stellenbosch mountain and valley

Dramatic mountains, wide-open skies, carpets of lush green vineyards in the Cape Winelands

Scenic Road Trips

South Africa's Garden Route offers the ultimate self-drive adventure. It begins just beyond Cape Town and meanders for miles east along scenic coastlines, indigenous forests and some of the most beautiful seaside hamlets on the continent.

Along the route, you can marvel at dolphins, sharks and whales, go bungee jumping, paragliding, lagoon cruises, kayaking, and even visit various game reserves along the way. Some must-see towns include Hermanus, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Nature's Valley and Storms River.

A meandering road engulfed by lush forest

South Africa's own "Garden of Eden"

Big 5 Safaris

Summer in Southern Africa is incomplete without spotting the all-star cast of her most famous residents, the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino – aka The Big 5! And in Southern Africa, Big 5 game reserves come in abundance! 

One of which is the world's most acclaimed safari destination, the Greater Kruger National Park. Here you'll find the continent's most elite safari lodges and some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet. However, you don't have to stick to South Africa for incredible safari experiences. There's also BotswanaZimbabwe and Zambia holding several Big 5 national parks.

Leopard spotted in the Greater Kruger National Park, Image Credit: Lion Sands

Adrenaline-Packed Activities

Bungee jumping, surfing and paragliding are all things you can find in South Africa, but why stop there? Thrill-seekers will be elated to know that Victoria Falls opens up a whole new world of heart-pumping, adrenaline activities.

Not only can you view the thundering falls below you from Devil's Pool, but zip-lining, bungee jumping, microlighting and white river rafting are popular pastimes too. Why go skiing in the Alps when you can swim to the edge of the world?

Friends swimming at the edge of Devil's Pool

Victoria Falls Devil’s Pool, Image Credit: Wild Horizons

Island Resorts and Watersports

Mauritius is a great and convenient addition if you're itching to add a tropical beach portion to your summer in Southern Africa trip. It is one of the world's best beach holiday destinations, with plenty of luxury hotels to choose from.

Picture palm-fringed powdery white sands, sapphire waters and kaleidoscopic coral reefs teeming with ocean creatures. Most resorts boast impressive pools, restaurants, spas and exciting watersport activities.

Escape winter and travel to one of the beautiful Indian Ocean islands: Partially submerged ocean photo of island

Mauritius holds true to its idyllic island image

Desert Dunes and Alien-Like Landscapes

A land of incredible contrast, Namibia lies on the west coast of Southern Africa and comprises vast desert terrain supporting abundant wildlife. 

However, Namibia is not only famous for its desert safaris. Here, you'll also find alien-like landscapes comprising shipwreck graveyards, boulders and caves covered in rock art, glittering salt pans, and forever-shifting red-coloured dunes. Get your dose of the desert this summer in Southern Africa!

Untouched and utterly magnificent Namibia

Untouched and utterly magnificent Namibia

Escape Winter for Warm Festivities in Africa

Are you ready for a Southern African summer? Keep your winter jackets in the closet, pack your summer gear, and join us to end 2022 or start 2023 or 2024 in the best way possible! We can't wait to share Africa with you this summer season! If you're ready to escape winter and start planning a sunny festive holiday, contact our Travel Experts today!

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About the author 

Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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