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5 Reasons to Visit South Africa in 2024

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November 15, 2023

Yearning for an unforgettable safari where you spot a leopard dragging its prey up a tree? Or are you wishing you could drive along the winding coastline, sunroof open and wind in your hair? Maybe you’re after adrenaline-pumping adventures and the incredible nightlife and restaurant scene. Good news! It’s never been a better time to book a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to South Africa. Here are 5 reasons to book your holiday now.

Fotografía panorámica sobre viñedos en Ciudad del Cabo

South Africa is home to a mosaic of landscapes and incredible experiences

1. Great Value for Money

South Africa is a low-cost, high-quality destination for travellers from the United States, United Kingdom, and other countries with stronger currencies. Therefore, travellers can get great value for their buck. Wining and dining are affordable, so you can go all out ordering the best selection on the menu. There's also a spectrum of accommodation options to match your style and budget.

Sweeping wilderness views of Phinda Private Game Reserve from the lodge

South Africa is a great value-for-money destination while still offering nothing but the absolute best, Image Credit: andBeyond Phinda

2. The Majesty of the Big 5

South Africa boasts of the Big 5, namely the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and Cape buffalo. This group of spectacular animals has drawn countless photographers, videographers, avid travellers, and animal lovers from across the globe throughout the years.

Seeing the Big 5 in their natural habitat is incredibly rewarding. Besides, who needs the Discovery Channel if you can experience the live action in person, in real-time? Maybe you'll see a leopard taking down a warthog or a baby rhino following its mother in the vast grasslands. Depending on your time of travel, maybe you will catch a glimpse of a lion teaching her cubs to hunt, buffalo grazing, or a herd of elephants gathering around a waterhole. South Africa is the perfect place for your Big 5 safari!

South Africa is one of Africa's most popular destinations as it's no surprise as to why!

Spot the Big 5 on your dream South African luxury safari

3. Amazing Weather

South Africa is a year-round destination, not just because there's always something to do but because it has great weather throughout the year, with activities to match each season. So, if you want to know when to visit South Africa, you need to know why you want to come to South Africa first.

  • The best time for a safari in South Africa is between May and September
  • And the best time to visit Cape Town, for example, is between September and January
  • Between mid-June and October is Whale Season in Hermanus
  • The flowers in Namaqualand are in full bloom in September
Weißer Sandstrand & türkisblaues Wasser – Clifton Beach ist ein Traum!

Enjoy a day on the beach in Clifton, Cape Town

4. World-Class Food and Wine

South Africa is the continent's best culinary destination. You'll find some of the best restaurants in the world here in our homeland. In Johannesburg, you'll find The 11th Floor, Africa's Best Rooftop Restaurant 2023.

The Mother City is home to:

  • Tang V&A Waterfront (Africa’s Best New Restaurant 2023)
  • Pier (Africa’s Best Restaurant 2023)
  • Siba The Restaurant @ Table Bay (Africa’s Best Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant 2023)
  • Salsify at the Roundhouse (Africa’s Best Landmark Restaurant 2023)

No wonder Cape Town is Africa’s Best Culinary City!

South Africa is also home to wines and wine producers who've made a big name for themselves at international wine awards and competitions. Our wines have earned their place alongside world-class French and Australian wines. Our wine producers take great pride in their craftsmanship, so you can expect superb white and red wines as you explore the Cape Winelands

Pair your wine tasting with dishes from The Werf's homegrown soil-to-fork menu, Image Credit: Werf

5. Adrenaline and Adventure

From early morning game drives in the South African bush and hot air balloon rides over the Cape Winelands to paragliding in Cape Town, South Africa has something for everyone!

Many hotels and luxury safari lodges have special programmes just for kids, including baking, playing, learning about conservation and many more. Some lodges also offer walking safaris, a chance to experience nature on a new level.

There are tons of activities and experiences for solo travellers, couples, honeymooners, small families, and multi-generational families in South Africa. For example, picnics, horseback riding through the bush, the beach, and the Winelands, world-class aquariums, hiking, biking, paragliding, bungee jumping, and so much more. You can decide what you want to do on the day, whether exploring the surrounding nature or just relaxing next to the pool or on the beach.

Hot air balloon safari at Saseka Tented Camp

Take flight on a hot air balloon safari at Saseka Tented Camp, Image Credit: Thornybush

Let’s Plan Your South African Holiday

With so much to do and so much to see, we've listed some of our favourite South African tours to give you a few ideas. However, your South African holiday is 100% customisable to your taste, preference, and bucket list. Our Travel Experts know our country and continent better than anyone else. Let's plan your trip of a lifetime!

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About the author 

Thanda Mhlanga

An enthusiastic globe-trotter born in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Thanda is back in Cape Town after a year of amazing adventures abroad. When not scouring Soundcloud for her next music obsession, she’s plotting a weekend sho’t left or scrambling to keep track of friends who're scattered all over the world.

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