The seasons in South Africa run opposite those in North America. The South African summer corresponds with the North American winter -- and it's the most popular season for tourism in the country. If you're traveling to South Africa to see wildlife, head there during winter. Generally, the best time to spot big game in Kruger National Park is from May through August (and there are fewer mosquitoes during this season, too).
To save as much as possible on your flight to South Africa, plan to travel during the country's winter, when airfares tend to be cheapest. Once there, to get around for less, take the bus. Train travel is another affordable option, but it's still more expensive than travel by bus. Heading to Kruger National Park? Safaris can be very pricey. Cut costs by booking a self-catering safari tour, and staying at B&B's and guesthouses. Other affordable lodging options within South Africa include farmstays, campgrounds and vacation rentals.
SOUTH AFRICA AND IT’S BORDERS by vagabondginger
Johannesburg is not really a tourist destination but known more as a connection to the rest of South Africa and that is exactly what I did. Upon my arrival at the airport from Dubai, I immediately flew down to Cape Town. Here I stayed at the Atlantic Point Backpackers in Green Point, just a short walking ... Read more!
Diving South Africa -- Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in the Caribbean anymore! by John Nash
My wife and I spent 3 nights at the Aliwal Dive Center (ADC) in Umkomaas, South Africa (outside Durban) in late March 2014, diving 2 days. The rooms at the ADC are “cozy” (I estimate 170- 180m square feet main living area, plus the bathroom and a balcony), but very clean and comfortable. Very nice king ... Read more!
Wonderful!! by Melodie O'Connell
In Jan. I went on my first "Around the World" trip by myself - just me! I flew from DFW to London and onto Cape Town, SA. Toured all of Cape Town including the famous Table Mountain. Two days later I boarded Oceania's Nautica for a 30 day cruise up the coast of Africa including stops in East London, Durban and ... Read more!
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