South Africa is one of those few destinations that “has it all” - abundant wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, great road networks, stunning accommodations, vibrant culture and much more. The country calls itself “The Rainbow Nation” an apt description that refers to the wonderfully diverse cultural influences that have shaped its people. South Africa contains some of the oldest archaeological sites in the world and the fantastically unique Table Mountain, one of the new seven wonders of nature. Home to over 850 bird species and, with a staggering 80 endemic or regionally endemic birds, the country is one of Africa’s premier birding countries. Iconic birds include Cape Rockjumper, Cape Sugarbird, African Penguin, Black Harrier, Knysna Turaco and Orange-breasted Sunbird. The country features high altitude mountains, forests, desert, ocean, savannahs and thornveld to name but a few of South Africa’s landscapes. Some of the best birding areas are West Coast National Park, Kruger National Park, Wakkerstroom Wetlands, the Drakensberg Mountains, Maputaland and the Tanqua Karoo. Large mammals like lions, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo are easily viewed in a network of exceptionally maintained national parks and reserves. South African arterial roads are amongst the best in the world and accommodations are world-class. Besides Birding, South Africa also has a reputation of providing world-class adventure activities like shark cage diving with Great White Sharks, bungi jumping, mountain biking and scuba diving and has a reputation for excellent cuisine and wine-tasting, especially in the Cape region. Overall, South Africa truly is a “world in one country”. - overview courtesy of James Currie/Birding Adventures TV.
South Africa houses a temperate climate with plenty of sunny, dry days to maximize your viewing pleasures!
Wet season storms may make travel to destinations messy and muddy from October-April so make sure to plan and pack accordingly! Weather patterns are more extreme during this time depending on elevation, with high heat and humidity.
The dry season from May to September sees low rainfall and humidity making wildlife view able from predictable water sources.