Winter sun holidays in South Africa

Swap the winter snow for a South African safari

Giraffe in South Africa Jet off to South Africa this winter, and you’ll paradoxically emerge into the country’s summer, when the weather is glorious, dry and warm.

At this time, you can enjoy wine tours, go sightseeing in the city or sunbathing on the beaches, and - of course - enjoy that must-do activity: safari.

Game experts insist that game viewing is best done during the winter, as the end of the wet season means thinner vegetation, easier access to dirt roads, and throngs of wild animals grazing and hunting under the moonlight. With warm, bright days and cool, comfortable nights, you’ll be raring to spot the Big 5. 

Of course, whether you’re out to see wild lions or want to learn of South Africa’s history, you’ll want somewhere to stay while on holiday. There are plenty of organised tours and holiday packages available, but they can be expensive, and restrict you from making the most of your break. For unrivalled space, privacy and value for money, allowing you to enjoy your adventure to the fullest, why not consider renting private accommodation instead? Here at HomeAway, we have hundreds of South African holiday accommodation, from those in National Parks, to apartments at cities’ hearts. Wherever you’d like to go, book privately with HomeAway.


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Kruger National Park Winter Sun Holidays in Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is South Africa’s prime safari destination, impressing tourists every year with its thriving animal population. There’s no doubt you’ll spot the Big 5 here, particularly during the dry season - South Africa’s summer takes place during the British winter, so travelling at this time is perfect for wildlife viewing. But while most tourists know Kruger National Park to house lions, rhinos and elephants, they don’t always know it’s home to beautiful mountain ranges, tumbling rivers and vast forests too. Rightly called the ‘Paradise Country’, Kruger’s got everything from wildlife to walking trails covered.

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Limpopo Province Winter Sun Holidays in  Limpopo Province

The Limpopo Province is yet another great spot for those interested in safari, but it has plenty more to offer for the days when you want to relax. Spend some time in one of the area’s nature reserves, like Ben Albert’s 2000 hectare park: if you fancy spotting rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, lion and zebra with ease, you can even treat yourself to a helicopter ride! Afterwards, head for one of many museums in the city, like the Arend Dieperink Museum and Masorini Village Museum. While the former tells the story of the Limpopo Province’s people and their history, the latter is now a restored Stone Age settlement.

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KwaZulu Natal Winter Sun Holidays in  KwaZulu Natal

If you can’t bear to be without beaches, despite the safaris and sightseeing, look no further than KwaZulu Natal. A stunning region spilling out to the Indian Ocean, and overlooked by the Drakensburg Mountains, it’s the ideal spot for soaking up South African sun. Stay in the region’s main coastal city of Durban, and you can enjoy excellent surfing, snorkelling and shopping, or spend a few days along the Dolphin Coast, so named for its richness in marine life. Of course, no South African break would be complete without some game spotting, so make sure to visit Phezulu before you leave!

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Cape Town Winter Sun Holidays in  Cape Town

Located in South Africa’s Western Cape, Cape Town is a vibrant, colourful city, offering a great spot for winter sun holidays. Overlooked by the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Table Mountain, it boasts miles of clean, sandy beaches like Camps Bay, and plenty of opportunities for lovers of water sports. As well as enjoying surfing, scuba diving and fishing by the sea, you can go golfing at one of the nearby courses, or hiking in the forested mountains. Table Mountain does offer cable cars for those who don’t fancy the challenge, but the 360° views from the top are certainly worth a hike.

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Garden Route Winter Sun Holidays in  Garden Route

The Garden Route is widely regarded as having some of the most breathtaking scenery in South Africa. Trailing its way along the Western Cape’s coast, it comprises some of the country’s loveliest towns, attractions and natural wonders. You can stroll through the enormous Tstisikamma Forest, admiring the rich vegetation and colourful flowers, or go in search of secluded coves, where you can lie back in the sun or explore coral reefs underwater. Afterwards, why not take a trip to the amazing Cango Caves at Oudtshoorn, or go whale and dolphin watching off the coast of Plettenburg Bay?

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