South Africa is as the name already indicates the most southern country of the African continent and very attractive for travelling. Worth to visit are the numerous national parks in which more than 20.000 animal and plant species are having a home and can be admired.
Also the landscape has a lot to offer. Especially the different climate zones – the Mediterranean south, the rather dry west, the highland and the subtropical regions in the northeast promise a lot of diversity.
Beside the well-known attractions such as the “Kruger National Park”, The Cap Hope, the “Garden route” and the UNESCO world heritage “Drakensberge” you will find many more wonderful places to look at. South Africa is definitely worth a trip.
South-Africa combines several different climate zones: the extremely dry Kalahari-desert on the border to Namibia, moderate climate in the southwest and subtropical conditions close to the border of Mozambique.
In general the climate is due to the location of the country in the southern hemisphere rather sunny and dry. In the mountain regions occasional snowfall can occur. The annual amount of rain decreases from the southeast to the northwest, simultaneously the average temperature rises.
The best time to travel in South Africa is from April till October; in this time temperatures are most convenient.
Even though you hear once in a while about shark attacks in the South-African waters, surfing is still very popular. This is probably also due to the fact that underwater nets have been set up in order to limit the danger on critical points. This mechanic defense against sharks seems to be working and the problem has been reduced evidently. Statistically the probability to be hit by a car is still higher than the one of a shark attack.
And therefore you can actually surf without worries in South Africa if you obey to the basic rules. South Africa offers some world-class spots; the most famous one is probably J-Bay, a never-ending left point break directly at the “Garden route”. Beginner and advanced surfer can enjoy surfing in South Africa alike.
Best season for beginner; September – May
Best season for advanced surfer: June – October
Crowd factor: High in proximity to cities and well-known spots
The arrival to South Africa usually occurs by plane. There are direct plane connections from all other continents to South Africa. Destination is hereby mostly one of the two big airports of the country, either the Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) or the Cape Town International Airport (CPT).
Additionally there are also small domestic airports, as the large distances require often moving by plane. If you want to travel to more deserted areas, a rental car is definitely necessary. The bus infrastructure is well developed on the main traffic lines.