I’ve done what my English teacher always banged on about. I’ve written the article before this introduction.
And what have I realised? That I am in big trouble. Trouble with my friends in both the Sabi Sands and Timbavati. Understandably, both sides feel they are the outright winners.
But it is not clear-cut. I am a keen skier. So every time I ski, I like to re-evaluate where to go: between Val D’Isere or St Anton? Or between Verbier and Zermatt? (Sorry I haven’t yet skied in North America. It is very far from Southern Africa!) They are all excellent choices. It is the same with Sabi Sands or Timbavati… But I am some-one who likes to consider all the angles. So if you are THAT sort of person, this article was written for you.
Back in March we introduced our first ‘’Winter Offer’’, which was went down very well. So since then we have launched three more offers to entice you to think out of the box.
Does South Africa have a winter?
Believe it or not, South Africa does have a ‘winter’ season. Though not like you may be used to. From May to September, the days are cooler and yes, there’s a small chance of rain down in the Cape.
But the temperatures aren’t really that bad. Down in the Cape the days are a pleasant 17 to 22 C. Whilst at night a warming fire-place just needs a good bottle of red wine to be cracked open. Plus the temperatures start to head upwards by late August and September. Not lying on the beach sort of weather. But wonderful for sight-seeing and being active all day without collapsing with heat exhaustion. You can get into that top Winelands restaurant without needing to book 3 months ahead. You won’t be jostling the crowds in the Waterfront. Or trying to avoid the endless selfie-snappers on Table Mountain.
Travellers often ask us about volunteer programmes on conservation. Or how they can get involved and give something back during their stay. But they only have a few days. And very few game reserves or community volunteering programmes are geared towards the shorter experience. As most programmes want people to commit to a two or three week time period. And people just don’t have that time or holiday leave.
So we were excited when we saw that the malaria-free Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa was bridging that gap. It has introduced a five-night conservation experience.