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.
Our winter is also the best time for a safari as most of the game reserves are in our summer rainfall area. Thus in the dry winter the animals need to come to the waterholes to quench their thirst. And the bush is less thick. So this makes the game-viewing easier and more concentrated.
But here’s the kicker…As it is a quieter time to visit, many hotels and game lodges offer great special offers. So we’ve used the best of the offers to create these four amazing Winter and Spring Offers:
Winter Wonderland Offer – 12 nights for the price of 8
Here’s a recap on our first winter offer which adds up to a magnetic 12 nights for the price of only 8. We are offer this tour at two price points, Luxury and Premier. But it’s valid only from May to September so don’t wait too long.
It starts in Cape Town with 3 nights (at either V&A Hotel for the luxury version or The Three Boutique Hotel for the Premier version). You then head to the scenic Winelands for 3 nights at either the luxurious Mont Rochelle or the Oude Werf in historic Stellenbosch. Next you meander along to the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay to stay at either The Plettenberg – with its epic sea views – or one of our personal favourites, Hog Hollow Country Lodge. Finally the tour ends with a 3 night safari in the Eastern Cape at Kichaka Game Lodge or Lalibela Lentaba Lodge.
Prices are from R23, 525 per person for the land arrangements. This equates to $1,625 / €1 470 / £1 275 per person sharing to give you an indication in some other currencies. (Note: Exchange rates change constantly so this was in May 2019)
The South Africa Explorer – 13 nights for the price of 9 or 10
The offer equates to 13 nights for the price of 9 between May and August. But you still get 13 nights for the price of 10 for the rest of the year, so it’s well worth it up until December. The tour is based on private transfers everywhere.
We’ve nicknamed this tour “the tour of the threes”. It visits three different areas of South Africa, mainly each for 3 nights, and less than 3 hours’ transfer away each other (plus one domestic flight).
You start in cosmopolitan Cape Town for 4 nights. Then you head up to the rugged Cederberg to stay at the magnificent Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve for 3 nights. Then you fly to the summer rainfall region of KwaZulu for change of both climate and vegetation. Summer rain means that the winters here are mild, dry and sunny. Stay at The Oyster Box Hotel on the golden sands of Umhlanga Rocks. Then take an easy transfer up to a Big Five game reserves to stay at Thanda Safari Lodge.
So remember 3 areas, mainly 3 nights and 3 hours’ drive apart…
Prices are from R40,700 per person sharing for the land arrangements. This equates to approx $2,835 / €2 540 / £2 195 per person sharing.
South Africa in Spring Offer – 10 nights for the price of 8
This title is not strictly true as this offer is available all winter as well. But I feel that it really comes into its own in the late winter and spring when the whales are coming into Walker Bay to calve and when the fynbos is blooming in the Karoo.
So you still have time to book!
This relaxing self-drive tour doesn’t involve any internal flights and is a series of easy drives. You start in Cape Town for 3 nights, based in the Constantia Winelands so you get to sample both the city, the wine estates and the mountain ambience. Then you head to the magnificent Whale Coast. Afterwards you head inland to the beautiful Karoo area where you enjoy a safari in the Sanbona Game Reserve. Finally you explore the scenic Garden Route.
Prices are from R30,850 per person (with car rental). This equates to $2,150 / €1 925 / £1 660 per person.
Cape Kaleidoscope & Kruger Offer – 12 nights for the price of 9
We are mentioning this luxury tour at the end as it’s the one that lasts the longest, until just before Christmas! It is also very varied to suit all months of the year.
It juxtaposes three contrasting areas of the Cape with a top-notch safari in the Kruger at Timbavati Game Reserve. It starts with 4 nights in Cape Town. You then continue to the Cederberg staying at the new kid on the block, Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge. Then you finish your time in the Cape at the picturesque town of Franschhoek. Next you fly to the Kruger where the tour ends with a superb safari experience in the Timbavati Game Reserve (Kruger) at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge.
As with some of our other South Africa Winter Offers, you can choose whether to take private transfers or have the flexibility of a rental car in the Cape. (However the safari part is always transferred).
Prices are from R46,850 per person sharing for the land arrangements. This equates to approx $3,260 / €2 925 / £2 525 per person sharing.