As the chill descends upon us this winter, this is no time to go into hibernation. South Africa is as equally beautiful in its colder months as it is in its summer months, so don’t save your travels for the warmer moments – there are plenty of ways to get your winter wander on…
Embrace the chill
Drakensberg and the KZN Midlands
The Drakensberg Mountains and the surrounding countryside of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is the perfect winter escape and a holiday in these parts presents an opportunity to truly embrace the beauty of winter. Think snow-capped mountains, fresh, crisp air, a kaleidoscope of autumnal colours, crackling wood fires and plenty of Old Brown Sherry – inland KZN is a winter treat to look forward to.
During your stay, take to the Midlands Meander for a myriad of farm stall cafes and stores, vineyards and gorgeous pastoral landscape to be enjoyed. In Underberg, head into the mountains for a day hike and you may even be lucky enough to encounter snow fall.
Mpumalanga and the Kruger
It is well known that winter is the best time of year for game drive animal spotting. As the bushveld begins to thin out due to the dry weather, animals begin to congregate around waterholes and rivers, making sightings more prevalent. From May to September a holiday in the Mpumalanga region is an especially wonderful way to embrace the chill with its spectacular scenery, fresh country air, winter sunsets and abundant animal life.
Escape the chill
Durban and the KZN Coast
For those that live in the colder region of South Africa, an escape the east coast is an excellent way to enjoy some time off this winter. Pack your swimming costume and even your sunscreen and head to the city of eternal sunshine, Durban, where the winter months present even better weather than the summer months! Up and down the east coast, you will also find smaller coastal towns such as Margate (south coast) and Ballito (north coast) that never seem to lose their summer holiday vibe.
The Palace Resort and Spa – Durban
The Oceanic – Durban
10 South – Durban
Margate Sands – Margate
Palm Park – Margate
La Cote d’Azur – Margate
La Montagne – Ballito
Chaka’s Rock Chalets – Ballito