When is the last time you had a white Christmas? A white sand one that is?! Even better, summer in the southern hemisphere continues until March. Think waves lapping on a Cape Town beach, sailing to a tropical island in Mozambique coupled with game viewing in one of the world’s richest ecosystems of Botswana, sunrise atop a Namibian dune or an evening in the vibrant city of Johannesburg. Now that autumn has come to Europe and spring has sprung in the southern hemisphere, isn’t it time you started planning your summer holidays here? Here’s 10 very good reasons to get planning now…
1. Cape Town, South Africa
From the sweeping city and coastal views from atop Table Mountain to the romantic wine country of Stellenbosch and jaw-dropping peninsula views stopping to see African penguins and endless beaches, Cape Town is a city that can’t be missed when visiting the top of Africa. From artisan markets, gourmet restaurants and sunsets atop Signal Hill to outdoor family adventures and kid-friendly activities at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town’s allure has a way of making you fall for her city instantly.
2. Sossusvlei, Namibia
When’s the last time you watched the sunrise over cascading burnt-orange in a desert? Pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience, there’s a reason Sossuvlei is one of the most popular places to visit in Namibia. White salt plans, deadvlei and red dunes in the middle of the Namib-Nakluft National Park. Find your way to the top of a dune, sand-board down or make you way around in a thrilling 4×4 trail.
3. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
Also known as the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, one of the world’s most majestic waterfalls can be experienced from the air on a helicopter flip, with a daring dip in Devil’s pool, or even a luxury cruise along the Zambezi. Bordering both Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls beckons visitors from across the globe.
4. Bazaruto, Mozambique
Think powder-white islands on the edge of underwater reef bubbling over with marine life of every kind. Go snorkeling or out for a dive. Enjoy a seafood BBQ on a dune, feel the wind in your hair on a dhow boat cruise at sunset or don’t leave your luxury lodge at all. This is one tropical escape you’d like to make and it’s only a short flight away from the big city of Johannesburg.
5. Okavango Delta, Botswana
Get lost ( with the guidance of incredible rangers) in one of the world’s richest ecosystems of Botswana’s Okavango Delta where annual flooding leaves lots of the delta only accessible to guest via small planes and the wildlife has learnt to adapt to both dry and wet seasons. Sundowners beside a watering hole, makoro rides through the swamps, game drives just before the sun dips in the savannah and some of the most spectacular game viewing in the wilderness all await.
6. Johannesburg, South Africa.
Otherwise known as the city of Gold, Jozi can only be described as vibrant and bursting with life, color and people. Explore the trendy hub of Maboneng on foot, savory local cuisine at one of the many markets day or night and enjoy street art in many corners of the city. Take to the township of Soweto on a bike tour and assist in some of the local initiatives to make a difference.
7. Sani Pass, Lesotho
Whether you’re visiting for the snow and ice scattered on the mountain tops of Lesotho or the green hills to be enjoyed when it’s warm, the Sani Pass is a mountain pass located in the West of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on the road between Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal and Mokhotlong, Lesotho. Undulating mountain tops are a sight to behold and bring visitors from across the globe.
Photo Credit: Michael Denne-Flickr.
Photo Credit: Timo-Flickr.
8. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
What an experience to visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve lies within the largest sand basin in the world and has only recently been opened to the public and is best for those seeking to savor a wild, remote wilderness. While it’s a desert, you will be surprised by the high density of game and various habitats of grasslands, riverbeds, bush veld and acacia tree forests.
9. Etosha National Park, Namibia
For the most part, you don’t even need to leave your camp to view game within Etosha. Go on game drives during the day and wait for game to come in search of water. Often the waterholes in or close to camps are lit for guests to sit down and enjoy nature unfold and go about its business. And what a magical business it is.
10. Kruger National Park, South Africa
Whether you’re taking to bush on a foot with a ranger or in a game vehicle, witnessing but a corner of nearly 2 million hectares of diverse bushveld that makes up the Kruger National Park will leave you forever changed. Spot the Big Five, little Five ( hopefully) and everything else in between. Set out in the early morning cool to see who is already awake or try a night drive to watch as the nocturnal animals start to awaken.
Where do you want to spend your Christmas?
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