Points of Interests
Table Mountain, Robben Island, Kruger National Park, Kirstenbosch, Boulder Beach
South Africa is known for its long sunny days, hence the title, ‘Sunny South Africa’. Most of the nine provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape, which experiences winter rainfall. The high-lying areas of the interior can be chilly in winter. The South African Weather Service uses the following dates for seasons:
Spring: September, October, November
Summer: December through February
Autumn: March, April, May
Winter: June through August
Over 70 international airlines now fly into South Africa. Award-winning South African Airways, the national carrier, flies to destinations all over the world and is connected to major international air routes. You’ll most likely fly directly into OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, or increasingly, there are direct flights into Cape Town International Airport.
Durban’s King Shaka International Airport is South Africa’s third major international airport, located about 35km north of Durban. Principal domestic airports include Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein, as well as airports in East London, George, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth and Upington.
Bear in mind that grading in South Africa is voluntary and so there may be many guest houses and B&Bs that do not have star-grading but are still quality establishments. Look for recommendations from fellow travellers. Also check for off-season specials as there are great bargains to be had, especially in the luxury sector.