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South Africa is a wonderful country for travellers and locals to explore year-round but there’s no question that travel heats up in the peak summer season.

 In this post, we share our top 10 reasons to visit South Africa this summer!

1) Gorgeous Beaches, Mountains and Countryside to Explore

 While SA has some great, diverse cities and cute towns to visit for your urban fix, there is no doubt that our county’s beautiful, ever-changing countryside, dotted with majestic mountains, rolling hills, farmlands and yes, in some cases, pristine, wild beaches, is what makes SA truly special.

 You can go from arid Klein Karoo lands one moment to lush, green valleys or endless velds the next.

 SA also has some of the most beautiful, towering mountain ranges anywhere in the world – including the Magaliesburg, Outeniqua Mountains, Drakensberg, Langeberg and more.

 Then, lastly, you have our special beaches, many of which are highly coveted Blue Flag beaches. Some of the best SA beaches include Robberg 5 Beach, Camps Bay and Clifton 1-4, Coffee Bay Beach and North Beach.

2) Big Five Safaris and Bush Getaways

South Africa is one of the best countries in the world to see the Big Five or go on a game drive.

Almost all of the provinces have game farms that offer safaris or wildlife spotting. Some of the best places to go on a Big Five safari or idyllic bush getaway include Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant Park, Sabi Sands, Pilanesberg National Park and Game Reserve, to name only a few.

Walk among elephants, encounter lions in the darkness and enjoy the perfect bush getaway in sunny SA!

3) World-class Cuisine and Wine

South Africa is known for producing some of the best wines in the world and our Cape Winelands is one of the most beautiful, exciting parts of the country to explore.

Offering everything from unique accommodation, world-class restaurants, picnics, outdoor experiences, museums, wine- and cellar-tours and yes, you guessed it: incredible, award-winning wines, the Cape Winelands truly has it all. And it’s a delight to explore in summer!

SA is also known for its rich, varied food offerings, which include a mix of local- and internationally-inspired food. Better yet, we have some incredible restaurants and world-class chefs, especially in foodie capitals like Cape Town.

Here at Canvas Collective Africa, we offer our own unique food and wine experiences, thanks to our pioneering Field Kitchen and close proximity to the Hemel-en-Aarde wine route.

We also have stunning tented accommodation that will blow your mind during your stay. Browse our luxury accommodation here.

4) Excellent Indoor and Outdoor Activities

South Africa has a wealth of indoor and outdoor experiences to enjoy. Everything from captivating historically relevant museums to African art museums, indoor escape rooms, trampoline parks and kiddie play areas to outdoor adventures like hiking, e-biking, ziplining, hot air ballooning, paragliding and surfing.

Many of these experiences are perfect to savour in summer too!

5) Family-friendly Destinations to Cherish With Loved Ones

South Africa is a country geared towards family travel, as it is blessed with family-friendly accommodation (even in the most luxurious hotels and game parks), child-friendly eateries and of course, endless family adventures to enjoy!

It’s also a great country to explore with friends, making it ideal for exchange students, backpackers or even young graduates keen to travel before entering the workforce.