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Glamping & South Africa holidays

Travel to South Africa and discover a country of astounding diversity, truly like no other. From African plains where giraffes and lions roam framed by Kalahari dunes to the white-sand beaches across two oceans, star-studded desert skies and rugged mountains, to urban centers like Cape Town or Johannesburg, South Africa is the perfect balance of wild and cosmopolitan, a destination you don’t want to miss and perfect for glamping Africa. While on safari in South Africa, you can hope to spot the “Big Five,” lions, buffalo, leopards, rhinos, and elephants, making it one of the best safari destinations on the continent. Or head for the ocean and go cage diving with Great White sharks, scuba diving with whales, or an encounter with seals. South Africa's dramatic landscape is the perfect canvas for a glamping getaway. Whether it’s surfing off the Eastern Cape coast, rock climbing in Cederberg, hiking the Garden Route, or abseiling Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain, South Africa glamping is an adrenaline junkie’s delight. Glamping in South Africa will take you through some truly stunning scenery, from the deserts of the Kalahari and Karoo to the cloud forests of the Drakensberg range and huge Blyde River Canyon. Take a scenic drive down the coastal roads to Cape Point and Hermanus or tour the vineyards blanketing the Cape Winelands, hike the old-growth forests of the Garden Route, or relax on the Indian Ocean beaches; in South Africa, there is a staggering variety of adventures to be had when you go glamping. South Africa is a country as rich in history as it is natural beauty and to not take some time to learn about the country’s past would be a shame as it is a crucial part of the country’s identity. Visit museums in Johannesburg to Robben Island and learn about apartheid, then continue your history lesson as you visit townships like Soweto or Langa and learn about some of the country’s greatest icons, like Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. Despite what could be called a heart-wrenching past, there is a great pride in South Africa and a sense of unity and promise for the future to come. All this and more is at an arm’s reach when you go luxury camping. South Africa holidays are sure to be some of your all-time favorites when you book with Glamping Hub, so what are you waiting for? Glamping Africa awaits!

South Africa safari destinations

You can’t book holidays for luxury camping in South Africa without including a safari. South Africa safari holidays are some of the most popular in the world, and for good reason. With places like Kruger National Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Addo Elephant Park, and more, it’s clear to see why millions flock to South Africa each year. A safari is certainly one of our favorite things to do in South Africa, and let us tell you why. There simply is nothing like it in this world. To wake up and head out on the African plains and be so immersed in this wild landscape, there are no words to describe how truly magical it is. Kruger National park is one of the world’s greatest wildlife-watching destinations, with all of the iconic African safari species sharing the bushveld. One of Africa’s most accessible parks and with plenty of accommodation, Kruger is home to elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, buffalo, giraffes, hippos, zebras, and more than 130 species of other mammals and over 500 varieties of birds! The park is also surrounded by private reserves where guests can stay, like Sabi Sand. Moving on, a merger of South Africa's Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana's Gemsbok National Park, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is one of the largest wilderness areas in the world. In a remote region of South Africa’s Northern Cape, here gnarled camel thorn trees, amber grasslands, and ruby red sands contrast the deep blue skies of the park. Here you’ll find a huge diversity of animals, like the famous black-maned Kalahari lion, gemsbok, as well as meerkats, and many birds of prey. Other large mammals live here too, including leopard, cheetah, and hyenas.

Contrasting these desert lands, iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to Africa’s largest estuary system and is found on the northeastern coast of Kwazulu Natal. Here the ecosystems of coral reefs, rivers, lakes, coastal dunes, swamplands, and savannah intermix for a surprising variety of wildlife. More than 526 species of birds call the reserve home, as well as leatherback and loggerhead turtles, rhino, leopards, and Africa's largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles. This unique wilderness area offers visitors the chance to combine a classic safari experience, plus adventures in the marine reserve such as kayaking, fishing, diving, and snorkeling.

Lastly, if you’re in love with elephants, Addo Elephant National Park is where you need to be. Here is one of the best places in Africa to see these gentle giants, with the population around 600—one of the densest elephant populations in Africa! Addo Elephant Park is also regarded as one of the most diverse game parks in the world, with buffalo, lions, leopards, and rhinos, as well as sea-dwelling animals like Great White sharks and Southern Right whales. As you can see, safari holidays in South Africa are easy to come by. When making your South Africa travel plans, make sure your holiday accommodation is just as unique as your destination and activities. South Africa camping accommodations on Glamping Hub are perfect for a safari. From luxury safari tents and glamping Gauteng rentals to luxury tented camps & Western Cape holiday homes, pick from the best when on safari in South Africa. Glamping Africa is the ultimate experience!

Places to visit in South Africa

Of course, safari holidays are not the only South Africa tourist attractions. Across the country and depending on where you camp, South Africa will open your eyes to some remarkable destinations. You’ll find many more amazing holiday destinations in South Africa, from the Drakensberg range to Table Mountain, the Garden Route to Blyde River Canyon. There are so many places to visit in South Africa there’s no way we could do them all justice here, but we’ll highlight a few of the most notable and those that have stood out as guest favorites over the years. Glamping Cape Town holidays are a good place to start. Find a selection of places to go glamping near Cape Town and take a few days to explore one of the most iconic sights in South Africa. Cape Town attractions are plentiful, but if you’re up for some adventure, make sure to go up Table Rock Mountain and go down into the ocean with the sharks. One of the most popular things to do in Cape Town is shark diving. The best time of year to dive is April through October, but great whites swim the waters off Cape Town throughout the year, due to healthy populations of seals and fish. You’ll find Cape Town tour operators who organize shark cage dives to areas like Simon’s Town, Seal Island, Dyer Island, Mossel Bay, and Gansbaai—the self-proclaimed ‘Great White Shark Capital of the World.’ Because divers are enclosed in custom cages, no diving certification is required. For those who prefer a little less excitement, it’s also possible to observe the action for the boat. Back on land, the Drakensberg, meaning ‘dragon mountains,’ is one of the most popular places to go in South Africa. Home to the country’s highest peaks, the region encompasses the World Heritage-listed uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, Royal Natal National Park, and Giant’s Castle Game Reserve. In the Drakensberg area, dense forests flourish with a rich diversity of wildlife and flora. People flock to the region for the numerous hiking and biking mountain trails, to fish for trout, rock climb, abseil, parasail, and go rafting. Hot air balloon rides are a great way to appreciate the dramatic topography. Keep reading to learn more about our favorite South Africa tourist attractions.

South Africa tourist attractions

Along South Africa’s southeast coast, the Garden Route runs about 200 kilometers through some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery. Stretching from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, along the Indian Ocean, to Storms River in the Eastern Cape, the driving route takes you through cliffs, rolling green hills, coastal towns, lagoons, and lakes. Highlights of the road include the town of Knysna, Garden Route National Park, and the many dense forests, sparkling lagons, gorges, and tidal pools along the way. Make pit stops at Oudtshoorn’s ostrich farms and Cango Caves, Plettenberg Bay’s seal colony at the Robberg Nature Reserve, as well as places to go bungee jumping, whale watching, and much more! Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, or Motlatse River Canyon, is a favorite stop on the drive between Johannesburg and Kruger National Park. Here, you’ll find Africa's second largest canyon with a rich diversity of wildlife and plants. Lush foliage, tumbling waterfalls, sparkling rivers, and moss-covered rock formations create a striking landscape of color and texture. In the park you can hope to spot some of the common species of South African primates, as well as many crocodiles and hippos. Probably the best way to explore the park is along the scenic driving routes or by hiking the extensive trails. Panoramic viewpoints include Three Rondavels and the aptly named God's Window. Boat trips and whitewater rafting are also available on the rivers! Lastly, as you venture inland and away from Cape Town, you will arrive at the Boland. Here is an amazing wine-producing region, where the mountain ranges around the towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek create ideal microclimates for the grapevines. Originally Dutch colonial settlements in the late 17th century, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are now home to innovative and modern restaurants, beautiful wine estates, and some beautiful landscapes. From wine tasting to Michelin star restaurants, the Botanic Gardens to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, South Africa’s Winelands have something for everyone.

Best time to visit South Africa

If you ask us, the best time to visit South Africa is from May to September, as the cooler months of the Southern Hemisphere make for superb viewing conditions for safaris. It can be rainy from November to February, but temperatures remain warm, between 22°C-33°C. The Cape has beautiful, hot and dry weather in its summer months (from November to February), with temperatures ranging from 23°C to 26°C. The best time to visit the Cape for whale watching is between July and November. If we had to pick one month, September is the best month to travel to South Africa if you’re looking to visit multiple regions and see the best wildlife. The weather tends to be good everywhere in the country, and you can spot frolicking newborn game and breaching whales.