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Best Winter Activities in South Africa

There is something very special about winter in South Africa. With micro-climates varying from a snowy Matroosberg to a sunny Durban, we are spoiled for choice when exploring South Africa in winter. Enjoy warmer days and chilled evenings on the East Coast, or spend your days in doors on the Western Cape during their winter rains.

Either way the diversity of the South African winter affords endless opportunities and activities for all tastes, here are some of the most popular:

Wine Tasting in the Cape

Wine Tasting in the Cape

The Northern Cape is famous for producing world class wines and its beautiful landscapes. Offering exquisite vineyards and restaurants on the Wine Route, it is a perfect getaway for winter.

Enjoy tasting some of South Africa’s international, award winning reds and whites, with their recommended food accompaniments around a warm fire as you watch the rain fall over the vineyards. Plan your route by looking at the most loved wine farms in the Northern Cape here: http://www.capetownmagazine.com/top-wine-tastings

Follow the Sardine Run

Follow the Sardine Run

Occurring between May and July between the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the migration of millions of sardines along the East Coast makes for a fun spectacle for all ages. The schools of sardines bring with them seals, dolphins and sharks. View the dolphins from the beach, take a boat ride to find the seals or splurge on a helicopter ride to spot the sharks among the masses of sardines.

The warm weather on the East Coast during winter means you can make a day out of relaxing at one of Durban’s famous beaches while waiting for the sardines to arrive.

The Durban July

The Durban July

Possibly the biggest event of the year in KwaZulu-Natal, the Durban July is a must if you have any interest in fashion or horse racing. The Vodacom Durban July brings people of all walks of life together – those looking to show off their latest attire or others hoping to score big with the racing on the day. Once again the beautiful Durban winters allow you to spend the day out in the sun parading around in your best dress before leading you to one of the many exclusive after-parties thrown at the end of the day.

Clarens Winter Games

Clarens Winter Games

Spend some time hidden away in the picturesque town of Clarens while enjoying the two day long Winter Games. Based on crossfit workouts, the games will provide hyped up activity for all before heading off to the Clarens Brewery to taste some of their fine handcrafted beers. Nestled away in the Free State, Clarens is known for its unrivaled scenery and old-town feel.

Game Drives

Game Drives

As South African winters are relatively dry, animals in game farms flock to watering holes each day. This makes for perfect game viewing at one of many game lodges. Whether you are looking to spot some elusive wild dogs or find the Big 5 in one day, your chances in winter are quite high. End of your safari days with sundowners at the game lodge watching the famous South African sunset.

The Kruger National park is the most popular for tourists and visitors, and offers a wide variety of game lodges, have a look at them here:

http://www.krugerpark.co.za/Kruger_Park_Travel_Advisory-travel/kruger-park-discerning-traveler-packages.html

Namaqualand Flower Route

Namaqualand Flower Route

Starting in July, the famous Namaqualand planes begin bursting with colour. The blooming of the flowers in this region takes place each year, and is a true spectacle to behold. The plethora of flowers and colours will leave any person in awe. Visit the Richtersveld National Park or the Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve while driving through fields full of the beautiful daisies and stop in at one of the homey B&B’s found along the way.