If you fancy doing something different this winter, why not spend it in warmer climes and enjoy South Africa holidays as part of your Christmas vacation?
Being in the southern hemisphere means that Christmas time in South Africa is warm and sunny. Instead of dealing with the festive stress that seems to affect so many people, take the chance to relax in the sun and enjoy a Christmas like no other. In Cape Town you’ll enjoy an average temperature of around 20°C, and in the subtropical Durban Christmas temperatures can reach up to 27°C.
Durban is located alongside the Indian Ocean coast and it is much more pleasant to swim in these waters than in the colder Atlantic beside Cape Town.
The country’s long standing links with the UK mean we share many Christmas traditions. Christmas dinner is likely to be the same, but if the weather is warm and you want to do something a bit different, try having a barbeque. You’ll find fir trees and Christmas crackers, just set against the background of sunshine instead of snow!
Your Christmas vacation could start with a safari through Kruger National Park or one of the private game reserves where you can spot the well renowned Big Five game alongside a whole range of other wildlife.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is not to be missed when in Africa, and there are a range of opportunities to visit the parks, whether on a day trip basis or for longer visits that incorporate camping. Whether staying in a camp or lodge, the beautiful scenery and friendly staff will make for a memorable trip for everyone.
The major hubs of South Africa – Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban – all boast a great variety of places to stay for Christmas while incorporating delicious food. Whether enjoying the warmer climate of Durban or the history of Cape Town, you’re likely to find a warm welcome from the friendly locals.
A Cape Town stay offers the opportunity to scale the famous Table Mountain while obtaining a spectacular view of the city and bay. Robben Island - the site of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment for many years – is also a fascinating and moving place to visit whilst in the area.
If you want to enjoy some of the local produce while staying in South Africa, there are many trips available round the so-called wine country. Around the Western Cape are a series of beautiful winelands and you can visit on a day trip or organise something a bit longer, with lots of samples of the famed produce of course!