All the amazing reviews about this gorgeous B&B are 100% accurate! We absolutely loved our stay here and would return in a heartbeat. The ambience is lovely and you just feel at home the minute you walk in the door! The decor is amazing, the owners are fabulous and the staff are lovely too.
Bob, Melbourne, Australia
Victoria Langmead - CALIFORNIA, USA
TRAVEL DATE: 2012 POSTED: OCT 2013
An Africa Villa
An African Villa is a cracking boutique hotel in the heart of Cape Town and a great base from which to explore this cosmopolitan city! Close to amazing restaurants and sights.
Bob - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
TRAVEL DATE: 2011 POSTED: OCT 2013
An Africa Villa
All the amazing reviews about this gorgeous B&B are 100% accurate! We absolutely loved our stay here and would return in a heartbeat. The ambience is lovely and you just feel at home the minute you walk in the door! The decor ... Read More
All the amazing reviews about this gorgeous B&B are 100% accurate! We absolutely loved our stay here and would return in a heartbeat. The ambience is lovely and you just feel at home the minute you walk in the door! The decor is amazing, the owners are fabulous and the staff are lovely too. Less
When is the best time
to go on a safari holiday in South Africa?
South Africa is very much a country of two halves in terms of climate, with the north or the country, including Kruger National Park, the Madikwe Reserve and the reserves of KwaZulu Natal experiencing very different weather throughout the year to that found along the southern coast in the Kwandwe Reserve and Cape Town.
January and February
In the north of the country these summer months in South Africa bring hot temperatures and some rain, but wildlife tends to be in good health and give birth to their young and migrating birds move through these areas. The clear air and dramatic skies mean photography can be great.
In the south the summer months are the best time to visit with sunny days and a much lower chance of rain.
March and April
In the north these months spell the end of the rains and can be a ‘mid-season’ for the numbers of safari visitors and prices. The bush becomes more lush and green and animals are in great condition. These months are a fantastic time of year to combine a safari in northern South Africa with a holiday in Cape Town.
Although autumn in the south of South Africa means cooler days, it’s still a great time to visit Cape Town and the southern coast, with the grape harvest being a draw to the Winelands of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl.
May to August
The north of South Africa is firmly into winter, although here this means clear sunny days and cooler evenings and nights – make sure you’ve got something warm for those early morning drives on an open safari vehicle. As the bush dies back wildlife viewing becomes easier as vistas open up and animals are also drawn to the remaining permanent water. Although these months are holiday months for Europeans, they're not for South Africans, so there can be some surprising bargains.
Winter in Cape Town and the southern coast of South Africa is the time the weather is at its most varied with clear days quickly becoming cold and wet. It’s a time for all but the most determined or hardy to steer clear of this area of the country.
September and October
Temperatures are climbing in the north and game viewing is very good. The land is starting to look parched, animals are driven to water and the dust in the air means sunsets can be spectacular. These are super months to combine a safari in the north with a stay in Cape Town.
November and December
The first rains can fall in the north of South Africa in November and December, but the short sharp showers that do fall can take some of the heat out of the air and leave a wonderful ‘post rain’ scent. Wildlife viewing is still very good and the first flush of new grass adds to the beauty of the scenery. A Christmas safari in the warmth is an excellent way to avoid the cold damp weather of the northern hemisphere.
Quite rightly these months are high season for holidays to Cape Town, South Africa’s Winelands and the southern coast. Days are hot and sunny and the evenings are warm enough to sit out and enjoy a fabulous meal al fresco.