In a global survey, South Africa has recently been announced as the post popular post-COVID 19 destination among travellers. 

There are a number of reasons as to why it has topped so many travel bucket-lists: the safaris, award-winning wines and cuisine, the immersive culture experience and spectacular landscapes to name a few! 

However, don’t think that South Africa is only worth visiting in the summer – South Africa in winter is wonderful in its own right with stunning vistas and world-class experiences. 

Here are 5 reason to visit South Africa in the winter.

1. The Safaris

Of course we may be biased, but the safaris have to top the list! Winter is prime safari time in South Africa. The sparse vegetation makes it easier to spot game. Not to mention, the game reserves are much quieter which means you won’t have to queue to catch a glimpse of a good sighting. Read more about going on safari in winter here.

2. The Landscapes 

Winter in South Africa brings its own share of beautiful and breath-taking landscapes. Vistas of muted greys, browns and greens create a wonderful sense of calm and morning frost leaves sparkling and strikingly beautiful landscapes.

3. The Comfort Food

Cuisine in South Africa is melting pot of flavours from our wonderful diversity of cultures. This results in some mouthwatering dishes with spices that are guaranteed to warm you up. Of course, Lalibela serves up delicious, hearty meals in the winter alongside warming fires that provide the perfect remedy to the chilly weather outdoors. 

4. The Flowers 

Spring, the season of new life, is often top of mind when it comes to beautiful blooms. However, winter in South Africa brings some of the county’s most beautiful flowers to life.  South Africa is home to the world’s richest floral kingdom, which is made up in part by fynbos. Winter is when fynbos is at its best. Not to mention the bright orange aloes which also flower in winter, dotting the muted winter landscapes with striking pops of colour. 

5. The Stars

Stargazing is always incredible in South Africa, but in winter, the night skies really shine. One of Lalibela’s night-time safaris will give you a glimpse into the vast, bright night sky revealing magnificent constellations.