When: Why book now?
October and November 2017.
This is spring time on the Cape, with balmy temperatures, little rain and the wildflowers and jacaranda trees in bloom. Escape the November gloom in Britain at one of the best times of year to visit South Africa.
UK-based tour operators specialising in South Africa include Rainbow Tours (0203 131 5817; rainbowtours.co.uk), which offers a 15-day Winelands, Whales and Wildlife tour. After a threenight stay in Cape Town, above, the tour continues to the Drakenstein Valley, for a stay in a peaceful, rural winery. Highlights include whalewatching excursions in Hermanus and Knysna, a drive along the Garden Route and two nights on a private game reserve. Prices start at £3,765 per person. Africa Travel (0207 843 3587; africatravel.com) has a range of itineraries to the region, including a 13-day Classic South Africa tour which combines two nights in Cape Town with the wine region, the Garden Route and the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal; from £2,395 per person. Both packages include flights, car hire and accommodation. For further ideas and itineraries contact Africa & Beyond (0161 789 8838; africaandbeyond.co.uk), Real Africa (01603 964730; realafrica.co.uk) and Expert Africa (0203 405 6666; expertafrica.com), a company that specialises in Cape holidays.