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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.

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