Best time to visit South Africa & Mauritius
South Africa is a year-round vacation destination, thanks to its range of climates. The same goes for Mauritius – temperatures tend to be warm all year.
South Africa is such a big country that the climate varies hugely depending on where you’re headed. The Western Cape (for Cape Town and the Winelands) is warmest and driest between November and March. Up north, the wide landscapes of Kruger National Park bring bigger variations between night and day temperatures; it’s best to bring layers for those early morning drives and cool evenings. Mauritius has a subtropical climate, so maximum temperatures rarely venture beyond 22°C to 28°C. Rainfall does vary, though, with December to April seeing almost twice as much rain as the rest of the year.
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South Africa & Mauritius vacation advice
Simon Mills, from our leading supplier of South Africa and Mauritius vacations, Native Escapes, shares his advice for planning a vacation to these two countries:
Self drive in South Africa
“Driving in the Winelands is easy. You drive on the left hand side of the road, with right hand drive cars – it’s like driving in the UK, but with much less traffic. The vineyards are all well signposted and the scenery and landscape is stunning. I recommend driving to Franschhoek and parking up and taking the Wine Tram, which will transport you between vineyards on regular routings, allowing you to enjoy the fruits of the area.”
Where to stay in Cape Town
“In Cape Town, we tend to suggest smaller boutique properties, away from the Waterfront. Here, you’ll find lovely guesthouses in more local areas of the city, close enough to all the main attractions. And you’re treated as a name, rather than a number.”
From safaris to sand
“South Africa and Mauritius make a great safari and beach pairing due to their relative proximity. Mauritius is only a 3.5-hour flight from Johannesburg, with frequent connections. They also provide a vacation experience full of contrasts, from the wildness of the South African bush to the soft white sand of the Indian Ocean.”
Explore in peace
“In Mauritius, we always try and encourage guests to use non-motorised boats like kayaks or paddle boards, which are a much nicer way to see the marine life.”
More about South Africa & Mauritius
Our South Africa and Mauritius travel guide reveals the best way of rolling two contrasting countries into one itinerary. Spend a week (or more) exploring Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger National Park, before settling down on Mauritius’ paradisal beaches.
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