August marks the end of a beautiful winter in South Africa and it’s time for a warm and soothing summer. The wild and untarnished South Africa thrives at its best and time is just too good to plan a memorable outing in the African wilderness. Down south Cape Town is beautified by showers occasional showers and storms, but mostly the country is sunny, warm, and dry, which makes South Africa in August perfect for a vacation.
The fact that top safari destinations in South Africa – Kruger National Park, and nearby South Luangwa Valley in Zambia are already into their top game viewing season make them exciting places to visit. For nature lovers and photographers, nothing can be as enticing as the crisp sunrise views and red dusty sunset views. Amid all the fun, there are wild animals around the waterhole can be easily spotted and photographed.
South Africa in August can be the perfect place for leisure activities and here’s how you can make the best of your time!
Top 5 things to do in South Africa in August for every nature seeker
Besides the famed African safari, here are some other popular activities that everyone visiting South Africa in August must try!
i) Go whale watching towards coastal South Africa
June to November is the perfect time to go whale watching in South Africa which means if you are planning a whale watching tour in the coastal South African region then you won’t be disappointed for sure. Peak calving season also happens to be somewhere around July and August. The coastal Africa region from Hermanus to St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal is a wonderful place to be for all the whale watching enthusiasts. No wonder why it is this activity is famed as a massive attraction in coastal Africa.
ii) Plan adventure sports, this is the ideal weather you’ve been looking for
South Africa is famed for its wildlife and adventures. While a lot has been said and explored about the wildlife, the adventure exploits in Africa in the offering is worth a mention. Head to the African wilderness comprising of massive canyons and deep gorges for extreme adventures, and if you want to try some water activities then coastal Cape Town is the place to be.
Most popular adventure activities in South Africa: Kayaking, hiking, parasailing, Zip lining, snorkeling, bungee jumping, skydiving, and many more
iii) Go hiking in Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga is a wonderful activity for an exciting day in the wilderness of South Africa. Quite popularly there are 4 trails which can be covered in a span of 1 to 4 hours each. To enter the reserve one has to pay 50 ZAR. The leopard trail is known for fascinating views and also presents the 3 rondavels and Blyde River Dam.
Next, the Guinea Fowl trail takes you to the river where you can go swimming and bathing in the waterfalls. Entering the nature reserve is one of its kind experience and weather in August is just perfect to make it a memorable event for you.
iv) Take a refreshing dip in Riemvasmaak Natural Thermal Springs near Northern Cape
Riemvasmaak Natural Thermal Springs is one of the many wonders in South Africa and a perfect place to treat yourself to a warm and refreshing natural bath. Located amidst Orange and Molopo rivers, the Riemvasmaak Natural Thermal Springs is tucked in the heart of nature and covered by massive boulders, giant cliffs, mountain desert, and never-ending wilderness.
v) Explore the super-rich Hogsback in Eastern Cape
Hogsback is a famous tourist attraction in South Africa where every nature lover must be headed during August. It happens to be a congregation of 3 flat-topped Hogsback Mountains which is all surrounded by lush greenery and stunning views around. Rich vegetation and romantic waterfalls with plenty of wildlife make it an ideal day activity for every nature seeker. Cape Parrots, Samango Monkeys, and Knysna Louries are some of the most popular wildlife species
vi) Try skiing at Tiffindell Ski Resort in Eastern Cape
Leave alone winters, there is always an option to go skiing in South Africa even in the warm months. If you are planning to go skiing in South Africa in August head to Tiffindell Ski Resort in Eastern Cape. They even get artificial snow during summers. On top of mountains, Tiffindell Ski Resort is a wonderful place to chill and ski. With snow limited to certain areas, it’s always fun to be around and makes for a nice experience altogether.
vii) Make the best of awesome weather, go city touring
There are plenty of South Africa day tours that you can opt for when you are around. While the prominent cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg make for major highlights of the South Africa city tour, there’s still a lot to do, especially when you are in the coastal region.
Major attractions of the city tour: Robben Island & Cape Town city tour combined, private Wineland tours of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Table Mountain and penguin parade at Cape Point, Boulders Beach, and Cape of Good Hope
This is South Africa in August for you! A massive convergence of wildlife and adventures, a sea of sprawling Savannah, and a mystical paradise all await you towards the southern tip of the African continent. Plan a South Africa trip now!