Category: Flora and Fauna

Best Seasons for Weather and Wildlife Viewing at Songimvelo

Eland, Zebr, and Wildebeast at Songimvelo  

Songimvelo Game Reserve is one of the most diverse and aesthetically pleasing wilderness areas in South Africa.  With its incredible mountain range and volcanic rocks, hidden valleys, cascading waterfalls and grassy savannas, it supports an amazing variety of plant and animal life. This is where guests of Humala River Lodge will experience several their first game drives and bush walks while on the safari portion of our Adventure and Safari Tour. The most common question we hear from our travelers planning their journey is, when is the best time to go?

We chatted with Humala’s resident General Manager, Wessel Roodt, to gain his insights.

The Best Time to Visit South Africa

Elephant baby with flowers

With our year round temperate climate, your decision about the best time to visit South Africa will not so much be based on the weather but more about the experiences and adventures you wish to have. For example, South Africa’s winter months (June, July, August) – which have the least rainfall, except for the Western Cape with its Mediterranean climate – is a peak time for game viewing, as a shortage of water means animals gather at watering holes.
 

South Africa’s World Heritage Wonders

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Ancient kingdoms, diverse eco-systems, an invasion of space, and a modern-day freedom struggle, all these are celebrated at South Africa’s World Heritage Sites.  Closest to home, the most recent to be named is the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga, declared early in July. Our beloved Humala River Lodge in Songimvelo Game Reserve is nestled in the heart of these majestic mountains. Now may be the perfect time to check this World Heritage Site off your list.

Love in Bloom: Orchids of South Africa

White Orchid

Nothing says “I love you” like the gift of orchids. These alluring blooms symbolize love, beauty, luxury, and strength. Not only do they last much longer than roses, some are also deliciously fragrant.

Did you know? There are almost three times the amount of orchids grown in South Africa as there are in all of Europe! The southern African region boasts 479 species, 65 percent of which are endemic. Our orchids grow in a wide variety of different habitats, including bushveld, savanna, karooid scrub, thorn scrub, fynbos, and grassland. As in many other plant groups, the Western Cape is where most of the species flourish, in a wide variety of colors and uniquely shaped blossoms.

Kudos to the Kudu!

Kudu

Did you know? Legend has it that the kudu is God’s favorite antelope! After creating the very first kudu, God held its face in His hands, looked into its eyes and exclaimed, “You are SO beautiful!” and kissed the kudu smack on the nose! And that’s why the kudu bears the fingerprints of God. You can see them on the sides of every kudu’s face.

The Best Time to Visit South Africa

Elephant baby with flowers

With our year round temperate climate, your decision about the best time to visit South Africa will not so much be based on the weather but more about the experiences and adventures you wish to have. For example, South Africa’s winter months (June, July, August) – which have the least rainfall, except for the Western Cape with its Mediterranean climate – is a peak time for game viewing, as a shortage of water means animals gather at watering holes.
 

CNN Recommends South Africa

CNN Recommends South Africa - The Place To Holiday

CNN is recommending South Africa as THE place to holiday. Titled 23 beautiful reasons to visit South Africa CNN’s post features a slideshow of spectacular images that celebrate what they consider to be the best places to see in the Rainbow Nation.

Rekindle Romance With An Anniversary Vacation

Discover why Travel + Leisure magazine named Cape Town the #1 city to visit in Africa and the Middle East at the 2016 “World’s Best” Awards!

African Penguins at Boulders Beach near Cape Town, South Africa.

African penguins at sunset near Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Beautiful beaches, breathtaking mountains, world-class cuisine, captivating wildlife, adventures for beginners & experienced thrill-seekers…and we haven’t even mentioned the South African wines or the city’s cultural riches!

What’s So Great About Cape Town?

Camps Bay Beach
Since you asked…

Cape Town’s awards and accolades over the last couple of years:

 2017
  • Before the year had even begun, Cape Town had already won a valued accolade from international travel authority, Lonely Planet. Cape Town has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Cities in the World for Travelers in 2017 – the latest in a series of honors that has helped to cement the city’s reputation as a global giant among destinations. Cape Town features second on the list of top cities for 2017.