Where To Be In South Africa During Christmas

If you’re looking for the best places to visit in South Africa in December, you’ve come to the right place. This post details everything you need to know about Christmas in South Africa, including what Christmas is actually like down here. Revel in the festive season with a South African Christmas escape.

Explore South Africa’s most popular destinations this Christmas with our expert-approved guide. Christmas is a time that comes but once a year, so it makes sense to make the most of each moment. Book your holiday now, and enjoy the magic of South Africa.

South Africa’s Christmas season is characterised by its cold and dry weather, particularly between December and January. The months of December and January are the best time to visit South Africa, especially if you want to escape the heat in other countries. You can enjoy a lot of fun activities like hiking mountain trails and swimming in clear blue waters!

From wildlife and vast seas, to captivating cities and awe-inspiring mountains all the way from the tropics to the magnificent deserts, South Africa is an experience of a lifetime. From vibrant cities to wild national parks and luxurious vineyards; there is something for everyone here. The only thing that you won’t find in South Africa in December is snow.

December is one of the most popular times of year to visit South Africa. So if you want to escape the winter months in your northern hemisphere country, December is right up your alley. And in this post, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 must-see places to help you plan a trip of a lifetime

1. Cape Town

South Africa is one of the best places to visit in December, with Cape Town topping the list. Located on the Cape Peninsula, the most southwestern tip of Africa, the city usually enjoys a nice temperate climate.

Best Things To Do In Cape Town In December

✔ Hike Table Mountain and Lion’s Head

✔ Visit Cape Point, then see the penguins and other bird species at Boulders Beach

✔ Attend a concert at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Where To Stay In Cape Town In December

👉 Mojo Hotel

👉 Never@Home Backpackers

2. Durban

Durban is one of the best cities that South Africans love to travel to for their beach holidays. This city is South Africa’s answer to a tropical getaway…but you have to be aware of the sharks as well – take lots of sunscreen and don’t go swimming after dark!

Best Things To Do In Durban In December

✔ Eat a Bunny Chow

✔ Walk the Golden Mile

✔ Tour the markets

Where To Stay In Durban In December

👉 Aweh Africa Backpackers

👉Tekweni Backpackers

3. Wilderness, Western Cape Province

If you favor peace and quiet over hustle and bustle, then Wilderness is the perfect place for you. This quaint little town has all the natural beauty of its coastal surroundings, but with a small-town feel as well. It’s only 5 hours away from Cape Town, making it an ideal stop on your road trip through South Africa.

Best Things To Do In Wilderness In December

✔ Visit Kaaiman’s Grotto, a makeshift museum in a cave

✔Explore Garden Route National Park by canoe

✔ Go canyoning in Kaaimans River

Where To Stay In Wilderness In December

👉 Fairy Knowe Hotel

👉 Wilderness Beach House

4. Knysna

Another unmissable stop to add to your South Africa itinerary in December is the cute town of Knysna.

Browse the shops and restaurants that line the waterfront. Enchanted by the beautiful views of this quaint town, tourists flock to enjoy a relaxing weekend by the water.

Best Things To Do In Knysna In December

✔ Take a tour to spot endangered seahorses

✔ Cruise around the lagoon by boat

✔ Go shopping at the waterfront

Where To Stay In Knysna In December

👉Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

👉 Pezula Nature Hotel and Spa

5. Coffee Bay

This remote area of South Africa is one of our personal favorite destinations in December. Although it is a bit difficult to reach by car, Coffee Bay is well worth the visit. This little haven is located in the Eastern Cape, along a stretch of coastline known as “The Wild Coast.”

Best Things To Do In Coffee Bay In December

✔ Hike along goat paths to Hole in the Wall

✔ Visit the Mapusi Caves

✔ Relax

Where To Stay In Coffee Bay In December

👉 Coffee Shack Backpackers

👉 Sugarloaf Beach House

6. Stellenbosch Wine Region

Stellenbosch is a university town with a world-renowned wine-making history. The town has over 150 wineries in the surrounding areas, making it a popular tourist destination. Its quaint little streets, cultural diversity and acclaimed restaurants make Stellenbosch a great place to visit.

Best Things To Do In Stellenbosch In December

✔ Take a wine tasting tour

✔ Explore Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

✔ Visit the Route 44 Farmer’s Market

Where To Stay In Stellenbosch In December

👉 Penelope’s Stellenbosch

👉 Molenvliet Oosthuizen Family Vineyards

7. Blyde River Canyon

The World’s Third Largest Canyon, Blyde River Canyon is not only a natural wonder but also a national landmark. The canyon and its surroundings are home to many unique species of plants, animals and birds – some found nowhere else on earth.

Best Things To Do In Blyde River Canyon In December

✔ Drive the Panorama Route

✔ Admire the views at God’s Window

✔ Discover waterfalls on a multi-day hike

Where To Stay In Blyde River Canyon In December

👉 Joy River Backpackers

👉 Thaba Tsweni Lodge 

8. Hogsback

Quite obviously one of the best places to visit in South Africa in December is Hogsback.

The magical village of Hogsback, a tiny hill community in the Eastern Cape and an area steeped in mystery and intrigue, is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most fascinating little gems.

Best Things To Do In Hogsback In December

✔ Explore the indigenous forests by mountain bike

✔ Abseil down a waterfall

✔ Meander through a massive labyrinth

Where To Stay In Hogsback In December

👉 Away With The Fairies Backpackers

👉 Terra-Khaya Ecolodge

9. Kruger National Park

No trip to South Africa is complete without going on a safari! Who wouldn’t want to see wild animals roaming in their natural habitats?

Although the dry season is technically the most ideal time to visit Kruger National Park, because of the increased probability of seeing animals at watering holes, any time of the year is excellent for going on an African safari.

Best Things To Do In Kruger In December

✔ Go on a game drive and spot the Big Five

✔ Enjoy the view on a hot air balloon safari

✔ Eat, eat, eat at a traditional bush braai

Where To Stay In Kruger In December

👉 Olifants Rest Camp

👉 Kapama River Lodge

10. Johannesburg

Although Johannesburg is lovely to visit at any time of year, December is especially fun in South Africa’s largest city.

The days are quite hot with the occasional afternoon thunderstorm during this time of year. But the rain won’t stop the locals from enjoying the festive season!

Best Things To Do In Johannesburg In December

✔ Immerse yourself in art in Maboneng

✔ Bungee jump the Orlando Towers in Soweto

✔ Visit the Apartheid museum

Where To Stay In Johannesburg In December

👉 Explorer Backpackers

👉 Curiocity Johannesburg


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