The terrain and climate is different varies throughout the country.

The northern part of the country consists only of bush and savannahs. The largest national park: Kruger, beyond which tourists can find many other equally beautiful and attractive places. The areas are situated quite high above sea level. Here begins the world's oldest band of Dragon Mountains - Drakensberg. The climate is typically continental.

Summer, from November to March, is characterised by regular, short-term rainfalls and violent storms. On sunny days the temperatures reach 30°C, while at the border with Zimbabwe the rise to over 40°C. Winter on the other hand, which lasts from May to September, is a period of drought,. Nature then dries up and turns a beige-brown colour. During this period, which is known for the largest amount sunny days each year, temperatures reach about 22°C during the day. However, at night they drop to -2°C. Good blankets and warm jackets then become a blessing.

We're going south to the great highland Free State, which is mostly flat, only slightly wrinkled. The climate is similar to that in the north, except that there is more rainfall and the rainy period is longer. For this reason, South Africa's main granary is located here, characterised by huge tracts of crops of wheat, corn, vegetables and orchards. The Free State is lined on the south by the highest peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains, reaching up to 3600m.a.s.l. In winter temperatures at night drop to as low as -10°C and in many mountainous regions the snow holds out for a long time, which is used by the most impetuous lovers of winter sports.

As you go further towards the southeast, Kwa-Zulu Natal, the land of the Zulus, extends along the Indian Ocean coastline. The proximity of the warm ocean results in a subtropical climate. The region is warm and humid throughout the year, and the significantly increased humidity allows for the presence of subtropical vegetation. It is a land of bananas, pineapples and sugar cane.

Heading southwest along the coast of the ocean, a.k.a. the Garden Route - we arrive in the Cape Province.

First, we pass the semi-arid Karoo plateau, which in the local spring (September) enchants with fabulously large plots of blossoming flowers, then we get to the area of the Western Cape which offers a more European type of climate. Here at the Cape of Good Hope ends or rather begins your string of corrugated Cape Mountains. The area is ideal for growing grape vines. There are about 350 winemakers, and the wines they produce are among the finest in the world. The climate is quite variable and tourists often experience rainy weather and winds. Nevertheless the views during sunny days, of which there are many throughout the year, are breath-taking.

All these wonders of nature are scattered throughout the country, which is 4 times larger than Poland. That means a lot of travelling to be able to see it all. Here is the time for another surprise...


Bearing in mind that we are in Africa, the Dark Continent, we will surely be surprised by the high quality of the country's infrastructure, though, still developing. The roads are quite good and what's important, not very crowded, with the possible exception of big cities. Many visitors from Poland estimate that the roads in South Africa are at the same level of roads in numerous countries in Western Europe.

Standards in hotels and restaurants cater for a wide range of tastes and requirements. Mobile telephony functions, for such a remote corner of the world, at a decent level. The entire country is covered with a network of base stations, with only the prices being higher than in Europe, due to little competition for local operators. Internet in Africa is a separate issue. New undersea cables to Europe and Asia are only just being laid down, and that's why internet services cost so much. The banking system is at the worldwide level, and you can pay with credit cards everywhere, except for the roadside souvenir stalls.