Finish the year in style: top five things to do in December in South Africa
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, Western Cape
An intoxicating blend of Dutch and Muslim influence, Bo-Kaap is one of the most vibrant suburbs of Cape Town. Spend a morning exploring the Cape Dutch and Edwardian streets, then seek shade in a quiet café.
Modjadji Cycad Reserve, Limpopo
High up in the Lobedu Mountains live the hardy Cycads, some of the world’s oldest plants. They’re in seed this month, so grab a picnic spot and enjoy the view.
Sutherland, Western Cape
Thanks to its clear, unpolluted skies, Sutherland is a Mecca for astronomers the world over. Take a tour of the Observatory and the imposing SALT (Southern African Large Telescope), or just spend the night counting stars from the comfort of a bivouac.
Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape
AENP was established in 1931 as a sanctuary for just 11 elephants, but its star residents now total over 450. Get up close on walking safaris and game drives.
Grotto Beach, Western Cape
If you’re sick of December drizzle, Grotto Beach is the perfect place to spend Christmas Day – and any other day for that matter! Swap turkey for a beach-side braai (barbecue) and soak up the sunshine.