Why South Africa is Perfect for Winter Travel

    South Africa’s winters are among the best in the world, and we’re not just saying that to boast. Sure, there might be some rain or the occasional snowfall in certain regions, but for the most part, our winters are marked by crisp, dry air and the welcoming warmth of the African sun.

    Here’s why you should explore SA and visit Orion Hotels this winter: 

    Beat the Heat 

    While South African summers are spectacular, they often bring intense heat and humidity. Our winters on the other hand are mild and dry, making it the perfect season to enjoy outdoor activities in the sunshine. Picture yourself making the most of this beautiful season by enjoying an afternoon picnic at Safari Hotel. And if you prefer to keep it indoors, you can snuggle by a cosy fire with a delicious hot chocolate — winter in SA is a worthwhile experience. 

    Low Risk of Malaria 

    During winter, the risk of malaria in South Africa’s mosquito-prone regions drops significantly due to the dry weather. This makes travelling through the Limpopo bushveld (where some of our hotels are located) much more enjoyable and safe, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in nature without the worry of pesky bites. 

    Abundant Wildlife 

    The cooler winter weather encourages wildlife to be more active and visible. Unlike the lethargic summer months when animals seek shade, winter offers prime opportunities for spotting birds and animals on game drives or even around our lodges and resorts. The scarcity of water during the dry season also means animals frequently visit water holes and our on-site plaasdams, making sightings much more frequent. 

    At Ditholo Game Lodge, our large viewing deck overlooks natural waterways, providing a perfect lookout point for spotting wildlife. We also offer morning and evening game drives, giving guests many opportunities to see a variety of animals. And for the adventurous that wish to explore and enjoy the African bush, we have nature walking trails! 

    Intimate Getaways 

    Winter is considered the off-season for tourism in South Africa, which means fewer tourists and more space for local travellers. This results in shorter queues, crowd-free attractions, and less (road and foot) traffic. Off-season travel also tends to be more affordable, with flexible accommodation options and richer cultural experiences. You can appreciate easy access to a variety of treatments at any of our Bakwena Spa locations, or the luxury of enchanting boma fire dinners and entertainment.

    Get Cosy 

    Winter getaways offer a unique charm, allowing you to fully indulge in the comfort and cosiness of our hotels. Picture yourself spending an evening by the fireplace with family, or wrapped up in warm blankets with a loved one. Experience dining on local comfort foods like potjies and curries with friends — our Sunday Winter Lunch menus are a treat you won’t want to miss. 

    For an extra touch of winter, visit Magoebaskloof Hotel to experience their beautiful misty valleys. Enjoy a hot-stone spa treatment at The Venue Hotel & Spa and at our Ditholo Express Spa. Or take a dip in our indoor heated pool at Coach House Hotel

    With a roaring fire, hearty meal, and the beauty of the countryside and bushveld, winter is the perfect time to experience the best of South Africa at Orion Hotels. 

    Book your ideal winter getaway today – https://www.orionhotels.co.za/ 

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