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Posted on Monday, 20th Apr 2015

As the days get cooler, leaves get crisper and green turns to rich orange and a warm brown, we head into the Autumn season in the Southern Hemisphere. Although here in South Africa much of our indigenous flora begins to flower during autumn so we get a kaleidoscopic spattering of deep reds, yellows and purples!

It is the perfect season to sit on a park bench and admire the beauty of nature while reminiscing in the giddy aftermath of summer. During this special time there are a few destinations that really reflect the splendour of Autumn; here are some of our favourites:

The Winelands

From the wine routes in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch to the vintners in Paarl and Wellington. If you arrive at the right time you can catch the grape vines as they transform from leafy green to burnt amber and bright orange. The only thing that will be able to distract you from the picturesque scenery is the superb quality of the wine.

The Overberg

The rolling hills of the Overberg landscape - now devoid of wheat - are broad strokes of golden hazel and purple, only broken by an iota of trees and telephone poles. The quaint towns of Stanford, Greyton, Hermanus and Swellendam have lots to offer in terms of nature tours and trails.

The Klein Karoo

The southern sibling of the Great Karoo, bordered by the Swartberg and Langeberg mountains, the Klein Karoo is a remote area of quiet and peace. It is the remoteness of the Klein Karoo that augments the beauty of the rare plants and succulents found only in this region. It also serves as access to the Cango Caves and the Swartberg World Heritage Site.

The Waterberg

The mountainous area of the Waterberg stretches for thousands of kilometres and features deep gorges, clear mountain streams, dry bushveld and rock formations. Autumn is the perfect time to visit due to the enviable weather conditions, neither too hot nor too cold. Some of the highlights of the Waterberg are the elephant experience at Bela Bela, the Palala Rhino Sanctuary and the considerable hiking opportunities.

The Midlands

Located between Pietermaritzburg and the mountains of the Drakensberg, when the sapping heat of summer has passed it’s the perfect time to visit this rustic region. Country cottages, farmstalls and a renowned arts and crafts route, you are bound to encounter some authentic South African goods for sale. You could also go and spot the rare Cape Parrot in Marutswa Forest or visit one of the surrounding nature reserves.

Get your Autumn on and explore the awesome colours and enjoy tepid afternoons in our beautiful country! 

Posted in Jewels of Southern Africa

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