South Africa in June is rather pleasant. Their winter was not too cold and we just happened to hit beautiful dry weather in Capetown. A few less tourists during low season is always a plus.
Cathay Pacific has direct flights to Johannesburg from Hong Kong but I took Singapore Airlines to stick with the alliance for miles and I wanted to stopover in Singapore on the return journey. It’s always a great place to visit for food, art, green space, and more food… :)
Johannesburg: Stayed at the Da Vinci Hotel and Suites, the modern counterpart to the Michelangelo Hotel next door. Sandton is an opulent bubble in Joburg.
Madikwe Game Reserve: We decided to go here as it was a closer drive from Joburg than Kruger and we were toying with the idea of getting another stamp in our passports from Botswana ; ). Sadly that did not happen. Rhulani Safari Lodge which we booked last minute on mtbeds was lovely. Two nights and four game drives was just enough and we managed to see the super seven: the big five–elephant, cape buffalo, lion, rhino, and leopard, plus the cheetah and wild dog.
Could definitely have spent more time in Table Mountain National Park hiking as well as exploring the Cape winelands.