Winter is here but don’t let the cold weather dissuade you from venturing outdoors. Here are five of our favourite Wild Card spots where you can soak up the sun this winter.

Augrabies Falls National Park

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Picture courtesy of SANParks

Augrabies Falls National Park is located in a remote area of the Northern Cape.  The park is a great place to soak up sunrays during winter with an average daytime temperature of 20°C. In summer it gets considerably hotter, with an average of 41°C while highs of 46°C have been recorded.

Mapungubwe National Park

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Picture courtesy of SANParks

Sunny days abound in the Mapungubwe National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated near the town of Musina in Limpopo. Winter days are mild with an average daytime temperature of 26°C.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve

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Picture by Alan Crawford

The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in the heart of Zululand offers exceptional game viewing on the eastern coast of South Africa. The park makes for a great winter escape as daytime temperatures average 25°C with dry conditions. This is also the best time for game viewing with shorter grass and animals visiting waterholes more frequently.

Marakele National Park

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Marakele National Park, situated in the stony crags of the Waterberg Mountains, is another option for escaping cold and wet winter days. Mornings may be chilly but afternoon temperatures are pleasant and sunny. The average daytime temperature is 21°C.

Ndumo Game Reserve

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Picture by Karen Van Damme

The Ndumo Game Reserve, located on the border of Mozambique in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal, is a great place to escape the chill of winter. Winters here are dry with temperatures of around 19°C. The park is known for its birding opportunities with as many as 430 bird species that can be found within the 10,117 hectare reserve.