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8 places for budget travelers to try in the off-season

By: Josh Lew on Jan. 3, 2013, 11:37 a.m.
Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa's urban gem is a popular place during its warm summers. Of course, since it sits well south of the equator, summer occurs during the Northern Hemisphere's winter. That means that people who want to travel during the Northern Hemisphere's summertime, when rates are at their highest above the equator, can enjoy low-season prices in Cape Town. Tourists can enjoy whale-watching tours off the coast, as humpbacks migrate past South Africa in June. Along with lower tour and hotel prices comes cooler, wetter weather. People who time their visit for late August may even get to see the area's colorful wildflowers when they start blooming in the springtime. In Cape Town, hotel rates are at their highest around the Christmas and New Year holidays, and are generally at their lowest in June and July.