South Africa

South Africa is renowned for its varied topography, great natural beauty, and cultural diversity, all of which have made the country a fantastic travel destination. There are many opportunities to learn about its tumultuous history which is a crucial part of the country’s identity.

5 Highlights of South Africa

Cape Town

Cape Town nestles beneath imposing Table Mountain. It’s an oceanside metropolis where  fine-dining and historical buildings meet a bustling harbour and pristine beaches. The city has lots to offer; summit Table Mountain for sweeping views, boat to Robben Island to visit the notorious prison, and spend time in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Further afield you can explore the Cape Peninsula – visit the scenic fishing village of Hout Bay, watch African penguins on Boulders Beach, and stand at the fabled Cape of Good Hope. Alternatively visit the estates of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek and taste some of the excellent wine on offer.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park covers nearly 2 million hectares and covers a wide variety of ecosystems. With such natural diversity it is no wonder that the park is home to an enormous variety of species, making Kruger an iconic safari location. Kruger has a plethora of Big Game sighting opportunities and the stunning scenery epitomising Africa. You will not be disappointed on a safari to Kruger and its exclusive surrounding areas such as Sabi Sands.

Kruger’s Carnivores

Garden Route

The verdant Garden Route is a stunning 200km route hugging the coastline between Mossel bay and Storms River. Dotted along the drive are nature reserves, pristine beaches, picturesque lagoons, indigenous forest, and quaint seaside towns, all ideally suited for families, hikers and nature enthusiasts. From the sea there is the chance to see Southern Right Whales, dolphins and great white sharks. The best way to explore this area is as a self-drive, very easy to do and you can choose where you stop to admire the coastal views.

Panorama Route

Some have called it the most visually impressive areas in the world – Mpumalanga’s famous Panorama Route is well-known for its stunning beauty and rich cultural heritage. The scenic route offers one phenomenal view after another, dramatic landscapes and exquisite waterfalls, all interspersed with quirky towns that go back in time to the gold mining era.

A visual extravaganza awaits you.

Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg is home to a mammoth mountain range on the border with Lesotho and combines rugged peaks with lush valleys and spectacular backdrops. Staying in these mountains brings immediate breathing space and a chance to unwind. Aside from hiking there are also horse trails, canopy tours, white water rafting, local arts and crafts or simply ‘taking the air’ for those with relaxation in mind. There are also over 600 examples of San rock paintings, all protected in caves from the ever changing elements.

About South Africa

  • Capital: Pretoria
  • Area: 1.22 million km²
  • Languages: Afrikaans, English and Zulu.
  • Where to visit: Kruger, Cape Town, the Garden Route and KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Wildlife to spot: lion, hyena, penguins, whales and protea flowers.

South Africa is one of the continent’s most eclectic safari destinations. Its landscapes are stunning; from the burning Karoo and Kalahari semideserts to the misty heights of the Drakensberg and the massive Blyde River Canyon to the world famous Kruger National Park, the variety is staggering and at times over-whelming.

It really is the rainbow nation. And with this comes a multitude of sights and activities. With this ever-changing scenery are an array of activities including Big Five safaris, whale watching, wine tasting and plenty of activities for outdoor lovers.

An ideal destination for self-drive holidays and first time visitors to sub Saharan Africa. A great place for those seeking adventure and to get a taste of what the dark continent offers. Affordable and varied, South Africa has it all.

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