South Africa is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer the traveller a unique and inspiring experience. It is a heady mix of third and first world cultures. Throw in grand wildlife parks, unspoilt and secluded beaches, towering mountain ranges, beautiful natural scenery, great infrastructure and a stable post-apartheid environment, and you have a fabulous destination waiting to be discovered.
The Western Cape is one of South Africa's premier tourism destinations with attractions plentiful and varied. The Cape Province is renowned for world-famous landmarks such as Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point and its most exquisite coastline. The Cape Winelands offer unexpectedly lush scenery, the opportunity to sample excellent wines and superior dining in well-regarded restaurants, many of which are located on gorgeous wine estates. Don’t miss a visit to the university towns of Stellenbosch and nearby Franschhoek, and hikers will want to lace up their boots and get out into the spectacular mountains of this region.
The Garden Route is a coastal corridor stretching from Mossel Bay to Storms River, along the south-eastern coastline. Here ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, dunes, stretches of beach, lakes, mountain scenery and indigenous fynbos all merge to form a landscape of restorative beauty.
In the Eastern Cape, just an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth, the extensive Addo Elephant National Park sits just beyond the Garden Route. Currently it is the third largest park in South Africa, approximately 1,800 km² in size and including a marine section with several offshore islands with plans to further expand. Addo encompasses five of South Africa’s seven terrestrial biomes and thus a wide variety of vegetation, geology and even weather patterns.
The Kruger National Park straddles the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces. It is South Africa’s premier National Park, easily accessible and exceptionally well equipped for tourists. You can expect good roads and an excellent choice of accommodation to suit all pockets. It is also the locale of the famous Panorama Route, which takes you through some of the most scenic landscapes to be found in the country.
Kwa-Zulu Natal is a world in one province: to the North of Durban you will find the best of African game reserves at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park and pristine beaches at St Lucia and Sodwana. To the West lie the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and temperate Midlands while to the South there await superb golf courses and fishing spots... South African rock art is among the best in the world and easily accessible, especially in the Drakensberg.
Don’t miss the fascinating battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, where Brit battled Zulu and Boer battled Brit!
Follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest freedom icons of modern history such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Mahatma Gandhi, among countless others. There are numerous museums and sites of interest located around Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. While you’re about it, spend time in Soweto or another city township; visit a Zulu cultural village; admire the intricate beadwork, metal neck rings and unique geometric mural art of the Ndebele people; and enjoy the hospitality of a South African farm.
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