Destination Overview SOUTH AFRICA…
A world in one country, South Africa offers something for everyone from adventure seekers to food and culture fans. Cape Town and Safari top the visitor charts especially for first timers but there is so much to see and do that many return and plan longer visits. Few destinations offer the variety, quality and value that you will experience in South Africa. It is also the hub from which to explore neighbouring countries and attractions including The Victoria Falls and Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
South Africa attracts millions of travellers to its shores with its unique blend of old and modern Africa. It has an abundance of wildlife and scenery – from the sandy beaches, forest-covered cliffs, and amazing marine life of its coastline to arid deserts, peak-filled mountain ranges and open bushveld savannah. Historical landmarks and interaction with local cultures and communities provide an insight into the “Rainbow Nation”. Train journeys, award-winning wine estates and a large variety of shopping opportunities are just some of the other facets to be experienced.
Cape Town – The “Mother City” regularly features in the most beautiful or best place to visit rankings. Scenery, food and wine, and unique experiences such as cage diving with great white sharks ensure that there is something for everyone. Located at the foot of Table Mountain with the adjoining mountains Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town is simply called “the Cape” by South Africans, in recognition of its uniqueness and its status as a mother city.
The Garden Route – Following the coast between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth awaits an Eden for those with a little more time to explore. Knysna with its annual Oyster Festival is one of many jewels waiting to be discovered. Detours to Cape Aghulas, the Southern Tip of Africa and beach holiday town of Plettenberg Bay are worthwhile diversions on this most picturesque journey.
Johannesburg – “Egoli” or Place of Gold in Zulu is the major gateway into Southern Africa. A popular overnight stop before or after Safari “Joburg” also connects visitors to Cape Town, The Victoria Falls, Botswana, East Africa and more. The Sandton precinct with its modern shopping mall, hotels and restaurants is a popular base from which to explore SOWETO, The Cradle of Humankind and South Africa’s Capital City Pretoria lies just 30km away.
The Kruger National Park– At two million hectares (the size of Israel) The Kruger National Park is home to 30% of the worlds endangered Rhino’s as well as large herds of Elephant, Buffalo, 2500 Lions and the elusive Leopard. Accessible to self drive day visitors, as well overnight accommodation in National Parks Board lodges and luxury accommodation in private concessions. Approximately 5 hours drive from Johannesburg or a short one hour flight Kruger is a definite to include in an itinerary.
Wine: The Pinotage story – One of the worlds top 10 producers, the wine regions surrounding Cape Town offer excellent quality and value. The Dutch started but French Huguenot immigrants helped to perfect the Cape wine industry. “Pinotage” is unique to South Africa and its history is just one of the many things you’ll experience on a wine tour.
The Northwest – Boasting Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve as well as the Sun City Resort the Northwest Province of South Africa is easily accessible for safari lovers. Located in the bowl of an extinct volcano, Pilanesberg is located only two hours drive from Johannesburg. One can easily book a day safari and it is also one of the few reserves where one can view animals from a hot air balloon.