It is hard to think of a country on Earth more diverse than South Africa, one of Africa’s most popular safari and holiday destinations.
Offering a huge variety of accommodation and regions to suit all manner of travellers, including families, honeymooners, hikers, birdwatchers, wine tasters, horse riders. The choice is endless depending on your preferences – self drive, adventure travel, luxury lodge and boutique hotels, stunning beaches, city culture, wine tours and of course safaris.
There are over 300 game reserves and national parks, making it remarkably easy for people travelling on safari for the first time top see the Big 5 or old timers to search for specific animal species.
You can choose to stay in luxury safari lodges in the private reserves that border the famous Kruger National Park and it’s even possible to travel with your family to a reserve in a malaria-free zone along the Eastern Cape.
Cape Town is of course one of the world’s iconic cosmopolitan cities with Table Mountain at its core. Constantia and Stellenbosch’s world-renowned vineyards produce exceptional wine tasting opportunities which compliment the Capes superb range of cuisine and restaurants.
It’s straightforward to hire a car and self drive east along the meandering Garden Route which snakes its way along the coast through towns such as Hermanus, well known for whale watching, all the way through to Port Elizabeth. Add to this a melting pot of different cultures, with tribal heritage and traditions from distinctive peoples like the Zulu, historical tours of the Anglo-Zulu War battlefields and South Africa becomes a great place for a holiday, whatever your interests.
It is the country's extraordinary diversity that makes it so attractive, encapsulating so much of what the continent has to offer, and thereby making South Africa a perfect choice for anyone travelling to Africa for the first time. And it’s remarkably good value at the moment with the Rand at it’s present levels.
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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world and one of the planet’s 12 main energy centres, radiating magnetic, electric or spiritual energy.
- South Africa is the only country in the world to have hosted the Soccer, Cricket and Rugby World Cup.
- Can you think of any other place in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners lived on the same street? Both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu had houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto.
- South Africa is the only country that has voluntarily abandoned its nuclear weapons programme.
- South Africa’s Cape Winelands have around 560 wineries and 4,400 primary producers. Included in the Cape Winelands region is Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world.