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South Africa Adventure Holidays

Often described as a world in one country, a holiday to South Africa has it all. From the iconic Table Mountain and the acacia-studded plains of Kruger National Park to the tropical beaches of KwaZulu Natal and the rolling green hills and sweeping coast lines of South Africa's Garden Route there's no shortage of new experiences in South Africa.

It is a wildlife lover's paradise and many visitors travel to South Africa to go on a Big Five safari – the collective term for elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion. As well as these more popular sightings, there is an abundance of fascinating game, birds and marine life species to see as well as the choice of excellent parks and reserves. Visiting Umfolozi-Hluhluwe, Botelierskop and Tembe Elephant Park virtually guarantee great wildlife sightings.

South Africa's vibrant cities are home to a fascinating mix of cultures, religions and ethnicities and it's no wonder that it is so often referred to as the Rainbow Nation. There’s the fast-paced sophistication of Johannesburg and Tshwane (Pretoria), the steamy humidity and spicy Indian influence of Durban, or the spectacular setting and quirky beach-side hedonism of Cape Town. These South African cities have numerous exciting urban attractions as well as the best eating and shopping opportunities on the African continent.

For food and drink lovers, South African wines are fast finding their way in the international market. The towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek feature hundreds of wineries that have opened up their cellars and provide wine tasting and meals set amongst green rolling hills and a classic Cape Dutch setting. An adventure trip to South Africa isn't complete without a braai, a local barbeque which is an integral part of life in the Cape.

South Africa’s history is compelling, from the early hunter-gatherers to the arrival of the Europeans, the Boer and Zulu Wars and the more recent breakdown of Apartheid. This turbulent and fascinating history is reflected in the cave paintings, colonial architecture, lively townships, moving battlefields and contemporary museums.

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South Africa Adventure Holidays

Travelling to Cape Town on an Explore trip to South Africa allows you to get under the skin of this vibrant and beautiful city. You can meet local people in the Langa Township, visit the penguins at Boulder's Beach, witness the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and take a boat to Robben Island, the home of Nelson Mandela for nearly 30 years. For food lovers travelling to Cape Town, the city has a popular bar and restaurant scene with menus populated by South African wines, produced in the nearby winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

Best time to visit South Africa's Garden Route

Moving south-east along the Indian Ocean takes you on a tour of South Africa's Garden Route and from June to November it is possible to see southern right whales all along the coastline. A visit to the Garden Route is a popular holiday for South Africans so December and Easter can be busy, however on a two week trip to South Africa with Explore, you will be staying off the beaten track in small intimate places which avoid the crowds.

An Explore tour of South Africa isn't complete without a Big Five Safari and there are many ways of getting excellent sightings of lion, cheetah, elephants and rare animals such as wild dogs and honey badgers. In Ithala National Park there is the opportunity to get out on foot and take a guided walking safari, this is a fantastic way of seeing wildlife, as you really get a feel for their environment as you walk through the bush.

Best time of the year for wildife spotting in Kruger

Safaris in Kruger National Park mean big game sightings. The area is a great year round destination but the best time to visit for seeing wildlife is from April to November. This is the dry season and as the grass is low animals start to converge on waterholes which means there are fantastic game viewing opportunities. The weather in Kruger is subtropical, with hot and wet summers and warm dry winters

tailor-made holiday to South Africa allows you the freedom to create the perfect trip for you. Whether that means soaking up the culture around Cape Town, enjoying a glass or two in the Winelands while taking in the scenic views along South Africa's Garden Route, or searching for the Big Five on safari in Kruger National Park. Whatever your interests are, we will design an itinerary around what you want to see and do.

On a self-drive itinerary you can travel at your own pace, stopping to have a bite to eat at a private reserve or to take in the magnificent sea views. You have the flexibility to go where and when you want. Stay in quaint guesthouses, meru-style tents, boutique hotels or luxury lodges - there's something to suit all budgets in South Africa.

Call the Tailormade team today on 01252 883 184 for help, advice and to get a quotation.

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