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.