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South Africa Holidays

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  • Blyde River Canyon
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South Africa is celebrated, first and foremost, for its incredible natural beauty. It has some of the most varied and extreme environments in the world, from iconic Table Mountain and the acacia-studded plains of Kruger National Park to the tropical beaches of KwaZulu Natal and the sweeping emptiness of the Kalahari Desert. It’s a top-rate safari destination and many visitors come here to see the Big Five – the collective term for the big-bucks players of wildlife spotting: elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion. But there are numerous other equally interesting animals, birds and marine life species and the choice of excellent parks and reserves across the country virtually guarantees sightings. 

Being outdoors is very much a way of life here and South Africa has become a major playground for the fast and furious, offering some of the wildest and best organized adventure sports in the world. It has varied environments to cater for a wide range of activities, which has encouraged an ever-expanding market for sports fanatics. You can try just about anything here, from bungee jumping to scuba diving, hiking to mountain biking.

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For something more refined, South African wines are fast finding their way in the international market, and the Western Cape Winelands are a beautiful region in which to taste them. Within a few hours’ drive of Cape Town are hundreds of estates that have opened up their cellar, providing tastings and meals in a classic Cape Dutch setting. 

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

The country’s vibrant cities are home to a fascinating mix of cultures, religions and ethnicities. 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 have numerous exciting urban attractions as well as the best eating and shopping opportunities on the African continent. 

In short, the choice of destinations, activities and itineraries is virtually inexhaustible, so careful planning is needed to make best use of your time. South Africa has more to offer than you could ever hope to manage in one trip.

 

Places of interest in South Africa

  • Cape Town and Table Mountain

    South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, dominated by Table Mountain and surrounded by the wild Atlantic, has...

  • Dramatic Drakensberg

    The Drakensberg Mountains, which rise to 3000 m and extend 180 km along the western edge of KwaZulu Natal, form the...

  • Coastal view along the Garden Route

    The Garden Route is probably South Africa’s most celebrated area, a stretch of coast heralded as one of the...

  • Lion, Kruger NP

    Kruger Park is the king of South African game parks and one of the best game-viewing areas in all of Africa. The...

  • Winelands, Stellenbosch

    Stellenbosch, the centre of the Winelands, is the oldest and most attractive town in the region, with a large...