From the rocky coastline of the Cape Peninsula in the south to the naked landscape of the Lowveld in the north, South Africa is a land of contrasts. You needn't look further than the country's two top cities for proof: effortlessly cool Cape Town is laid back and leisurely, while Johannesburg (South Africa's own 'city of gold') is a buzzing hive of activity.
Similarly, the dense forests and lush wetlands of the Garden Route skirting the warm Indian Ocean couldn't be more different from the stark beauty and humble fishing villages of the West Coast along the icy Atlantic. These contrasts and contradictions have helped, rather than hindered, South Africa - making it the ideal destination for a combination holiday.
The options are endless: combine an indulgent foodie getaway in the Cape Winelands with a Big 5 safari experience in the Kruger National Park. Relish in the fast-paced energy of Johannesburg and then move to the beaches, bushveld, and historic Battlefields of Kwazulu Natal. Or simply top off a relaxing seaside holiday on the gorgeous Garden Route with a malaria-free safari in the Eastern Cape. Whether you like it mellow or wild, South Africa guarantees it all.
There are so many destinations to travel to in South Africa. With 2,800km of coastline and protected game reserve areas big enough to swallow up a small country, South Africa is a prime bush and beach holiday destination. Great for honeymooners, families, photographers and specialist visitors, there is an incredible range of attractions, activities and experiences on offer.
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Kruger National Park
Undoubtedly South Africa’s most iconic game-viewing destination and Africa’s second-largest park, the Kruger National Park is spread across an impressive 2 million hectares of land in the far north-eastern corner of the country
Cape Town is a vibrant melting pot of colour, creativity and cuisine. With its flat, larger-than-life mountain harbouring white sandy beaches, bountiful vineyards and a bustling waterfront at its base.
For a countryside escape that doesn’t skimp on taste and luxury, head out of Cape Town for the nearby Cape Winelands. The terroir of these small towns and their surrounds have made them ideal for wine-production, and many of the region’s wineries boast a history over 300 years.
Kwazulu-Natal is one of South Africa's most diverse regions with mountains, beaches, battlefields and bush. A major drawcard is its subtropical climate and the warm Indian Ocean. The Drakensberg has some of our highest peaks and there are magnificent Big 5 Game Reserves.
Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a true Big Five area featuring elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo as well as other animals such as African wild dogs, brown hyenas, and sable antelope.
Johannesburg, South Africa’s very own concrete jungle, is a busy blend of colour and commotion. Nicknamed the ‘City of Gold’ (because of its past as a mining mecca), Johannesburg is both the economic hub of the country and an exemplary model of the ‘modern African city’.
Sun City & Surrounds
Set in the centre of an ancient volcano valley, surrounded by the Pilanesberg mountains and rising from the dust, the fantasy resort of Sun City shimmers beneath the African sun
West Coast & Cederberg
The West Coast & Cederberg of South Africa is a region of remarkable beauty, an unspoilt stretch along the Atlantic Ocean past rugged mountains that runs from Cape Town all the way up to Namibia. It is most famous for the thousands of wild flowers that bloom here during the Spring months.
Madikwe Game Reserve
Madikwe Game Reserve is 75,000 hectares of malaria free wilderness. It is home to lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, wild dog and cheetah as well as a large number of plains game species and over 360 species of bird.
The Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape is home to contrasting coastlines lapped by Indian Ocean waters, the mighty Drakensberg and verdant Amathole mountains as well as numerous game reserves and quirky towns.
Mpumalanga, ‘the place where the sun rises’, may be lacking in size but undoubtedly makes up for this slight shortcoming with its numerous natural wonders and superb wildlife.
Diverse culture, history interwoven with myth, vast open spaces and a diverse wildlife population all come together and make up the Limpopo province.
The Northern Cape
The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province but home to the smallest human population - instead proffering an abundance of wildlife that live in the vast spaces of its semi-desert landscape
The Free State
The Free State’s striking terrain and lack of built-up areas make it ideal for a road trip. On their journey through the province, travellers will be treated to places of great historical wealth including sites of ancient San rock art, old gold mines, and discarded battlefields
South Africa’s West Coast stretches across 400km of land. Littered with charming fishing villages, the area is rich in marine life and teeming with wildflowers blooming in a kaleidoscope of colours.
Gauteng is the beating heart of South Africa. Its status as South Africa’s wealthiest province has made it a paragon of ‘Modern Africa’ – but there’s much more to Gauteng than prosperity. Its stark Highveld landscape is steeped in South African history.
The Karoo’s arid semi-desert landscape calls to mind images of the iconic wind pump and vast terrain dotted with ostriches, sheep and angora goats. The area is scattered with towns whose buildings echo classic Cape Dutch, elegant Georgian and flamboyant Victorian architecture.
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