An emergent destination with wonders to discover across the country, from the history of Cape Town to the pleasures of the wine country and the migrating whales off the rugged coast. In addition to a spellbinding luxury family safari, make a difference in disadvantaged communities, and leave a lasting legacy.
South Africa is one of the best places to watch whales, and has many options either from land or by boat. Southern Right whales pass by the tip of the coast in June, and the places to see them run [read more]
This is the most historic town in the wine region, with a charming old town full of Dutch Cape architecture. As well as wine there’s a thriving cultural scene. It is scenic with a lush hilly landscape that makes the wine [read more]
For the brave, a close up encounter with the ocean’s most feared predator is possible. Diving in cages and with fully qualified instructors, it is possible for small groups to descend into the water and see the great white shark [read more]
Kruger is the most famous of the National Parks, and home to some 500 bird and 150 mammal species. There are also some wonderful historical archaeological sites. Sabi Sand is a particularly well-populated private game reserve, not fenced off from [read more]
Probably the most popular activity in South Africa, there are a host of game reserves of different sizes and landscapes to explore. All of them have knowledgeable guides who will know the best places and times to see the Big [read more]
For 300 years, Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town, served as a prison. Now a museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can visit and find out about its sinister past. It is also the place where [read more]
Oudtshoorn, the "ostrich capital of the world", is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Two ostrich-feather booms, during 1865-1870 and 1900-1914, truly established the settlement.
A relatively new private game reserve, the name means ‘return to the wild’. It is located in KwaZulu-Natal, near the Mkuze Game Reserve. The landscape is diverse, with wetlands, forest, mountains and rivers. The Big Five are relatively abundant and [read more]
There are no more civilized ways to see a country, and booking into one of the luxury train services that typically run from Pretoria to Cape Town is a real indulgence. As the countryside passes by outside, you can relax [read more]
Right on the Botswana border is the varied landscape of Madikwe, showing off the Dwarsberg Moutnains and the Marico River and everything in between. The animal population is high, and includes, naturally, the Big Five.
Limpopo is the northernmost province of South Africa. It is named after the Limpopo River that flows through the province, the name "Limpopo" has its etymological origin from the Sepedi word diphororo tÅ¡a meetse - meaning strong gushing waterfalls.
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to [read more]
South Africa’s ‘wild’ province, the Eastern Cape features expanses of untouched beach, bush and forest. This was Nelson Mandela’s home province, and is an area with some enticing attractions – among them the Addo Elephant National Park, with the densest [read more]
The name means ‘thirsty land’, and this arid desert stretches for some 350,000 square miles. It is famous for its landscape of savannas, and in fact the Kalahari supports more animal and plant life than other large deserts. You can [read more]
A thriving and dynamic city, Jo’burg has skyscrapers, shopping malls, upwardly mobile locals and leafy suburbs. It marks its past at Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum. Take a picnic and enjoy the views at Zoo Lake, under a shady [read more]
The woodlands, rocky hills and waterways of this region make it a must-do drive for visitors. There are any number of charming villages to stop off at and sample the local produce. See especially the Wilderness National Parks Lake District [read more]
Hermanus, is a town on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is famous for southern right whale watching during the southern winter and spring and is a popular retirement town.
Franschhoek is a charming small town in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns of the Republic of South Africa. It is about 50 miles (75 kilometres) from Cape Town and has a population of slightly over [read more]
De Hoop Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It lies three hours from Cape Town in the Overberg region, near Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of Africa.
A small stretch of coastline in the north of KwaZulu-Natal is home to large numbers of bottlenose dolphins. You can watch them swim around in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and there : CCme charming resort towns to [read more]
The country’s third largest city is a different proposition to its sister cities. It is tropical and humid, and has spawned a varied and well-respected cultural and arts scene. There’s a large Indian population and also Zulu traders on the [read more]
The craggy coastline and beaches of the Cape Peninsula have many surprises. You can watch whales, and walk among the local penguin colonies. Head for Boulder’s Beach, part of the Table Mountain National Park. An especially great way to see [read more]
Framed by mountains and set around water, Cape Town is stunning. The most famous spots include the sparkling V&A Waterfront, with its hotels, restaurants and shops. The other celebrity is Table Mountain, which looms peacefully over the city and which [read more]
Once known as the Three Sisters, the geological formations known today as The Three Rondavels, are one of the many natural highlights along Mpumalanga's Panorama Route. South Africans know the rondavel as a traditional beehive-shaped hut built and used over [read more]
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