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South African travel guide and tips
As South Africa has so many attractions available, deciding where to go in South Africa on holiday or safari is usually the first thing on our clients minds.
The suggestions below are some of the more popular regions and attractions, and it is recommended to see a few of them if you are a first time visitor to the country. Numerous flight schedules and good road infrastructure means you are able to see much of the country in a relatively short time, but be advised, South Africa is a large country, and depending on how busy an itinerary you would like and how long you have to travel in South Africa, it may be better not trying to combine everything into one trip.
Cape Town and Surrounds
Cape Town is a world renowned, vibrant and cosmopolitan city, and with so much to see and do here, a visit never seems long enough! Combine a visit to Cape Town with a trip up Table Mountain, a visit to the Cape Winelands, seeing the whales in nearby Hermanus or just relaxing day on the beach.
South Africa Safari Attractions
South Africa is a major destination for safari enthusiasts, with the most prominent wildlife reserve being Kruger National Park. Here, you will track Africa’s untamed wildlife deep into the wilderness and will share the stories for years to come. Other excellent big 5 wildlife reserves include Madikwe Game Reserve and the reserves of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal.
Families and Adventure Highlights
The Garden Route is a fantastic location for a beach and active holiday (suitable for young and old) and combines excellently with a safari to the malaria-free Eastern Cape, as well as a visit to the intriguing Route 62. The garden route also offers a great range of adventure activities: whether it’s diving with great white sharks, a tandem paraglide flight or backpacking along the coast.
History and Culture
The east of the country holds the province of KwaZulu Natal, here you can explore the battlefields that shaped the country, safari in big 5 reserves and relax on beautiful beaches with warm waters. This area also sees warm and temperate climate when the rest of the country is in winter, and can be a good choice in these months.
Often neglected by the international traveller, Johannesburg is the regional flight hub and a pulsating cultural centre of the African continent. It can also be used as a springboard for trips to Victoria Falls, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique or east Africa.