South Africa Travel Destinations & Suggested Accommodation


The Republic of South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa.  South Africa is divided into nine provinces and borders to the north with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and to the east with Mozambique and Swaziland, which Lesotho is an enclave surrounded by South African territory.  The capital is Pretoria, while the seat of parliament is located in Cape Town.  Johannesburg, also known as the "City of Gold" on the other hand is definitely the financial capital and largest city in South Africa.  Durban is home to Africa's busiest port.  With eleven official languages that are recognised in the constitution, South Africa is a multi-ethnic nation.

As a destination South Africa is incredible, with its diversity as the key attraction

From the deserts of the Kgalagadi to the lush green forests of the Tsitsikamma to the unspoilt beaches of the Wild Coast to the vibrant nightlife of Cape Town to the iconic Kruger National Park - it's all here in one destination.  With a sensational climate, offering almost 300 days of sunshine per year in some parts, it is a year round destination.

South Africa has superb infrastructure - excellent roads, a great variety of accommodation options and world-class service.  This is a destination for everyone, whether you are an explorer, an adventurer, a family or a single traveller, this is a destination that allows you to scratch below the surface and experience endless possibilities, and in the end, walk away the richer for having been there.

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Cape Town


Also known as "The Mother City", Cape Town has often been rated as one of the places to visit before you die and it is not hard to see why when you see its spectacular mountains, gorgeous coastline and natural fauna.Among the city's numerous historic treasures are the pentagonal Castle and the Cultural History Museum which was erected in 1679 as slave quarters, and subsequently serving as government offices and a supreme court.  The Company Gardens was established in 1652 to supply passing ships of the Dutch East India Company with fresh produce and between 1692 and 1783 it was developed into a world-famous botanical garden. 

The Old Town House (1755) on Greenmarket Square houses a world-renowned collection of paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters and not far away in the area formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the Bo-Kaap Museum portrays the richness of Cape Maley culture, while the District Six Museum chronicles the forced removal of 60 000 people from District Six to the Cape Flats from 1966 to 1982.

Cape Town also has a variety of attractions that stretch from the famous Table Mountain all the way down to the sea.  With its rich history, vibrant culture, pearly white beaches, charming fishing villages, colourful floral reserves and numerous adventure activities, Cape Town is worth at least a week of your time in South Africa.

Cape Town also has a variety of attractions that stretch from the famous Table Mountain all the way down to the sea.  With its rich history, vibrant culture, pearly white beaches, charming fishing villages, colourful floral reserves and numerous adventure activities, Cape Town is worth at least a week of your time in South Africa.

Cape Town also has a variety of attractions that stretch from the famous Table Mountain all the way down to the sea.  With its rich history, vibrant culture, pearly white beaches, charming fishing villages, colourful floral reserves and numerous adventure activities, Cape Town is worth at least a week of your time in South Africa.

Winelands


The Cape Winelands is situated in close proximity to Cape Town and knows for its world famous wines that are created in this magical area.  Main towns are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl & Worcester, each with its own unique flavour, friendly people, interesting history, breathtaking views and delectable wines.

Stellenbosh


Stellenbosch is South Africa's second-oldest town and was founded in 1679 and named after the Dutch governor, Simon van der Stel.  Only about 55km east of Cape Town, Stellenbosch is in the heart of the winelands and with its oak-lined streets, water furrows and beautifully preserved historic buildings, it is the country's best-known wine-producing area and is a very important university town.

The cultural heritage of Stellenbosch can only be appreciated by taking a stroll down Dorp Street, which has one of the longest rows of historic buildings in the country. Art-lovers should not miss Oom Samie se Winkel and the Rembrandt van Rijn Art Museum in the historic Libertas Parva homestead. Whether you spend the night in Stellenbosch or just passing through, this beautiful, vibrant and social little town is well worth the visit.
Stellenbosch

Franschhoek


Nestled between the towering mountains in the stunning Cape Winelands you will find the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. The Franschhoek valley was first settled over 300 years ago by the French Huguenots, and its many guests houses, street cafes and award-winning restaurants still have an unmistakeable French character, as well as the many farms with French names.

The town offers antique stores, art galleries, bakeries and a chocolatier, not to mention some of the top restaurants, where the chef will present you with a mouth-watering meal at the end of a long day of tasting superb wines. Franschhoek has the perfect combination - fine wine and world class cuisine, a stay and experience that you will remember for a while.  Wine estates worth visiting include La Motte, Boschendal, Chamonix and Cabriere.
Franschhoek

Garden Route


The Garden Route is an incredibly beautiful and very popular stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa.  It starts around the Heidelberg area in the Western Cape and ends in Storms River.  It includes towns like Robertson, Oudtshoorn, Mosselbay, George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Nature's Valley and more.  We suggest you do a self-drive from either Cape Town to Port Elizabeth or vice versa to explore the stunning sight and epic scenery that the Garden Route has on offer. 

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Hermanus


Hermus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein) lies in the heart of the Cape Whale Route, about 120km from Cape Town.  This small town on the southern coast of the Western Cape is famous for being the best land-based whale watching destination in the world.  The Southern right whales visit Walker Bay from June through to December and can be viewed from aboard a boat, an airplane or the shore. 

The Whale Crier will keep visitors on land informed throughout the day about the whereabouts of the whales.  The kelp horn he blows has become the soundtrack to this seaside resort during the whale season.  You will find a number of craft markets that sell a range of interesting things, a marimba band that every now and then will play to adds a vibrant atmosphere to the town and if you want to have a glimpse of the times past, you can visit the old harbour with all the restored fishing boats, the old sea wall and reconstructed stone fishing huts.
Hermanus

Robertson


Robertson, known as the valley of wine and roses in a small country town, surrounded by the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape Province on Route 62.  From wines, to brandy to olives, you are spoiled for choice in this area.  En route to Oudtshoorn, this stunning valley is definitely worth the stop.
Robertson

Oudtshoorn


Oudtshoorn, is the perfect half way stop in between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, or maybe even a destination on its own.  Every road into Oudtshoorn follows a dramatically picturesque pass or poort and one can't help to stop along the way to take a moment and absorb the experience.  Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world. 

This little (well now not so little anymore) town has everything from stunning architecture, beautiful valley and mountain scenery, ancient caves and off course ostriches galore.  Here you will find of the world's best feathers, leather products, and tasty ostrich meat.  On arrival you can pop into an Ostrich farm and try riding one of these giant flightless birds and end the day at the ancient limestone caves, called Cango Caves, but there is also the Cango Wildlife Ranch and the stunning Swartberg Pass, not to mention the Meerkat tour, which means enough adventure from start to finish.
Oudtshoorn

Wilderness


Wilderness is a charming little town, known for its hospitality and natural beauty, it's nestled between the Qutenique Mountains and the warm Indian Ocean, resting on the banks of the Touw River Estuary.  These hills draped in indigenous forests, sparkling white beaches, lakes and rivers draws visitors to the Wilderness Area throughout the year.  Here you can be as lazy or active as you want to be with activities like hiking, bird and whale watching, mountain-biking, water-skiing, hang- and paragliding, horse-riding, boating, angling and scenic drives, to name but a view.

A definite 'must see/do' is the drive to the Map of Africa viewpoint, which overlooks a near-perfect outline of Africa.  Wilderness can be a one night stop on route while doing the Garden Route or a destination on its own for those wanting to get away for a long weekend or short break.
Wilderness Area

Knysna


Knysna is known as the Oyster Capital and is one of the Garden Route's best known travel destinations.  A bohemian town built on the Northern shores of a warm water estuary fed by the Knysna River.  The most well known attraction is the Knysna heads - two great stand stone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon which connects the estuary with the sea.  At the waterfront you can board a ferry, which will take you to the Featherbed Nature Reserve on the Knysna Lagoon.

On this activity you will experience a tractor ride up the headland, stopping at some of the most spectacular scenic viewpoints along the way. A specialist guide will share his in depth knowledge on the fauna & flora of the reserve and the history of the area.  This is only one of the many activities and attractions in and around Knysna.  One of the most spectacular attractions is the Knysna Forest, which is still evident in many places within the town.  It is the largest indigenous forest in South Africa and has tall and ancient trees of exotic and local species, from Yellowood, Blackwood, Stinkwood to Cape chestnut and ironwood is found in this beautiful forest paradise.  As there is so much to see and do in Knysna, we do suggest a 2 night stay.
Knysna

Tsitsikamma


Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word, meaning "place of abundant or sparkling water".  The region stretches from the Eerste Rivier in the east to the Bloukrans River in the west, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean.  The area is covered in large tracts of indigenous forest and fynbos and deep river gorges cleft the plateau as they made their way to the sea, creating spectacular waterfalls and deep kloofs.  To spend time in the Tsitsikamma area will refresh your mind and reawaken your soul, definitely a nature lover's paradise.  With an array of activities, starting by visiting the National Park, with its abundance of birds and wildlife, watch whales and dolphins along the untouched and rugged coastline, enjoying white water tubing, free falling from the World's Highest Commercial Bungee Jump or just taking a walk through the forest, this is definitely a 'must stop' for all those adventure seekers. 

We suggest ending (or starting) your day in the Tsitsikamma by taking a treetop canopy tour - spreading your wings and gliding like a bird from tree to tree past magnificent waterfalls, over flowing rivers and among the beautiful greenery of the forest.  Here you will experience having a feeling of freedom, amongst these treetops as you glide thought the forest. 
Tsitsikamma

Port Elizabeth


Port Elizabeth, also known as the 'Windy City' or better known as the 'Friendly City', because of its friendly people, vibrant city centre, amazing shopping, interesting flea markets and great restaurants. It is the second oldest city and fifth largest city in South Africa and quite an undiscovered gem. It is situated in the South Eastern Coast of South Africa and still has a much undeveloped coastline and stretches for 16 km along Algoa Bay. Port Elizabeth is also one of the major seaports in South Africa. It has always been a popular family destination for South Africans, as there are activities for both young and old and a good start or ending to your Garden Route holiday.  If you're a resident embarking on a voyage of re-discovery, Port Elizabeth's diversity, beauty and culture, will enthral and enchant you time and again. If flying into Port Elizabeth to start your Garden Route tour and it is early in the day, we would suggest that you get onto the road immediately as there is so much to do and see, but if you arriving into Port Elizabeth late in the afternoon/evening, then it is better to overnight and start the next morning fresh and early.
Port Elizabeth


Outside Port Elizabeth - Amakhala Game Reserve


The Amakhala Game Reserve located in the malaria free Eastern Cape of South Africa  and began in 1999 as a joint conservation venture between the owners of six lodges who are direct descendants of the orignal Frontier settlers some five generations ago and arrived here with the British settlers of 1820. The families originally settled to farm sheep and cattle on the wild and often hostile Zuurveld.During 2011 the original members of the Amakhala and the Lion Roars Group created a joint Marketing agreement and brand rejuvenation for the malaria free Amakhala Game Reserve.The joint marketing agreement now includes 11 properties within the Reserve that  fall under a unified marketing umbrella and brand of  ‘Amakhala Game Reserve: A Pride Member of Lion Roars’. This exciting development has allowed the 7,500ha Amakhala to promote and showcase itself as the premier Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.Amakhala Game Reserve is a unique conservation initiative that allows animals to be re-introduced to the area where they once roamed freely and so making a contribution to the conservation of our natural heritage. The land was used to ranch sheep and cattle up to the turn of the century. The challenge has been to re-establish the original flora and fauna species to the area and to return the land to nature.

Amakhala Game Reserve

Johannesburg


Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng and the wealthiest province in South Africa, having the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa.  This city is the largest city in South Africa by population and is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world and also the world's largest city not situated on a river, lake or coastline. Also referred to as Jozi, Jo'burg, Joeys or eGoli, it claims to be the lightning capital of the world, though this title is also claimed by others.

There is much to do in Johannesburg - there are many wonderful restaurants, cocktail bars, relaxed sidewalk cafes, shopping malls, thrilling casinos, busy townships, stunning galleries, funky nightclubs and tranquil parks.  The city has a multi-cultural cosmopolitan vibe and an attitude that says 'let's make money' and then 'let's party'.  OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the gateway to most areas within South Africa including the Kruger National Park, Sun City and Madikwe to name a few. It also serves as the main point of arrival and departure for most International flights as well as the gateway to many other African countries.

If time permits or if your connection schedule does not allow you to continue immediately to your chosen destination then a night in Johannesburg may be necessary and we have a selection of preferred hotels, either at the Airport or close to the airport, and if you have the time, there is a interesting selection of day tours on offer to pass the time.
Johannesburg

Kruger National Park


One of the largest and most known game reserves in Africa and nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity, where life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sites - this is real Africa.  This iconic game reserve stretches from the Crocodile River in Mpumalanga in the east, all the way to the Limpopo River in the northerly Limpopo province.  It borders onto Zimbabwe in the north and Mozambique in the east.  This is truly a Big Five territory, has more than 23,000 plant species and is a bird lover's paradise with a bird count of over 507. 

The park has 9 main gates that allow entrance to the different camps throughout the park, but most guests fly in to save time, as there are daily flights from Johannesburg to the Kruger and its surroundings and the drive from Johannesburg to the Kruger National Park is at least 6 hour.  Whether you decide to stay inside the Greater Kruger National Park or on its borders, this area is renowned for its award winning safari lodges, where you will find exceptional service and hospitality, superior luxury accommodation, fine gourmet cuisine and superb game viewing.  If you can dream it, here you can experience that dream and more. 

There is a variety of accommodation available to cater to all budgets and holiday expectation, from a variety of large rest camps, bush veld camps and luxury lodges.  Whether you want to breakaway for the weekend with your family, have a romantic weekend with your partner or include it in your South Africa itinerary, you can rest assured that the Kruger will meet and exceed your greatest safari expectation.

We always suggest a min of a 2-night stay in the Kruger, but 3-nights would be even better, depending on your time.  If visiting the Kruger National Park has always been a dream, but you did not know how to make it happen, then contact us immediately, as one of our consultants, with their extensive knowledge and experience of the Kruger National Park and its surroundings, we will be able create a tailor-make Safari just for you, that will meet your individual needs.

Kapama Game Reserve


Kapama Private Game Reserve is an African Eden and definitely park of the greater Kruger area.  Sweeping across 13 000 hectares of savannah and riverine forest, Kapama represents a piece of Africa as it used to be.  With the iconic Kruger National Park to the east and the mighty Drakensberg mountains in the distance, Kapama has distilled the finest wildlife safari offerings for the enjoyment of guests.  Home to vast herds of buffalo, elephant and antelope, along with plentiful predators.

The iconic and most dangerous wild animals of Africa – the Big Five – are at home on the Kapama Game Reserve, but so are over 40 other mammels species and over 350 different types of birds.  Game drives and bush walks offer fascinating encounters with wildlife, but over and above that, the ultimate wildlife experience:  Elephant-back safaris can be enjoyed here.  You can have a guided personal elephant interaction, where the elephants are so close you can touch them.

There are four diverse luxurious safari lodges on this reserve, to fit any budget.  Romantic sleep-outs on the reserve and decadent African spa treatments at the Wellness Centre are other enticing offerings that encourages complete relaxation and enjoyment of the evocative surrounding environment.  Kapama will definitely give you the magic that will renew your body and mind.
Kapama Game Reserve

Sabi Sands Game Reserve


The Sabi Sands Game Reserve, 65 000 hectare big, is known for having of the best Big Five game viewing that South Africa has to offer.  It is located on the southwestern corner of the Kruger National Park, but as there are no fences in the Greater Kruger National Park, animals roam freely just as nature was intended.  Both the Sand and Sabi River is brining water into this reserve and therefore making sure that animals are in abundance.  There are two main seasons in the Sabi Sands, which is summer and winter.

Summer Season is from September to March and winter from April to August.  Winter time you are guaranteed that animals will concentrate around all the waterholes and as grass is low, your game viewing is a little easier, but what makes the summer time special is all the little babies, as you will see hundreds of impala babies running around which bring its own uniqueness and epic safari opportunities.
Sabi Sands

Timbavati Hoedspruit Accommodation


The Timbavati Game Reserve was formed in 1956 with the aim to reclaim the land for the benefit of all.  It encouraged every landover in the area to join in the conservation effort to safe what we have destroyed and today they have succeded in resorting the land to its former glory, with diverse and rare wildlife species making the Timbavati once again their home.

This magnificent game reserve comprises of over 53000 hectares of private land adjoining the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.  In 1993 the fences separating the Timbavati, private game park from the famous Kruger National Park were dropped, thus forming a pristine wilderness area of approximately four million hectares and therefore encouraging natural species migration.  The reserve offers a selection of Luxury Safari Lodge and Tented Camps.
Timbavati

Sun City


This world famous resort, was the vision of one man - Sol Kerzner. It is situated in the bush veld of South Africa's North West province and is only 187 km from Johannesburg.  The focal point of the Sun City complex is the extraordinary Palace of the Lost City, but there is an array of hotels to fit each budget.  The Palace and Cascades is definitely 5-star, but then there is the well-known 4-star Sun City Hotel and lastly the 3-star Cabanas Hotel.  Why visit Sun City?  Well it is not only for its impressive casino's, but many other attractions to keep young and old busy throughout the day.

The Valley of the Waves with its 13 waterfalls, 97m drop water slide and a wave pool will keep the kids busy, while Dad plays a round of golf on one either the world class Gary Player Gold Course or the Lost City Golf Course and Mom can sneak off to the spa, where she will be pampered and spoiled. As the Sun City Resort is surrounded by the impressive mountains of the Pilanesberg, a visit to the Pilanesberg National Game Park is suggested.  Here the Big 5 can be found roaming around and to make it even more attractive this area is malaria-free, which makes it ideal for families and visitors with limited time and wants to include a mini safari.
Sun City

Pilansberg National Game Park


The Pilanesberg National Game Park is about 55,000 hectare and is among the largest of the parks in South Africa.  What makes the Pilanesberg so appealing is the setting, a crater of a long extinct volcano.  An interesting alkaline complex produced by volcanic eruptions about 1300 million years ago and is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world.

Only 2 hours drive from Johannesburg, malaria-free , luxury accommodation, dramatic landscapes, over 350 bird species and accommodates nearly every mammal of southern Africa and definitely has all 5 of the eminent Big 5 - these are only a couple of reasons why you should consider visiting the Pilansberg National Game Park.
Pilansberg National Game Park

Madikwe Game Reserve


Madikwe Game Reserve is situated in the North West Province about 5 hours drive from Johannesburg, but there is also the possibility to catch a flight straight to your lodge.  This impressive reserve is 76 000 hectare and home not only to the Big 5, but "Super Seven", which means that over and above the famous Big Five, here you will also find cheetah and the endangered African wild dog, not even mentioning the possibility to see the spotted and brown hyena, mountain reedbuck, sable and eland and over 350 bird species.

Another reason to include a visit to Madikwe Game Reserve into your South African Holiday is that it is Malaria free and with its remarkable luxury accommodations, five star hospitality and service, mouth watering cuisine and most important well qualified rangers that will make sure you will have an epic safari, it is definitely a Safari option to consider.
Madikwe Game Reserve



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