- Photo Info Mike Myers
South Africa is the ideal destination for those seeking to combine a Big Five safari with the opportunity to experience cosmopolitan cities, richly diverse cultures, excellent wine and food and stunning scenery. South Africa is a land of contrasts blending traditional ‘African ways’ with those that are more current and European. South Africa has been called “A world in one country” and for good reason – it truly offers the ideal destination for those seeking variety in their journey to Africa.
Numerous Game Reserves provide the safari experience for which Africa is renowned. Aside from Kruger National Park, South Africa’s most famous wildlife area, one can visit Madikwe Game Reserve, Pilanesberg and Entabeni all closer to Johannesburg, or one of the many reserves in the Eastern Cape or Kwa-Zulu Natal. An abundance of accommodation styles from comfortable to luxury tented camps and stunning 5-star lodges will make your choice of location simple.
Vibrant cities offer gourmet cuisine, museums, nightlife, shopping and more. Cape Town with its iconic Table Mountain is a scenic wonder. Awe-inspiring drives, quaint Wineland towns, botanical gardens and nature reserves and world class restaurants make this one of the most appreciated cities in the world. In 2011 Cape Town was named in the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards as the Best Destination in the World.
In Johannesburg, the “City of Gold,” visit the Apartheid Museum or take a tour to follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela. Shop at a world class shopping mall and dine at a gourmet restaurant. Durban on the Indian Ocean is the gateway to the Mkuze and Hluhluwe game reserves and the beaches of St. Lucia where deep sea diving is fantastic and leatherback turtles come out to hatch.
If its scenery you are looking for then aside from the panoramic views and seaside cliffs of Cape Town you’ll find breathtaking photo opportunities in the Mpumalanga region’s Panorama Route and along the scenic drives of the Garden Route in the Eastern Cape.
South Africa’s amazing diversity of culture is evident wherever you go. Cultural villages, ethnic restaurants and unique areas such as the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town will introduce you to some of South Africa’s 11 black tribes each with different customs, Cape Malay people, European descendants and those of Indian descent.
With an abundance of activities and full range of lodging styles from five-star and boutique hotels to luxury tented camps and world class spas, South Africa is an excellent choice for independent, self-drive or family travel.
JNB = Johannesburg