Resting at the tip of the African continent, South Africa is a country rich in diversity. As a tourist destination South Africa truly does cater for all. The variety in the landscapes, the cultures and even the cities opens up a wealth of experiences to suit everyone’s tastes.
South Africa’s prime tourist attraction is without doubt its magnificent wildlife heritage which is easily accessible due to the largely first world infrastructure. South Africa ranks 3rd in the world for overall species diversity. The most famous of its national parks is the Kruger National Park, while the Madikwe, Waterberg and Garden Route game reserves are the only malaria free Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo) safari destinations in the world.
South Africa’s incredible scenic beauty has also put it on the map as a ‘must see’ destination. The city of Cape Town hardly needs an introduction – it is consistently rated as one of the top five vacation destinations in the world – it combines beautifully as a safari add on (and allows you to view the Big Six – whales included!), but has enough to offer visitors as a destination in itself. Blue Flag beaches, Table Mountain, the Winelands and the ever famous Cape Point are just some of the attractions to sample in The Cape.
The Garden Route – know to locals as South Africa’s Garden of Eden – is famed for its natural beauty with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lapping up against huge cliffs topped with ancient indigenous forests, seaside villages and winding rivers fed by expansive inland lakes. Self Drive safaris are the way to go in this area – wind your way along Route 62 where you can go spelunking in the Cango Caves, or trundle along the Coastal Route before relaxing at one of the luxury malaria free game reserves in the Garden Route Safari area.
Kwa Zulu Natal is a cultural haven and the original home of the Zulu tribe. It has a special rugged beauty, lorded over by the towering peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains, and boasts one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world, located in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is a World Heritage Site. This beauty contrasts starkly with the violent history of the area – the Battlefields are the site of many a bloody confrontation and are steeped in the history of the Anglo-Boer and the Anglo-Zulu wars.
The Northern Regions of South Africa are home to Johannesburg – South Africa’s largest city and the OR Tambo International Airport where most visitors to South Africa will arrive. The nearby Madikwe and Waterberg Game Reserves are both malaria free, and the Kruger National Park and the surrounding Private Game Reserves, like the Sabi Sands, are a mere forty five minute flight away.
Overall South Africa is a very accessible country to visit. There are a host of different tour and safari options, from fly-in safaris to self-drive, all of which combine excellently with exciting activities so contact any one of our Travel Experts and ask them for some pointers on how best to go about planning your holiday.