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Cape Town and Peninsula

Cape Town is a beautiful coastal city with a Western feel to it, famous for the Table Mountain reserve and Robben Island, the notorious prison of Nelson Mandela. The beaches are amazing and not to miss, especially Boulders Beach with its beautiful colony of penguins. Visit the most southern point of the peninsula, Cape of Good Hope and try some of the hikes or go for bird watching. Cape Town has so much to offer that you can easily spend three to four days here. 

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Wine Route

South Africa and especially the Cape Town area has many different wine routes for you to explore,  but Stellenbosch is probably the most visited of all with over more than 200 wine estates. Constantia Valley is the closest by the city and is home to some of the country’s oldest and most prestigious wine farms. 

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Tsitsikamma national park

Tsitsikamma is a coastal reserve known for its indigenous forest and hanging bridge. Hike up the rather strenuous trail to the top and maybe you get lucky and see a whale!

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Swartberg Pass and Oudtshoorn

The town of Oudtshoorn is in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. The world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area such as the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa’s largest show cave system and the Swartberg mountain range, which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is home to the third largest canyon in the world. The reserve is part of the greater Drakensberg escarpment and is also known for God’s Window, Bourkes’ Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. It is definitely worth a visit!

Big Five Walking Safari

Walk amongst Africa’s Big 5 ( Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard) on an unforgettable guided hike. Follow the traces, learn to read the signs and track animals down to meet them up close, all accompanied by professional guides that make sure you can experience this in a safe and controlled environment. 

Kayaking

A guided paddle on a world heritage site, Lake St Lucia surrounded by spectacular scenery. We get up close and personal with the Hippo and Crocs together with a very different perspective of our surroundings from the river.

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Soweto

Soweto Township, a cultural heritage with  many landmarks that are worth a visit. The Mandela house, Apartheid Museum, Orlando Towers are just a beginning. A tour in the Soweto township will immerse visitors in the urban vibe of the place that was once at the heart of the freedom struggle.    

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Game drives

You can’t leave South Africa unless you experienced a few days days in a private or public game reserve and spot the big five, accompanied by an experienced guide. Morning and afternoon game drives will provide plenty of opportunity to see these wonderful creatures. It is a life experience to see an elephant up close, a leopard in a tree, or being surrounded by buffalo. Anything can happen when game driving, so keep your camera close by!

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Drakensberg mountains

The Drakensberg mountains are a real treat for the hiker. There are many trails, of all levels, but all situated in the beautiful scenery of the mountains. Adventurous types can try out the river rafting or canopy tours. In for a quieter experience from the air, a hot air balloon  is the perfect choice.

Heritage and History

∴  Musea (District Six,  Anglo-Boer war museum, Nelson Mandela Museum, …)

∴  Bushman paintings

 

Shark Snorkeling

Live this great experience and snorkel with sharks in Umkomaas, south of Durban. You can choose to snorkel freely among the sharks or opt for the more re-assuring option, in a cage.  In for an even more adventurous option? Dive in a cage with the Great White Shark in Gansbaai.

Highest Gorge Swing

Test your nerves and try out the highest gorge swing in the world where you will jump off the cliff face! After your free fall you swing across this amazing gorge. 

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Pilanesberg and Sun City

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Fishing

South Africa offers some excellent fishing opportunities for lovers of nature and the outdoors. Enjoy your favorite past time while holidaying in our beautiful country.

∴ Fly fishing

∴ Tiger fishing

∴ Deep sea fishing.

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Boat trips

If you like being on the water and enjoy the scenery from a different angle, a boat trip is just for you, whether it is on the open sea, a river, lagoon or one of the many lakes.  Find the whales, look out for the hippos or just enjoy a day of fishing. 

Route 62

Route 62 is a beautiful road trip that easily can be combined with the Garden Route or even replace it.  Route 62 is a 850 km long wine route  between Cape Town and Port Elisabeth, straight through the Karoo desert and passing by lots of lovely villages such as Oudtshoorn, Montagu and many more.

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Luxury Train Route

Cruising through South Africa’s scenery by train is a one of a kind experience where you can enjoy all of it’s beauty in a relaxed and comfortable way while enjoying a drink in your luxurious suite.  You can choose from a variety of routes such as Pretoria-Cape Town or Pretoria-Victoria Falls. 

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Dune Boarding

Dune boarding is just as much fun as snow boarding and allows you to enjoy your favorite sport under the African sun. South Africa boasts some of the world’s highest beach dunes. And away from the beach, dune boarders have found a great alternative: old gold mine dumps. 

Wetlands

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of South Africa’s World Heritage sites (Unesco), is situated in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. This Wetland Park covers an incredible 332000 hectares. It’s a place of wonder, miracles and wildlife. 526 bird species and the second highest vegetated sand dunes are just some of the incredible sightings that await you while in iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

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Horseback Safari

Discover South Africa’s beauty and wildlife while doing the sport you love. Horseback safaris take you up close to the animals and make you feel like you are part of this wonderful ecosystem. It is a thrilling and breathtaking experience you will never forget.

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Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air ballooning in South Africa is one of the best ways to take in the landscapes of this beautiful country. Floating high above the ground, you have a spectacular, uninterrupted view of the countryside below. A ride in a hot air balloon gives you the opportunity to see, smell and soak up an area on a completely new level.

Hiking

South Africa offers so many beautiful hiking trails it will be difficult to choose. You can do one-day hikes or go for multi-day hikes, from easy to strenuous, along the coast line in the Cape or in the Drakensberg mountains. There is definitely something out there for everyone.

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Rafting

South Africa is home to some awesome challenging rivers promising exciting white water rafting adventures. Under professional guidance, novices as well as experts can experience hours of enjoyable and challenging adventures. 

∴ Orange River (all year)

∴ Ash river (all year)

∴ Tugela river (in season)

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World Heritage Sites

South Africa is home to no fewer than 9 heritage sites, testifying to its wonderful variety of cultural, historical and natural treasures. Whatever the area you visit, you can’t miss out on one of these heritage sites.

Robben Island –  Cradle of Humankind – Cape Floral Region – iSimangaliso Wetlands – Ukhalhamha Drakensberg – Vredefort Dome – Mapungubwe – Khomani – Richtersveld

Other African countries

Victoria Falls – Botswana – Namibia