Reasons to Visit
The most economical and by far the most popular way to experience South Africa is on a self drive. The roads are good, traffic tends to be light and driving is on the left.
Within easy driving distance of Cape Town, the valleys of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have become known as 'The Winelands'. Here you can admire the manicured rows of green and russet vines and even stop to sample the local tipple.
Cape Town – one of the world’s great cities, Cape Town has excellent accommodation, is easy to explore and is the gateway to the Wine Regions and Garden Route. Cape Town is an ideal place to start your trip around South Africa.
Hermanus and Walker Bay, near Cape Town, are perhaps the best places in the world to spot whales from the shore (Jun-Dec). Whale watching trips from boats are also popular in South Africa.
Learn how Ghandi, Paul Kruger and Winston Churchill were all involved in the battle of Spioenkop, during the Boer War, or how a hundred British soldiers held off some 4,000 Zulus at Rorke’s Drift, and how nearly 1,800 were killed a few hours earlier at the battle of Isandlwana.
South Africa offers some of the best safari in the whole of Africa. One of the best places are the private reserves of Kruger Greater Park, where you can see the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo).
South Africa boasts some spectacular scenery across the whole country. These include the imposing Drakensberg Mountains, coastal views along the Garden Route, the impressive Blyde River Canyon and the vast Karoo.
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A vineyard in Stellenbosch
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Within easy driving distance of Cape Town, the valleys of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have become known as the Winelands thanks to their superb growing conditions for European vines. Find out why a visit here is a great idea.
A self-drive tour in South Africa is by far the most economical and popular way to experience this wonderful country. We look at why you should consider driving in South Africa.
It's a happy coincidence that many of South Africa’s highlights lie upon a clearly defined, easily navigable route, a coincidence that makes it a great destination for first-time visitors.
Cape Town is a fantastic, cosmopolitan city with a superb location under Table Mountain. We showcase some of the many things you can see and do in this iconic city.
From the big game viewing in Kruger National Park, the pretty Winelands and cosmopolitan Cape Town to the dramatic Garden Route and the atmospheric battlefields, South Africa’s variety is thoroughly beguiling.
It goes without saying that, being home to some of Africa’s biggest and best national parks, South Africa is the ideal destination for a safari holiday. Its host of wildlife reserves are the perfect place to go in search of the so-called ‘Big Five’: lion, leopard, black rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. Spectacular scenery combines with fantastic accommodation and expert guides to offer you the ultimate safari experience. We’re also able to cater for a variety of different safari styles depending on your preferences, from walking safaris to 4x4 tours, staying in anything from simple campsites to luxury lodges.
If a safari holiday isn’t for you, South Africa has plenty more to offer. How about a self-drive trip along the famous Garden Route, a particularly picturesque 300km stretch of South Africa’s dramatic coastline? Whether it’s hiking through the atmospheric Tsitsikamma Forest and along majestic coastal footpaths, sampling delicious oysters in Kynsna or whale watching at the De Hoop Nature Reserve, this spectacular part of South Africa is unmissable.
Those with an interest in history should head to South Africa’s Battlefields, on which the Anglo-Zulu battles of the Zulu and Boer Wars are brought vividly to life by expert local guides. This atmospheric and informative experience can be combined with other activities, such as horse riding and fishing, to make the most of your time in this spectacular part of the world.
No trip to South Africa would be complete without a trip to Cape Town, which is dominated by the iconic Table Mountain. Other memorable Cape Town sights include the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, with its cable car offering views of Robben Island, on which Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Further afield, the award-winning vineyards and pretty towns of the Winelands region make a pleasant excursion to the north of Cape Town, while the East coast offers superb whale watching opportunities. To the south you’ll find the legendary Cape of Good Hope, with its dramatically situated lighthouse.
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Enjoy the perfect combination of the scenic Mpumalanga Escarpment and the superb game viewing in the Kruger National Park.
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Starting in Cape Town, visit Table Mountain, Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront, followed by a few days relaxing in the Winelands sampling fine wines.
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Relax in the beautiful countryside of KwaZulu Natal before learning more about the Anglo Zulu battles - most notably Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana.
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