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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Cape Town offers so much to see: the re-developed Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was jailed, District Six museum and of course the iconic Table Mountain.
Table Mountain defines and dominates Cape Town, sandwiching the city up against the ocean.
A cable car to the summit affords spectacular views, with Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent much of his incarceration, lying just offshore. Much of the port area has been redeveloped into The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a symbol of the new, vibrant South Africa with a huge variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment.
The Cape Malay quarter, Bo-Kaap, with its distinctive pastel-hued houses, and the District Six museum, near the site of a coloured slum razed by the apartheid regime, tell of the polyglot past and present of Cape Town.
Stretching away to the south are the more exclusive suburbs of the city, such as Camps Bay, with an array of superb beaches and restaurants.
With the "Grand Tour" of South Africa it is possible to include a wide variety of South African highlights in one trip.
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.
Entitled simply "Africa", Sir David Attenborough's latest five-part series was filmed across five different regions of this extraordinary continent, capturing animal behaviour never seen before.
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