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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The town of Wilderness is quite built-up but offers a wide array of accommodation, shops and places to eat. Birdlife is particularly prolific here as well and includes the distinctive African black oyster catcher.
For those approaching from the west, Wilderness is where the Garden Route really starts.
The road is gradually squeezed between the lagoons and wooded slopes on one side and the towering sand dunes on the other.
Held in place by a dusting of surprisingly durable vegetation, the dunes slope down onto a long beach, often empty and pounded by the ocean surf. Birdlife is particularly prolific in the area as well and includes the distinctive African black oyster catcher.
The town of Wilderness itself is quite built up and offers a wide array of accommodation, shops and places to eat.
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 27 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 43 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 45 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 66 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 216 miles away
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