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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This is a SANpark restcamp that is located in the far south of Kruger. The area is good for giraffe, rhino, wild dog and elephant are especially frequent sightings.
This is a SANpark restcamp that is located in the far south of Kruger, close to the Malelane Gate. The scenery in this part of the park is stunning, with rolling plains of savannah punctuated by steep granite 'koppies' that provide a good lookout for lions hunting at dusk and dawn. Although only just inside the park, the fertility of the soil here means that game viewing on the roads around Berg en Dal is excellent. Giraffe, rhino, wild dog and elephant are especially frequent sightings around Berg en Dal.
Accommodation is in modernized separate thatched bungalows, all of which have their own kitchenette and barbeque ("braai") area. The bungalows are more spacious and more private than at some other SANpark restcamps. There is an excellent pool and a scenic 'rhino' trail around the perimeter of the grounds, which provides an opportunity to view that species on foot. For those not wanting to do their own braai, there is also the Apple Leaf restaurant. This overlooks a dam and serves hearty bush cuisine, offering the opportunity for game viewing even whilst you are eating dinner. We have found that the resident monkeys can be a bit of a nuisance around the restaurant at breakfast time, but the staff work hard at shooing them away.
The central and southern sectors of the Kruger National Park are the most popular areas and consequently have the greatest number of visitors.
This is due to the fact that...
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