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 Garden Route & Eastern Cape
See the the 'Big Seven' (the Big Five plus great white sharks and southern right whales).
The Cape Region & Winelands
Easily, one of the world's most iconic city's
Probably the best shore-based whale watching in the world
The oldest game reserve in Africa
Kruger & The Escarpment
One of the oldest, largest, and most diverse parks in Africa
Visit iconic places from the Zulu and Boer Wars
See ancient San rock art as well as plenty of wildlife
The Northern Cape
See the famous black-maned Kalahari lions
Madikwe & The North
The best place in the country for sightings of wild dogs
A stunningly beautiful region, you should also try the wines
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